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From the Ted Talk by Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids

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Apophis is going to hit us. And it's 250 meters across, so it would do unbelievable damage. The good news is that the odds of it actually passing through this keyhole and httniig us next go-around are one in a million, roughly — very, very low odds. So I personally am not linyg awake at night wrrioyng about this at all. I don't think Apophis is a problem. In fact, Apophis is a blessing in dugsisie, because it woke us up to the dangers of these things. This thing was discovered just a few years ago and could hit us a few years from now. It won't, but it gives us a chance to study these kdins of asteroids.

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Apophis is going to hit us. And it's 250 meters across, so it would do unbelievable damage. The good news is that the odds of it actually passing through this keyhole and _______ us next go-around are one in a million, roughly — very, very low odds. So I personally am not _____ awake at night ________ about this at all. I don't think Apophis is a problem. In fact, Apophis is a blessing in ________, because it woke us up to the dangers of these things. This thing was discovered just a few years ago and could hit us a few years from now. It won't, but it gives us a chance to study these _____ of asteroids.

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  1. disguise
  2. hitting
  3. lying
  4. kinds
  5. worrying

Original Text

Apophis is going to hit us. And it's 250 meters across, so it would do unbelievable damage. The good news is that the odds of it actually passing through this keyhole and hitting us next go-around are one in a million, roughly — very, very low odds. So I personally am not lying awake at night worrying about this at all. I don't think Apophis is a problem. In fact, Apophis is a blessing in disguise, because it woke us up to the dangers of these things. This thing was discovered just a few years ago and could hit us a few years from now. It won't, but it gives us a chance to study these kinds of asteroids.

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