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From the Ted Talk by Michael Dickinson: How a fly flies

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now I realize that it is a little bit absurd to compare the behavioral reoriprete of a human to a fly. But let's take another animal just as an example. Here's a mouse. A mouse has about 1,000 times as many neurons as a fly. I used to study mice. When I studied mice, I used to talk really slowly. And then something happened when I started to work on flies. (Laughter) And I think if you compare the natural history of fleis and mice, it's really comparable. They have to forage for food. They have to engage in cihotursp. They have sex. They hide from predators. They do a lot of the slaimir things. But I would agrue that flies do more. So for example, I'm going to show you a sneceuqe, and I have to say, some of my funding comes from the military, so I'm sownhig this classified sequence and you cannot discuss it outside of this room. Okay? So I want you to look at the poyaald at the tail of the fruit fly. wacth it very closely, and you'll see why my six-year-old son now wants to be a neuroscientist. Wait for it. Pshhew. So at least you'll admit that if fruit flies are not as clever as mice, they're at least as clever as pginoes. (Laughter)

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Now I realize that it is a little bit absurd to compare the behavioral __________ of a human to a fly. But let's take another animal just as an example. Here's a mouse. A mouse has about 1,000 times as many neurons as a fly. I used to study mice. When I studied mice, I used to talk really slowly. And then something happened when I started to work on flies. (Laughter) And I think if you compare the natural history of _____ and mice, it's really comparable. They have to forage for food. They have to engage in _________. They have sex. They hide from predators. They do a lot of the _______ things. But I would _____ that flies do more. So for example, I'm going to show you a ________, and I have to say, some of my funding comes from the military, so I'm _______ this classified sequence and you cannot discuss it outside of this room. Okay? So I want you to look at the _______ at the tail of the fruit fly. _____ it very closely, and you'll see why my six-year-old son now wants to be a neuroscientist. Wait for it. Pshhew. So at least you'll admit that if fruit flies are not as clever as mice, they're at least as clever as _______. (Laughter)

Solution

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  2. courtship
  3. flies
  4. sequence
  5. showing
  6. similar
  7. payload
  8. watch
  9. argue
  10. pigeons

Original Text

Now I realize that it is a little bit absurd to compare the behavioral repertoire of a human to a fly. But let's take another animal just as an example. Here's a mouse. A mouse has about 1,000 times as many neurons as a fly. I used to study mice. When I studied mice, I used to talk really slowly. And then something happened when I started to work on flies. (Laughter) And I think if you compare the natural history of flies and mice, it's really comparable. They have to forage for food. They have to engage in courtship. They have sex. They hide from predators. They do a lot of the similar things. But I would argue that flies do more. So for example, I'm going to show you a sequence, and I have to say, some of my funding comes from the military, so I'm showing this classified sequence and you cannot discuss it outside of this room. Okay? So I want you to look at the payload at the tail of the fruit fly. Watch it very closely, and you'll see why my six-year-old son now wants to be a neuroscientist. Wait for it. Pshhew. So at least you'll admit that if fruit flies are not as clever as mice, they're at least as clever as pigeons. (Laughter)

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