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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The Moscow Victory Parade of 1945 (1945)

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

A month and a half after Nazi Germany surrendered to the USSR, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin ordered a celebratory parade through Moscow's Red Square. Thousands of troops from different regiments and fronts participated, accompanied by tanks and other military equipment. At one point, war veterans memorably threw down hundreds of Nazi banners at the foot of Lenin's mausoleum. According to legend, Stalin had initially planned to participate in the parade but changed his mind after what accident? Discuss


College Board Administers the First SAT Exam (1926)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The SAT is a standardized test used in college admissions in the US. Developed by Carl Brigham, a Princeton psychologist who worked on the US Army's IQ test, the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926 to over 8,000 test-takers—60% of whom were male. Criticized as being biased toward whites, males, and the middle class, the exam has been modified over the years to improve fairness. Still, its value as a predictor of success in college is debated. What does "SAT" stand for today?


Kodak Announces Discontinuation of Kodachrome Film (2009)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Manufactured by Kodak from 1935 to 2009, Kodachrome was the first commercially successful color film and was used to capture some of the most iconic images of the late 20th century. The film was known for its stability—if stored properly, it could be developed decades after being exposed and would retain its color and density for decades. Yet, advances in digital photography and the development of competing films considerably reduced demand. What famous images were recorded on Kodachrome?



In the News

 

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

What You Can Learn from Einstein's Quirky Habits

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to the author Marc J Seifer. While it’s not entirely clear exactly what that exercise involved, Tesla claimed ... Discuss


Strange Creatures Discovered off Australian Coast

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Researchers working off the coast of Australia are cataloging rarely seen, and even some new, species that lurk in the depths of the ocean. International scientists on a 58-member team on board CSIRO's research ship, are showing off what they've ...


How Cats Conquered the Ancient World

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ...



Today's Birthdays

 

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Saint John of the Cross (1542)

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Saint John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic, poet, and monastic reformer. A Carmelite monk, he was ordained a priest in 1567. The following year, he joined St. Teresa of Ávila in her effort to restore the Carmelites to their original austerity, cofounding the Discalced Carmelite order. He opened the first Discalced Carmelite monastery in 1569 and was imprisoned in 1577 for causing friction within the order. He escaped and later won high office in the order. What did he write while in prison? Discuss


Alan Mathison Turing (1912)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Turing was a groundbreaking English mathematician and logician who worked on artificial intelligence (AI), among other things. He created the Turing test to determine whether a computer is capable of humanlike thought. His papers on the subject are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in AI. He also did valuable work in cryptography during WWII, helping to break the German Enigma code. In the midst of his pioneering work, Turing committed suicide after being convicted of what crime?


John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (1903)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Raised in Indiana by a widowed father, Dillinger served a prison term for attempted robbery, then organized a gang and terrorized the Midwest in 1933. He became one of the most notorious criminals in the US. The infamous bank robber escaped jail twice, was involved in 16 killings, and was declared "public enemy number one" before being killed on a Chicago street by FBI agents at the age of 31. He was so well-known that at the scene of his death, bystanders collected what macabre souvenirs?



Article of the Day

 

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Automatic number plate recognition, or ANPR, is a mass surveillance method that utilizes optical character recognition to "read" vehicle license plates in images taken by designated cameras. Used by law enforcement and for electronic toll collection, ANPR systems can store images, license plate text, and, sometimes, photographs of drivers, leading to public concerns about government tracking and misidentification. Modern ANPR systems are capable of scanning plates on cars traveling how fast? Discuss


The Elvis Taxon

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

In paleontology, an Elvis taxon is an organism or group of organisms that has been misidentified as having re-emerged in the fossil record after a period of presumed extinction. Elvis taxa are not actually descendants of the original taxon, rather, they have simply developed a similar morphology through convergent evolution. Coined in 1993, the term is a reference to the many sightings of Elvis Presley after his death, as well as to his many impersonators. What is one example of an Elvis taxon?


AK-47s

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947, the AK-47 is an assault rifle that was used in most Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War. Due to its durability and ease of use, it remains the most widely used assault rifle in the world. Although only one factory holds the patent, nearly one million AK-47s are manufactured illegally each year, and many are smuggled and sold to governments, rebels, criminals, and civilians. An AK-47 appears on what country's flag and coat of arms?



Quotations of the Day

 

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The knight's bones are dust,
And his good sword rust;
His soul is with the saints, I trust. Discuss


Ambrose Bierce

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Amnesty, n.: The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.


Miguel de Cervantes

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT

To retire is not to flee, and there is no wisdom in waiting when danger outweighs hope, and it is the part of wise men to preserve themselves to-day for to-morrow, and not risk all in one day.




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