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Daily Reader: Edition #164

Learn 75 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: preparations for Brazil's 2014 World Cup, space radiation and the Mars mission, and the potential of a future virtual state.

1. Football in Brazil: Into extra time
The Economist, 6/1/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 12

The Economist: Football in Brazil: Into extra time (Image: Flickr user Thomas)

Brazil loves football (soccer). The 2014 World Cup, hosted by Brazil, is expected to be an awesome event — assuming that the stadiums will be completed in time! Read more and learn vocabulary words like fraught, fray, hordes, pledge, refurbished, retorted, revamp, spectators, successive, and urban.

2. Space radiation would make Mars mission hazardous
Washington Post, 5/30/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

Washington Post: Space radiation would make Mars mission hazardous (Image: Flickr user Idaho National Laboratory)

We are closer than ever to putting a man on Mars — if we can figure out how to deal with deadly interplanetary radiation. Read more and learn vocabulary words like assessment, cosmic, exposure, justify, lethal, mitigate, modest, penetrating, saturated, and trajectory.

3. Who Even Needs the Nation-State in the 21st Century?
The Atlantic, 6/2/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 40

The Atlantic: Who Even Needs the Nation-State in the 21st Century? (Image: Flickr user Navin75)

With the advances in technology, this writer argues that in the future, we could potentially replace government with a virtual state. Read more and learn vocabulary words like alleviating, bribe, diffused, emerging, ephemeral, facet, jurisdictions, prevail, specter, and synonymous.

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