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From the Ted Talk by Lee Cronin: Making matter come alive

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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But there's a problem, because up until maybe a decade ago, we were told that life was impossible and that we were the most incredible miracle in the universe. In fact, we were the only people in the universe. Now, that's a bit ______. So as a _______, I wanted to say, "Hang on. What is going on here? Is life that improbable?" And this is really the question. I think that perhaps the emergence of the first cells was as ________ as the emergence of the stars. And in fact, let's take that one step further. Let's say that if the physics of fusion is encoded into the universe, maybe the physics of life is as well. And so the problem with chemists — and this is a _______ advantage as well — is we like to _____ on our elements. In biology, carbon _____ center stage. And in a universe where ______ exists and organic biology, then we have all this wonderful _________ of life. In fact, we have such amazing _________ that we can manipulate. We're awfully careful in the lab to try and avoid various biohazards.

Solution

  1. focus
  2. diversity
  3. boring
  4. chemist
  5. massive
  6. takes
  7. carbon
  8. lifeforms
  9. probable

Original Text

But there's a problem, because up until maybe a decade ago, we were told that life was impossible and that we were the most incredible miracle in the universe. In fact, we were the only people in the universe. Now, that's a bit boring. So as a chemist, I wanted to say, "Hang on. What is going on here? Is life that improbable?" And this is really the question. I think that perhaps the emergence of the first cells was as probable as the emergence of the stars. And in fact, let's take that one step further. Let's say that if the physics of fusion is encoded into the universe, maybe the physics of life is as well. And so the problem with chemists — and this is a massive advantage as well — is we like to focus on our elements. In biology, carbon takes center stage. And in a universe where carbon exists and organic biology, then we have all this wonderful diversity of life. In fact, we have such amazing lifeforms that we can manipulate. We're awfully careful in the lab to try and avoid various biohazards.

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