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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh? Discuss


Last Manned Lunar Landing (1972)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

With the Apollo program drawing to a close, the astronauts of Apollo 17 knew that it would be some time before anyone returned to the Moon. Hours after the mission's launch, the astronauts snapped the famous "Blue Marble" photograph of a fully illuminated Earth. Days later, they landed on the Moon. On their three moonwalks, they explored miles of the Taurus-Littrow region, collected rock samples, and set up equipment for remote data collection. Who was the last person to walk on the Moon?


The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced?



In the News

 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Eduardo Bañados had three nights to spot something that might not even exist: a supermassive black hole close to the beginning of time. At the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, perched high atop a mountain in the world's driest desert, he scanned for ... Discuss


This Dinosaur Fossil Was So Bizarre, Scientists Thought It Was Fake

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

A reconstruction of Halszkaraptor escuilliei reveals the oddball sported a swan-like neck and flippers. An enigmatic dinosaur — which sported a swan-like neck, amphibious flippers and ...


The Genetic Divide Between NYC's Uptown And Downtown Rats

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The Empire State building, pizza and Broadway are just a few things synonymous with New York City — and then there's the rats. Like many other major metropolitan areas, New York City has a rat problem. But that doesn't mean that all the rats are the ...



Today's Birthdays

 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

John Jay (1745)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Though Jay initially deplored the growing conflict between Britain and its American colonies, he became a staunch supporter of the revolution once it began. He was heavily involved in early US government and urged ratification of the Constitution. He served as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, among other posts. Today considered one of the "Founding Fathers," Jay once joked that he could travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies after he had done what? Discuss


Kamehameha V (1830)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

After Kamehameha V succeeded his brother as king of Hawaii in 1863, he tried to restore the old tribal ways. He proclaimed a new constitution that restored power to the monarch, weakened the legislature, and restricted suffrage. He even refused to allow the sale of alcohol. Under his reign, the influence of American missionaries waned rapidly. On his 42nd birthday, he died without an heir, bringing the Kamehameha dynasty to an end. How did Mark Twain describe the king during his stay in Hawaii?


Nelly Sachs (1891)

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Sachs was a German poet, translator, and dramatist. Born to a prosperous family, Sachs wrote poems mainly for fun until the advent of Nazism darkened her work and forced her to flee on one of the last flights to Sweden. Her lyrics from those years combine lean simplicity with intense imagery. Collections of her poetry include The Seeker and O the Chimneys. What other poet developed a deep friendship with Sachs, which unfortunately exacerbated both poets' mental illnesses?



Article of the Day

 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Hydras

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Hydras are simple freshwater organisms found in temperate and tropical regions. They are especially interesting to biologists because they undergo morphallaxis when injured, regenerating new body parts to replace dead or damaged tissue. When a hydra is severed in two, for example, its segments reorganize to form two fully functional, independent hydras. Some evidence suggests that hydras are unique among animals in that they do not experience senescence, meaning they do not undergo what process? Discuss


Angel Falls

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, Venezuela's Angel Falls drops 3,212 ft (979 m) and is 500 ft (150 m) wide at its base, where it feeds into the Churun River. It is named for American aviator James Angel, who in 1937 crash-landed his plane near the top of the falls and was forced—with his companions—to descend on foot. Their trek took 11 days. How long did the plane remain atop the mountain?


The Freedom Rides

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

After the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Boynton v. Virginia (1960) that racial segregation in public transportation is illegal, civil rights activists organized the Freedom Rides, in which interracial groups of participants rode public transportation in the southern US to challenge local laws enforcing segregation. Though many riders were beaten and arrested, people continued to join the campaign, propelling it forward. How else did the riders protest racial discrimination?



Quotations of the Day

 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Alexander Hamilton

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources. Discuss


Henry James

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.


John Quincy Adams

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The freedom of the press should be inviolate.




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