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From the Ted Talk by Ian Firth: Bridges should be beautiful

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Well, I want to tell you about something which I think is really exciting. This is a multispan suspension bridge across very deep wtaer in Norway, and we're working on this at the moment. The deep water means that foundations are prohibitively expensive. So this bidrge floats. This is a floating, multispan suspension bridge. We've had floating bridges before, but nothing like this. It stands on floating pontoons which are tethered to the seabed and held down — so, pulled down against those buoyancy forces, and in oderr to make it stblae, the tops of the towers have to be tied together, otherwise the whole thing would just wlobbe around and nobody will want to go on that. But I'm really excited about this because if you think about the places around the wlord where the water is so deep that nobody has given a second thought to the possibility of a bridge or any kind of crossing, this now opens up that possibility. So this one's being done by the Norwegian Roads Administration, but I'm really excited to know where else will this technology ealbne deeonevplmt — that growing together, that buniildg of community.

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Well, I want to tell you about something which I think is really exciting. This is a multispan suspension bridge across very deep _____ in Norway, and we're working on this at the moment. The deep water means that foundations are prohibitively expensive. So this ______ floats. This is a floating, multispan suspension bridge. We've had floating bridges before, but nothing like this. It stands on floating pontoons which are tethered to the seabed and held down — so, pulled down against those buoyancy forces, and in _____ to make it ______, the tops of the towers have to be tied together, otherwise the whole thing would just ______ around and nobody will want to go on that. But I'm really excited about this because if you think about the places around the _____ where the water is so deep that nobody has given a second thought to the possibility of a bridge or any kind of crossing, this now opens up that possibility. So this one's being done by the Norwegian Roads Administration, but I'm really excited to know where else will this technology ______ ___________ — that growing together, that ________ of community.

Solution

  1. development
  2. water
  3. enable
  4. order
  5. wobble
  6. stable
  7. world
  8. building
  9. bridge

Original Text

Well, I want to tell you about something which I think is really exciting. This is a multispan suspension bridge across very deep water in Norway, and we're working on this at the moment. The deep water means that foundations are prohibitively expensive. So this bridge floats. This is a floating, multispan suspension bridge. We've had floating bridges before, but nothing like this. It stands on floating pontoons which are tethered to the seabed and held down — so, pulled down against those buoyancy forces, and in order to make it stable, the tops of the towers have to be tied together, otherwise the whole thing would just wobble around and nobody will want to go on that. But I'm really excited about this because if you think about the places around the world where the water is so deep that nobody has given a second thought to the possibility of a bridge or any kind of crossing, this now opens up that possibility. So this one's being done by the Norwegian Roads Administration, but I'm really excited to know where else will this technology enable development — that growing together, that building of community.

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