Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

timorous

Definition:(adjective) Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
Synonyms:trepid, fearful
Usage: The timorous child huddled alone in the corner while the rest of his classmates played in the schoolyard.
Article of the Day

Astral Body

Adopted by 19th-century mystical movements, the term "astral body" refers to a supposed intermediate entity between the corporeal body and the soul. It is thought by believers to stand in for one's physical self on spiritual journeys. The idea of an astral body has been associated with various experiences said to occur midway between the celestial sphere and the physical world, such as dreams, purgatory, and near-death experiences. Some believe that astral bodies are visible in what form? More...
This Day in History

The Hillsborough Disaster (1989)

The Hillsborough Disaster occurred in 1989 during a soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in England. When the match began, many fans were still attempting to enter the stadium, forming a bottleneck at the gate. When the gates were opened, the push from the crowd crushed many against barriers, resulting in the deaths of 96 people. It remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history. What factors are believed to have led to the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile Durkheim (1858)

Along with Max Weber, Durkheim is considered one of the chief founders of modern sociology. His view that the methods of natural science can be applied to the study of society was influenced by the positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte. Durkheim held that the collective mind of society was the source of religion and morality and that the common values developed in society, particularly in primitive societies, are the cohesive bonds of social order. What was Durkheim's view on crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is true we love life; not because we are wont to live, but because we are wont to love.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

day or night

At any point in time; 24 hours a day. More...
Today's Holiday

Jackie Robinson Day (2016)

Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated throughout Major League Baseball (MLB) in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play professional baseball in the MLB. On April 15, 1947, Robinson played his first professional game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. To commemorate Robinson's achievements, activities are planned each year at all MLB stadiums on April 15th. Home teams coordinate activities for the tribute, which may include pre-game award presentations, special guests throwing the first pitch, prizes for fans, and appearances by other legendary baseball stars. More...
In the News

Flight Navigation Systems Vulnerable to Hacking

Cockpit technology has made air travel infinitely safer, but it also makes airplanes vulnerable to dangerous hacking attacks. A security researcher made the latter point abundantly clear at a recent hacking conference, when he presented the results of his four-year investigation into the security of aircraft computer and data systems. Working with used aviation equipment he purchased on eBay, Hugo Teso was able to get a simulated jet to change course based on false navigation information he fed to its flight management system. Aviation agencies are now investigating his findings. More...
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