Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

truculent

Definition:(adjective) Defiantly aggressive.
Synonyms:belligerent, combative, pugnacious, bellicose, obstreperous
Usage: Bitter and truculent when excited, I spoke as I felt, without reserve or softening.
Article of the Day

The Fra Mauro Map

Commissioned by King Alfonso V of Portugal, Venetian monk and cartographer Fra Mauro and his assistant Andrea Bianco completed a world map in 1459. Strange by today's standards, the map is oriented with the south at the top, as was Arab tradition. Fra Mauro used Marco Polo's travelogues for information about Asia and was one of the first Western cartographers to represent Japan. The map also features a detailed description of Africa, which encouraged Portuguese exploration. Where is the map now? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of the New-York Daily Times, now The New York Times, Is Printed (1851)

Originally sold for a penny a copy, the New-York Daily Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1851 and has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896. The paper shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857. Perhaps the most respected newspaper in the world, it has been awarded more Pulitzer Prizes than any other. In 2006, the newspaper announced that it would save how much money by narrowing its page width by 1.5 inches (4 cm)? More...
Today's Birthday

Edwin Mattison McMillan (1907)

As a physicist working at the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in the 1940s, McMillan helped discover plutonium and neptunium. The latter was the first transuranic—having a heavier nucleus than uranium—element to be discovered. For his work in that field, he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with chemist Glenn Seaborg. He was also involved in research on radar, sonar, and nuclear weapons during WWII and is credited with building the first synchrotron—which is what? More...
Quotation of the Day
All idealization makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

leave much to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiestas Patrias (2017)

Fiestas Patrias is the national two-day holiday in Chile celebrating Independence Day, September 18, and Army Day, September 19. In the days preceding the holiday, fondas (fairs) pop up throughout Chile, and it is a popular time for Chilean rodeo. Huasos (cowboys) compete against one another by attempting to pin a calf against the wall of the medialuna, or arena, with their horse, and are awarded points based on which part of the horse is touching the calf. Because September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, Fiestas Patrias is also a popular occasion for kite flying. More...
In the News

Life Expectancy Gap between Rich and Poor Countries Growing

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular diseases, strokes, and cancers are the leading cause of death in women over 50 the world over. However, in recent years, wealthier nations have made great strides in the screening and treatment of NCDs, dramatically reducing the numbers of deaths from these diseases. Consequently, women in higher-income nations are living longer, and the disparity in life expectancy for women over 50 in rich and poor countries is growing. A similar trend is also being seen in men. More...
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