Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

hard-hitting

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or full of force and vigor.
Synonyms:trenchant
Usage: After her hard-hitting report on conditions in the tent cities of Haiti's capital aired, viewers donated millions of dollars to charities there.
Article of the Day

The Blast Furnace

Blast furnaces are apparatuses that extract metal from ore by removing oxygen from metal oxide. These tall, cylindrical smelting furnaces are fed from the top with a mix of ore, coke, and a flux, commonly limestone, while preheated compressed air is introduced under pressure from the bottom. As the contents become molten, the metal sinks and impurities, called slag, float to the top. Blast furnaces were first used in China more than 2,000 years ago. When did they appear in Europe? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces Discovery of Ice Deposits on Mars (2002)

Launched in April 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was sent by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to look for evidence of water on Mars. A little over a year later, NASA announced that water had been detected there in the form of ice, suggesting the possibility of microbial life on the Red Planet. The Phoenix lander confirmed the presence of water in 2008. The presence of what element led NASA researchers to conclude that there was indeed water on Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)

Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

be a different kettle of fish

To be entirely different in scope or description from someone or something that was just being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Big Singing (2017)

Big Singing in Benton, Kentucky, brings together more than 100 singers trained in the tradition of shape-note singing. Together they enjoy a communal picnic lunch and spend the day singing hymns written in an almost-extinct style of musical notation called shape notes. A book titled The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion increased the popularity of this kind of singing in 19th-century America. The Big Singing in Benton dates back to 1884; it is currently sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Southern Harmony Singing. More...
In the News

Ratko Mladic Fit to Stand Trial for War Crimes

One of the world's most-wanted fugitives, Ratko Mladic, leader of the Bosnian Serb army from 1992 to 1996, was captured on Thursday in a pre-dawn raid of a relative's house in the Serbian village of Lazarevo. After more than 15 years on the run, the now 69-year-old Mladic is expected to be transferred to The Hague to be prosecuted for war crimes, including genocide. He stands accused of orchestrating the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica as well as the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. More...
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