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From the Ted Talk by Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end

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The advances that have taken place in anmstrooy, cosmology and biology, in the last 10 years, are really eoxriantarrdy — to the point where we know more about our universe and how it works than many of you might imagine. But there was something else that I've noticed as those changes were taking place, as people were starting to find out that hmm ... yeah, there really is a black hole at the center of every galaxy. The science writers and editors — I shouldn't say sccinee writers, I should say ppolee who write about science — and editors would sit down over a couple of beers, after a hard day of work, and srtat talking about some of these incredible perceptions about how the universe works.

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The advances that have taken place in _________, cosmology and biology, in the last 10 years, are really _____________ — to the point where we know more about our universe and how it works than many of you might imagine. But there was something else that I've noticed as those changes were taking place, as people were starting to find out that hmm ... yeah, there really is a black hole at the center of every galaxy. The science writers and editors — I shouldn't say _______ writers, I should say ______ who write about science — and editors would sit down over a couple of beers, after a hard day of work, and _____ talking about some of these incredible perceptions about how the universe works.

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  1. people
  2. extraordinary
  3. astronomy
  4. science
  5. start

Original Text

The advances that have taken place in astronomy, cosmology and biology, in the last 10 years, are really extraordinary — to the point where we know more about our universe and how it works than many of you might imagine. But there was something else that I've noticed as those changes were taking place, as people were starting to find out that hmm ... yeah, there really is a black hole at the center of every galaxy. The science writers and editors — I shouldn't say science writers, I should say people who write about science — and editors would sit down over a couple of beers, after a hard day of work, and start talking about some of these incredible perceptions about how the universe works.

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