Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

decanter

Definition:(noun) A vessel used for decanting, especially a decorative bottle used for serving wine.
Synonyms:carafe
Usage: Sir Percival was sitting at the table with a decanter of wine before him.
Article of the Day

O-Rings

An o-ring is a rubber ring that is used in machinery as a seal against substances like oil and air. Although it is one of the most commonly used seals, it is forever linked to a catastrophic failure. After the space shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, investigators determined that the o-ring seal in one of the shuttle's solid fuel rockets failed due to a loss of elasticity that resulted from the low temperature at launch time. How was this problem later demonstrated at a news conference? More...
This Day in History

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
Today's Birthday

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853)

A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When did he receive the Nobel Prize in Physics? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

be left to (one's) own devices

To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Independence Day (2017)

Malta Independence Day is a nationwide celebration of Malta's independence, achieved on this day in 1964. Malta was under the control of various political entities from its earliest days. In the early 19th century, the Maltese acknowledged Great Britain's sovereignty. Malta's heroic stand against the Axis in World War II won a declaration that self-government would be restored at the end of the war. Self-rule was revoked in 1959 and restored again in 1962, and independence was finally granted in 1964. Independence Day is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the country. More...
In the News

This Skintight "Invisibility Cloak" Can Hide Tiny 3-D Objects

We're one step closer to Harry-Potter-style invisibility cloaks. In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers report the first ever success in cloaking 3-D objects regardless of their shape. Unfortunately, we're not quite ready to grab our ... More...
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