Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

gambit

Definition:(noun) A maneuver, stratagem, or ploy, especially one used at an initial stage.
Synonyms:tactic, move, policy, scheme, strategy, trick, device, ploy
Usage: They said the plan was no more than a clever political gambit.
Article of the Day

Airglow

In Earth's upper atmosphere, ultraviolet light from the Sun ionizes atoms and dissociates molecules at heights between 40 and 200 miles (64 and 322 kilometers) above the planet's surface. When the fragments collide and recombine, some atoms and molecules are left with excess energy, which they release as light, known as airglow. Airglow hampers optical telescopic observations on Earth by reducing the apparent contrast between stars and space. What types of atoms are involved in the phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

Sun Dog Phenomenon Observed over Stockholm (1535)

Today, the science behind parhelia—also known as "sun dogs"—is well understood, but when the huge, glowing halos and miniature suns appeared in the sky above Stockholm in 1535, it was a major event. A painting of the occurrence is the earliest color depiction of Stockholm, then a crowded cluster of stone buildings on an island. It is also the earliest depiction of sun dogs and is largely scientifically accurate. What were some of the conflicting interpretations of the omen at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, Jr. (1923)

One of the premier composers and players of Latin music, Puente was an American bandleader, pianist, and virtuoso percussionist. He formed his own band in 1947 and rose to prominence with the salsa, mambo, merengue, and cha-cha-cha fads of the 1950s. Always experimenting, he became a pioneer of Latin-jazz fusion and recorded more than 100 albums, winning multiple Grammy awards. His compositions include "Pare Cochero" and "Oye Como Va." On what TV shows did Puente appear as a guest star? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

inside and out

Thoroughly; down to the last detail. More...
Today's Holiday

Tin Hau Festival (2017)

This birthday festival in Hong Kong celebrates Tin Hau, queen of Heaven and goddess of the sea. Also known as Tien-hou or Matsu, she is revered for her ability to calm the waves and to guarantee bountiful catches, and for her protection from shipwrecks and sickness. The festivities include parades, performances of Chinese opera, and the sailing of hundreds of junks and sampans, decked out with colorful streamers, through Hong Kong's waterways to the temples. The temple in Joss House Bay is especially known for its festival, which attracts thousands of fisherfolk. More...
In the News

Manhunt for Boston Bomber Paralyzes Region

The manhunt for the lone remaining suspect from Monday's marathon bombing has entirely disrupted life in the Boston area and captivated people around the globe. On Thursday night, the two terror suspects robbed a convenience store, shot and killed a college campus police officer, hijacked a car, and got into a shootout with police that critically injured another officer and killed one of the suspects. The other suspect escaped the police dragnet, prompting a virtual lockdown of the Boston area. Mass transit was shut down, school was canceled, and people were asked to lock their doors and remain indoors as officers conducted a house-to-house hunt for the suspect. More...
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