Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

torpid

Definition:(adjective) Lethargic; apathetic.
Synonyms:inert, sluggish
Usage: They are always in a torpid state, and are apt to yawn and go to sleep over any intellectual toil.
Article of the Day

Kites

The kite is an aircraft restrained by a towline that derives its lift from the aerodynamic action of the wind flowing across it. The apparatus consists of a stabilizing tail and light framework across which paper or thin material is stretched. It has been popular in China and East Asia for centuries. In the 18th century, Alexander Wilson used kites to obtain meteorological readings, and Benjamin Franklin used them to study lightning. Where is kite fighting a popular activity? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

laze about

To relax or spend time idly; to do nothing or very little. More...
Today's Holiday

Eastern States Exposition (2017)

Also known as The Big E, the Eastern States Exposition is an agricultural and industrial fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by all six New England states. The exposition is known for its Avenue of the States, where each New England state has erected a permanent replica of its original State House. The livestock show is the largest in the East, and the Eastern States Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian events in the country. The exposition also features a parade, a circus, and international exhibits. More...
In the News

How Origami Can Make Solar Panels More Efficient

A new technique to harness solar energy by using kirigami solar cells was announced in a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Kirigami is a variation of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Unlike standard origami, ... More...
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