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Daily Reader: Edition #178

Learn 89 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the jellyfish overpopulation, the debate over defining obesity as a disease, and an opinion piece on the subjective admissions criteria used by colleges.

1. Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault
The Daily Beast, 6/20/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

The Daily Beast: Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault (Image: flickr user NBphotostream)

Heading to the beach this weekend? Watch out for jellyfish! There are more of them than ever before, thanks to humans. Read more and learn vocabulary words like abundance, conscientious, contender, ecosystem, feeble, mechanisms, opportunistic, predators, and sustenance.

2. Viewpoint: Defining Obesity as a Disease May Do More Harm Than Good
Time, 6/19/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 37

Time: Defining Obesity as a Disease May Do More Harm Than Good (Image: Flickr user Nolan O'Brien)

The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease, just like diabetes and cancer. Not everyone agrees with this decision. Read more and learn vocabulary words like amenable, elusive, immutable, incidence, pathological, pessimism, precedent, profound, and stigmatizing.

3. Op-Ed: Who gets admitted to college?
Los Angeles Times, 6/20/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 25

LA Times: Op-Ed: Who gets admitted to college? (Image: Flickr user CollegeDegrees360)

Affirmative action always gets a lot of attention, but this opinion piece argues that it represents just one of the many subjective criteria used by colleges to admit students. Read more and learn vocabulary words like amorphous, attributes, connotations, irrelevant, notable, objective, prowess, and pursuit.

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Photo Credits: NBphotostream, Nolan O'Brien, CollegeDegrees360