Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 02, 2017)
Word of the Day

regurgitate

Definition:(verb) Repeat after memorization.
Synonyms:reproduce
Usage: In order to score well on the exam, you must be able to regurgitate the information.
Article of the Day

The Kalash

Approximately 3,000 members of the Kalash people currently inhabit the isolated mountain valleys of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The Kalash belief system differs drastically from those of surrounding ethnic groups and is said to be the last untouched representative of Indo-European mythology. Genetic testing has indicated that the Kalash are a distinct and perhaps aboriginal population. What is unique about their language? More...
This Day in History

First Major Internet-Distributed Computer Worm Launched (1988)

In 1988, Cornell University student Robert Morris launched a program supposedly aimed at measuring the size of the Internet. He had designed the ostensibly harmless program to count the computers connected to the small but growing Web by copying itself to each unit. Due to a design flaw, however, the program spread wildly, repeatedly copying itself to some computers and rendering them useless. A large part of the Internet was affected by the so-called Morris worm. What was Morris's punishment? More...
Today's Birthday

James Knox Polk (1795)

A native southerner and friend of Andrew Jackson, Polk was elected president of the US in 1845. During his administration, the US made large territorial gains. Polk peacefully negotiated the Oregon border dispute with Britain, while the US victory in the Mexican War secured much of the West. Though an efficient and competent president, Polk was exhausted by the time he left office, and he died three months later. Despite his happy marriage, he had no children. What likely rendered him sterile? More...
Quotation of the Day
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

breach of etiquette

A violation of established social norms or expectations, especially as relates to polite society or specific professions. More...
Today's Holiday

Haile Selassie's Coronation Day (2017)

The Rastafarians of Jamaica worship Haile Selassie I, "Might of the Trinity." His original name was Tafari Makonnen, and he was emperor of Ethiopia under the name Ras (meaning "Prince") Tafari. Rastafarians consider the Ethiopian emperor the Messiah and son of God, and the champion of their race. The Rastafarians' most important celebration is the anniversary of Haile Selassie's Coronation Day, which occurred on November 2, 1930. The dedication of babies to Ras Tafari, recitations, and singing are typically part of the celebrations on this day. More...
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In the News

Spider silk could lead to a new generation of microphones and hearing aids

Spider silk continues to impress with its unique properties. It's not just about its strength and toughness — spider silk might soon be used to improve acoustic properties. Binghamton University professor Ron Miles and graduate student Jian Zhou looked at what ... More...
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