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Daily Reader: Edition #125

Learn 71 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about why fame endures (and other recent research), digital etiquette, and the future of privacy.

1. Famous People Tend to Stay Famous
The Atlantic, 3/28/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

The Atlantic: Famous People Tend to Stay Famous

Why is it that the Kardashians still make front page news? According to new research, it's simply a self-fulfilling prophecy — once people become famous, they inevitably remain famous. Read more about this and other recent research, and learn vocabulary words like animosity, converged, hybrid, intuition, optimistic, pondering, and propensity.

Daily Reader: Edition #124

Learn 60 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about what we can learn from mummies, impact of being ambidextrous on your brain, and the future of e-books in our public libraries.

1. 8 Mummy Finds Revealing Ancient Disease
National Geographic, 3/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

National Geographic: 8 Mummy Finds Revealing Ancient Disease

Mummies aren't just museum artifacts. They can tell us a lot about how people lived long ago — in particular, what illnesses they suffered from and how they died. Read more and learn vocabulary words like acute, chronic, epidemics, eradicated, macabre, predisposition, scourges, and toxic.

Daily Reader: Edition #123

Learn 54 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about Tina Fey's new movie 'Admission', modern-day treasure hunting, and Southwest Airline's identity crisis.

1. A Former Admissions Officer Assesses 'Admission'
U.S. News, 3/25/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

US News: A Former Admissions Officer Assesses 'Admission'

How accurate is Tina Fey's new comedy Admission about the trials and tribulations of a college admissions counselor? Read more to find out and learn vocabulary words like depiction, drudgery, eccentric, erratic, irate, pompous, revelation, and supposed.

Daily Reader: Edition #122

Learn 90 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about cool buildings around the world, the impact of the Great Recession, and the Emanuel brothers.

1. Wired’s Weekly Picks of Stunning Architecture
Wired, 1/14/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 44

Wired’s Weekly Picks of Stunning Architecture

Are you a fan of funky buildings? This article is for you! Read more about the Shanghai building that looks like a bottle opener, the pink office building in Tokyo, and the Tetris-shaped bank in the former Soviet Union, and learn vocabulary words like cantilever, facade, integrate, labyrinthine, obtuse, recall, and stark.

Daily Reader: Edition #121

Learn 74 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about the decline in the butterfly population, the history of the circus, and the true cost of college basketball.

1. Monarch Butterflies Hit New Low; "Worrisome" Trend
National Geographic, 3/18/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

National Geographic: Monarch Butterflies Hit New Low; "Worrisome" Trend

Butterflies may be one of the most beloved signs of spring! But recent studies show that the monarch butterfly population is on the decline. Read more about what is causing these low numbers and learn vocabulary words like advocates, fluctuations, herbicide, impose, migration, phenomenon, vulnerable, and withstand.