Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

politic

Definition:(adjective) Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication.
Synonyms:bland, smooth, suave
Usage: He was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage.
Article of the Day

Radiolarians

Radiolarians are a highly diverse group of marine protozoa widely recognized for their intricately ornate mineral skeletons. Part of the plankton community, radiolarians have a fossil record that extends back to the early Paleozoic era. Because they have undergone continuous evolutionary change, they are often used to analyze the layers of the marine sedimentary record. What German biologist produced exquisite drawings of radiolarians that helped to popularize them among Victorian microscopists? 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
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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...
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In the News

Why Bacteria in Space Are Surprisingly Tough to Kill

Bacteria in space may sound like the title of a bad science fiction movie, but it's actually a new experiment that tests how the weightlessness of space can change microbes' antibiotic resistance. While the vacuum of space may be a sterile environment ... More...
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