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Daily Reader: Edition #163

Learn 118 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the wonders of the global package delivery system, the importance of the Prime Meridian, and the Dante frenzy sparked by Dan Brown's Inferno.

1. How Our Lust for Stuff Is Making the Whole World Your Mall
Wired, 5/30/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 45

Wired: How Our Lust for Stuff Is Making the Whole World Your Mall (Image: Flickr user Bill Abbott)

These days, you can get a package delivered in pretty much any part of the world. What other new services can we anticipate as global consumers? Read more and learn vocabulary words like aspirations, byzantine, contend, escrow, insurgency, intervenes, momentum, potent, thwart, and utopia.

Daily Reader: Edition #162

Learn 75 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: extreme weather in Australia, how smart is the word 'smart', and a new deadly strain of bird flu.

1. Is Australia the Face of Climate Change to Come?
National Geographic, 5/24/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 46

National Geographic: Is Australia the Face of Climate Change to Come?  (Image: Flickr user Shek Graham)

Australia has been experiencing unprecedented extreme weather. Is this a foreshadowing of what we can expect in the future? Read more and learn vocabulary words like anomaly, climatic, ferocity, havoc, imperative, languishing, portend, pristine, prominent, spate, and stoicism.

Daily Reader: Edition #161

Learn 67 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the best and worst summer jobs, how to spend the summer before you leave for college, and the debate over great white sharks.

1. Our Best and Worst Summer Jobs
Slate Magazine, 5/28/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 25

Slate: Our Best and Worst Summer Jobs (Image: Flickr user daveynin)

Everyone has had a bad summer job experience! Check out these hilarious accounts of the best and worst of summer jobs. Read more and learn vocabulary words like criticisms, homage, indulge, mogul, presumably, retaining, stifling, thrives, tolerable, venerable, and weary.

Daily Reader: Edition #160

Learn 110 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the new Xbox One, what graduation speeches should say but don't, and how China's one-child policy affects personality.

To our American readers, have a great Memorial Day weekend! The Daily Reader will be back on Wednesday, May 29.

1. Exclusive First Look at Xbox One
Wired, 5/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 67

Wired: Exclusive First Look at Xbox One (Image: Flickr user Frederik Hermann)

The Xbox One is almost here! Check out this exclusive sneak peak at the hotly anticipated new gaming console. Read more and learn vocabulary words like assimilate, conduit, dissipate, emulate, gambit, lamented, modulated, obsolete, paltry, proliferated, and rudimentary.

Daily Reader: Edition #159

Learn 98 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: why we can hit 100 mph fastballs, the most eco-friendly city in the world, and biases against female scientists.

1. How the Human Brain Tracks a 100-mph Fastball
Smithsonian Magazine, 5/8/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

Smithsonian Magazine: How the Human Brain Tracks a 100-mph Fastball (Image: Flickr user Tony Alter)

What's harder than throwing a fastball? Hitting one! Ever wonder how our brains process movement and allow us to react to 100 mph fastballs? Read more and learn vocabulary words like compensate, distinctive, intact, mechanism, perception, resonance, simulating, stationary, and trajectory.