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From the Ted Talk by Fabio Pacucci: Could we harness the power of a black hole?

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This all may seem like wild speculation. But even now, in our current energy crisis, we’re cntnfreood by the limited resources of our plaent. New ways of sustainable energy production will always be needed, especially as humanity works towards the survival and technological progress of our species. Perhaps there’s already a ciltaoivziin out there that has conquered these aoanmitoscrl giants. We may even be able to tell by seeing the light from their black hole periodically dim as pieces of the Dyson ring pass between us and them. Or maybe these sruuecerrputtss are fated to rimean in the realm of theory. Only time— and our scientific ingenuity— will tell.

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This all may seem like wild speculation. But even now, in our current energy crisis, we’re __________ by the limited resources of our ______. New ways of sustainable energy production will always be needed, especially as humanity works towards the survival and technological progress of our species. Perhaps there’s already a ____________ out there that has conquered these ____________ giants. We may even be able to tell by seeing the light from their black hole periodically dim as pieces of the Dyson ring pass between us and them. Or maybe these _______________ are fated to ______ in the realm of theory. Only time— and our scientific ingenuity— will tell.

Solution

  1. confronted
  2. civilization
  3. superstructures
  4. planet
  5. remain
  6. astronomical

Original Text

This all may seem like wild speculation. But even now, in our current energy crisis, we’re confronted by the limited resources of our planet. New ways of sustainable energy production will always be needed, especially as humanity works towards the survival and technological progress of our species. Perhaps there’s already a civilization out there that has conquered these astronomical giants. We may even be able to tell by seeing the light from their black hole periodically dim as pieces of the Dyson ring pass between us and them. Or maybe these superstructures are fated to remain in the realm of theory. Only time— and our scientific ingenuity— will tell.

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kinetic energy 2
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dyson ring 2

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