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Daily Reader: Edition #86

Learn 95 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader:

1. Can This Dog Solve the Black Dahlia Homicide?
Newsweek: The Daily Beast, 2/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

Newsweek: Can This Dog Solve the Black Dahlia Homicide?

When it comes to cold cases, few are hotter than the so-called Black Dahlia murder. Now, almost 70 years later, a new canine detective may have unearthed some critical clues. Read more and learn vocabulary words like acute, bestowed, discredited, forensic, inept, intrepid, intriguing, persuasive, posited, rambunctious, and scoured.

2. Solving the Mystery of Owls’ Head-Turning Abilities
Smithsonian Magazine, 2/1/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

Smithsonian: Solving the Mystery of Owls’ Head-Turning Abilities

Owls can rotate their necks up to 270 degrees in either direction without damaging the vessels running below their heads, and they can do it without cutting off blood supply to their brains. How do they do that?! Read more and learn vocabulary words like contorted, depicting, fatal, habitats, maneuver, mimic, puny, resolves, species, susceptible, sustain, and tundra.

3. A Fake Facebook Wedding
The New Yorker, 1/28/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 50

The New Yorker: A Fake Facebook Wedding

It can be hard to know what's real and what's fake on Facebook these days. Read about this writer's interesting experience and learn vocabulary words like coercion, cunning, cynicism, disparate, dubious, exodus, hoax, legitimacy, mercenary, mock, pithy, posited, psychosis, reckless, restraint, sallow, and surveillance.

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