Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 08, 2017)
Word of the Day

overweening

Definition:(adjective) Unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings.
Synonyms:extravagant, exuberant, excessive
Usage: It may be all right, sir, but I have no overweening reliance on the faith of these marquesses, or marquis, as they call themselves.
Article of the Day

Martian Terraforming

Since the concept of terraforming—making a planet's environment suitable for human habitation­—was first proposed, Mars has been one of the primary hypothetical candidates for its application. Although Mars may have had a relatively earthlike environment early in its history, experts disagree on whether present-day Mars can be adapted to support human life. Terraforming Mars would require at least two major changes: building up the atmosphere and heating it. How could such changes be achieved? More...
This Day in History

Downed US Air Force Pilot Rescued in Bosnia (1995)

On June 2, 1995, US Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady was enforcing a NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia when his F-16 was hit by a surface-to-air missile. He ejected and, for the next six days, survived in the wilderness by eating leaves and ants. During that time, he avoided capture by Serb patrols and made contact with US forces. The Marines then mounted a daring rescue and brought him home. The 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines is loosely based on O'Grady's ordeal. Why did he sue the filmmakers? More...
Today's Birthday

Francis Harry Compton Crick (1916)

While working in a research lab at Cambridge after WWII, Crick helped discover the molecular structure of DNA. It was one of the most important scientific findings of the century, and he shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work. He also clarified how cells use DNA to build proteins. During WWII, he was deflected from his original course of research after a bomb hit his lab. Crick later said he had been studying "the dullest problem imaginable" at the time. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have a yen for (something)

To have a very strong and persistent desire or craving for something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Carillon Festival (2017)

The International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, attracts carillonneurs from France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands as well as from the United States. The centerpiece of the festival is the Rees Memorial Carillon. The festival, instituted in 1962, features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and other compositions arranged for the carillon. The performances take place in Springfield's Washington Park, where listeners can sit the recommended 300 or more feet away. More...
In the News

Your Pet Chicken Is Making People Sick, CDC Says

Baby chicks are terribly cute—they're tiny and fuzzy (the best attributes snuggle-buddies can have)—so it's not hard to understand why people who own the backyard birds just can't seem to keep their hands off of them. But one thing is not so adorable ... More...
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