Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

tenuity

Definition:(noun) Relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width.
Synonyms:thinness, slenderness
Usage: She marveled at the tenuity of the cotton threads delicately woven together to create a durable fabric.
Article of the Day

Autostereograms

Autostereograms are optical illusions of depth that are designed to trick the brain into perceiving a three-dimensional scene in a two-dimensional image. The simplest type, known as a wallpaper autostereogram, consists of horizontally repeating patterns that appear to float in the air above the background. In order to perceive the 3D shapes, the brain must overcome the normally automatic coordination between focusing and convergence. What are the two ways that an autostereogram can be viewed? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of Dwarf Planet Eris Is Announced (2005)

Though Eris was first photographed in 2003, scientists working at the Palomar Observatory did not realize that they had captured pictures of a previously unknown planet until re-analyzing the images in 2005. That year, news of the newly discovered planet was announced. Slightly larger than Pluto, the icy dwarf planet has its own moon, Dysnomia, and is one of the most distant objects in the solar system. Before its official naming in 2006, it was popularly known by the name of what TV character? More...
Today's Birthday

Ken Burns (1953)

Burns is an acclaimed American director and producer of lengthy historical documentaries. Known for his extensive use of archival footage and photographs, he is considered one of the most influential documentarians in the US. His films have been among public television's most-watched programs, and include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, and The National Parks. The Civil War is considered to be his masterpiece. What is the "Ken Burns Effect"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Connoisseur, n.: A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

junkyard dog

An especially nasty, vicious, or savage person or animal (especially a dog). Of a person, often used in the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog." More...
Today's Holiday

Ghanafest (2017)

Ghanafest is a one-day, annual event held on the last Saturday of July and sponsored by the Ghana Club of Chicago and other associations representing Ghanians in the Chicago area. The festival celebrates the history and culture of the west African nation and recognizes the bond of unity between Ghana and the United States. The festival includes a Ghanian Durbar, or gathering of the royal court. Entertainers from Ghana perform in a variety of musical styles, and marketplace vendors offer wares ranging from textiles, fine art, and jewelry to foods, including fried fish, Jollof-rice, and okro-soup. More...
In the News

There May Be a Lot of Water Hiding under the Moon's Dusty Surface, Researchers Say

For decades, scientists have thought the moon was a dry, dusty place, but it may be time to re-write the astronomy books. New findings are upending decades of understanding about our closest neighbor in space; an analysis of satellite data suggests the ... More...
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