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Daily Reader: Edition #173

Learn 66 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: whether people are born with a tolerance for spicy foods, the top threats to the ocean, and surprising ways that drones can be used.

1. Are People Born With A Tolerance For Spicy Food?
Popular Science, 6/10/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

Popular Science: Are People Born With A Tolerance For Spicy Food? (Image: Flickr user F Delventhal)

Why is it that some people can eat super-super-spicy foods while others can't tolerate any spice at all? Read more and learn vocabulary words like compound, correlations, exposure, inherent, olfactory, nurture, piquant, surpassing, and tolerance.

2. Warming, Rising Acidity and Pollution: Top Threats to the Ocean
Smithsonian Magazine, 6/7/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 24

Smithsonian Magazine: Warming, Rising Acidity and Pollution: Top Threats to the Ocean (Image: Flickr user Avery Studio)

The ocean is critical to our survival: it produces 50% of the earth's oxygen and absorbs 25% of the carbon dioxide we produce. Read more and learn vocabulary words like advent, boon, degrades, detriment, ecosystems, pristine, succumb, susceptible, and symbiotic.

3. 5 Surprising Drone Uses (Besides Pizza Delivery)
National Geographic, 6/6/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

National Geographic: 5 Surprising Drone Uses (Besides Pizza Delivery) (Image: Flickr user Debra Sweet)

There has been a lot of controversy around the usage of drones in war, but what about using drones for other purposes? Read more and learn vocabulary words like agriculture, comparative, dominant, emerging, inaccessible, photosynthesis, precision, surplus, and thermal.

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Photo Credits: F Delventhal, Avery Studio, Debra Sweet