Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

anthropomorphous

Definition:(adjective) Suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things.
Synonyms:humanlike
Usage: My comic strip features an anthropomorphous frog that walks upright, wears a bowtie and vest, and speaks only in rhyming couplets.
Article of the Day

Keystroke Logging

A keystroke logger is a program or device that captures every key struck on a keyboard, thereby creating a record of what has been typed. Software-based keystroke loggers can be installed clandestinely, via a computer virus or Trojan horse, allowing hackers to steal passwords and other confidential information. Some employers use keystroke loggers to track the computer use of employees, while governments use them to spy on suspected criminals. What countermeasures can defeat keystroke loggers? More...
This Day in History

Demon Core Goes Critical (1945)

The Demon Core was a plutonium core—used in nuclear testing at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico—so nicknamed because it resulted in the deaths of two scientists in separate accidents. In 1945, Harry Daghlian accidentally dropped a tungsten carbide brick onto the core, causing it to go "critical," or achieve a chain reaction of nuclear fission. Daghlian stopped the reaction, but died from radiation poisoning a month later. What happened to the second scientist nine months later? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilt Chamberlain (1936)

One of the greatest offensive players in the history of basketball, "Wilt the Stilt" set many records and led the National Basketball Association in scoring every season from 1959 to 1965. He played in his hometown of Philadelphia with the Warriors and 76ers, and later with California's Los Angeles Lakers. He holds the records for both most points in a single game—100—and most rebounds in a single game—55, which he achieved against his long-time rival Bill Russell. How tall was Chamberlain? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it—this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

know (one's) own mind

To be firmly resolute and confident in one's ideas, intentions, plans, or opinions. More...
Today's Holiday

Klondike Gold Discovery Day (2017)

On August 17, 1896, George Washington Carmack discovered gold at Bonanza Creek in northwestern Canada's Yukon Territory. His discovery triggered a huge gold rush and an enormous influx of American miners and traders. To this day, mining remains the area's most important industry. Also known as Discovery Day, this important event in Canada's history is observed as a public holiday in the Yukon. The city of Dawson celebrates with various special events, including a parade, musical entertainment, bathtub races, and, of course, panning for gold. More...
In the News

Congressional Group Calls for Cell Phone Study

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), an investigative arm of the US Congress, has released a report calling for regulators to reexamine cell phone safety standards. Current standards on cell phone radiofrequency emissions are 15 years old and may not take into account current research or phone usage. Therefore, the GAO has recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally reassess emissions limits as well as testing requirements and procedures for mobile devices to ensure public safety. More...
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