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Daily Reader: Edition #196

Learn 65 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the evolution of dragons, high-tech goggles that give you superhero powers, and Oprah's latest movie about a long-time White House butler.

1. Could Dragons Have Existed If Evolution Had Taken A Different Turn?
Popular Science, 7/30/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 19

Popular Science: Could Dragons Have Existed If Evolution Had Taken A Different Turn?

So we know that dragons aren't real. But if natural selection had worked a little differently, could dragons be walking the earth today? Why not? Read more and learn vocabulary words like caustic, generate, mechanism, parallel, plausible, propel, repel, and theoretical.

Daily Reader: Edition #195

Learn 204 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: outgrowing the traditional grass lawn, the success of Nashville's music economy, and the threat of rat invaders.

1. Outgrowing the Traditional Grass Lawn
Scientific American, 7/29/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 132

Scientific American: Outgrowing the Traditional Grass Lawn

Mowing the lawn is a time-honored summer chore. But research has shown that planting lawns may actually be damaging to our natural habitat. Read more and learn vocabulary words like counteracting, forsake, negate, pristine, saturate, tenacious, underscores, and vitality.

Daily Reader: Edition #194

Learn 71 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: implanting false memories in mice, a rare form of amnesia that can strike without warning, and interesting tech projects getting attention on Kickstarter.

1. MIT scientists implant a false memory into a mouse’s brain
Washington Post, 7/25/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 14 (on first page)

Washington Post: MIT scientists implant a false memory into a mouse’s brain

Inception for mice is here! Scientists were able to successfully implant a false memory into a mouse's brain. Are humans next? Read more and learn vocabulary words like alibi, inducing, intrusion, isolate, milestone, prominent, traumatic, and trivial.

Daily Reader: Edition #193

Learn 69 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the best convertibles ever built, why girls should play more video games, and why summer vacation can set some children back.

1. The 14 Most Awesome Convertibles Ever Built
Wired, 7/24/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 29

Wired: The 14 Most Awesome Convertibles Ever Built

Summertime is made for driving around in a convertible. What are some of the most iconic convertibles ever built? Read more and learn vocabulary words like anemic, chassis, elongated, extraneous, mutating, rigidity, sloth, and successor.

Daily Reader: Edition #192

Learn 121 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: how our names impact our lives, why we don't eat insects, and the once ubiquitous tech sounds that are becoming extinct.

1. Amid Royal Baby Name Wait, Asking if Names Affect Life
National Geographic, 7/24/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 25

National Geographic: Amid Royal Baby Name Wait, Asking if Names Affect Life

The new baby prince has a name — George Alexander Louis! But what's in a name, after all? As Shakespeare famously wrote, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Or would it? Read more and learn vocabulary words like bestowed, cherish, egotism, moniker, overt, posited, progeny, and subtle.