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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.

2. Thanks, Taylor Swift: Nashville Has America's Most Robust Music Economy
The Atlantic, 7/29/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 45

The Atlantic: Thanks, Taylor Swift: Nashville Has America's Most Robust Music Economy

The music industry is facing tough times. But not in Nashville, where the music economy is thriving thanks to some smart development strategies. Read more and learn vocabulary words like bolster, comprise, emergence, exemplified, foster, leverage, nurture, and resiliency.

3. Rat Invaders: Islands Fighting Back Against Killer Rodents
National Geographic, 7/29/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

National Geographic: Rat Invaders: Islands Fighting Back Against Killer Rodents

Rats are more than just a nuisance. In some places, they are actually ferocious invaders that are wreaking ecological havoc on local animals. Read more and learn vocabulary words like appalling, dispersal, eradicate, habitat, induced, invasive, perilous, and soluble.

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