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From the Ted Talk by Katie Mack: The death of the universe -- and what it means for life

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The start of the srtoy is a fmaliiar one. In the beginning, there was light. We know that because we can see it directly. The cmsoos today is filled with low-energy background radiation left over from a time when the whole universe was an all-encompassing inferno. In its first 380,000 yares, space wasn't cold or dark. It was tichk with a cunihnrg, huminmg plasma. It was hot and dense. It was loud. But it was also expanding. Over time, the fire dissipated and space cooled. Clouds of gas pulled together by their own gatvriy formed stars and galaxies and planets and us. And one day, astronomers using a microwave receiver detected a bit of static coming from every direction in the sky, the leftover radiation from that primordial fire.

Open Cloze

The start of the _____ is a ________ one. In the beginning, there was light. We know that because we can see it directly. The ______ today is filled with low-energy background radiation left over from a time when the whole universe was an all-encompassing inferno. In its first 380,000 _____, space wasn't cold or dark. It was _____ with a ________, _______ plasma. It was hot and dense. It was loud. But it was also expanding. Over time, the fire dissipated and space cooled. Clouds of gas pulled together by their own _______ formed stars and galaxies and planets and us. And one day, astronomers using a microwave receiver detected a bit of static coming from every direction in the sky, the leftover radiation from that primordial fire.

Solution

  1. humming
  2. churning
  3. cosmos
  4. familiar
  5. thick
  6. story
  7. gravity
  8. years

Original Text

The start of the story is a familiar one. In the beginning, there was light. We know that because we can see it directly. The cosmos today is filled with low-energy background radiation left over from a time when the whole universe was an all-encompassing inferno. In its first 380,000 years, space wasn't cold or dark. It was thick with a churning, humming plasma. It was hot and dense. It was loud. But it was also expanding. Over time, the fire dissipated and space cooled. Clouds of gas pulled together by their own gravity formed stars and galaxies and planets and us. And one day, astronomers using a microwave receiver detected a bit of static coming from every direction in the sky, the leftover radiation from that primordial fire.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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distant galaxies 3
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Important Words

  1. astronomers
  2. background
  3. beginning
  4. bit
  5. churning
  6. clouds
  7. cold
  8. coming
  9. cooled
  10. cosmos
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  12. day
  13. dense
  14. detected
  15. direction
  16. dissipated
  17. expanding
  18. familiar
  19. filled
  20. fire
  21. formed
  22. galaxies
  23. gas
  24. gravity
  25. hot
  26. humming
  27. inferno
  28. left
  29. leftover
  30. light
  31. loud
  32. microwave
  33. planets
  34. plasma
  35. primordial
  36. pulled
  37. radiation
  38. receiver
  39. sky
  40. space
  41. stars
  42. start
  43. static
  44. story
  45. thick
  46. time
  47. today
  48. universe
  49. years