Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

dissonance

Definition:(noun) The auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience.
Synonyms:noise, racket
Usage: Maddening church bells of all degrees of dissonance, sharp and flat, cracked and clear, fast and slow, made the brick-and-mortar echoes hideous.
Article of the Day

Tics

Also called "habit spasms," tics are involuntary, compulsive, rapid, repetitive movements like blinking and shoulder shrugging or vocalizations that include grunts, barks, and other utterances. Their expression may be somewhat controlled, but much like an itch that must be scratched, sufferers ultimately feel impelled to go through with them. Stress has been known to exacerbate tics. What symptom of Tourette syndrome, one type of tic disorder, has been highly publicized but is relatively rare? More...
This Day in History

British Broadcasting Company Makes Its First Radio Broadcast (1922)

The original BBC—the British Broadcasting Company—was founded by radio manufacturers eager to provide programs for the radios they were selling. Just two weeks after listeners began purchasing receiving licenses, Arthur Burrows read the first newscast from Marconi House in London. Two more stations—Birmingham and Manchester—went on the air the next day. Within five years, the company was transformed into the British Broadcasting Corporation. What was reported on the second day of broadcasting? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Fulton (1765)

A man remarkable for his many talents and inventions, Fulton is popularly considered the inventor of the steamboat. Originally a gunsmith and portraitist, he became fascinated by canal engineering while living in Europe. After sinking one prototype steamboat in the Seine River and failing to secure European support, he returned to his native US. There, he launched the first commercially viable steamboat in the Hudson River in 1807. What invention did Napoleon commission from Fulton? More...
Quotation of the Day
Strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

cast in concrete

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2017)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916; since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
In the News

How NASA engineers mourn the death of a spacecraft

They called it a wake, but the loved one they had come to mourn wasn't a person. It was the Cassini spacecraft, the robotic explorer that had spent the last 13 years unlocking the mysteries of Saturn, its rings and its many moons. Soon after Cassini ... More...
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