Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

montage

Definition:(noun) A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs.
Synonyms:collage
Usage: The children's gift to their grandmother was a montage of family pictures.
Article of the Day

The Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire, also known as the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is a 40,000 km (24,854 mile) horseshoe shaped zone of frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Ninety percent of the world's earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, which encircles the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The Ring of Fire is a direct consequence of plate tectonics and the movement and collisions of crustal plates. What causes the high levels of volcanism in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory? More...
This Day in History

Mary Toft Admits That She Did Not Really Give Birth to Rabbits (1726)

Toft, an English servant, had a bizarre 15 minutes of fame in 1726 when she convinced doctors that she had given birth to a litter of rabbits. At age 25, Toft suffered a miscarriage. About a month later, she appeared to go into labor and proceeded over the next few weeks to "birth" several animal parts along with nine baby bunnies. The episode was attributed to a fascination with rabbits that Toft had developed during her pregnancy—until it was revealed to be a hoax. How had she pulled it off? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerard Peter Kuiper (1905)

The "father of modern planetary science," Dutch-American astronomer Gerard Kuiper made many discoveries about the solar system, among them the presence of a methane atmosphere around Saturn's satellite Titan and a carbon dioxide-rich one on Mars and the existence of Uranus's satellite Miranda and Neptune's satellite Nereid. He also proposed the existence of a disk-shaped region of minor planets and comets—now called the Kuiper belt—outside Neptune's orbit. What did he help identify on the Moon? More...
Quotation of the Day
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know."

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Armenia Earthquake Memorial Day (2015)

On December 7, 1988, a severe earthquake struck in Armenia, causing catastrophic damage to the entire country's infrastructure and virtually destroying the cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor), and Stepanavan. More than 25,000 people were killed in the disaster, with another 140,000 injured and more than one million left homeless, in a disaster zone that measured about 30,000 square kilometers. That day is now remembered each year as a national holiday, marked across the country with prayer, memorial services, and a moment of silence. More...
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