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From the Ted Talk by Nadya Mason: How to spark your curiosity, scientifically

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Yeah, I know, the prentas in there are worried about it, but it's a good thing! erxnienmpietg is good, and actually I found it extremely gratifying, and I think hopefully it was very life-enriching for them. Because, even a basic magnet is something that we can experiment with at home. They're both smplie and complex at the same time. For example, you can ask yourself, how can the same material both attract and rpeel? If I take a magnet, is it useful if I can get one of them to rotate the other, for example? Or, you can take this dlaolr bill over here, and I can take a set of magnets, and you can see that the dollar bill gets lifted by the magnets. There's magnetic ink hidden in here that prevents counterfeiting. Or, here I have some crushed-up bran cereal. OK? And that's also meintgac. Right? That has iron in it.

Open Cloze

Yeah, I know, the _______ in there are worried about it, but it's a good thing! _____________ is good, and actually I found it extremely gratifying, and I think hopefully it was very life-enriching for them. Because, even a basic magnet is something that we can experiment with at home. They're both ______ and complex at the same time. For example, you can ask yourself, how can the same material both attract and _____? If I take a magnet, is it useful if I can get one of them to rotate the other, for example? Or, you can take this ______ bill over here, and I can take a set of magnets, and you can see that the dollar bill gets lifted by the magnets. There's magnetic ink hidden in here that prevents counterfeiting. Or, here I have some crushed-up bran cereal. OK? And that's also ________. Right? That has iron in it.

Solution

  1. magnetic
  2. repel
  3. parents
  4. experimenting
  5. dollar
  6. simple

Original Text

Yeah, I know, the parents in there are worried about it, but it's a good thing! Experimenting is good, and actually I found it extremely gratifying, and I think hopefully it was very life-enriching for them. Because, even a basic magnet is something that we can experiment with at home. They're both simple and complex at the same time. For example, you can ask yourself, how can the same material both attract and repel? If I take a magnet, is it useful if I can get one of them to rotate the other, for example? Or, you can take this dollar bill over here, and I can take a set of magnets, and you can see that the dollar bill gets lifted by the magnets. There's magnetic ink hidden in here that prevents counterfeiting. Or, here I have some crushed-up bran cereal. OK? And that's also magnetic. Right? That has iron in it.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. attract
  2. basic
  3. bill
  4. bran
  5. cereal
  6. complex
  7. counterfeiting
  8. dollar
  9. experiment
  10. experimenting
  11. extremely
  12. good
  13. gratifying
  14. hidden
  15. home
  16. ink
  17. iron
  18. lifted
  19. magnet
  20. magnetic
  21. magnets
  22. material
  23. parents
  24. prevents
  25. repel
  26. rotate
  27. set
  28. simple
  29. time
  30. worried
  31. yeah