Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

equitation

Definition:(noun) The sport of sitting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements.
Synonyms:horseback riding
Usage: Arthur and Jennifer debated the finer points of equitation as they rode side by side across the field.
Article of the Day

The Golden Poison Frog

Despite its diminutive size, the golden poison frog is one of the deadliest creatures in the world. Native to Columbia, the poisonous—but not venomous—frog contains enough of the rare neurotoxin batrachotoxin to kill 10 humans. Indigenous peoples use the toxin on the tips of poison darts and arrows. The intelligent frogs are seemingly unafraid of potential predators. They do not produce the toxin themselves, and lose their toxicity in captivity. Where, then, do they acquire the toxin? More...
This Day in History

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998)

ICANN is a nonprofit corporation that manages domain name systems, the assignment of IP addresses and protocol parameters, and root server systems. The original mandate for ICANN came from a US government proposal to privatize the management of Internet names and addresses to allow for the development of competition and to facilitate global participation in Internet management. Its functions are now performed under US Government contract. What are some criticisms of the organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Johnson (1709)

Johnson was a British man of letters and one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England. In 1755, after eight years of work, he published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language, considered the first great English dictionary. His aphorisms helped make him one of the most frequently quoted English writers. His biography, written by his contemporary James Boswell, is one of the most admired biographies of all time. How many entries did Johnson's dictionary include? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hobbes clearly proves that every creature
Lives in a state of war by nature.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Nuestra Senora de Peñafrancia

This celebration is a grand fiesta devoted to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, held in Naga City on the Bicol peninsula in the Philippines. It is the biggest festival of the Bicol region; it starts with a nine-day novena at the Naga Cathedral. A procession then carries the image of the Virgin to a pagoda on a festooned barge, which is surrounded by a flotilla of smaller boats. The people on the smaller boats chant prayers and hymns as they proceed along the river. When the water-borne pagoda has finished its journey, there are shouts of "Viva la virgen!" and the image is taken back to its shrine. More...
In the News

Why Van Gogh's Flowers Are Changing Colors

When conservation work on Flowers in a Blue Vase by Vincent van Gogh was begun in 2009, conservators noticed that the vibrant yellow paint used for some flowers in the painting had become greyish and cracked. Scientists who investigated the change say it's due to a never-before-seen chemical reaction between the pigment, called cadmium yellow, and a protective varnish added well after the painting was finished. Using X-rays on a microscopic sample of the painting, scientists found the compound causing the discoloration—cadmium oxalate—in a micrometer-thin layer between the paint and the varnish. More...
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