Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

eschew

Definition:(verb) Avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of.
Synonyms:shun
Usage: Unlike many Hollywood starlets, she eschews publicity and does her best to avoid being photographed in public.
Article of the Day

The Crow

Crows are highly intelligent birds that can easily be tamed, yet they are regarded by Western cultures as harbingers of doom because of their dark plumage, unnerving calls, and the fact that they have been known to loiter around battlefields, feed on corpses, and destroy grain crops. They are smart enough to recognize individual humans and can hold grudges against specific people. Due to their sensitivity to it, crows are a good indicator of the spread of what virus that also attacks humans? More...
This Day in History

Slovenia National Day (1991)

Following WWI, Slovenia formed a federation with Serbia and Croatia that in 1929 became Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia on the same day as Croatia—after elections in 1990 showed that 88 percent of the people wished to secede. Yugoslavia immediately took military action, but the resulting Ten-Day War had few casualties, and the Slovenian victory solidified the new nation's independence. In 2008, Slovenia became the first post-communist country to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Henri (1865)

Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity. What exhibition did he organize in New York in 1908 that became a sensation? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

in the wild

In naturally occurring conditions or environments. More...
Today's Holiday

Idaho Regatta (2017)

This full-throttle event is held on the Snake River at Burley, Idaho. Burley's population of 9,000 is doubled for the regatta, which is a qualifying race for the American Power Boat Association Western Divisional Championship. A hundred speedboats in 11 inboard limited classes compete for a share of $35,000 in cash prizes—and a mink coat. The regatta has been held since the 1970s, and boats are entered from throughout the country. They include seven-liter, hydroplanes, super-stock, pro-stock, KRR flat-bottoms, Comp Jets, and stock hydros. More...
In the News

Move Over Megapixel, Gigapixel Technology on Its Way

Nowadays, the typical commercial digital camera is capable of taking photographs ranging from eight to 40 megapixels, but a new prototype machine, dubbed AWARE2, is threatening to make these cameras obsolete. By utilizing 98 tiny synchronized cameras, AWARE2 captures images with resolutions of up to 50 gigapixels, the equivalent of 50,000 megapixels. Though AWARE2 is too bulky and impractical for handheld use and will likely initially be used exclusively for military surveillance, researchers expect that gigapixel cameras will be compact enough to be made available to the general public within five years. More...
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