Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 07, 2011)
Word of the Day

spittle

Definition:(noun) A clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches.
Synonyms:saliva
Usage: Her face…was distorted with passion, and in her tumultuous speech the spittle dribbled over her lips.
Article of the Day

Tunneling Shields

Tunneling shields are used in the excavation of tunnels through soft ground, especially under rivers or in water-bearing strata, to prevent the tunnels from collapsing before they are reinforced with concrete, cast iron, or steel support structures. The Thames Tunnel project in 1825 was the first in which a tunneling shield was used. Designed by Sir Marc Brunel, the device was considered unsuccessful and was not employed again until 1870, after what crucial improvement was made? More...
This Day in History

Galileo Galilei Discovers Three of Jupiter's Four Largest Moons (1610)

Jupiter has more than 60 moons. The four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto—were the first satellites of a planet other than Earth to be detected. They were discovered by Galileo in 1610, shortly after he invented the telescope, and are therefore known as the Galilean satellites. On January 7, 1610, Galileo observed near Jupiter what he described at the time as "three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness." How long did it take Galileo to discover the fourth? More...
Today's Birthday

Zora Neale Hurston (1891)

An anthropologist, folklorist, and author, Hurston spent much of her life collecting African-American folktales in the rural South and in other places, such as Haiti, Bermuda, and Honduras. She was a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and collaborated with her friend Langston Hughes on the play Mule Bone in 1931. Along with her folklore collections, she also wrote four novels, including the influential Their Eyes Were Watching God. Why did the book inspire controversy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

hit the rocks

To encounter an especially difficult, troubled, or low point, as in a relationship or some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Russian Orthodox) (2017)

This celebration of the birth of Jesus is observed by the Russian Orthodox Church under the Julian calendar, which trails behind the Gregorian calendar by 13 days. In 1991, after the Soviet Union had been officially dissolved, Christmas was observed openly and as a state holiday in Russia for the first time in 70 years. In Moscow, banners were strung up and Nativity scenes were displayed in Red Square. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands jammed Red Square for performances by choirs and bellringers and gala fireworks. Midnight services were celebrated in churches. More...
In the News

Apartment Living Exposes Kids to Secondhand Smoke

Researchers say that because smoke seeps through walls and shared ventilation systems, children who live in apartments where no one in the household smokes are more likely to be exposed to tobacco smoke than those who live in stand-alone houses. They determined this by measuring levels of cotinine, the major metabolite of nicotine that indicates levels of nicotine intake, in blood samples from 5,000 children. Overall, 84.5 percent of the children living in apartments had been exposed to tobacco smoke, compared to 79.6 percent of children in attached houses and 70.3 percent in stand-alone houses. More...
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