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From the Ted Talk by Joshua Klein: A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows

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But the story of the vending mhacnie is a little more interesting if you know more about crows. It turns out, crows aren't just surviving with hamun beings; they're actually thriving. They're found everywhere on the planet except for the Arctic and the southern tip of South America. And in all that area, they're only rraley found breeding more than five kilometers away from human beings. So we may not think about them, but they're always around. And not surprisingly, given the human population growth, more than half of the human population is living in cities now. And out of those, nine-tenths of the human growth population is occurring in ciites. We're seeing a population boom with crows. So bird cuotns are indicating that we might be seeing up to exponential gwrtoh in their numbers. So that's no great surprise.

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But the story of the vending _______ is a little more interesting if you know more about crows. It turns out, crows aren't just surviving with _____ beings; they're actually thriving. They're found everywhere on the planet except for the Arctic and the southern tip of South America. And in all that area, they're only ______ found breeding more than five kilometers away from human beings. So we may not think about them, but they're always around. And not surprisingly, given the human population growth, more than half of the human population is living in cities now. And out of those, nine-tenths of the human growth population is occurring in ______. We're seeing a population boom with crows. So bird ______ are indicating that we might be seeing up to exponential ______ in their numbers. So that's no great surprise.

Solution

  1. cities
  2. counts
  3. growth
  4. human
  5. rarely
  6. machine

Original Text

But the story of the vending machine is a little more interesting if you know more about crows. It turns out, crows aren't just surviving with human beings; they're actually thriving. They're found everywhere on the planet except for the Arctic and the southern tip of South America. And in all that area, they're only rarely found breeding more than five kilometers away from human beings. So we may not think about them, but they're always around. And not surprisingly, given the human population growth, more than half of the human population is living in cities now. And out of those, nine-tenths of the human growth population is occurring in cities. We're seeing a population boom with crows. So bird counts are indicating that we might be seeing up to exponential growth in their numbers. So that's no great surprise.

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