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Daily Reader: Edition #260

Learn 62 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: how Hogwarts would be evaluated in real life, the purpose of Google's new mystery construction, and why so many scientists draw from pop culture when naming their new discoveries.

1. Board of Education Inspection Report: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Slate, 11/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 17 (on first page)

Slate: Board of Education Inspection Report: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts is a dream school for many Harry Potter fans. But how would the fictional school rate if it were evaluated by a real-life Board of Education? Read more and learn vocabulary words like adverse, antidotes, esoteric, indistinguishable, rote, and tedious.

2. Readers' guesses on Google Mystery Barge: TARDIS? Holodeck? Ark?
Los Angeles Times, 11/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 24

LA Times: Readers' guesses on Google Mystery Barge: TARDIS? Holodeck? Ark?

Google caused a lot of commotion when it was discovered that the company is building a mysterious barge in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. What is it exactly? Read more and learn vocabulary words like apocalyptic, deploy, intrigue, obscure, prototype, and stealth.

3. Why Do We Keep Naming New Species After Characters in Pop Culture?
Smithsonian Magazine, 11/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

Smithsonian: Why Do We Keep Naming New Species After Characters in Pop Culture?

Lady Gaga has a fern named after her. Why do so many scientists embed pop culture references into the names of their new discoveries? Read more and learn vocabulary words like captivating, epithet, garner, heralded, plague, and subside.

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