Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 7, 2012)
Word of the Day

single-minded

Definition:(adjective) Steadfast; resolute.
Synonyms:resolved
Usage: He was single-minded in his determination to stop smoking.
Article of the Day

The Three Hares

The Three Hares is a circular motif found at sacred sites from China to England. It consists of three hares chasing each other in a circle. Used as early as the 6th century in Chinese cave temples, the symbol appears to have spread along trade routes. It appears in architecture and on headstones and in Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian art. It is a perceptual puzzle in that, although each rabbit has two ears, the total number of ears pictured is only three. How is this illusion achieved? More...
This Day in History

Basketball Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announces He Has HIV (1991)

Johnson had been a basketball star for more than a decade when he announced, at a press conference, that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire. He vowed to battle the disease, while confirming that neither his pregnant wife nor their unborn child was infected. As a popular athlete, Johnson helped combat the stigma of HIV, which was then predominantly associated with disproportionately affected groups such as drug addicts and homosexuals. Did Johnson ever return to basketball? More...
Today's Birthday

Lise Meitner (1878)

An eminent Austrian physicist, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1938. There, she formulated the concept of nuclear fission and proposed the term for the process. Though the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to physicist Otto Hahn, the element meitnerium was named in her honor. She was critical of scientists who remained in Germany during the Nazi era yet staunchly refused to participate in the atomic bomb research that resulted from her work. Why did Hahn once give her a diamond ring? More...
Quotation of the Day
Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

(have) got something going (with someone)

To have or be in the midst of a romantic or sexual affair with someone. A colloquial variant of "have something going (with someone)." More...
Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2017)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
In the News

Fukushima Fish Unfit for Consumption

About 40 percent of the fish caught near Fukushima's crippled Dai-ichi nuclear power plant contains levels of radiation that render it unfit for human consumption. Experts believe the contamination levels are likely the result of two factors, ongoing leakage of polluted groundwater from under Fukushima and existing contamination of offshore sediments. It is worth noting that current Japanese guidelines regarding maximum permitted concentration of radioactivity in fish and fish products are extremely stringent—100 becquerels per kilogram of wet weight—compared to international standards—1,200 becquerels per kilogram of wet weight. More...
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