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Daily Reader: Edition #256

Happy Halloween!

Learn 126 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the success of the Broadway musical 'Wicked', the popularity of David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, and Bitcoin's move into the mainstream.

1. A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash
The Daily Beast, 10/30/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 37

The Daily Beast: A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash

The musical Wicked, which tells the story of the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz, has been a Broadway smash for a decade! But it wasn't always that way. Read more and learn vocabulary words like ingenious, meandering, presumed, rendition, superfluity, and vulnerability.

Daily Reader: Edition #255

Learn 90 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: how should we safely dispose of our garbage, a DIY kit to create your own game console, and how expeditions to Antarctica have changed.

1. Material Remains: The Perpetual Challenge of Garbage
Scientific American, 10/25/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 46

Scientific American: The Perpetual Challenge of Garbage

Humans produce a lot of amazing things. But we also produce a lot of garbage. What we do with all of our trash remains an ongoing challenge. Read more and learn vocabulary words like detritus, inert, pernicious, prolific, relegated, and safeguard.

Daily Reader: Edition #254

Learn 93 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: whether Japanese-style automated restaurants will succeed in the U.S., the science behind colorful sunsets, and funny neologisms to describe everyday nuisances.

1. Does This Japanese Restaurant Chain Foretell the End of the Waiter?
Smithsonian Magazine, 10/25/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

Smithsonian: Does This Japanese Restaurant Chain Foretell the End of the Waiter?

Tough times in Japan have led to the rise of highly-efficient automated restaurants that don't need human waiters, busboys, or even cooks! Would these restaurants work in the U.S.? Read more and learn vocabulary words like compromising, disengage, ingrained, patrons, premise, and sanctuary.

Daily Reader: Edition #253

Learn 85 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: where Olympians like to ski and snowboard, how to create spooky technologically-enhanced pumpkin carvings, and the NFL's efforts to support the fight against breast cancer.

1. Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard
The Daily Beast, 10/26/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 50

The Daily Beast: Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard

Snow season is fast approaching! Ever wonder where the Olympians prefer to go to ski or snowboard? Read more and learn vocabulary words like discrete, inception, migrant, nascent, parlance, and vertiginous.

Daily Reader: Edition #252

Learn 107 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the debate over using iPads in the classroom, the government shutdown's impact on scientific research, and the heavy cost of elephant poaching.

1. The iPad Goes to School
Business Week, 10/24/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 53

Business Week: The iPad Goes to School

Do you think tablets and other devices should be used in the classroom? A botched plan to distribute iPads to all students in the Los Angeles School District is shaking up the debate. Read more and learn vocabulary words like contend, fiasco, industrious, proliferation, recalls, and transgressions.