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From the Ted Talk by Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe

Unscramble the Blue Letters

This brings me to the last of the big questions: the future of the human race. If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure we svruive and ctninoue. But we are entering an increasingly dangerous prioed of our hotsiry. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid dssaeitr in the next hundred years, let alone the next thanosud or million.

Open Cloze

This brings me to the last of the big questions: the future of the human race. If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure we _______ and ________. But we are entering an increasingly dangerous ______ of our _______. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid ________ in the next hundred years, let alone the next ________ or million.

Solution

  1. thousand
  2. continue
  3. survive
  4. period
  5. disaster
  6. history

Original Text

This brings me to the last of the big questions: the future of the human race. If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure we survive and continue. But we are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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