Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

torturous

Definition:(adjective) Extremely painful.
Synonyms:agonizing, excruciating, harrowing
Usage: Losing someone you love is a torturous experience.
Article of the Day

Tether Satellites

During the second half of the 20th century, space agencies began to take a keen interest in the use of tethers in space. In 1992, NASA and the Italian Space Agency jointly launched the first tether satellite, TSS-1, from the Space Shuttle, but a protruding bolt kept the tether—a thin, super-strong, conductive cable—from fully extending. The next tether satellite mission, TSS-1R, was undertaken in 1996 with plans to extend the tether to a range of more than 12 mi (19 km). What went wrong? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Jargeau Begins (1429)

After helping break the English siege of Orléans during the Hundred Years' War, teenage heroine Joan of Arc set her sights on recapturing the Loire River valley, beginning with the town of Jargeau. Though the post was heavily fortified and well defended, the French soon gained the upper hand. After Jargeau, a number of other English strongholds fell in quick succession, paving the way for Charles VII's coronation at Rheims. What nearly killed Joan as she scaled a ladder during the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Warren (1741)

A Boston physician, Warren became a political leader in the American Revolution after the passage of the hated 1765 Stamp Act. In 1774, he drafted the Suffolk Resolves, which advocated forcible resistance to the British and were endorsed by the Continental Congress. In April of the following year, he dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere to warn fellow patriots that the British were marching on Concord. He was killed months later at Bunker Hill. Why was his body buried four times? More...
Quotation of the Day
Live, and be happy, and make others so.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) going for (one)

To have something that is favorable, beneficial, or advantageous to one. More...
Today's Holiday

Trinity Sunday (2017)

Trinity Sunday is a day that celebrates the central dogma of Christian theology: that the One God exists as three persons with one substance—as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The idea of a festival in honor of the Trinity was first introduced by Stephen, bishop of Liège, Belgium, in the 10th century. But it wasn't until 1334 that it became a universal observance decreed by Pope John XXII. The day after Trinity is sometimes referred to as Trinity Monday. Tradition has it that St. Patrick of Ireland used a shamrock as a symbol of the "three-in-one," triune God. More...
In the News

Repeatedly Concussed Kids Take Longer to Recover

Millions of children suffer concussions each year, and some, particularly those that participate in contact sports, endure multiple concussions in their youth. The recovery period following a concussion is typically thought to last 10 to 14 days, but a new study suggests that this is lengthened to an average of 24 days among youngsters with at least one past concussion and 35 days in those whose prior concussion occurred within the past year. The findings suggest that parents and coaches should exercise caution when it comes to children who have suffered head injuries and keep them sidelined for as long as necessary. More...
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