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Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #63

Just a note that the Daily Reader will be on hiatus over the holidays and will resume on Wed., Jan. 2, 2013. We hope you have a wonderful holiday! See you in 2013!

Learn 55 vocabulary words from today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader:

1. Maya Calendars Actually Predict That Life Goes On
National Geographic, 12/13/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 22

National Geographic: Maya Calendars Actually Predict That Life Goes On

According to some folks, doomsday is today – the alleged date on which the Maya calendar "ends" – December 21, 2012. So should you be worried? According to the scholars, no. Ancient Mayans actually thought we'd be around another 7,000 years or so. Read more and learn vocabulary words like alleged, apprehension, catastrophe, demise, emphatic, honing, imminent, impending, inquire, persists, refining, and sacred.

Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #62

Learn 69 vocabulary words from today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader:

1. Cavemen Were Much Better At Illustrating Animals Than Artists Today
Smithsonian Magazine, 12/5/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 22

Smithsonian: Cavemen Were Much Better At Illustrating Animals Than Artists Today

If you think cavemen are just like Fred Flintstone — slow-witted and unskilled — then this new study will surprise you! After analyzing dozens of examples of cave art, researchers determined that prehistoric artists were actually more accurate in their drawings of animals than artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Read more and learn vocabulary words like crude, depictions, gait, glimmer, noteworthy, renaissance, renditions, and taxidermy.

Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #61

Learn 60 vocabulary words from today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader:

1. Meal Thicket: Students Balk at New School Lunch Nutrition Standards
Scientific American, 12/15/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 19

Scientific American: Meal Thicket: Students Balk at New School Lunch Nutrition Standards

The USDA recently revised its nutrition standards for school lunches to include more whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. And as a result, there have been lunch strikes, Facebook protest pages, Twitter campaigns, YouTube parodies, and a host of other protests from students. Read more and learn vocabulary words like discarding, mandated, milestone, opposition, palates, parody, and saturated.

Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #60

Learn 94 vocabulary words from today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader:

1. The ‘Heroic’ Mayor and His Local Haters
The New Republic, 12/14/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 45

TNR: The ‘Heroic’ Mayor and His Local Haters

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, nicknamed “super mayor" by the national media, has endured his fair share of criticism at home. Read more about this charismatic politician and learn vocabulary words like aggrandizing, dais, exacerbated, gadfly, inanity, muse, nemesis, perpetuates, philanthropic, regurgitated, ruminations, scourge, strife, taunts, unfathomable, urban, and wayward.

Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #59

Learn 125 vocabulary words from today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader:

1. Who’s Watching? Privacy Concerns Persist as Smart Meters Roll Out
National Geographic, 12/12/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 43

National Geographic: Who’s Watching? Privacy Concerns Persist as Smart Meters Roll Out

With the everyday buzz of a family kitchen in the background, a device communicates energy use data to a local government smart meter. The technology can help save power, but some worry about loss of privacy. Read more and learn vocabulary words like array, consensus, dialogue, espionage, generate, implement, initiative, ire, moratorium, penalize, proliferate, proponents, robust, and vociferous.