Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

eschew

Definition:(verb) Avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of.
Synonyms:shun
Usage: Unlike many Hollywood starlets, she eschews publicity and does her best to avoid being photographed in public.
Article of the Day

The Crow

Crows are highly intelligent birds that can easily be tamed, yet they are regarded by Western cultures as harbingers of doom because of their dark plumage, unnerving calls, and the fact that they have been known to loiter around battlefields, feed on corpses, and destroy grain crops. They are smart enough to recognize individual humans and can hold grudges against specific people. Due to their sensitivity to it, crows are a good indicator of the spread of what virus that also attacks humans? More...
This Day in History

Korean War Begins (1950)

After WWII, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the north and US forces occupying the south. Negotiations to reunify the two zones failed, and in 1950 the North invaded the South. US President Harry Truman ordered troops to assist South Korea, and the UN backed the mission. As UN troops advanced across North Korea, the People's Republic of China intervened, pushing them back to the original boundary at the 38th parallel. How many people were killed in the war? More...
Today's Birthday

Sidney Lumet (1924)

Lumet was an American film and television director with over 50 films to his name, three of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He began acting as a child, appearing in Yiddish productions and on Broadway. After serving in WWII, he began directing plays and teaching acting. He directed more than 200 television dramas before making his debut as a movie director in 1957 with the acclaimed Twelve Angry Men. For what did Lumet receive an Academy Award in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

go out with the boys

To go and socialize somewhere with a group of exclusively male friends. More...
Today's Holiday

Keller Festival

This festival in Tuscumbia, Alabama, honors Helen Keller and her remarkable life. Born in Tuscumbia in 1880, she was left blind, deaf, and mute by illness at the age of 19 months. Helen learned to read and write and later graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College. She became known for her writings and toured the world to promote opportunities for blind and deaf persons. Festival events include art exhibits, musical entertainment, a parade, and historic tours. At Miss Keller's birthplace, Ivy Green, visitors can see the pump at which Helen learned her first word, "water." More...
In the News

Move Over Megapixel, Gigapixel Technology on Its Way

Nowadays, the typical commercial digital camera is capable of taking photographs ranging from eight to 40 megapixels, but a new prototype machine, dubbed AWARE2, is threatening to make these cameras obsolete. By utilizing 98 tiny synchronized cameras, AWARE2 captures images with resolutions of up to 50 gigapixels, the equivalent of 50,000 megapixels. Though AWARE2 is too bulky and impractical for handheld use and will likely initially be used exclusively for military surveillance, researchers expect that gigapixel cameras will be compact enough to be made available to the general public within five years. More...
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