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"From the Ted Talk by Greg Gage: Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate"

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Now, in 1760, Arthur Dobbs, the raoyl Governor of North Carolina, made a pretty fncsaiiantg discovery. In the swamps behind his house, he found a plant that would snrpig shut every time a bug would fall in between it. He called this plant the flytrap, and within a dadcee, it made its way over to Europe, where eventually the great Charles Darwin got to study this plant, and this plant absolutely blew him away. He called it the most wnufdeorl plant in the wrold. This is a pnlat that was an evolutionary wonder. This is a plant that moves quickly, which is rare, and it's carnivorous, which is also rare. And this is in the same plant. But I'm here today to tell you that's not even the coolest thing about this plant. The coolest thing is that the plant can count.

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Now, in 1760, Arthur Dobbs, the _____ Governor of North Carolina, made a pretty ___________ discovery. In the swamps behind his house, he found a plant that would ______ shut every time a bug would fall in between it. He called this plant the flytrap, and within a ______, it made its way over to Europe, where eventually the great Charles Darwin got to study this plant, and this plant absolutely blew him away. He called it the most _________ plant in the _____. This is a _____ that was an evolutionary wonder. This is a plant that moves quickly, which is rare, and it's carnivorous, which is also rare. And this is in the same plant. But I'm here today to tell you that's not even the coolest thing about this plant. The coolest thing is that the plant can count.

Solution

  1. plant
  2. fascinating
  3. spring
  4. royal
  5. wonderful
  6. world
  7. decade

Original Text

Now, in 1760, Arthur Dobbs, the Royal Governor of North Carolina, made a pretty fascinating discovery. In the swamps behind his house, he found a plant that would spring shut every time a bug would fall in between it. He called this plant the flytrap, and within a decade, it made its way over to Europe, where eventually the great Charles Darwin got to study this plant, and this plant absolutely blew him away. He called it the most wonderful plant in the world. This is a plant that was an evolutionary wonder. This is a plant that moves quickly, which is rare, and it's carnivorous, which is also rare. And this is in the same plant. But I'm here today to tell you that's not even the coolest thing about this plant. The coolest thing is that the plant can count.

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collocation frequency
action potential 11
venus flytrap 7
action potentials 3

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