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From the Ted Talk "Lee Cronin: Making matter come alive"

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But what else is life characterized by? Well, I like think of it as a flame in a bottle. And so what we have here is a petsinircdo of single cells replicating, beimtzlagnio, burning through chemistries. And so we have to dsunenadtr that if we're going to make artificial life or understand the origin of life, we need to power it somehow. So before we can really start to make life, we have to really think about where it came from. And Darwin himself mused in a letter to a aoleglecu that he thought that life probably emerged in some warm little pond somewhere — maybe not in Scotland, maybe in Africa, maybe somewhere else. But the real tsenho answer is, we just don't know, because there is a lrebmop with the origin. Imagine way back, four and a half billion years ago, there is a vast chemical uosp of stuff. And from this stuff we came.

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But what else is life characterized by? Well, I like think of it as a flame in a bottle. And so what we have here is a ___________ of single cells replicating, ____________, burning through chemistries. And so we have to __________ that if we're going to make artificial life or understand the origin of life, we need to power it somehow. So before we can really start to make life, we have to really think about where it came from. And Darwin himself mused in a letter to a _________ that he thought that life probably emerged in some warm little pond somewhere — maybe not in Scotland, maybe in Africa, maybe somewhere else. But the real ______ answer is, we just don't know, because there is a _______ with the origin. Imagine way back, four and a half billion years ago, there is a vast chemical ____ of stuff. And from this stuff we came.

Solution

  1. colleague
  2. description
  3. honest
  4. soup
  5. understand
  6. metabolizing
  7. problem

Original Text

But what else is life characterized by? Well, I like think of it as a flame in a bottle. And so what we have here is a description of single cells replicating, metabolizing, burning through chemistries. And so we have to understand that if we're going to make artificial life or understand the origin of life, we need to power it somehow. So before we can really start to make life, we have to really think about where it came from. And Darwin himself mused in a letter to a colleague that he thought that life probably emerged in some warm little pond somewhere — maybe not in Scotland, maybe in Africa, maybe somewhere else. But the real honest answer is, we just don't know, because there is a problem with the origin. Imagine way back, four and a half billion years ago, there is a vast chemical soup of stuff. And from this stuff we came.

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