Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

flitter

Definition:(verb) Move back and forth very rapidly.
Synonyms:flicker, flutter, quiver, waver
Usage: The hummingbird flittered from one flower to the next, darting instinctively to wherever the nectar was most plentiful.
Article of the Day

Fuel Cell

A fuel cell is a device that converts fuel directly into electricity, a process far more efficient than indirect methods of energy conversion, such as heating steam to turn a turbine connected to an electrical generator. Since fuel cells can be used in place of virtually any other source of electricity, they are being developed for use in automobiles in hopes of greatly reducing pollution. In 1966, automobile manufacturer GM created its first fuel cell-powered automobile. Did it work? More...
This Day in History

USS Maine Sinks, Prompting the US to Declare War on Spain (1898)

In January 1898, the USS Maine was sent to protect American interests in Cuba, where an anti-Spanish insurrection was taking place. It sank weeks later, after an onboard explosion. Fueled by the conspiracy theories of American yellow journalism, outrage over the deaths of 260 of the ship's crew members helped push the nation toward the Spanish-American War. Several investigations into the sinking have since taken place, including one that was conducted in 1998. What were its findings? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeremy Bentham (1748)

Bentham was a British moral philosopher and legal theorist. A precocious student, he graduated from Oxford at age 15. In his writings, he became the earliest expounder of utilitarianism—the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its usefulness in bringing about the greatest happiness for all those affected by it. His work inspired much reform legislation, especially regarding prisons. What was done with Bentham's body after his death, in accordance with his will? More...
Quotation of the Day
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a cut above the rest

Better in quality than most others. More...
Today's Holiday

Susan B. Anthony Day

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) devoted her life to the temperance, anti-slavery, and women's suffrage movements. After the Civil War, she focused all of her energies on getting women the right to vote, which was achieved in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Tributes to Anthony take place on her birthday, February 15, in various parts of the country, and ceremonies honoring Anthony are often held at her grave in Rochester, New York. More...
In the News

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius Suspected of Girlfriend's Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games and a South African national hero, is facing murder charges in the shooting death of his 30-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria. Pistorius and Steenkamp were the only two people at the home at the time of the incident, and police are interviewing neighbors who may have heard the couple arguing before or around the time of the shooting. There has been speculation that Pistorius mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, but this has not been confirmed, and the investigation is ongoing. More...
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