Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

seeker

Definition:(noun) Someone making a search or inquiry.
Synonyms:quester, searcher
Usage: A seeker of the truth, he never took things at face value.
Article of the Day

The Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics

The Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics in India flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries. Kerala scholars discovered a procedure for determining the position of the Moon every 36 minutes and methods for estimating the movement of the planets. While attempting to solve astronomical problems, the scholars independently created a number of important mathematical concepts, centuries before the invention of calculus in Europe. What was their most important discovery? More...
This Day in History

Ronald Reagan Challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" (1987)

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 by the East German government and later extended along the entire border between East and West Germany. Built to prevent defections, it became a symbol of the Cold War. In 1987, US President Reagan visited Berlin to commemorate the city's 750th anniversary and used his speech to publicly challenge Gorbachev to destroy the wall. Two years later, it was dismantled in a failed bid by the Communists to retain power. Why did some Reagan staffers oppose his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Eddie Adams (1933)

Adams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American photographer and photojournalist noted for his war coverage and portraits of celebrities and politicians, began his career as a combat photographer during the Korean War. His best known photograph, a harrowing image of the moment that South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, on a Saigon street in 1968, won the Pulitzer Prize. Why did he later apologize to the police chief for having taken the picture? More...
Quotation of the Day
I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

advance notice

A notification, signal, or sign that something is going to happen or is expected to happen. More...
Today's Holiday

Race Unity Day (2016)

Race Unity Day is observed worldwide by Baha'is and others with meetings and discussions. The day was begun in 1957 by the Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly in the US, with the purpose of focusing attention on racial prejudice. The Baha'is see racism as a major barrier to peace, and teach that there must be universal recognition of the oneness of all humans to achieve peace. More...
In the News

Teen Invents Doorbell that Can Outwit Burglars

A 13-year-old boy from south London, inspired by his mother's inconvenience at having to go pick up packages at the post office after having missed several delivery attempts, has invented a doorbell that calls the homeowner's cell phone if no one answers the door within eight seconds. This allows the homeowner to speak directly to the visitor over what appears to be a standard intercom and provide direct instructions for things like deliveries. Since the device gives the appearance that someone is at home, it could also deter burglars who often check to see if a house is empty by ringing the doorbell. More...
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