Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

templet

Definition:(noun) A model or standard for making comparisons.
Synonyms:guide
Usage: By using a templet, the artist was able to reproduce the exact same design on each of the tiles.
Article of the Day

The Cerebral Cortex

The vertebrate brain's cerebrum is covered by an outer layer, or cortex, that is largely responsible for higher brain functions, including sensation, voluntary muscle movement, thought, reasoning, and memory. It is composed of unmyelinated fibers that—in preserved brains—are grey in color, hence the name "grey matter." Each region of the cerebral cortex is highly differentiated and sends and receives information specific to its function. How thick is the cerebral cortex in humans? More...
This Day in History

The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway. What does the word "Parthenon" mean in Greek? More...
Today's Birthday

Lewis Hine (1874)

Hine was an American photographer whose career began shortly after he bought his first camera in 1903. Devoted to capturing images of the dark side of the industrial revolution in the US, he documented the poverty of immigrants and the plight of child laborers. The power of his images placed him at the forefront of 20th-century documentary photographers and helped bring about the passage of child labor laws. Some of his most famous images document the construction of what iconic skyscraper? More...
Quotation of the Day
An unhappy gentleman, resolving to wed nothing short of perfection, keeps his heart and hand till both get so old and withered that no tolerable woman will accept them.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

have a good day

cliché An expression of farewell. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen September Revolution Day

Yemen observes two Revolution Days: one commemorates the revolutionary movement that overthrew the monarchy of Imam Muhammad al-Badr on September 26, 1962, and helped pave the way for the creation of the Yemen Arab Republic. Before that could occur, however, British occupation of the area remained another force impeding independence. Revolts against the British then ensued in 1962-63, and, by 1967, the British granted Yemen its sovereignty. These revolts are commemorated on October 14. More...
In the News

Rare Supermoon Eclipse Should Bring Wonder, Not Apocalypse

On Sunday night and early Monday morning, much of the Earth will witness a glorious heavenly event. The night of September 27-28 will showcase a lunar eclipse coupled with a "supermoon" -- a full moon that appears larger because it's at perigee, ... More...
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