Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

brachypterous

Definition:(adjective) Having very short or rudimentary wings, as certain insects.
Synonyms:short-winged
Usage: Some brachypterous insects evade predators by jumping short distances.
Article of the Day

Freeze-Drying

Freeze-drying is a dehydration process typically used to preserve perishable material or make it more convenient to transport. The process involves freezing a substance, reducing the surrounding pressure, and adding enough heat to allow the frozen water in the material to sublimate, or change directly from the solid to gas state. Properly sealed freeze-dried substances can be stored at room temperature for years without spoiling. How is freeze-drying often used by pharmaceutical companies? More...
This Day in History

Tilden Wins Popular Vote, Loses US Presidential Election (1877)

One of the most disputed presidential elections in American history was decided by a single electoral vote, which was likely awarded in an informal deal behind closed doors. Democratic candidate Samuel J. Tilden not only won the popular vote in the 1876 election, but secured 184 electoral votes to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes's 165—until a bitter, months-long political battle ended with Hayes being awarded 20 contested votes. What did the Democrats gain in the so-called Compromise of 1877? More...
Today's Birthday

Moe Berg (1902)

Once known as "the brainiest man in baseball," Berg was a professional athlete who became a professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Habit, n.: A shackle for the free.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

make a hole in (something)

To take, use up, or deplete a large amount of money available in something, such as a budget, one's wallet, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Lantern Festival (Yuan Hsiao Chieh) (2018)

The Lantern Festival is a festival of lights that ends the Chinese New Year celebrations and marks the first full moon of the new lunar year. On the night of the festival, the streets are bright with both lanterns and streamers, and people go out in throngs to see the displays. Other customs include eating round, stuffed dumplings and solving "lantern riddles"—riddles that are written on pieces of paper and stuck to the lanterns. In many areas, children parade with lanterns of all shapes and sizes. More...
In the News

World's Only Metallic Hydrogen Sample Disappears, If It Indeed Existed in the First Place

The world’s first sample of metallic hydrogen, a form of the element that scientists have long chased only to come up empty handed, mysteriously vanished from the Harvard University lab where it was created last month as researchers sought to conduct further ... More...
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