Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

decanter

Definition:(noun) A vessel used for decanting, especially a decorative bottle used for serving wine.
Synonyms:carafe
Usage: Sir Percival was sitting at the table with a decanter of wine before him.
Article of the Day

O-Rings

An o-ring is a rubber ring that is used in machinery as a seal against substances like oil and air. Although it is one of the most commonly used seals, it is forever linked to a catastrophic failure. After the space shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, investigators determined that the o-ring seal in one of the shuttle's solid fuel rockets failed due to a loss of elasticity that resulted from the low temperature at launch time. How was this problem later demonstrated at a news conference? More...
This Day in History

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit Is Published (1937)

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon and of English language and literature at Oxford University. Adapted from stories Tolkien told his kids, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children's literature but also attracts adult readers. Its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the 20th century's most popular and influential works of fantasy literature. What is the The Hobbit's full title? More...
Today's Birthday

H. G. Wells (1866)

Wells was an English author whose early books exemplify the political and social beliefs of his time. Full of fantasy and fascinating pseudoscientific speculations, they include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Although he is probably best remembered for his works of science fiction, he was also an imaginative social thinker who worked for many progressive causes. What novels did he write after he abandoned science fiction? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

have a few

To have multiple alcoholic drinks, especially to the point of becoming mildly intoxicated. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Independence Day (2016)

On September 21, 1991, the Armenian people voted in favor of independence from the USSR; they were granted independence on December 26 of that year, by which time the former Soviet Union had collapsed. Armenia had been part of the Soviet Union since the 1920s. More...
In the News

This Skintight "Invisibility Cloak" Can Hide Tiny 3-D Objects

We're one step closer to Harry-Potter-style invisibility cloaks. In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers report the first ever success in cloaking 3-D objects regardless of their shape. Unfortunately, we're not quite ready to grab our ... More...
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