Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

adjoin

Definition:(verb) Lie adjacent to another or share a boundary.
Synonyms:abut, edge, border, march
Usage: Canada adjoins the United States.
Article of the Day

Lake Vostok

Hundreds of subglacial lakes are hidden under the surface of Antarctica, and Lake Vostok is the largest. Located beneath some 13,000 ft (4,000 m) of ice, Lake Vostok's pristine waters have been sealed off for perhaps more than a million years and may be home to life forms unknown to science. Researchers have spent years trying to drill through the ice to retrieve water samples despite concerns they might contaminate the lake in the process. In May 2005, what was found in the center of the lake? More...
This Day in History

2008 Summer Olympics Begin in Beijing, China (2008)

At 8:08 PM on 8-8-08, the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics began. Held in the new Beijing National Stadium—nicknamed "the Bird's Nest"—it marked China's first time hosting the Olympics. The nearly four-hour event, which showcased Chinese culture, was a popular and logistical success, and the games became one of the most-watched TV events in history. However, in the international torch relay before the opening ceremony, protests in what city caused the Olympic torch to be extinguished? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902)

Dirac was an influential English mathematician and theoretical physicist. In 1928, he published a version of quantum mechanics taking into account the theory of relativity. His theory predicted an antiparticle to the electron, and, in 1932, the positron was discovered. That year, Dirac was appointed to the same University of Cambridge chair once held by Isaac Newton. Likely autistic, Dirac was known for his precise nature and literal view of the world. How did he once introduce his wife? More...
Quotation of the Day
Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

keep out of sight

To remain unseen, as by hiding or evasion. More...
Today's Holiday

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (2017)

This mammoth yearly rally of 250,000 or so motorcyclists is held in Sturgis, South Dakota. There are races, merrymaking, band music, and usually some misbehavior, including arrests for drunken driving. Motorcycle drag racing runs eight days, and other official events include bike shows, a swap meet, monster truck races, Tough Man and Tough Woman Contests (the titles determined by fights in which biting and kicking, but not much else, is forbidden), and a fireworks show. The rally also includes unofficial events, especially weddings; 100 or more couples get married there every year. More...
In the News

First Case of Person-to-Person H7N9 Transmission

In February, the H7N9 strain of bird flu was first detected in humans. Since then, at least 133 people in China and Taiwan have been infected with the virus, and 43 have died as a result. Until now, concerns over a possible pandemic have remained relatively low, since all of the cases appeared to have been transmitted via contact with infected poultry. However, researchers now believe that a 32-year-old woman who died in April contracted the illness from her father, marking the first known instance of person-to-person transmission of this virus. The virus is still unable to pass efficiently between people, so the pandemic risk, though higher than before, remains low. More...
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