Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

subroutine

Definition:(noun) A set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program.
Synonyms:procedure, function
Usage: Apparently, the program was crashing because there were careless typos in the code for a pivotal subroutine.
Article of the Day

The Bends

Decompression sickness is a disorder that often affects scuba divers who ascend from the depths too quickly, causing severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, paralysis, and even death—for no externally obvious reason. Under pressure, respiratory gasses are compressed and dissolved in the body’s tissues. When a person rapidly moves to a lower pressure environment, the dissolved gases expand and form bubbles that cause "the bends." Workers in what other occupations are susceptible to this sickness? More...
This Day in History

Vasco da Gama Sets Sail on First Direct European Voyage to India (1497)

In 1497, da Gama began his epochal voyage to India, becoming the first European to journey there directly by sea. With four vessels, he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, passed the easternmost point reached by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, continued up the coast of Africa to Malindi, and sailed across the Indian Ocean to Calicut. His voyage opened up a way for Europe to reach the Indies and marked the beginning of the Portuguese Empire. For what brutal methods was da Gama known during his travels? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Binet (1857)

A major figure in the development of experimental psychology in France, Binet founded L'Année Psychologique, the first French journal on psychology, in 1895. He is also known for his research and innovations in measuring reasoning ability. Between 1905 and 1911, he and Théodore Simon developed influential scales for the measurement of the intelligence of children, which, with revisions, came into wide use in schools, industries, and the army. How did the scales work? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've been a great deal happier ... since I have given up thinking about what is easy and pleasant, and being discontented because I couldn't have my own will. Our life is determined for us—and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a going concern

A business, enterprise, or activity that has done well thus far and is expected to continue making a profit. More...
Today's Holiday

'Ksan Celebrations (2016)

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, people in a longhouse in a village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River). More...
In the News

No Such Thing As Mermaids, Says US Government

In a move reminiscent of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website post on preparing for a zombie apocalypse, the National Ocean Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has elected to publish a declaration regarding the existence—or, more specifically, the nonexistence—of mermaids. Following a TV program on mermaids that many viewers may have mistaken for a documentary, employees at the agency found themselves fielding an unusual number of inquiries regarding the mythical creatures. The agency therefore elected to publicly address the issue on its website, declaring that there is no evidence that "aquatic humanoids" exist. More...
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