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Daily Reader: Edition #147

Learn 67 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles about the power of music, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, and invasive organisms in the shipping industry.

1. Eight New Things We’ve Learned About Music
Smithsonian Magazine, 4/24/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

Smithsonian Magazine: Eight New Things We’ve Learned About Music (Image: Flickr user CraigCloutier)

Music is truly the universal language. Here are some cool new facts about why music is so important to us. Read more and learn vocabulary words like contrary, conventional, euphoric, improvise, physiological, posits, primitive, profound, and vital.

2. Jake Shimabukuro Rocked the Ukulele Before It Was Cool
Mother Jones, 5/6/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

Mother Jones: Jake Shimabukuro Rocked the Ukulele Before It Was Cool (Image: Flickr user Monsieur Gordon)

The ukulele is seeing a resurgence in popularity, thanks in large part to virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Read more and learn vocabulary words like collaboration, intimate, momentum, quavering, renaissance, surreal, ubiquitous, unassuming, and virtuoso.

3. Study of shipping routes maps delivery of invasive organisms
Los Angeles Times, 5/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

LA Times: Study of shipping routes maps delivery of invasive organisms (Image: Flickr user Ron Cogswell)

Gigantic ships travel around the world making our global economy possible. But these ships often transport a lot more than just their intended cargo. Read more and learn vocabulary words like ballast, detrimental, influx, infrastructure, invasive, jettisoned, mitigate, and vulnerable.

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