Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

dolorous

Definition:(adjective) Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.
Synonyms:lachrymose, weeping, tearful
Usage: She always speaks with a wailing, dolorous voice—you are nervously expecting her to burst into tears every moment.
Article of the Day

Evolution of the Peppered Moth

This moth has been the focus of scientific study for centuries, largely because its color changes illustrate one of the best-known models of natural selection. The moth survives by blending in with birch bark to escape the notice of hungry birds. When the Industrial Revolution blackened the trees with soot, dark moths surged in population as birds ate all the suddenly visible light ones. As air quality improved, trees lightened and light-colored moths resurged. What is this phenomenon called? More...
This Day in History

Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union (1921)

When Poland declared its independence in 1918 in the aftermath of WWI, its borders—like many at that time—were not formally determined. By 1920, war had broken out over conflicting expansionist attempts between Soviet Russia and Poland, which wanted its 1772 border restored. The Peace of Riga treaty split contested land between Poland and the Soviets, setting the border and effectively halting Russian expansion into Europe. Where were Poles left on the wrong side of the border sent in the 1930s? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hoyer Updike (1932)

Updike was a prolific American author whose novels and stories usually deal with the tensions and frustrations of middle-class life. Published between 1961 and 1990, his four famous "Rabbit" novels follow an ordinary American man through the latter decades of the 20th century. Updike is one of the few authors to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction more than once. He was also a respected literary critic who championed young authors and espoused what five rules for literary criticism? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misery is manifold...as the rainbow; its hues are as various as the hues of that arch.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Idiom of the Day

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. More...
Today's Holiday

Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic (2017)

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later. More...
In the News

Laser "Unprinter" Could Allow Reuse of Paper

Engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a device that vaporizes toner from the surface of a sheet of paper, essentially erasing the ink and creating a blank sheet that can then be reused. Similar devices already exist, but they only work with specially formulated inks or damage the paper. The new process, meanwhile, works with commonly used papers and toner inks. The technology could eventually reduce paper production and recycling, saving trees, electricity, and water and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. More...
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