Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

transversal

Definition:(adjective) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis.
Synonyms:cross, thwartwise
Usage: The transversal beams of the building's frame were to be made of steel, not wood.
Article of the Day

Operation Ivory Coast

Operation Ivory Coast was a failed rescue mission conducted by US special forces during the Vietnam War. The goal of the mission was to rescue 61 American prisoners of war thought to be held at a prison camp in North Vietnam. After months of planning and training, an elite team of soldiers helicoptered in and stormed the compound in the early morning of November 21, 1970. The raid was executed successfully, with only a few injuries, but the mission was ultimately deemed a failure. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Hagia Sophia Is Completed (537 CE)

Distinguished by its size and rising succession of domes, the Hagia Sophia is the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. First a church, later a mosque, and now a museum, it was designed under Justinian I by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus and completed in less than six years. Its combination of a longitudinal basilica with a main building was wholly original in the sixth century, as was its use of pendentives. The Hagia Sophia stands on the site of what earlier structure? More...
Today's Birthday

Marlene Dietrich (1901)

Dietrich was a German actress and singer. Abandoning an early ambition to be a violinist, she turned to acting and gained international attention as a femme fatale in The Blue Angel (1930). She then moved to Hollywood, where she starred in a series of films that established her glamorous and sophisticated persona. Resisting Nazi pressure to return to Germany, she became a US citizen in 1939. During WWII, she regularly entertained Allied troops, appearing before them how many times? More...
Quotation of the Day
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated; the field of politics supplies the alchemists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

here you are

Here is what you needed or asked for; I present this to you. More...
Today's Holiday

Dian Fossey Day (2016)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her gravesite. More...
In the News

Paper Linking Chronic Fatigue to Virus Retracted

The journal that published a 2009 study linking a virus to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has retracted the controversial paper. In September, the study authors withdrew some of their findings after admitting that they were based on "contaminated data," but they had since been unable to agree on the wording of a full retraction. The journal therefore took the unusual step of "editorially retracting" the work itself. CFS is a disorder of unknown origin whose symptoms include extreme tiredness, memory and concentration problems, sleep disturbances, and mood swings. There is no definitive treatment for CFS and no known cure. More...
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