Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 07, 2015)
Word of the Day

diminution

Definition:(noun) Change toward something smaller or lower.
Synonyms:decline
Usage: The thermometer indicated a certain diminution of temperature.
Article of the Day

Igloos

An igloo, which means "house" in the Inuit language, is a traditional, dome-shaped Eskimo dwelling with a low tunnel entrance constructed of blocks of snow placed in an ascending spiral. Although igloos are commonly associated with the Inuit, they were predominantly constructed by people of Canada's Central Arctic and Greenland's Thule area. What is a kudlik, and how did it help strengthen the structural integrity of igloos? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of Tordesillas (1494)

The Treaty of Tordesillas divided newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along an agreed-upon meridian approximately halfway between the Cape Verde Islands belonging to Portugal and Cuba and Hispaniola, claimed for Spain by Columbus. The Europeans had actually seen very little of the lands within the territory they were dividing, and the result was that Spain gained most of the Americas while Portugal gained Brazil. What nation invoked the treaty in the 20th century? More...
Today's Birthday

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778)

Brummell was an English dandy and wit who was greatly admired for his fastidious appearance and confident manner. The leader of English fashion of his time, he influenced men of society to wear dark, simply cut clothes, elaborate neckwear, and trousers rather than breeches. After a quarrel with his friend Prince George of Wales, later King George IV, and deeply in debt from gambling, Brummell fled to France, where he lived for 14 years in poverty and squalor. What killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Sette Giugno

Under British rule, the Maltese Islands helped the Allies during World War I. Although the war brought jobs to the country, many Maltese found it hard to make ends meet. These factors and others prompted riots in Valletta on June 7, 1919. During the riots, four Maltese were killed by British troops. This tragic event became known as the Sette Giugno Riots. Every year on June 7, Malta holds a commemorative ceremony in Valletta. The commemorative celebration includes marches and the playing of the national anthem, L-Innu Malti, as well as a moment of silence in memory of the four fallen men. More...
In the News

The Science Behind NASA's "Flying Saucer" Test

If humans are ever going to visit Mars, NASA must consider how it will transport astronauts across millions of miles of space. But the final few miles of that journey may be the most volatile. “Anytime we land on Mars, there's a lot of really complicated ... More...
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