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From the Ted Talk by Jakob Magolan: A crash course in organic chemistry

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So nature's molecules are everywhere, icunnidlg the ones that have decomposed into these black muerxits that we call pteruleom. We rnfiee these molecules. There's nothing unnatural about them. We purify them. Now, our dependence on them for energy — that means that every one of those carbons gets converted into a molecule of CO2. That's a greenhouse gas that is messing up our climate. Maybe knowing this chemistry will make that reality eeiasr to acpect for some people, I don't know, but these molecules are not just fossil fuels. They're also the cheapest available raw materials for doing something that we call synthesis. We're using them like pieces of LEGO. We have learned how to connect them or break them apart with great control. I have done a lot of this myself, and I still think it's amazing it's even possible. What we do is kind of like assembling LEGO by dumping boexs of it into washing machines, but it wkors.

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So nature's molecules are everywhere, _________ the ones that have decomposed into these black ________ that we call _________. We ______ these molecules. There's nothing unnatural about them. We purify them. Now, our dependence on them for energy — that means that every one of those carbons gets converted into a molecule of CO2. That's a greenhouse gas that is messing up our climate. Maybe knowing this chemistry will make that reality ______ to ______ for some people, I don't know, but these molecules are not just fossil fuels. They're also the cheapest available raw materials for doing something that we call synthesis. We're using them like pieces of LEGO. We have learned how to connect them or break them apart with great control. I have done a lot of this myself, and I still think it's amazing it's even possible. What we do is kind of like assembling LEGO by dumping _____ of it into washing machines, but it _____.

Solution

  1. petroleum
  2. accept
  3. refine
  4. boxes
  5. easier
  6. works
  7. including
  8. mixtures

Original Text

So nature's molecules are everywhere, including the ones that have decomposed into these black mixtures that we call petroleum. We refine these molecules. There's nothing unnatural about them. We purify them. Now, our dependence on them for energy — that means that every one of those carbons gets converted into a molecule of CO2. That's a greenhouse gas that is messing up our climate. Maybe knowing this chemistry will make that reality easier to accept for some people, I don't know, but these molecules are not just fossil fuels. They're also the cheapest available raw materials for doing something that we call synthesis. We're using them like pieces of LEGO. We have learned how to connect them or break them apart with great control. I have done a lot of this myself, and I still think it's amazing it's even possible. What we do is kind of like assembling LEGO by dumping boxes of it into washing machines, but it works.

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