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Daily Reader: Edition #213

Learn 117 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the historic healing power of going to the beach, the details of the NFL settlement around concussion liability, and what you need to know about the conflict in Syria.

1. The Historic Healing Power of the Beach
The Atlantic, 8/29/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 56

The Atlantic: The Historic Healing Power of the Beach

Once upon a time, doctors used to prescribe a trip to the beach to heal all sorts of physical and mental ailments. Read more and learn vocabulary words like abated, cognizant, detritus, epidemic, melancholy, panacea, proliferated, and sojourn.

Daily Reader: Edition #212

Learn 92 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, why hushpuppies are the best fried food in existence, and the scientific pile-on effect with drinking soda.

1. 50 Feet From Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' Speech
U.S. News, 8/28/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 30 (on first page)

US News: 50 Feet From Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Read one man's personal account of the historic day and learn vocabulary words like alluding, emancipation, ferment, incandescent, martyred, pinnacle, resonate, and rhetoric.

Daily Reader: Edition #211

Learn 119 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the best and worst Batman movies and TV shows; the purpose of the English major; and rehabilitating the image of America's Rust Belt.

1. Before Batfleck: A History of Batman’s Best and Worst Incarnations
Wired, 8/27/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 32

Wired: Before Batfleck: A History of Batman’s Best and Worst Incarnations

The controversial casting of Ben Affleck in the next Batman movie has elicited strong reactions from fans. Read more about the film exploits of the caped crusader and learn vocabulary words like bombastic, counterintuitive, debut, forte, impeccable, obscure, unprecedented, and xenophobia.

Daily Reader: Edition #210

Learn 113 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the smartest dog in the world, who will win the US Open men's tennis championship, and the history behind a classic Beatles song.

1. I Met The World's Smartest Dog
Popular Science, 8/26/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 26

Popular Science: I Met The World's Smartest Dog

We've always known that dogs are smart animals. But this dog seems to understand human language. How is this possible? Read more and learn vocabulary words like cognition, dexterous, dissimilar, inferences, lackadaisical, rambunctious, scouring, and syntax.

Daily Reader: Edition #209

Learn 152 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the power of ESPN over college football schedules, why green energy needs to be cheaper, and how Congo's guerrilas are hurting Congo's gorillas.

1. College Football's Most Dominant Player? It's ESPN
The New York Times, 8/24/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 95

NYTimes: College Football’s Most Dominant Player? It’s ESPN

If you're a college football fan, then you know how frustrating it can be trying to figure out your favorite team's schedule in advance. Read more and learn vocabulary words like ambiguities, corrosive, evanescent, impresario, lucrative, marquee, prognostication, and voracious.