Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

lyceum

Definition:(noun) A school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12.
Synonyms:secondary school, Gymnasium, lycee, middle school
Usage: "That lyceum has ruined him," she added, remembering the insistence with which the chevalier had spoken of the evils of education in such schools.
Article of the Day

The Seven Summits

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the world's seven continents. Richard Bass compiled this list in the 1980s and established as a mountaineering challenge the summiting of all seven. Reinhold Messner, another climber, proposed substituting one of the mountains with New Guinea's Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m). From a mountaineering standpoint, Messner's list is considered the more challenging one. As of March 2007, how many climbers had scaled all of the peaks on both lists? More...
This Day in History

Radio City Music Hall Opens in New York City (1932)

Developed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the Radio Corporation of America, and the creator of the Roxy Theatre, New York's landmark Radio City Music Hall opened with a lavish variety show that was not well received. Instead, the world's largest indoor theater began showing movies with accompanying stage spectacles. Recently, it has focused on concerts and live events such as the Grammy Awards. Its annual Christmas show remains a popular tourist attraction. What was the first film shown there? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Pasteur (1822)

Perhaps best remembered for developing the pasteurization process, Pasteur was a French microbiologist who made great strides in keeping people safe by revolutionizing contemporary thinking about diseases. He proved that food spoilage was due to exposure to microorganisms, leading to the use of heat pasteurization to kill bacteria. He developed vaccines against anthrax, cholera, and rabies, and his work on silkworm diseases saved the French silk industry. What was "Pasteur's Deception"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man...No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

live in an/(one's) ivory tower

To reside or exist in a place or among a social circle that is characterized by effete academic intelligence and thus is out of touch with or aloof from the realities of life. More...
Today's Holiday

Second Night of Kwanzaa (2017)

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of family and black culture. Each day is dedicated to one of seven principles: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith). Families gather in the evenings to discuss the principle of the day, and then light a black, red, or green candle and place it in a candleholder called a kinara. On the evening of Dec. 31, families join for a feast called the karamu. More...
In the News

Spacewalk Clears the Way for Russian Cargo Ship Docking

Space station commander Scott Kelly and newly-arrived flight engineer Tim Kopra ventured outside the lab complex Monday and freed up a stalled robot arm-carrying transporter so it could be safely moved to a nearby anchor point and locked down, clearing ... More...
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