Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 1, 2011)
Word of the Day

pulsate

Definition:(verb) Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion.
Synonyms:quiver, beat
Usage: The city pulsated with music and excitement during Carnival.
Article of the Day

Jewels of the Sea

Among the most important and prolific sea creatures, diatoms are unicellular algae that exist singly but can join to form colonies. Characterized by a silica shell of often intricate and beautiful sculpturing, they are found in fresh and salt water, in moist soil, and on moist plant surfaces. As the principal constituent of plankton, diatoms are an important food source for many aquatic animals. The shells of dead aquatic diatoms form what sedimentary material used in the making of dynamite? More...
This Day in History

Lockheed SR-71 Flies from New York to London in Under Two Hours (1974)

Shrouded in secrecy, the SR-71 Blackbird was a US reconnaissance plane used from the 1960s through the 90s. Difficult to detect by radar and virtually untouchable by anti-aircraft missiles, it flew at three times the speed of sound and at altitudes of up to 85,000 feet (26,000 m). Its existence was publicly acknowledged in 1964. A decade later, an SR-71 flew from New York to London in just under 1 hour and 55 minutes, crushing the previous record. What life support measures kept the crew alive? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reuther (1907)

Reuther was a US labor leader. As a local union leader in Detroit, Michigan, he helped organize sit-down strikes that made the United Automobile Workers (UAW) a power in the auto industry. He was president of the UAW from 1946 until his 1970 death in a plane crash. He was an architect of the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). What role did Reuther play in the so-called Chicken War between the US and Europe in the 1960s? More...
Quotation of the Day
If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory...The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak…We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

the last of the lot

The last or final person(s) or thing(s) in a given group or list. More...
Today's Holiday

Partridge Day (2017)

This is traditionally the day on which the partridge-hunting season opens in England. Just as Grouse Day in Scotland (Glorious Twelfth) was often referred to as St. Grouse's Day, Partridge Day was sometimes called St. Partridge's Day. More...
In the News

Music May Make Cancer Patients More Comfortable

Researchers say that singing, playing an instrument, or just listening to music may reduce anxiety in cancer patients; have beneficial effects on their pain levels, mood, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate; and improve their overall quality of life. Their analysis of 30 studies involving cancer patients and a variety of music-based therapies did not demonstrate which type of music intervention is most effective, but they believe that therapies individually tailored to meet the musical tastes and abilities of patients are most likely to be successful. More...
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