Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

extenuate

Definition:(verb) Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of.
Synonyms:mitigate, palliate
Usage: Let him, if he be able, justify or extenuate the shameful outrage he has offered to the dictates of truth and to the rules of fair dealing.
Article of the Day

Brigandine

A brigandine is a lightweight, flexible piece of body armor consisting of a coat of mail or small metal plates sewn into quilted cloth or leather. The rivets that secure the plates to the fabric are visible on the exterior of the garment. The brigandine was invented in the Middle Ages and derives its name from foot soldiers, then known as brigands. Though brigandine-like armor was rendered obsolete in Europe in the 1600s, it was still considered useful to colonists in the New World. Why? More...
This Day in History

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)

Diana's beauty and unprecedented popularity as a member of the royal family attracted intense press attention, and she became one of the most photographed women in the world. After her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, she remained highly visible and continued her activities on behalf of numerous charities. In 1997, she was killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, and their driver. Who was blamed for the accident in subsequent investigations? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann von Helmholtz (1821)

Helmholtz was one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He made fundamental contributions to physiology, optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, acoustics, and meteorology, but he is best known for formulating the mathematical law of conservation of energy. His approach was strongly empirical at a time when many scientists embraced deductions from mental concepts. He described body heat and energy, nerve conduction, and the physiology of the eye. What medical instruments did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

Kodak moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be well-suited to be captured in a photograph. Taken from an advertising slogan for Eastman Kodak photographic film and cameras. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldovan Language Day (Limba Noastra) (2016)

Limba Noastra, or Our Language Day, is a public holiday in Moldova. On August 31, 1989, Moldova became the first Soviet republic to pass a law declaring its language, Moldovan, to be the official language of the republic. The law also formally proclaimed that Moldovan and Romanian were the same. Second in importance only to Moldova Independence Day on August 27, Language Day is celebrated with ceremonies at the burial sites of individuals linked to the struggle for cultural rights of Romanians, especially Romanian poets and writers. More...
In the News

Bionic Eye Restores Partial Sight to Blind Woman

An Australian woman with severe vision loss is now able to see some shapes, thanks to a bionic "eye" implanted during a simple operation. When the device was turned on a month after the surgery, the patient reported seeing a flash of light for the first time since she lost her sight due to an inherited condition called retinitis pigmentosa. The device, which was inserted next to the retina within her eye, works by stimulating the retina with electrical impulses, which then pass back to the brain to create an image. More...
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