Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 7, 2011)
Word of the Day

wirework

Definition:(noun) Mesh netting made of wires.
Synonyms:grillwork
Usage: His white mice live in a little pagoda of gaily-painted wirework, designed and made by himself.
Article of the Day

The Peregrine Falcon

The fastest living creature on Earth, the peregrine falcon can reach speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) when it dives to capture prey—typically other birds that it seizes in midair. Small bony tubercles on its nostrils guide the high-pressure airflow away from its lungs during a dive, while transparent inner eyelids protect its eyes. It usually nests on cliff ledges, but in urban areas skyscrapers serve as an adequate substitute. What is the primary food source of a city-living peregrine falcon? More...
This Day in History

Basketball Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announces He Has HIV (1991)

Johnson had been a basketball star for more than a decade when he announced, at a press conference, that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire. He vowed to battle the disease, while confirming that neither his pregnant wife nor their unborn child was infected. As a popular athlete, Johnson helped combat the stigma of HIV, which was then predominantly associated with disproportionately affected groups such as drug addicts and homosexuals. Did Johnson ever return to basketball? More...
Today's Birthday

Lise Meitner (1878)

An eminent Austrian physicist, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1938. There, she formulated the concept of nuclear fission and proposed the term for the process. Though the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to physicist Otto Hahn, the element meitnerium was named in her honor. She was critical of scientists who remained in Germany during the Nazi era yet staunchly refused to participate in the atomic bomb research that resulted from her work. Why did Hahn once give her a diamond ring? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men's power to be agreeable.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

(have) got something going (with someone)

To have or be in the midst of a romantic or sexual affair with someone. A colloquial variant of "have something going (with someone)." More...
Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2017)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
In the News

Earthquakes Most Devastating of Natural Disasters

When it comes to natural disasters, earthquakes take the greatest toll on health, say researchers. More than 780,000 deaths in the past decade have been attributed to earthquakes, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all disaster-related deaths. For every person killed in an earthquake, it is estimated that another three are injured. These injuries often go untreated because of quake-related damage to infrastructure. The damage caused by earthquakes is not just physical but also mental, with as much as 72 percent of the population suffering from depression in the wake of such a disaster. More...
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