On December 7th, 1732, the Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London.
On December 6th, 1849, abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.
In a converted former broom factory in Baltimore, employees of PlayBetter.com checked inventory and pricing, prepared email blasts and packed up cartloads of gadgets to help golfers improve their game.
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On December 5th, 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity was founded, making it the first scholastic fraternity in the United States.
gravitas \GRAV-uh-tahs\ (noun) - High seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject).
"The speaker was so utterly lacking in gravitas that none of his pronouncements were taken at all seriously, ...Read more
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PITTSBURGH -- Carbon-monoxide poisoning kills about 430 people nationwide each year and that doesn't even include CO fatalities from fires or suicides.
The gas, commonly described as the "invisible killer," has no odor, ...Read more
Researchers in Spain have taken a key step in unraveling one of nature's most malignant mysteries: How do cancerous tumor cells that establish a beachhead in one organ strike out in search of new territory to colonize?
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed the first of its ring-grazing orbits and snapped stunning images of the strange hexagon-shaped jet stream at Saturn's northern pole.
With less than a year left to go in its mission,...Read more
The latest findings in Earth science are brought to you by ancient astronomers who observed the heavens as much as 2,700 years ago.
Thanks to hundreds of records of lunar and solar eclipses carved in clay tablets and ...Read more
"He's making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's not eating nice."
Bill Hoelzel sent me this charming rendering of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by his 3-year-old grandson. It's one of many delightful ...Read more
A thought for the day: I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -- Albert Einstein
On this date in history:
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1909, Leo Baekeland patented the process for making Bakelite, giving birth to the modern plastics ...Read more
Those born on this date include:
- Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1598
- Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, in 1810
- novelist Willa Cather in 1873
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2016 with 24 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.
mellifluous \muh-LIF-loo-us\ (adjective) - Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a mellifluous voice.
"The mellifluous tones of the Debussy sonata were presented all the more pleasantly when they...Read more
You're heading into class and your classmate Denni sits down next to you and finds the following written on the desk:
K P C O F G s
Wondering why the "s" is lowercase, Denni asks you.
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Q: Occasionally I get a pop-up message on my four-year-old PC that says "To check for new device software, connect your PC to the internet and press 'continue.'" There is no company logo on the message and I'm leery of it,...Read more
In these early days of virtual reality, Sony's new PlayStation VR seems like the ideal product.
Facebook's Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive, which both debuted earlier this year, offer high quality, super-immersive VR ...Read more
An analysis of recent school shootings suggests a way to make them less likely: mandatory background checks.
States that required background checks for gun buyers were about half as likely to experience a school shooting ...Read more