Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

exceptionable

Definition:(adjective) Open or liable to objection or debate; debatable.
Synonyms:objectionable
Usage: We can't have perfection; and if I keep him, I must sustain his administration as a whole, even if there are, now and then, things that are exceptionable.
Article of the Day

Germicidal Lamps

Germicidal lamps are specially designed lights that kill microorganisms and are used to clean wastewater, workspaces, and medical and scientific tools. The lamps work by emitting ultraviolet light that damages microorganismal DNA, rendering pathogens harmless or removing their reproductive capabilities. Some germicidal lamps also produce ozone, a substance known to have disinfectant properties. Why must people take care to shield their eyes and skin from the light these lamps emit? More...
This Day in History

SpaceShipOne Completes First Privately Funded Human Spaceflight (2004)

Unlike its privately funded predecessors, SpaceShipOne was actually manned, by a pilot and two passengers, when it flew to the edge of space in 2004. Developed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the suborbital space plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for launching three people—or their weight equivalent—into space twice within two weeks in a privately developed, reusable spacecraft. Where is SpaceShipOne currently on display? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905)

Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the foremost exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. His first novel, Nausea, was one of many works depicting man as a lonely being burdened with a terrifying freedom. He served in World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the French resistance, during which he wrote multiple works. In 1964, he became the first person to voluntarily decline the Nobel Prize in Literature. Why did he refuse it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Today's Holiday

Midnight Sun Festival (2017)

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year. More...
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