Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

with-it

Definition:(adjective) In accord with the most fashionable ideas or style.
Synonyms:cutting-edge, up-to-date
Usage: Angela takes her fashion cues from whatever the with-it boutiques downtown are promoting.
Article of the Day

Competitive Free-Diving

In competitive free-diving—also called competitive apnea—individuals attempt to reach extreme depths or distances underwater on a single breath without using breathing equipment. Some events allow the use of fins or weights, while others do not. Because a lack of oxygen can result in a loss of consciousness, free-diving requires intense training and supervision. What is the current record for timed underwater breath-holding as recognized by the International Association for Development of Apnea? More...
This Day in History

La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima's La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government's battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori's conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Hooke (1635)

Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

good going

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Marine Day (Umi no Hi) (2016)

This holiday was established in 1941 to mark the return of Meiji the Great (1852-1912), Japan's 122nd emperor, from the northern island of Hokkaido in 1876. The vessel that transported the emperor, the Meiji-Maru, has been preserved as a national treasure and is open for public viewing on Marine Day. With the festival's new focus on marine environmental issues, organizations take advantage of the day to raise awareness by scheduling seaside cleanups and other special events. For Japanese schoolchildren, Marine Day also marks the beginning of their summer vacation. More...
In the News

Rechargeable Clothing the Wave of the Future?

Imagine a future in which your cell phone battery never inconveniently dies while you are out running an errand or enjoying a night on the town. Scientists are working to make that a reality, and one way they might do so is by developing clothing that can be used to charge mobile devices. One team turned a regular T-shirt purchased at a local discount store into a capacitor, a device used to temporarily store an electric charge. By further treating the fabric, researchers were able to turn it into a stable, high-performing supercapacitor that could withstand thousands of charge-discharge cycles. More...
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