Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

chasten

Definition:(verb) Censure severely.
Synonyms:castigate, chastise, objurgate, correct
Usage: His mother will undoubtedly chasten him for those insensitive remarks.
Article of the Day

Trajan's Column

Completed in 113 CE, Trajan’s Column is a war monument erected by the Roman emperor Trajan in Rome. Standing 125 feet (38 m) high, the monument is decorated with a bas-relief sculpture spiraled around a column in a continuous band more than 600 feet (183 m) long. The sculpture depicts, with great detail, the emperor's two victorious campaigns in Dacia. The inside of the column contains Trajan's ashes and a spiral staircase. What three statues have topped the column at different times? More...
This Day in History

The Big Burn (1910)

The Great Fire of 1910 was a wildfire that burned approximately three million acres (12,000 sq km) in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Spurred by hurricane-force winds, it destroyed parts of several national forests. Since known as the Big Burn, the firestorm burned over two days and killed more than 80 people, including 78 firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in US history. How did the Great Fire of 1910 shape future US Forest Service policy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779)

Regarded as one of the founders of modern chemistry, Berzelius was a Swedish professor who achieved an immensely important series of innovations and discoveries. He developed chemistry's modern system of symbols and formulas, prepared a remarkably precise table of atomic weights, analyzed numerous chemical compounds, and discovered the elements selenium, thorium, and cerium. He also introduced basic laboratory equipment that remains in use today. What common scientific terms did Berzelius coin? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

the Greek calends

A time that is expected to never arrive or occur. (Used after a preposition, especially "at," "on," or "till.") A reference to the day of the new moon and the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar, which the Greeks did not observe. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Fe Indian Market (2016)

This showplace for traditional and contemporary American Indian art is held on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The market is the oldest and largest juried competition among Native American artists. Today, more than 800 artists enter the competition, largely from the 19 New Mexico pueblos and the Apache, Navajo, Hopi, and Ute tribes of the Southwest. Besides the booths of art works, there are numerous food booths, offering such specialties as green chile on fried bread, and there are Native American dances performed at the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. More...
In the News

Stigma of Nuclear Plant Work Taking Toll

Doctors say that the psychological wellbeing of Japanese workers laboring to safely shut down the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is in jeopardy. Stigmatized, harassed, and discriminated against by residents displaced by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused meltdowns at the plant, workers are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and loss of motivation. Employment at the plant had once been viewed as a badge of honor, but workers, who place their health and lives at risk doing their jobs, now try to hide their ties to the company, which has been widely criticized for mishandling the nuclear disaster. More...
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