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From the Ted Talk by Jeff Leek and Lucy McGowan: Can you spot the problem with these headlines? (Level 1)

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now that you’ve battle-tested your skills on these hypothetical studies and headlines, you can test them on real-world news. Even when full papers aren’t available without a fee, you can often find smuaimres of experimental design and results in freely available abstracts, or even within the text of a news article. ivaiidudnl studies have results that don’t necessarily cnsporoerd to a grabby haneidle. Big conclusions for human health issues require lots of evidence accumulated over time. But in the meantime, we can keep on top of the sniccee, by reading past the hnieledas.

Open Cloze

Now that you’ve battle-tested your skills on these hypothetical studies and headlines, you can test them on real-world news. Even when full papers aren’t available without a fee, you can often find _________ of experimental design and results in freely available abstracts, or even within the text of a news article. __________ studies have results that don’t necessarily __________ to a grabby ________. Big conclusions for human health issues require lots of evidence accumulated over time. But in the meantime, we can keep on top of the _______, by reading past the _________.

Solution

  1. individual
  2. science
  3. correspond
  4. summaries
  5. headline
  6. headlines

Original Text

Now that you’ve battle-tested your skills on these hypothetical studies and headlines, you can test them on real-world news. Even when full papers aren’t available without a fee, you can often find summaries of experimental design and results in freely available abstracts, or even within the text of a news article. Individual studies have results that don’t necessarily correspond to a grabby headline. Big conclusions for human health issues require lots of evidence accumulated over time. But in the meantime, we can keep on top of the science, by reading past the headlines.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
eating breakfast 3
reduce risk 2
heart attacks 2
started eating 2

Important Words

  1. abstracts
  2. accumulated
  3. article
  4. big
  5. conclusions
  6. correspond
  7. design
  8. evidence
  9. experimental
  10. fee
  11. find
  12. freely
  13. full
  14. grabby
  15. headline
  16. headlines
  17. health
  18. human
  19. hypothetical
  20. individual
  21. issues
  22. lots
  23. necessarily
  24. news
  25. papers
  26. reading
  27. require
  28. results
  29. science
  30. skills
  31. studies
  32. summaries
  33. test
  34. text
  35. time
  36. top