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Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #11

Today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader features articles from Popular Science:

1. What Absolutely Cannot Go Wrong When Felix Baumgartner Attempts The Longest Free Fall In History
Popular Science, 10/5/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 29

Popular Science: What Absolutely Cannot Go Wrong When Felix Baumgartner Attempts The Longest Free Fall In History

Over the weekend, the Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon 120,000 feet up to the edge of space so that today (Monday 10/8), he can jump out and attempt the longest free fall in history! Read more about this crazy feat and learn vocabulary words like arid, ascent, calamity, centrifugal, inertia, rogue, solace, surpass, taut, tether, vital, and vulnerable.

2. FYI: Is It Legal To 3-D Print A Handgun?
Popular Science, 10/4/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

Popular Science: Is It Legal To 3-D Print A Handgun?

The backers of the Wiki Weapons Project want to create a free open source digital file for printing a working handgun at home. Yes, you read that correctly. Printing a working handgun at home. Learn more about this amazing new technology and pick up a few vocabulary words including consortium, controversial, dystopia, explicitly, ideal, pernicious, rescind, sentiment, and undermine.

3. Most Retracted Scientific Papers Are Pulled Due To Fraud
Popular Science, 10/4/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

Popular Science: Most Retracted Scientific Papers Are Pulled Due To Fraud

It feels like not a week goes by without a scientific paper getting retracted. A recent study finds that only 21 percent of all retracted papers were due to legitimate error rather than scientific misconduct. Read more and learn vocabulary words like attribute, chicanery, disavow, forthright, fraudulent, integrity, potent, prevalent, succumb, and surmise.

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