With each passing day, mankind gets a better look at Pluto. And each day, Pluto is showing mankind it has a lot to learn.
First, Pluto revealed itself in a mix of beige and orange, while Charon, its largest moon, appeared...Read more
On July 5th, 1937, SPAM was first put on the market.
The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world's surface.
The discovery is...Read more
On July 4th, 1817, construction began on the Erie Canal.
If scientists want someday to make the old young again, they increasingly recognize they'll need to study young people who seem old. But when a group of researchers recently set out to define what it means to be ...Read more
HackingTeam, an Italian company that helps law enforcement hack into digital networks, has apparently been hacked itself.
Client lists, emails and other documents purportedly belonging to HackingTeam were posted online ...Read more
SEATTLE -- It has officially been nearly two decades since shoppers of the world were introduced to the idea of buying books online.
Seattle-based Amazon.com's e-commerce website turns 20 years old this month.
The ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures.
But Jiffy Lube2'...Read more
How to Win in Every ScenarioRom Gayoso
This book is about a business research technique called “Scenario Planning”. Scenarios were originally created in the 1960’s for defense purposes; later on they were adopted by private enterprise with exceptional results. Nowadays they are also used for public policy.
Before you jump into the airport taxi line, check out your other options.
What it does: Displays the most pertinent transportation options and costs for getting from the airport to the city center in ...Read more
Sam Peckinpah was nicknamed "Bloody Sam" for what was, at the time, a very gory way of filming violence, in such movies as "The Wild Bunch." His very last projects, though, weren't movies but music videos, and for Julian ...Read more
What is the next word in this series? Choose from the pool.
deal, ether, pant, wrath, realty, ?
Pool: archery, canteen, leopard, pollute, snapper, tractorView full teaser and answer
doyen \doy-YEHN\ (noun) - The dominant senior member of a profession, activity, or social arena.
"When he retired, Walter Cronkite was considered by many as the doyen of the US press corps."
Today's word was borrowed ...Read more
A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?
1) a circular depression & a part for a canine...View full teaser and answer
pavid \PAEV-id\ (adjective) - Easily frightened, fearful, pusillanimous, timorous.
"Lana Issacs in accounting is such a pavid lamb, she will never ask for a raise."
The etymology of today's word doesn't run very deep. ...Read more
Jerry Seinfeld's friend George Costanza had a fairly elaborate imaginary career, most of which revolved around the imaginary Art Vandelay. Sometimes he was an importer/exporter, sometimes the head of a latex corporation. ...Read more
I am a set of three words, all with the same six letters.
First I am a kingdom, though not royally so.
Then spell me backwards, and I become a thin plate.
Now rearrange my consonants, leaving my vowels in place ...
I am now a type of paper.
What are the words?View full teaser and answer
bootleg \BOOT-lehg\ (verb) - To produce and/or distribute legally prohibited products.
"Jason's avocation was bootlegging illegal fireworks up and down the east coast until a bolt of lightning caught up with his truck ...Read more
MOSCOW ––Russia launched a supply craft to the International Space Station on Friday after the recent failure of two launches.
The unmanned Progress craft, which is to dock with the station on Sunday, is carrying fuel...Read more
A thought for the day: What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom to and freedom from." -- Marilyn vos Savant
On this date in history:
In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the Canadian town of Quebec.
In 1775, George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.