Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

ardor

Definition:(noun) Feelings of great warmth and intensity.
Synonyms:fervency, fire
Usage: He spoke with great ardor at the rally, inspiring the crowd with his passionate words.
Article of the Day

The Sana'a Manuscripts

In 1972, workers renovating the Great Mosque of Sana'a in Yemen uncovered old parchments. Unaware that among them was one of the oldest Qur'anic manuscripts in existence, the workers packed the documents into potato sacks and left them on a staircase of one of the mosque's minarets. Fortunately, the president of the Yemeni Antiquities Authority realized the potential importance of the find, now known as the Sana'a Manuscripts. What mystery has close examination of the documents raised? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Observes the Edison Effect (1880)

Known as "the Edison Effect," thermionic emission is the emission of electrons or ions by substances that are highly heated. The charged particles that are emitted are called thermions, and their number rapidly increases with the temperature of the substance. If the heated substance that emits thermions carries a charge, the thermions will carry the same charge. The effect was observed by Edison in 1883 when he was working on what invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

Banks was a British naturalist, botanist, and patron of the sciences. After inheriting a large fortune in his early 20s, he began traveling extensively, collecting plant and natural history specimens. He outfitted and accompanied James Cook's voyage around the world, during which time he collected many biological specimens that had never before been classified. His herbarium, one of the most important in existence, and library are now at the British Museum. What plant genus was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Live all you can - it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

crushing blow

A major defeat or setback that is devastating to the goals of a person, group, or organization. More...
Today's Holiday

Washington's Birthday Celebration

Every year, Alexandria, Virginia, hosts an array of activities devoted to George Washington, including the nation's largest parade honoring the father of the country. The first parade to honor him was in 1798, when he came from his Mt. Vernon home to review the troops in front of Gadsby's Tavern. The present-day festivities get off to an elegant start over the weekend with a banquet followed by the George Washington Birthnight Ball in Gadsby's Tavern, a duplication of the birthday-eve parties held in Washington's lifetime. On Monday is the big parade. More...
In the News

Belgium Likely to Extend Right to Die to Children

In 2002, Belgium became one of the few countries in the world to legalize euthanasia, and now, 12 years later, it is set to become only the second to extend the right to die to children and the first to do so with no age restrictions. The Belgian bill, passed by the Senate in December and being voted on by the House of Representatives today, would give all terminally ill minors "with a capacity of discernment" who are "conscious at the moment of the request" and "in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased" the right to seek to end their lives. More...
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