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Daily Reader: Edition #238

Learn 91 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: when making eye contact is a bad thing, Malcolm Gladwell's new book on underdogs, and the next challenge for IBM's Watson computer.

1. Making eye contact can hurt your argument, study finds
Washington Post, 10/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 16

Washington Post: Making eye contact can hurt your argument, study finds

Making eye contact when talking has traditionally been considered a good thing. But a new study finds that it actually may cause your listeners to become more stubborn. Read more and learn vocabulary words like antagonistic, contrary, dominance, receptive, spontaneous, steadfast, and trivial.

2. Malcolm Gladwell In Five Minutes: What to Know to Pretend You’ve Read the New Book
The Daily Beast, 10/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 40

The Daily Beast: Malcolm Gladwell In Five Minutes: What to Know to Pretend You’ve Read the New Book

Malcolm Gladwell, famous for his pop-psychology books The Tipping Point and Outliers, is back at it again. This time he researches our fascination with underdogs. Read more and learn vocabulary words like agility, counterintuitive, divisive, exacerbate, galvanized, mediocre, and posits.

3. Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM’s Watson Dethroned the King of Search?
Wired, 10/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 35

Wired: Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM’s Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Watson, IBM's artificially intelligent computer system that conquered Jeopardy a few years back, may be now looking to take on Google's search function. Read more and learn vocabulary words like embellished, formidable, interlocutor, prohibitive, query, stalwarts, and theoretical.

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