Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

extenuate

Definition:(verb) Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of.
Synonyms:mitigate, palliate
Usage: Let him, if he be able, justify or extenuate the shameful outrage he has offered to the dictates of truth and to the rules of fair dealing.
Article of the Day

Brigandine

A brigandine is a lightweight, flexible piece of body armor consisting of a coat of mail or small metal plates sewn into quilted cloth or leather. The rivets that secure the plates to the fabric are visible on the exterior of the garment. The brigandine was invented in the Middle Ages and derives its name from foot soldiers, then known as brigands. Though brigandine-like armor was rendered obsolete in Europe in the 1600s, it was still considered useful to colonists in the New World. Why? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents Kinetoscope in the US (1897)

Developed by Edison's assistant, W.K.L. Dickson, the kinetoscope was a precursor to the modern motion-picture projector. It works through a phenomenon known as "persistence of vision," in which a sequence of images creates the illusion of motion. Initially, Edison hoped to synchronize the images with sound, but he was unable to achieve this. The kinetoscope was designed to be viewed by one person at a time. Why did Edison supposedly balk at the idea of projecting films before larger audiences? More...
Today's Birthday

Commodus (161 CE)

The son of Marcus Aurelius, Commodus was a Roman emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 CE—a period some historians consider the beginning of the empire's decline. Though his reign was fairly peaceful, Commodus was a tyrant who spent lavishly on gladiatorial combats, persecuted the Senate, and tried to rename Rome after himself. He fancied himself a gladiator, frequently killing exotic animals. His mistress and advisors had him strangled. He considered himself the reincarnation of what mythical hero? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

last-minute

(used before a noun) Done at the very last possible moment or opportunity. More...
Today's Holiday

Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day (2017)

After being subjected to British rule since 1802, Trinidad and Tobago became an independent commonwealth state on this day in 1962. This national holiday is celebrated amid a Carnival atmosphere, with an elaborate military parade accompanied by calypsos at the Queen's Park Savannah. Religious services are varied to accommodate the Yoruba Orisha, Hindu, Muslim, Baptist, and other faiths represented in the citizenry. Later in the day, awards are presented at the National Awards Ceremony to those who have notably served their country. More...
In the News

Bionic Eye Restores Partial Sight to Blind Woman

An Australian woman with severe vision loss is now able to see some shapes, thanks to a bionic "eye" implanted during a simple operation. When the device was turned on a month after the surgery, the patient reported seeing a flash of light for the first time since she lost her sight due to an inherited condition called retinitis pigmentosa. The device, which was inserted next to the retina within her eye, works by stimulating the retina with electrical impulses, which then pass back to the brain to create an image. More...
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