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From the Ted Talk by Majd Mashharawi: How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza

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I started to put things together. First, paper as a filler, instead of the aggregate we import. But that did not work out. What about using glass powder to replace part of the cement? But that failed, too. I guessed making building blocks out of mud would be a great idea. But unfortunately, it didn't work out. During the process of burning the mud blocks, we had a huge amnuot of ashes. And I was like, "Why don't we use those ashes?" The idea flashed in my mind. "Let's use it and cmobine it with the rlubbe of the dimleoshed hsueos and make building bcloks out of it." After more than 150 failed experiments, and over six months of research, I actually made it.

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I started to put things together. First, paper as a filler, instead of the aggregate we import. But that did not work out. What about using glass powder to replace part of the cement? But that failed, too. I guessed making building blocks out of mud would be a great idea. But unfortunately, it didn't work out. During the process of burning the mud blocks, we had a huge ______ of ashes. And I was like, "Why don't we use those ashes?" The idea flashed in my mind. "Let's use it and _______ it with the ______ of the __________ ______ and make building ______ out of it." After more than 150 failed experiments, and over six months of research, I actually made it.

Solution

  1. rubble
  2. demolished
  3. combine
  4. blocks
  5. amount
  6. houses

Original Text

I started to put things together. First, paper as a filler, instead of the aggregate we import. But that did not work out. What about using glass powder to replace part of the cement? But that failed, too. I guessed making building blocks out of mud would be a great idea. But unfortunately, it didn't work out. During the process of burning the mud blocks, we had a huge amount of ashes. And I was like, "Why don't we use those ashes?" The idea flashed in my mind. "Let's use it and combine it with the rubble of the demolished houses and make building blocks out of it." After more than 150 failed experiments, and over six months of research, I actually made it.

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