Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

petiole

Definition:(noun) The slender stem that supports the blade of a leaf.
Synonyms:leafstalk
Usage: Beth pruned her plants methodically, snipping dead leaves at their petioles and throwing them in the compost.
Article of the Day

Equestrian Vaulting

Equestrian vaulting is a sport in which gymnastic routines are performed on horseback while the horse trots in a fixed circle. The horse is fitted with a special pad with handles to aid performers in their routines. Athletes mount the horse as it is moving, and perform individually or in groups as the horse trots or canters in a wide circle. Though it is especially popular in Europe, the sport is practiced competitively in countries around the world. Is equestrian vaulting an Olympic sport? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh (1547)

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh was part of the War of Rough Wooing, the ruthless war launched by Henry VIII against Scotland to force a marriage between Mary Queen of Scots and his son, the future Edward VI. The first "modern" battle to be fought in the British Isles and the last pitched battle between the English and Scottish royal armies, it resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the Scots, who came to call it Black Saturday. After the battle, what happened to the infant Queen Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Sydenham (1624)

Known as "the English Hippocrates," Sydenham was a physician who advocated direct observation instead of theorizing to determine the nature of disease. His conceptions of the causes and treatments of epidemics and his classic descriptions of gout, smallpox, malaria, and other maladies established him as a founder of modern clinical medicine and epidemiology. He introduced laudanum as a medication, helped popularize the use of quinine in treating malaria, and described what "dancing" disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father taught in the wise way which unfolds what lies in the child's nature, as a flower blooms, rather than crammed it, like a Strasbourg goose, with more than it could digest.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

the happy day

A wedding, or marriage in general. More...
Today's Holiday

La Partita a Scacchi Viventi (Living Chess Game)

Every two years, the main piazza in Marostica, Italy, is transformed into a giant chessboard. More than 500 townspeople wearing elaborate medieval costumes portray chessmen and act out a living game. Thousands of spectators watch from bleachers, cheering loudly when a castle is lost and moaning when there is an impending checkmate. The local players begin rehearsing in March; some start out as pawns and over the years work their way up to become knights, kings, and queens. The moves in the game are spoken in an ancient dialect, including the final scácco matto! (checkmate). More...
In the News

Cheetah Robot Bests Bolt's Sprint Speed

A four-legged robot developed through funding from the US military is able to run faster than the fastest human. The robot, named Cheetah, set a new world speed record for legged robots, reaching 28.3 mph (45.5 km/h) during a treadmill test run. By comparison, the world's fastest human, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has a top speed of 27.78 mph (44.7 km/h). The robot's design is based in part on the anatomy of cheetahs, which, as the fastest land animals, are able to attain speeds up to 75 mph (121 km/h). More...
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