Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

torturous

Definition:(adjective) Extremely painful.
Synonyms:agonizing, excruciating, harrowing
Usage: Losing someone you love is a torturous experience.
Article of the Day

Tether Satellites

During the second half of the 20th century, space agencies began to take a keen interest in the use of tethers in space. In 1992, NASA and the Italian Space Agency jointly launched the first tether satellite, TSS-1, from the Space Shuttle, but a protruding bolt kept the tether—a thin, super-strong, conductive cable—from fully extending. The next tether satellite mission, TSS-1R, was undertaken in 1996 with plans to extend the tether to a range of more than 12 mi (19 km). What went wrong? More...
This Day in History

King Alexander I of Serbia Assassinated (1903)

Twelve-year-old Alexander Obrenovic became king of Serbia in 1889, when his father, King Milan I, abdicated. Proclaiming himself of age in 1893, he took over the government, abolished the relatively liberal constitution of 1889, and restored the conservative one of 1869. In 1903, after Alexander temporarily suspended the liberal constitution he had granted in 1901 so that he could replace certain government officials, he and his wife were assassinated. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)

An English suffragist and social reformer, Fawcett rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, believing that the enfranchisement of women could be achieved by peaceful means. Her efforts as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 to 1919 are considered to have been instrumental in earning women over 30 in the UK the right to vote in 1918. Her older sister, Elizabeth, was the first woman licensed to do what in Britain? More...
Quotation of the Day
Live, and be happy, and make others so.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Chagu-Chagu Umakko (2016)

People in Morioka, a horse-breeding district of Iwate Prefecture in Japan, hold the Chagu-Chagu Umakko Festival to honor the god of horses. The parade begins at the Komagata-jinja shrine and ends at the Morioka Hachimangu shrine. Using white ropes, people lead richly decorated horses to the shrines. When they reach the shrine, prayers are said for the horses' well-being and the owners' financial success. Chagu-chagu refers to the sound of the bells that are hung on the horses' heads; Umakko comes from uma, the Japanese word for "horse." More...
In the News

Repeatedly Concussed Kids Take Longer to Recover

Millions of children suffer concussions each year, and some, particularly those that participate in contact sports, endure multiple concussions in their youth. The recovery period following a concussion is typically thought to last 10 to 14 days, but a new study suggests that this is lengthened to an average of 24 days among youngsters with at least one past concussion and 35 days in those whose prior concussion occurred within the past year. The findings suggest that parents and coaches should exercise caution when it comes to children who have suffered head injuries and keep them sidelined for as long as necessary. More...
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