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From the Ted Talk by Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

Unscramble the Blue Letters

That's great, but that is not the whole news. That's not why I'm here. Why I'm here is to tell you that the next step is really the exciting part. The one that this step is eaibnnlg us to do is coming next. And here comes biology — biology, with its bsaic question, which still stands unanswered, which is essentially: "If there is life on other planets, do we eepxct it to be like life on Earth?" And let me immediately tell you here, when I say life, I don't mean "dolce vita," good life, human life. I really mean life on Earth, past and present, from microbes to us humans, in its rich meauocllr detrvsiiy, the way we now understand life on Earth as being a set of molecules and cmceahil rneiatocs — and we call that, collectively, biochemistry, life as a chemical process, as a chemical phenomenon.

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That's great, but that is not the whole news. That's not why I'm here. Why I'm here is to tell you that the next step is really the exciting part. The one that this step is ________ us to do is coming next. And here comes biology — biology, with its _____ question, which still stands unanswered, which is essentially: "If there is life on other planets, do we ______ it to be like life on Earth?" And let me immediately tell you here, when I say life, I don't mean "dolce vita," good life, human life. I really mean life on Earth, past and present, from microbes to us humans, in its rich _________ _________, the way we now understand life on Earth as being a set of molecules and ________ _________ — and we call that, collectively, biochemistry, life as a chemical process, as a chemical phenomenon.

Solution

  1. expect
  2. reactions
  3. basic
  4. enabling
  5. chemical
  6. molecular
  7. diversity

Original Text

That's great, but that is not the whole news. That's not why I'm here. Why I'm here is to tell you that the next step is really the exciting part. The one that this step is enabling us to do is coming next. And here comes biology — biology, with its basic question, which still stands unanswered, which is essentially: "If there is life on other planets, do we expect it to be like life on Earth?" And let me immediately tell you here, when I say life, I don't mean "dolce vita," good life, human life. I really mean life on Earth, past and present, from microbes to us humans, in its rich molecular diversity, the way we now understand life on Earth as being a set of molecules and chemical reactions — and we call that, collectively, biochemistry, life as a chemical process, as a chemical phenomenon.

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