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"From the Ted Talk by Harry Cliff: Have we reached the end of physics?"

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At the heart of this problem are two numbers, two extremely dangerous numbers. These are properties of the uvrinese that we can measure, and they're extremely dangerous because if they were different, even by a tiny bit, then the universe as we know it would not exist. The first of these numbers is associated with the dreoviscy that was made a few kilometers from this hall, at CERN, home of this machine, the largest sinifitcec device ever built by the hmaun race, the Large Hadron cldioelr. The LHC whizzes subatomic particles around a 27-kilometer ring, getting them closer and closer to the speed of light before sanmshig them into each other inside gntgiiac particle detectors. On July 4, 2012, physicists at CERN announced to the world that they'd spotted a new fundamental particle being created at the vloneit cslonoliis at the LHC: the Higgs boson.

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At the heart of this problem are two numbers, two extremely dangerous numbers. These are properties of the ________ that we can measure, and they're extremely dangerous because if they were different, even by a tiny bit, then the universe as we know it would not exist. The first of these numbers is associated with the _________ that was made a few kilometers from this hall, at CERN, home of this machine, the largest __________ device ever built by the _____ race, the Large Hadron ________. The LHC whizzes subatomic particles around a 27-kilometer ring, getting them closer and closer to the speed of light before ________ them into each other inside ________ particle detectors. On July 4, 2012, physicists at CERN announced to the world that they'd spotted a new fundamental particle being created at the _______ __________ at the LHC: the Higgs boson.

Solution

  1. collider
  2. scientific
  3. universe
  4. smashing
  5. collisions
  6. violent
  7. human
  8. gigantic
  9. discovery

Original Text

At the heart of this problem are two numbers, two extremely dangerous numbers. These are properties of the universe that we can measure, and they're extremely dangerous because if they were different, even by a tiny bit, then the universe as we know it would not exist. The first of these numbers is associated with the discovery that was made a few kilometers from this hall, at CERN, home of this machine, the largest scientific device ever built by the human race, the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC whizzes subatomic particles around a 27-kilometer ring, getting them closer and closer to the speed of light before smashing them into each other inside gigantic particle detectors. On July 4, 2012, physicists at CERN announced to the world that they'd spotted a new fundamental particle being created at the violent collisions at the LHC: the Higgs boson.

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string theory 4
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Important Words

  1. announced
  2. bit
  3. boson
  4. built
  5. cern
  6. closer
  7. collider
  8. collisions
  9. created
  10. dangerous
  11. detectors
  12. device
  13. discovery
  14. exist
  15. extremely
  16. fundamental
  17. gigantic
  18. hadron
  19. hall
  20. heart
  21. higgs
  22. home
  23. human
  24. july
  25. kilometers
  26. large
  27. largest
  28. lhc
  29. light
  30. machine
  31. measure
  32. numbers
  33. particle
  34. particles
  35. physicists
  36. problem
  37. properties
  38. race
  39. ring
  40. scientific
  41. smashing
  42. speed
  43. spotted
  44. subatomic
  45. tiny
  46. universe
  47. violent
  48. whizzes
  49. world