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"From the Ted Talk by Anne Madden: Meet the microscopic life in your home -- and on your face"

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The diversity of life in our homes is more than a list of 100,000 new species. It is 100,000 new sources of solutions to hmaun pmroebls. I know it's hard to believe that anything that's so small or only has one cell can do anything powerful, but they can. These creatures are microscopic alchemists, with the ability to transform their environment with an arsenal of chemical tools. This means that they can live anywhere on this planet, and they can eat whatever food is around them. This manes they can eat everything from toxic waste to plastic, and they can produce waste pcrodtus like oil and brtetay power and even tiny nuggets of real gold. They can transform the inbedile into nutritive. They can make sgaur into alcohol. They give chocolate its flavor, and soil the poewr to grow.

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The diversity of life in our homes is more than a list of 100,000 new species. It is 100,000 new sources of solutions to _____ ________. I know it's hard to believe that anything that's so small or only has one cell can do anything powerful, but they can. These creatures are microscopic alchemists, with the ability to transform their environment with an arsenal of chemical tools. This means that they can live anywhere on this planet, and they can eat whatever food is around them. This _____ they can eat everything from toxic waste to plastic, and they can produce waste ________ like oil and _______ power and even tiny nuggets of real gold. They can transform the ________ into nutritive. They can make _____ into alcohol. They give chocolate its flavor, and soil the _____ to grow.

Solution

  1. problems
  2. inedible
  3. power
  4. battery
  5. products
  6. human
  7. sugar
  8. means

Original Text

The diversity of life in our homes is more than a list of 100,000 new species. It is 100,000 new sources of solutions to human problems. I know it's hard to believe that anything that's so small or only has one cell can do anything powerful, but they can. These creatures are microscopic alchemists, with the ability to transform their environment with an arsenal of chemical tools. This means that they can live anywhere on this planet, and they can eat whatever food is around them. This means they can eat everything from toxic waste to plastic, and they can produce waste products like oil and battery power and even tiny nuggets of real gold. They can transform the inedible into nutritive. They can make sugar into alcohol. They give chocolate its flavor, and soil the power to grow.

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microscopic life 8
microorganism species 4
microscopic creatures 3

Important Words

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  2. alchemists
  3. alcohol
  4. arsenal
  5. battery
  6. cell
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  8. chocolate
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  28. nutritive
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  30. planet
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  32. power
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  34. problems
  35. produce
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  37. real
  38. small
  39. soil
  40. solutions
  41. sources
  42. species
  43. sugar
  44. tiny
  45. tools
  46. toxic
  47. transform
  48. waste