Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

neologism

Definition:(noun) A newly invented word or phrase.
Synonyms:coinage
Usage: Neologisms are often coined when people begin using newly released technology.
Article of the Day

The Birdman of Easter Island

Tangata Manu, or "Birdman," was the title given to the winner of an annual ritual competition practiced by Easter Island natives up until Christian missionaries suppressed it in the 1860s. The object of the contest was the retrieval of the first sooty tern egg of the season from the cliffs of a rocky islet off the coast of the main island. The winner's clan received the right to collect that season's harvest of wild bird eggs, while the Birdman himself was afforded what privileges? 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 desire no future that will break the ties of the past.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

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

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

Makers of Stuxnet and Flame Viruses Collaborated

Computer security experts say that they have found proof to back up the speculation that the Flame and Stuxnet computer viruses are linked. It was reported last month that a virus known as Flame was launched in an alleged cyber-attack against Iran's disputed nuclear program. Researchers say that part of the code from Flame is nearly identical to a portion of the 2009 version of a malware program called Stuxnet. The experts say the evidence suggests that the two viruses were developed by different teams that worked together at an early stage. The new findings could support claims that the US is using the viruses as part of a cyber-espionage program. More...
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