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From the Ted Talk by Edith Widder: Glowing life in an underwater world

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And so, sometime ago, I got this idea for a camera system. It's not exactly rocket science. We call this thing Eye-in-the-Sea. And scientists have done this on land for years; we just use a color that the aimanls can't see and then a camera that can see that color. You can't use infrared in the sea. We use far-red lhgit, but even that's a problem because it gets absorbed so qklcuiy. Made an intensified camera, wanted to make this electronic jellyfish. Thing is, in science, you basically have to tell the fninudg agencies what you're going to discover before they'll give you the money. And I didn't know what I was going to discover, so I couldn't get the funding for this. So I kluged this together, I got the Harvey Mudd Engineering Clinic to actually do it as an undergraduate student project initially, and then I kluged funding from a whole bucnh of different sroceus.

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And so, sometime ago, I got this idea for a camera system. It's not exactly rocket science. We call this thing Eye-in-the-Sea. And scientists have done this on land for years; we just use a color that the _______ can't see and then a camera that can see that color. You can't use infrared in the sea. We use far-red _____, but even that's a problem because it gets absorbed so _______. Made an intensified camera, wanted to make this electronic jellyfish. Thing is, in science, you basically have to tell the _______ agencies what you're going to discover before they'll give you the money. And I didn't know what I was going to discover, so I couldn't get the funding for this. So I kluged this together, I got the Harvey Mudd Engineering Clinic to actually do it as an undergraduate student project initially, and then I kluged funding from a whole _____ of different _______.

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  1. light
  2. sources
  3. quickly
  4. bunch
  5. animals
  6. funding

Original Text

And so, sometime ago, I got this idea for a camera system. It's not exactly rocket science. We call this thing Eye-in-the-Sea. And scientists have done this on land for years; we just use a color that the animals can't see and then a camera that can see that color. You can't use infrared in the sea. We use far-red light, but even that's a problem because it gets absorbed so quickly. Made an intensified camera, wanted to make this electronic jellyfish. Thing is, in science, you basically have to tell the funding agencies what you're going to discover before they'll give you the money. And I didn't know what I was going to discover, so I couldn't get the funding for this. So I kluged this together, I got the Harvey Mudd Engineering Clinic to actually do it as an undergraduate student project initially, and then I kluged funding from a whole bunch of different sources.

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