Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

castigate

Definition:(verb) Censure severely.
Synonyms:chasten, chastise, objurgate
Usage: Often he would look back on his day of toil, and castigate himself for failing to fulfill his true purpose of the day.
Article of the Day

Saturn

The sixth planet from the Sun, Saturn is a gas giant and the second largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter. When viewed through a telescope, it is seen as a golden sphere. Saturn's most remarkable feature is the system of rings that orbits it. Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune also have rings, but only those of Saturn are easily visible. Galileo first observed the rings in 1610, and astronomer Christiaan Huygens determined their true shape in 1659. What substances make up the rings? More...
This Day in History

US Senate Ratifies the Antiballistic Missile Treaty (1972)

The Antiballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of 1972 limited the number of defensive antiballistic missile systems allowed to the US and USSR. Effective ABM systems had been sought since the Cold War, when the nuclear arms race raised the specter of complete destruction by unstoppable ballistic missiles. In the West, the treaty was seen as a deterrent to nuclear war, since neither side would be able to fully protect against nuclear attack. Why then did the US withdraw from the treaty in 2002? More...
Today's Birthday

Leon Uris (1924)

Uris was an American novelist known for his many popular novels, especially the 1958 bestseller Exodus, a fictional account of Israel's early history that was eventually translated into dozens of languages. Meticulously researched, much of his fiction is set in historical periods of the 20th century. Uris also wrote screenplays, notably for the classic Western Gunfight at the OK Corral, and many of his novels were made into films. Who starred in the film version of Exodus? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

happy as a lark

Very happy; contented. More...
Today's Holiday

Nebuta Matsuri (2016)

Nebuta Matsuri, the main festival of Aomori Prefecture in Japan, features processions of huge, elaborately painted papier-mâché figures called nebuta. In the capital city of Aomori, the nebuta figures, up to 49 feet wide and 26 feet high, depict ferociously scowling samurai warriors. Illuminated from within by candles, they glow as they are carried through the streets at nightfall. Spectators wear hats made of flowers and dance in the streets. More...
In the News

Corrective Display Can Take the Place of Eyewear

Tech developers are working on a tablet display that corrects for vision problems, thereby allowing users to take a break from their corrective eyewear while using the device. The engineers have developed software that adjusts the light emitted from each pixel on the screen to compensate for the individual user's visual impairment. When combined with a thin plastic pinhole filter, the prototype display worked as designed. It is hoped that the displays will eventually be able to simultaneously allow multiple users with various vision impairments to view an image clearly. More...
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