Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

with-it

Definition:(adjective) In accord with the most fashionable ideas or style.
Synonyms:cutting-edge, up-to-date
Usage: Angela takes her fashion cues from whatever the with-it boutiques downtown are promoting.
Article of the Day

Competitive Free-Diving

In competitive free-diving—also called competitive apnea—individuals attempt to reach extreme depths or distances underwater on a single breath without using breathing equipment. Some events allow the use of fins or weights, while others do not. Because a lack of oxygen can result in a loss of consciousness, free-diving requires intense training and supervision. What is the current record for timed underwater breath-holding as recognized by the International Association for Development of Apnea? More...
This Day in History

The First Vatican Council Declares Papal Infallibility (1870)

In Roman Catholicism, papal infallibility is the doctrine that, under certain conditions, the pope cannot err when teaching in matters of faith or morals. It is a centuries-old idea based on the belief that the church, entrusted with the mission of Jesus, will be guided by the Holy Spirit. It has been a matter of controversy, even among Catholic theologians, ever since 1870, when the First Vatican Council first listed the conditions under which popes are infallible. What are they? More...
Today's Birthday

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853)

Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who, in 1902, shared the second Nobel Prize in Physics. A pioneer in formulating the relations between electricity, magnetism, and light, he was one of the first people to postulate the existence of electrons. He developed many of the concepts and equations upon which Einstein based his special theory of relativity, which was originally called the Lorentz-Einstein theory. He also did critical work for the Dutch government on what unprecedented engineering project? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

the jet set

A group of wealthy individuals who travel globally, especially by private jet, to frequent fashionable resorts, social events, and the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day (2017)

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More...
In the News

Rechargeable Clothing the Wave of the Future?

Imagine a future in which your cell phone battery never inconveniently dies while you are out running an errand or enjoying a night on the town. Scientists are working to make that a reality, and one way they might do so is by developing clothing that can be used to charge mobile devices. One team turned a regular T-shirt purchased at a local discount store into a capacitor, a device used to temporarily store an electric charge. By further treating the fabric, researchers were able to turn it into a stable, high-performing supercapacitor that could withstand thousands of charge-discharge cycles. More...
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