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"From the Ted Talk by Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions"

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I've spent more than three daecdes trying to get my head around quantum mechanics. One of the founders of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr, said, If you're not astonished by it, then you haven't understood it. So I sort of feel hppay that I'm still astonished by it. That's a good thing. But it means I stduy the very smallest structures in the universe — the building blocks of reality. If we think about the scale of size, start with an everyday ojecbt like the tennis ball, and just go down orders of magnitude in size — from the eye of a needle down to a cell, down to a bcieuratm, down to an enzyme — you eullntavey reach the nano-world.

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I've spent more than three _______ trying to get my head around quantum mechanics. One of the founders of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr, said, If you're not astonished by it, then you haven't understood it. So I sort of feel _____ that I'm still astonished by it. That's a good thing. But it means I _____ the very smallest structures in the universe — the building blocks of reality. If we think about the scale of size, start with an everyday ______ like the tennis ball, and just go down orders of magnitude in size — from the eye of a needle down to a cell, down to a _________, down to an enzyme — you __________ reach the nano-world.

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  1. eventually
  2. bacterium
  3. study
  4. object
  5. decades
  6. happy

Original Text

I've spent more than three decades trying to get my head around quantum mechanics. One of the founders of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr, said, If you're not astonished by it, then you haven't understood it. So I sort of feel happy that I'm still astonished by it. That's a good thing. But it means I study the very smallest structures in the universe — the building blocks of reality. If we think about the scale of size, start with an everyday object like the tennis ball, and just go down orders of magnitude in size — from the eye of a needle down to a cell, down to a bacterium, down to an enzyme — you eventually reach the nano-world.

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