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"From the Ted Talk by Janine Benyus: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers"

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It is a thrill to be here at a cceroefnne that's devoted to "Inspired by Nature" — you can iingame. And I'm also thrilled to be in the foreplay section. Did you notice this section is foreplay? Because I get to talk about one of my favorite critters, which is the Western Grebe. You haven't lvied until you've seen these guys do their costhuirp dance. I was on Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park, which is a long, skinny lake with sort of mountains upside down in it, and my partner and I have a rowing shell. And so we were rowing, and one of these Western Grebes came along. And what they do for their courtship dance is, they go together, the two of them, the two mates, and they begin to run unertaewdr. They paddle faster, and faster, and faster, until they're going so fast that they literally lift up out of the water, and they're stadinng urpghit, sort of paddling the top of the water. And one of these geebrs came along while we were rowing. And so we're in a skull, and we're monvig really, really quickly. And this gbere, I think, sort of, mistaked us for a prospect, and started to run along the water next to us, in a courtship dance — for miles. It would stop, and then start, and then stop, and then start. Now that is foreplay. (Laughter)

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It is a thrill to be here at a __________ that's devoted to "Inspired by Nature" — you can _______. And I'm also thrilled to be in the foreplay section. Did you notice this section is foreplay? Because I get to talk about one of my favorite critters, which is the Western Grebe. You haven't _____ until you've seen these guys do their _________ dance. I was on Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park, which is a long, skinny lake with sort of mountains upside down in it, and my partner and I have a rowing shell. And so we were rowing, and one of these Western Grebes came along. And what they do for their courtship dance is, they go together, the two of them, the two mates, and they begin to run __________. They paddle faster, and faster, and faster, until they're going so fast that they literally lift up out of the water, and they're ________ _______, sort of paddling the top of the water. And one of these ______ came along while we were rowing. And so we're in a skull, and we're ______ really, really quickly. And this _____, I think, sort of, mistaked us for a prospect, and started to run along the water next to us, in a courtship dance — for miles. It would stop, and then start, and then stop, and then start. Now that is foreplay. (Laughter)

Solution

  1. underwater
  2. courtship
  3. upright
  4. grebes
  5. grebe
  6. lived
  7. imagine
  8. conference
  9. moving
  10. standing

Original Text

It is a thrill to be here at a conference that's devoted to "Inspired by Nature" — you can imagine. And I'm also thrilled to be in the foreplay section. Did you notice this section is foreplay? Because I get to talk about one of my favorite critters, which is the Western Grebe. You haven't lived until you've seen these guys do their courtship dance. I was on Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park, which is a long, skinny lake with sort of mountains upside down in it, and my partner and I have a rowing shell. And so we were rowing, and one of these Western Grebes came along. And what they do for their courtship dance is, they go together, the two of them, the two mates, and they begin to run underwater. They paddle faster, and faster, and faster, until they're going so fast that they literally lift up out of the water, and they're standing upright, sort of paddling the top of the water. And one of these Grebes came along while we were rowing. And so we're in a skull, and we're moving really, really quickly. And this Grebe, I think, sort of, mistaked us for a prospect, and started to run along the water next to us, in a courtship dance — for miles. It would stop, and then start, and then stop, and then start. Now that is foreplay. (Laughter)

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Important Words

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