Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 07, 2011)
Word of the Day

unsnarl

Definition:(verb) Extricate from entanglement.
Synonyms:disentangle, straighten out
Usage: Can you unsnarl the kite string, or do we need to cut it and add a new spool?
Article of the Day

The Arecibo Message

The Arecibo message was a message broadcast into space in 1974 to celebrate the remodeling of Puerto Rico’s Arecibo radio telescope, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. The message was aimed at star cluster M13, a large and relatively close star cluster some 25,000 light years away. The 210-byte message consisted of 1679 binary digits that, when arranged into 73 rows and 23 columns, form a meaningful seven-part message saying what? More...
This Day in History

Samantha Smith Visits the Soviet Union (1983)

In 1982, Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old American girl, wrote a letter to the newly elected leader of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, asking if he intended to start a war. Andropov replied personally. Expressing a desire for lasting peace with the US, he invited Smith to visit. The following July, she and her parents spent two weeks in the USSR amidst a media frenzy that hailed her as a goodwill ambassador. After her death in a plane crash two years later, she was honored by both nations in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Mahler (1860)

Mahler was an Austrian composer and conductor. After studying in Vienna, he conducted at numerous prominent opera houses where his high standards became legendary, but his refusal to compromise aroused intense personal opposition. He composed in his free time, mostly during the summer, and completed nine symphonies in his lifetime. The biggest success of his career—the 1910 premiere of his eighth symphony—was overshadowed by Mahler's discovery of his wife's affair with what famous architect? More...
Quotation of the Day
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

it wouldn't do (someone) any harm (to do something)

It would or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial for someone (to do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Juno Caprotina (2017)

Juno was the ancient Roman goddess of women and marriage, identified with the Greek goddess Hera. As the highest deity in the Roman pantheon next to Jupiter, her brother and husband, she ruled all aspects of women's lives, including sexuality and childbirth, and served as a kind of guardian angel for women. The two most important festivals in honor of Juno were the Juno Caprotina (or Nonae Caprotinae) and the Matronalia. The former was held under a wild fig tree in the Campus Martius, or Field of Mars, a floodplain of the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Japan Finds Rare Earth Elements in Seabed

Japanese researchers have discovered an estimated 100 billion tons of rare earth minerals in the Pacific Ocean floor. These minerals are a vital component of many hi-tech devices, including hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs, iPods, superconductors, lasers, missiles, night-vision goggles, and wind turbines. Currently, China produces 97 percent of the world's rare earth metals. In recent years, it has cut export quotas, citing environmental concerns and domestic demand. This has led to accusations of strategic hoarding and price gouging. If recovering the minerals from the seabed proves commercially viable, the deposits could expand the world's reserves 1,000-fold. More...
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