Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 01, 2016)
Word of the Day

presentiment

Definition:(noun) A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.
Synonyms:boding, foreboding, premonition
Usage: We've gone and lost your father's flat, Diana, and I have a presentiment that we'll not be allowed to row on the pond any more.
Article of the Day

Polymers

Both DNA and plastic, two seemingly unrelated materials, are classified as polymers, compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds. A diverse assortment of natural and synthetic materials comprises the class of polymers, including hair, polyester, and shellac. Polymers are even used in the production of microprocessor parts. What is the process that produces polymers called? More...
This Day in History

Germany Invades Poland (1939)

After staging Polish attacks on German forces to create the appearance of Polish aggression, Germany invaded Poland, beginning WWII. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later, and all the members of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the exception of Ireland, rapidly followed suit. The German blitzkrieg crushed the Polish defenses. Within a month all of Poland was occupied by German forces as well as the forces of what state with whom Germany had just signed a non-aggression pact? More...
Today's Birthday

Rocky Marciano (1923)

Marciano turned to professional boxing in 1947, after failing to become a professional baseball player. On his climb to the heavyweight title, he became the second boxer ever to knock out Joe Louis. He won the title in 1952 and defended it 6 times before retiring. The only heavyweight champion with a perfect professional record, he was undefeated in 49 fights—43 won by knockout. A test of the force of his punch found that it carried enough energy to lift how much weight one foot off the ground? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

go at it hammer and tongs

To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. An allusion to the force with which a blacksmith strikes metal using his or her hammer and tongs. More...
Today's Holiday

Famadihana (2016)

The Malagasy people of Madagascar believe that their deceased ancestors have become intermediaries between the living and God. Because they will spend eternity in their new existence, tombs are built to be much sturdier than houses. The Famadihana is a celebration in which people exhume the remains of their ancestors, treat them to a grand feast and party, replace their burial clothes, and then reintern them. The specific date of a family's Famidihana is determined by a spiritual leader, but, for hygenic reasons, it always takes place during the winter months, when the weather is dry. More...
In the News

Rosetta Caught Close-Up Footage of a Comet Eruption

This February, something strange happened on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet that the Rosetta probe has been orbiting since 2014. There was an eruption, with gas and dust flying everywhere, and it was caught on film by Rosetta, as the probe ... More...
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