Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 05, 2016)
Word of the Day

subspecies

Definition:(noun) A taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species.
Synonyms:race
Usage: The scientist identified a rare subspecies of the animal, and his discovery made international headlines.
Article of the Day

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is an umbrella term for the various legal entitlements associated with certain names, literary works, recorded media, and inventions. The holders of such entitlements may exercise various exclusive rights in relation to the use of their intellectual property. The concept is controversial because it implies that intellectual works—so-called products of the mind—are analogous to physical property. What is the difference between a copyright, a trademark, and a patent? More...
This Day in History

Sam Houston Elected First President of Texas (1836)

A teenage runaway who spent three years living with Cherokee Indians, Houston went on to serve in the War of 1812 and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1823. Attracted to the struggle for Texan independence, he led the army of the provisional government of Texas to victory against the Mexicans in 1836 and served as the newly independent Republic of Texas's first president. He helped Texas win statehood in 1845 and became governor in 1859, but he was deposed in 1861 for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

John Cage (1912)

Cage was an American avant-garde composer and writer. In the 1930s, he began writing all-percussion pieces and proclaimed the use of noise as the next musical horizon. In 1938, he introduced the "prepared piano," an instrument whose sound is radically modified by various objects placed on the strings. He developed the idea of indeterminacy, music that is not strictly controlled. The notorious 4'33", probably his most famous piece, consists of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

make capital out of (something)

To use something to one's advantage or profit. More...
Today's Holiday

Bread and Roses Festival (2016)

The Bread and Roses Festival is a one-day, free event held in Lawrence, Massachusetts, each year on Labor Day, the first Monday in September. The Festival commemorates the Bread and Roses Labor Strike that occurred in Lawrence in 1912 in protest of low wages and harsh working conditions. The Festival combines multicultural arts, poetry, dance, and music with themes of labor activism and social protest. In addition, information booths, ethnic food, and commemorative merchandise vendors are on site, as well as a petting zoo, pony rides, and a domino tournament. More...
In the News

A Plastic Cup and a Shop Vaccuum Could Rewrite the History of the Solar System

It’s put away now, Jim Harris says. Not much more to do. He visited the instrument storage at Kennedy Space Center, to make sure everything was in order. When you ask a flight systems design engineer at Lockheed Martin about his involvement in a device that ... More...
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