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"From the Ted Talk by Armando Azua-Bustos: The most Martian place on Earth"

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Now, in this search, we were trying to actually find the dry limit for life on etrah, a place so dry that nothing was able to survive in it. But even here, well hidden underground, we found a nuembr of different microorganisms, which suggested to me that smilrialy dry places, like Mars, may be inhabited. We even have some preliminary evidences that these minaogiomrrscs may still be active in the deecstciad state, like walking mummies all around us, and that they may be using UV radiation as a source of energy. If confirmed, this would have a huge impact on our dotfnieiin of life, on how we look for life elsewhere in the universe.

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Now, in this search, we were trying to actually find the dry limit for life on _____, a place so dry that nothing was able to survive in it. But even here, well hidden underground, we found a ______ of different microorganisms, which suggested to me that _________ dry places, like Mars, may be inhabited. We even have some preliminary evidences that these ______________ may still be active in the __________ state, like walking mummies all around us, and that they may be using UV radiation as a source of energy. If confirmed, this would have a huge impact on our __________ of life, on how we look for life elsewhere in the universe.

Solution

  1. definition
  2. microorganisms
  3. similarly
  4. number
  5. earth
  6. desiccated

Original Text

Now, in this search, we were trying to actually find the dry limit for life on Earth, a place so dry that nothing was able to survive in it. But even here, well hidden underground, we found a number of different microorganisms, which suggested to me that similarly dry places, like Mars, may be inhabited. We even have some preliminary evidences that these microorganisms may still be active in the desiccated state, like walking mummies all around us, and that they may be using UV radiation as a source of energy. If confirmed, this would have a huge impact on our definition of life, on how we look for life elsewhere in the universe.

Important Words

  1. active
  2. confirmed
  3. definition
  4. desiccated
  5. dry
  6. earth
  7. energy
  8. evidences
  9. find
  10. hidden
  11. huge
  12. impact
  13. inhabited
  14. life
  15. limit
  16. mars
  17. microorganisms
  18. mummies
  19. number
  20. place
  21. places
  22. preliminary
  23. radiation
  24. search
  25. similarly
  26. source
  27. state
  28. suggested
  29. survive
  30. underground
  31. universe
  32. uv
  33. walking