Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

clodhopper

Definition:(noun) A thick and heavy shoe.
Synonyms:brogan, brogue, work shoe
Usage: He trotted noisily across the hardwood floors in his clodhoppers.
Article of the Day

Prometheus, The Tree

In 1964, Prometheus, a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, was the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth. That year, a graduate student cut down the 5,000- year-old tree to examine its ring growth patterns and derive information about the climate. It is unclear who suggested that Prometheus be cut down, why the action was deemed necessary, and whether its impact was fully understood at the time. Methuselah is currently the oldest known living tree. How old is it? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Hale Is Hanged for Spying (1776)

A young teacher at the start of the American Revolution, Hale joined the Continental Army and volunteered for the dangerous mission of spying on British forces. The inexperienced 21-year-old managed to penetrate the British lines but was captured and hanged without trial. His last words, reported as, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," became a symbol of the Revolutionary spirit. Yet, some question whether these were his exact words. What might he have actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
And yet self-knowledge is thought by some not so easy. Who knows, my dear sir, but for a time you may have taken yourself for somebody else? Stranger things have happened.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

legal eagle

An especially clever, aggressive, or skillful attorney. More...
Today's Holiday

Mali Independence Day (2017)

Mali gained its independence from France on September 22, 1960. As a colony since the 1890s, it was known as French Sudan. In ancient and medieval times Mali had a prominent role in a series of illustrious empires that spanned western Africa. Also known as Republic Day, this is an important national holiday in Mali. More...
In the News

Why Climate Change Means More Huge Mosquito Swarms in the Arctic

Global warming is already underway, taking a toll on the Arctic sea ice and various wildlife populations such as the polar bears, but mosquitoes are thriving. As temperatures warm in the Arctic, mosquitoes are not only able to emerge earlier from ... More...
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