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Daily Reader: Edition #259

Learn 88 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: amazing new views of Earth from space, the most popular name in the U.S., and a Harvard professor predicts the future of Hollywood blockbusters.

1. These Are Some of the Most Amazing Views of Earth You’ll Ever See
Wired, 11/4/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 26

Wired: These Are Some of the Most Amazing Views of Earth You’ll Ever See

Images of Earth from space are always cool to look at. A new book offers some never before seen views of our planet that you have to see for yourself. Read more and learn vocabulary words like arid, archipelago, perilous, relevant, urban, and vulnerability.

2. Why Aren’t There More John Smiths in the U.S.?
Slate, 11/4/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

Slate: Why Aren’t There More John Smiths in the U.S.?

What's the most popular name in the U.S.? Statistics show that it should be John Smith, but it's actually not. Why is that? Read more and learn vocabulary words like archetypal, ascribed, nonentity, notorious, speculate, and unconventional.

3. A Harvard Professor Knows Why the Bloated Blockbuster Will Never Die
Businessweek, 11/4/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 35

Businessweek: A Harvard Professor Knows Why the Bloated Blockbuster Will Never Die

Many big-budget movies have flopped recently, causing some to predict the end of big blockbusters in Hollywood. Not so fast says a Harvard professor! Read more and learn vocabulary words like bevy, mercurial, milieus, paradigm, timidity, and vindicated.

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