Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

subtitle

Definition:(noun) Translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Synonyms:caption
Usage: Despite having to read the subtitles for the duration of the film, I found myself lost in the storyline and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Article of the Day

Giordano Bruno

Bruno was a 16th-century Italian philosopher who theorized that the universe is infinite. He entered a Dominican convent as a teen but abandoned the order after being accused of heresy and began traveling Europe lecturing and teaching. His cosmological theories anticipated modern conceptions of the universe but led to his excommunication by the Roman Catholic, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches. Arrested by the Inquisition in 1593, he was burned at the stake after a trial lasting how many years? More...
This Day in History

"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The "Fat Man" was supposedly named after a character in what film? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of "genetic epistemology," a natural timetable for the development of the child's ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. More...
Today's Holiday

National Women's Day (South Africa)

On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union BuildingsUnion Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women. Every year on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. This day celebrates the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face. More...
In the News

Rioting Continues in London

Rioting, which began on Saturday night in the Tottenham area of north London, has spread to other parts of the city. The clashes began after a peaceful protest of a police shooting that took the life of a 29-year-old father of four turned violent. Police vehicles were set alight and shops were looted and burned. The riots continued and spread on Sunday and Monday, resulting in dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage and leading to more than 200 arrests. The rioters appear to be using social media services and cell phones to coordinate attacks on shops and police. More...
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