Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

interlink

Definition:(verb) To link together or join (one) with another.
Synonyms:complect, interconnect
Usage: The policies, though distinct, are interlinked.
Article of the Day

Ziusudra

According to some ancient sources, Ziusudra was the last king of Sumer prior to the deluge described in the Sumerian flood myth. The earliest version of this myth, recorded in cuneiform on a tablet in the 17th century BCE, recounts how the hero, Ziusudra, survives the flood and is rewarded with immortality. His story is quite similar to biblical accounts of Noah and to the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, which features a hero named Utnapishtim. What is the meaning of the name "Ziusudra"? More...
This Day in History

Project Tiger Launched (1973)

Though trophy hunting of tigers is no longer the popular "sport" it once was, things like habitat loss, loss of prey, and poaching continue to threaten tiger populations. In the past century alone, tiger populations shrank by over 90%. In 1973, India launched a wildlife conservation movement called Project Tiger to protect tigers in specially designated reserves throughout India. What do the latest estimates indicate about the current tiger population in India? More...
Today's Birthday

William Harvey (1578)

The personal doctor of kings James I and Charles I, Harvey was an English physician whom many credit with laying the foundation of modern medicine. Although his work was not fully substantiated until centuries later, he contributed greatly to the advance of comparative anatomy and embryology. Most importantly, he was the first to demonstrate the function of the heart and complete circulation of the blood, a feat that is especially remarkable because it was accomplished without the aid of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

conspicuous consumption

The lavish expenditure of money or acquisition of expensive items as a public display of one's wealth or financial success. More...
Today's Holiday

Greek Cypriot National Day

This holiday marks the anniversary of the 1955 start of the Greek Cypriot liberation struggle against British colonial forces. The Turkish community, which preferred an alliance with Turkey, also took up arms, complicating the struggle. Greek Cypriot National Day is celebrated in South Cyprus, which is the Greek partitioned part of the island. Almost all public services and most private shops are closed. The holiday is often celebrated with parades in city streets, along with music, dancing and flag-waving. More...
In the News

Electric, Not Magic, Wand to Fight Fires

Currently, firefighters use water, foam, powder, and other substances to douse flames, but they may one day be able to harness the power of electricity to extinguish blazes. In demonstrations, researchers were able to snuff out thin jets of fire up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) tall with an electric wand that generates an electric field with the strength of a million volts per meter. By modifying the shape of the electrode and altering the current, frequency, and voltage involved, they hope to develop devices that can suppress fires that are farther away and wider in scope. More...
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