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"From the Ted Talk by Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider"

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The srtoy goes like this: we know that the universe began 13.7 billion yraes ago, in an ismenlmey hot, dense state, much smaller than a single atom. It bgean to expand about a million, billion, billion, billion billionth of a second — I think I got that right — after the Big Bang. Gravity separated away from the other forces. The ueivsnre then underwent an exponential expansion called inflation. In about the first billionth of a second or so, the Higgs field kicked in, and the quarks and the glnous and the electrons that make us up got mass. The universe ceuintond to expand and cool. After about a few minutes, there was hydrogen and heuilm in the universe. That's all. The universe was about 75 percent hydrogen, 25 percent helium. It still is today.

Open Cloze

The _____ goes like this: we know that the universe began 13.7 billion _____ ago, in an _________ hot, dense state, much smaller than a single atom. It _____ to expand about a million, billion, billion, billion billionth of a second — I think I got that right — after the Big Bang. Gravity separated away from the other forces. The ________ then underwent an exponential expansion called inflation. In about the first billionth of a second or so, the Higgs field kicked in, and the quarks and the ______ and the electrons that make us up got mass. The universe _________ to expand and cool. After about a few minutes, there was hydrogen and ______ in the universe. That's all. The universe was about 75 percent hydrogen, 25 percent helium. It still is today.

Solution

  1. continued
  2. helium
  3. story
  4. universe
  5. years
  6. began
  7. gluons
  8. immensely

Original Text

The story goes like this: we know that the universe began 13.7 billion years ago, in an immensely hot, dense state, much smaller than a single atom. It began to expand about a million, billion, billion, billion billionth of a second — I think I got that right — after the Big Bang. Gravity separated away from the other forces. The universe then underwent an exponential expansion called inflation. In about the first billionth of a second or so, the Higgs field kicked in, and the quarks and the gluons and the electrons that make us up got mass. The universe continued to expand and cool. After about a few minutes, there was hydrogen and helium in the universe. That's all. The universe was about 75 percent hydrogen, 25 percent helium. It still is today.

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Important Words

  1. atom
  2. bang
  3. began
  4. big
  5. billion
  6. billionth
  7. called
  8. continued
  9. cool
  10. dense
  11. electrons
  12. expand
  13. expansion
  14. exponential
  15. field
  16. forces
  17. gluons
  18. gravity
  19. helium
  20. higgs
  21. hot
  22. hydrogen
  23. immensely
  24. inflation
  25. kicked
  26. mass
  27. million
  28. minutes
  29. percent
  30. quarks
  31. separated
  32. single
  33. smaller
  34. state
  35. story
  36. today
  37. underwent
  38. universe
  39. years