Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

preceptor

Definition:(noun) Teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford).
Synonyms:don
Usage: Dessalles, the tutor he had brought from Switzerland, was wearing a coat of Russian cut and talking broken Russian to the servants, but was still the same narrowly intelligent, conscientious, and pedantic preceptor.
Article of the Day

Asteroid Deflection Strategies

In 2002, an asteroid 150 to 360 ft (45 to 110 m) in diameter passed within 75,000 mi (121,000 km) of Earth—about a third of the distance to the Moon. Asteroids in similar orbits have struck Earth in the past. For that reason, scientists are currently developing a number of strategies by which near-Earth objects could be vaporized or diverted. These include the use of nuclear weapons and so-called gravitational tractors. When is the next near-Earth object expected to closely approach our planet? More...
This Day in History

The Concordat of Worms (1122)

The Concordat of Worms was an agreement reached by Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V that put an end to the first phase of the power struggle between Rome and what was becoming the Holy Roman Empire. Under its terms, the king was recognized as having the right to invest bishops "by the lance" but not "by ring and staff," meaning he could grant them secular but not sacred authority. What message about the divine right of kings did the concordat convey? More...
Today's Birthday

Mickey Rooney (1920)

Rooney was an American actor who began his career when he was just 17 months old, as part of his family's vaudeville act, and made his film debut at 6. He went on to star in 50 RKO short comedies, and his diminutive size allowed him to play boys until he was nearly 30. From 1937, he played the cocky, energetic Andy Hardy in a series of popular films, often teamed with Judy Garland. In 1983, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. What was Rooney's name at birth? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have a fable for (something)

To have a strong or particular preference, affinity, or weakness for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is California's oldest wine festival, held since the late 1890s in Sonoma, the cradle of the state's wine industry. It is located in Sonoma Valley, which Jack London made famous as the "Valley of the Moon." In the 1850s, Hungarian nobleman Count Agoston Haraszthy planted thousands of cuttings from European grape vines to establish the Buena Vista Winery, now the state's oldest premium winery. The three-day festival includes wine tastings, parades, live music, a blessing of the grapes, a firemen's water fight, and grape stomps. More...
In the News

Gamers Help AIDS Researchers Solve Enzyme Puzzle

In just weeks, online gamers were able to solve a puzzle that has stumped AIDS researchers for years. They did so using a game called Foldit, which allows players to compete against one another to, among other things, predict a protein's optimal—or most stable—three-dimensional structure. In this case, players were presented with M-PMV retroviral protease, an enzyme that is critical to the development of a virus similar to HIV. The protein model that the gamers came up with could help scientists develop better AIDS drugs. More...
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