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From the Ted Talk by Lisa Dyson: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

Unscramble the Blue Letters

iganmie you are a part of a crew of astronauts tnrleiavg to Mars or some distant peanlt. The tarvel time could take a year or even longer. The space on board and the resources would be limited. So you and the crew would have to figure out how to produce food with minimal itupns. What if you could bring with you just a few pcateks of seeds, and grow crops in a matter of hours? And what if those crops would then make more seeds, enabling you to feed the entire crew with just those few packets of seeds for the duration of the trip?

Open Cloze

_______ you are a part of a crew of astronauts _________ to Mars or some distant ______. The ______ time could take a year or even longer. The space on board and the resources would be limited. So you and the crew would have to figure out how to produce food with minimal ______. What if you could bring with you just a few _______ of seeds, and grow crops in a matter of hours? And what if those crops would then make more seeds, enabling you to feed the entire crew with just those few packets of seeds for the duration of the trip?

Solution

  1. imagine
  2. packets
  3. traveling
  4. travel
  5. inputs
  6. planet

Original Text

Imagine you are a part of a crew of astronauts traveling to Mars or some distant planet. The travel time could take a year or even longer. The space on board and the resources would be limited. So you and the crew would have to figure out how to produce food with minimal inputs. What if you could bring with you just a few packets of seeds, and grow crops in a matter of hours? And what if those crops would then make more seeds, enabling you to feed the entire crew with just those few packets of seeds for the duration of the trip?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
palm oil 5
carbon dioxide 4
supercharged carbon 4
valuable products 3
carbon recyclers 3
carbon cycle 2
began cultivating 2
industrial goods 2
modern agriculture 2
sustainably scale 2
greenhouse gases 2
modern ag 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
supercharged carbon recyclers 3

Important Words

  1. astronauts
  2. board
  3. bring
  4. crew
  5. crops
  6. distant
  7. duration
  8. enabling
  9. entire
  10. feed
  11. figure
  12. food
  13. grow
  14. hours
  15. imagine
  16. inputs
  17. limited
  18. longer
  19. mars
  20. matter
  21. minimal
  22. packets
  23. part
  24. planet
  25. produce
  26. resources
  27. seeds
  28. space
  29. time
  30. travel
  31. traveling
  32. trip
  33. year