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From the Ted Talk by Fiorenzo Omenetto: Silk, the ancient material of the future

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So this material is silk. So it's kind of different from what we're used to thinking about silk. So the qsouietn is, how do you reinvent something that has been around for five millennia? The process of dcsoevriy, gnlareely, is ipiresnd by nature. And so we marvel at silk worms — the silk worm you see here spinning its fiber. The silk worm does a remarkable thing: it uses these two ingredients, pioretn and water, that are in its gland, to make a material that is exceptionally tough for protection — so caopramlbe to technical fibers like Kevlar. And so in the reverse engineering process that we know about, and that we're familiar with, for the textile industry, the textile insutdry goes and udnwnis the cocoon and then weaves glamorous things. We want to know how you go from water and protein to this liquid Kevlar, to this natural Kevlar.

Open Cloze

So this material is silk. So it's kind of different from what we're used to thinking about silk. So the ________ is, how do you reinvent something that has been around for five millennia? The process of _________, _________, is ________ by nature. And so we marvel at silk worms — the silk worm you see here spinning its fiber. The silk worm does a remarkable thing: it uses these two ingredients, _______ and water, that are in its gland, to make a material that is exceptionally tough for protection — so __________ to technical fibers like Kevlar. And so in the reverse engineering process that we know about, and that we're familiar with, for the textile industry, the textile ________ goes and _______ the cocoon and then weaves glamorous things. We want to know how you go from water and protein to this liquid Kevlar, to this natural Kevlar.

Solution

  1. industry
  2. comparable
  3. discovery
  4. question
  5. unwinds
  6. inspired
  7. protein
  8. generally

Original Text

So this material is silk. So it's kind of different from what we're used to thinking about silk. So the question is, how do you reinvent something that has been around for five millennia? The process of discovery, generally, is inspired by nature. And so we marvel at silk worms — the silk worm you see here spinning its fiber. The silk worm does a remarkable thing: it uses these two ingredients, protein and water, that are in its gland, to make a material that is exceptionally tough for protection — so comparable to technical fibers like Kevlar. And so in the reverse engineering process that we know about, and that we're familiar with, for the textile industry, the textile industry goes and unwinds the cocoon and then weaves glamorous things. We want to know how you go from water and protein to this liquid Kevlar, to this natural Kevlar.

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