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From the Ted Talk by Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

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With that preamble, let's show the first two-minute videotape, which shows a little anlaipre for surveillance and moving to a giant airplane. Narrator: A tiny airplane, the AV Pointer serves for surveillance — in effect, a pair of roving eyeglasses. A cutting-edge example of where miniaturization can lead if the operator is remote from the vehicle. It is convenient to carry, asebmsle and launch by hand. Battery-powered, it is silent and rarely noticed. It sends high-resolution video pictures back to the oteoaprr. With onboard GPS, it can navigate auuoslnootmy, and it is rugged enough to self-land without damage. The modern silanlpae is superbly efficient. Some can glide as flat as 60 feet forward for every foot of dcesnet. They are peroewd only by the eegnry they can extract from the atmosphere — an atmosphere nature stirs up by solar energy. hnaums and soaring birds have found nature to be goeunres in providing replenishable energy. slnaiaelps have flown over 1,000 miles, and the altitude recrod is over 50,000 feet. (Music) The Solar Challenger was made to serve as a symbol that photovoltaic clels can produce real power and will be part of the world's energy future. In 1981, it flew 163 miles from piras to England, slleoy on the power of sunbeams, and established a basis for the Pathfinder. (Music) The message from all these vehicles is that ideas and technology can be harnessed to produce rraaelkbme gains in doing more with less — gains that can help us attain a desirable balance between technology and nratue. The stakes are high as we speed toward a challenging future. Buckminster Fuller said it clearly: "there are no passengers on shsicepap etrah, only crew. We, the crew, can and must do more with less — much less."

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With that preamble, let's show the first two-minute videotape, which shows a little ________ for surveillance and moving to a giant airplane. Narrator: A tiny airplane, the AV Pointer serves for surveillance — in effect, a pair of roving eyeglasses. A cutting-edge example of where miniaturization can lead if the operator is remote from the vehicle. It is convenient to carry, ________ and launch by hand. Battery-powered, it is silent and rarely noticed. It sends high-resolution video pictures back to the ________. With onboard GPS, it can navigate ____________, and it is rugged enough to self-land without damage. The modern _________ is superbly efficient. Some can glide as flat as 60 feet forward for every foot of _______. They are _______ only by the ______ they can extract from the atmosphere — an atmosphere nature stirs up by solar energy. ______ and soaring birds have found nature to be ________ in providing replenishable energy. __________ have flown over 1,000 miles, and the altitude ______ is over 50,000 feet. (Music) The Solar Challenger was made to serve as a symbol that photovoltaic _____ can produce real power and will be part of the world's energy future. In 1981, it flew 163 miles from _____ to England, ______ on the power of sunbeams, and established a basis for the Pathfinder. (Music) The message from all these vehicles is that ideas and technology can be harnessed to produce __________ gains in doing more with less — gains that can help us attain a desirable balance between technology and ______. The stakes are high as we speed toward a challenging future. Buckminster Fuller said it clearly: "there are no passengers on _________ _____, only crew. We, the crew, can and must do more with less — much less."

Solution

  1. autonomously
  2. sailplane
  3. paris
  4. generous
  5. humans
  6. powered
  7. remarkable
  8. record
  9. earth
  10. operator
  11. nature
  12. descent
  13. energy
  14. solely
  15. assemble
  16. sailplanes
  17. cells
  18. airplane
  19. spaceship

Original Text

With that preamble, let's show the first two-minute videotape, which shows a little airplane for surveillance and moving to a giant airplane. Narrator: A tiny airplane, the AV Pointer serves for surveillance — in effect, a pair of roving eyeglasses. A cutting-edge example of where miniaturization can lead if the operator is remote from the vehicle. It is convenient to carry, assemble and launch by hand. Battery-powered, it is silent and rarely noticed. It sends high-resolution video pictures back to the operator. With onboard GPS, it can navigate autonomously, and it is rugged enough to self-land without damage. The modern sailplane is superbly efficient. Some can glide as flat as 60 feet forward for every foot of descent. They are powered only by the energy they can extract from the atmosphere — an atmosphere nature stirs up by solar energy. Humans and soaring birds have found nature to be generous in providing replenishable energy. Sailplanes have flown over 1,000 miles, and the altitude record is over 50,000 feet. (Music) The Solar Challenger was made to serve as a symbol that photovoltaic cells can produce real power and will be part of the world's energy future. In 1981, it flew 163 miles from Paris to England, solely on the power of sunbeams, and established a basis for the Pathfinder. (Music) The message from all these vehicles is that ideas and technology can be harnessed to produce remarkable gains in doing more with less — gains that can help us attain a desirable balance between technology and nature. The stakes are high as we speed toward a challenging future. Buckminster Fuller said it clearly: "there are no passengers on spaceship Earth, only crew. We, the crew, can and must do more with less — much less."

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Important Words

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  64. photovoltaic
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  96. superbly
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