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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.

2. Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City
Popular Science, 5/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 25 (on first page)

Popular Science: Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City (Image: Flickr user Intel Free Press)

What is the most eco-friendly city in the world? Masdar City in Abu Dhabi! Read about this ambitious eco-city in development full of carbon-neutral buildings and car-free roads. Read more and learn vocabulary words like facade, illusion, metropolis, mirage, ostentatious, outmoded, proximity, and urbanity.

3. 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
National Geographic, 5/19/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 52

National Geographic: 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism (Image: U.S. Army RDECOM)

Women have made tremendous contributions to science and yet many women, both past and present, have suffered from discrimination and sexism. Read more and learn vocabulary words like deduce, egregious, indebted, oblivion, paltry, parity, quantum, remnants, and systemic.

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Photo Credits: Tony Alter, Intel Free Press, U.S. Army RDECOM