Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

recliner

Definition:(noun) An armchair whose back can be lowered and foot can be raised to allow the sitter to recline in it.
Synonyms:lounger
Usage: During football season, my husband plants himself in the recliner that faces the TV and does not budge for hours on end.
Article of the Day

The Discovery Expedition

In 1901, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society organized a British expedition to Antarctica aboard the Discovery. The voyage was led by Robert Falcon Scott and its purpose was to allow for the study and exploration of the continent, which was then largely untouched. The expedition yielded several discoveries, such as an emperor penguin colony at Cape Crozier and King Edward VII Land, but it has been asserted that its main failure was its inability to master what technique? More...
This Day in History

One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John's Dance (1374)

Germany was the site of one of the first outbreaks of dancing mania, a phenomenon seen primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. During such outbreaks, groups of up to thousands of people would dance uncontrollably, screaming, shouting, and claiming to have visions until they collapsed from exhaustion. Initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist, it was called "St. John's Dance." To what do researchers now attribute the strange behavior? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)

Weber was a German physiologist who is known for his work on touch and for the formulation of Weber's law—which states that the increase in stimulus necessary to produce an increase in sensation is not fixed but depends on the strength of the preceding stimulus. Weber's law led to the discipline of psychophysics and serves as the basis of the scales used to measure the loudness of sounds. He is considered a founder of experimental psychology and is also known for what discoveries in anatomy? More...
Quotation of the Day
How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

go out with a bang

To finish or cease doing something in a spectacular, great, or exciting manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Venezuela Battle of Carabobo Day (2016)

The Battle of Carabobo was fought in Venezuela on June 24, 1821, between the Spanish and the Venezuelan freedom fighters, led by Simón Bolívar. Their victory led to the independence of Venezuela. At the site of the battle is the Alley of Glory. It leads to the Triumphal Arch, which features two female figures representing peace and victory. The Battle of Carabobo Day is marked by a military parade in Carabobo. More...
In the News

New Camera Allows Refocusing of Photos

A newly launched company called Lytro will debut a light-field camera that some say will bring the biggest change to the field of photography since the inception of digital photography. The camera will produce what the company calls "living pictures," photographs whose focus may be adjusted after they have been taken and that may be easily switched from 2D to 3D. Multiple internal lenses that capture much more light than a normal camera and at multiple angles allow the camera's photographs to be manipulated in this way. More...
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