Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

sunstone

Definition:(noun) A translucent quartz spangled with bits of mica or other minerals.
Synonyms:aventurine
Usage: He loved the red gold of the sunstone, and the moonstone's pearly whiteness, and the broken rainbow of the milky opal.
Article of the Day

Electron Microscopes

Producing images of specimens magnified to about 2 million times their natural size—compared to just 2,000 for common light microscopes—electron microscopes use electron beams to resolve the minute structural details present in samples. An integral part of many laboratories, electron microscopes are used by researchers to examine biological materials, such as microorganisms, cells, and medical biopsy samples. Why are samples sometimes coated with gold before they are magnified? More...
This Day in History

T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant Explosion (1918)

On the night of October 4, 1918, an explosion rocked the T.A. Gillespie Company's ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, one of the largest such plants in the world at the time. The blast triggered a series of explosions, which continued for three days, killing 100 people. Sayreville and nearby South Amboy and Perth Amboy were evacuated, displacing about 62,000 people who thus became more vulnerable to the catastrophic flu epidemic of 1918. What remnant of the accident was found in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlton Heston (1923?)

An iconic Hollywood leading man and six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, Heston distinguished himself as an actor playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, and Ben-Hur. The strapping performer also used his sonorous voice to speak out against racism and other political issues of his day. A staunch opponent of gun control, he made what phrase famous at a 2000 National Rifle Association convention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men become old, but they never become good.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (2017)

In Assisi, Italy, the feast of St. Francis commemorates the saint's transition to the afterlife. For two days the entire town is illuminated by oil lamps burning consecrated oil brought from a different Italian town each year. A parchment in St. Francis's handwriting is taken to the top of the Santa Maria degli Angeli basilica and the people are blessed by the pope's representative. In the United States, people bring their pets to church to be blessed on St. Francis's feast day, because of his love for animals as expressed in his Canticle of Creatures. More...
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