Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

acquirement

Definition:(noun) An ability that has been acquired by training.
Synonyms:skill, accomplishment, attainment, acquisition
Usage: They were consequently much dissatisfied, and ready for any employment in which their talents and acquirements might be turned to better account.
Article of the Day

Aerogel

An aerogel is a highly porous solid formed from a gel, such as silica gel, in which the liquid is replaced with a gas. The lightest is less than four times as dense as dry air. Silica-based aerogels are among the lightest, and some, nicknamed "solid smoke" or "frozen smoke," are nearly transparent. Heavier aerogels were first developed in 1931 and have been used to detect high-energy particles emitted by particle accelerators. What are some other applications of aerogels in everyday products? More...
This Day in History

First Anglo-Japanese Alliance Signed in London, England (1902)

The First Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed to protect the respective interests of Britain and Japan in China and Korea. Directed against Russian expansionism, the alliance helped Japan by discouraging France from entering the Russo-Japanese War on the Russian side. The alliance later prompted Japan to join the Allies in World War I. Britain allowed the alliance to lapse after the war, when it no longer feared Russian encroachment in China. What were the cultural effects of the alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Hazzard (1931)

Hazzard is an Australian novelist and short-story writer who has lived in the US since 1951. She and her husband, writer Francis Steegmuller, were both frequent contributors to The New Yorker magazine. Noted for her lyrical style, she achieved early success with her first story collection, Cliffs of Fall. Her 1980 novel, The Transit of Venus, brought her literary acclaim and a greatly expanded readership. Hazzard did not publish her next novel until 2003. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favor of two.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

house cooling party

A party thrown to commemorate when someone leaves an apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Duarte Day (2017)

The Monday closest to the birthday of national hero Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-76) is an official day of remembrance in the Dominican Republic. Duarte organized La Trinitaria in 1838, a secret resistance group whose efforts against the Haitian occupiers culminated in the Dominican Republic's declaration of independence in 1844. Dominicans honor Duarte Day with public fiestas in major towns throughout the country. The stateliest ceremony takes place in Independence Park in Santo Domingo, which features Altar de la Patria (the nation's altar), a mausoleum to the nation's heroes. More...
In the News

"Extinct" Galápagos Tortoise Still Exists

The giant Galápagos tortoise Chelonoidis elephantopus, long thought to be extinct, likely still exists and was producing offspring as recently as 15 years ago. These tortoises can go for months without food and can grow to be a half a ton, and for hundreds of years, they were heavily hunted by whalers who considered them an ideal source of fresh meat on long voyages. For 150 years, experts believed that C. elephantopus was extinct. Now, however, researchers have found 84 tortoises, 30 of which are under 15 years old, that appear to have a pure-bred C. elephantopus as a parent. More...
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