Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

flinders

Definition:(noun) Bits, fragments, or splinters.
Synonyms:slivers, splinters
Usage: The bullet blew the glass bottle into flinders.
Article of the Day

Senescence

Biologically speaking, senescence is the process of deterioration that follows the development of an organism. In 1965, Leonard Hayflick discovered that normal diploid cells divide in cell culture about 50 times before entering a senescence phase during which they can replicate no more. Each cell division shortens the telomere of the cell's DNA, thus ticking back an "inner clock" for each subsequent copy of the cell. How does this mechanism protect the body from disease? More...
This Day in History

World's Tallest Roller Coaster Opens in New Jersey (2005)

Reaching a height of 456 feet (139 m) and with a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h), the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, New Jersey, became the tallest and the fastest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 2005. It took both titles from Cedar Point park's Top Thrill Dragster, which was designed by the same company and is nearly identical. Kingda Ka lost its title as the world's fastest roller coaster in 2010 to what attraction? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Rousseau (1844)

Rousseau was an entirely self-taught French painter. He held a minor post as a tax collector in Paris for more than 20 years before retiring to paint at the age of 49. His work remained consistently naive and imaginative and was often ridiculed. It was only after his death that Rousseau gained recognition as an artistic genius. Though he never left France or saw a jungle, he is best known for his paintings of lush, tropical scenes and wild animals. What was his inspiration for the exotic scenes? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

keep the lid on (something)

To quash or suppress something; to control something so as to keep it from flourishing, increasing, or succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

Kingsburg Swedish Festival (2017)

This festival pays tribute to the Swedish heritage of Kingsburg, California. The event began in 1924 as a luncheon to commemorate the midsummer celebration of the harvest in Sweden. Today it's a full-fledged festival running from Thursday through Sunday of the third weekend in May and attracts about 25,000 visitors. Traditional Swedish costumes are worn, and Swedish food is eaten—Swedish pancakes, Swedish pea soup, a smorgasbord. Events include a Parade of Trolls, raising of the May Pole, folk dancing, arts and crafts displays, a horse trot, and live entertainment. More...
In the News

Inspired by Bees, Flying Robots Use Static to Stick Their Landing

Most flying animals conserve their energy by occasionally perching. Engineers would love to copy this lazy energy-saving method in drones, especially itty-bitty microbots that can't lug around heavy batteries. These hovering little critters could be ... More...
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