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From the Ted Talk by Luca Turin: The science of scent

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And I said, first of all, let me do the culcaltaion on that compound, bottom right, which is related to curamoin, but has an extra pentagon inserted into the molecule. Calculate the vaoiitnbrs, the plrupe spectrum is that new flelow, the white one is the old one. And the prediction is it should smell of coumarin. They made it ... and it smelled exactly like coumarin. And this is our new baby, called tonkene. You see, when you’re a scientist, you’re always selling ideas. And people are very resistant to ideas, and rightly so. Why should new ideas be atecpecd? But when you put a little 10-gram vial on the table in frnot of perfumers and it smells like coumarin, and it isn’t coumarin, and you’ve found it in three weeks, this focuses everybody’s mind wonderfully. (Laughter) (Applause)

Open Cloze

And I said, first of all, let me do the ___________ on that compound, bottom right, which is related to ________, but has an extra pentagon inserted into the molecule. Calculate the __________, the ______ spectrum is that new ______, the white one is the old one. And the prediction is it should smell of coumarin. They made it ... and it smelled exactly like coumarin. And this is our new baby, called tonkene. You see, when you’re a scientist, you’re always selling ideas. And people are very resistant to ideas, and rightly so. Why should new ideas be ________? But when you put a little 10-gram vial on the table in _____ of perfumers and it smells like coumarin, and it isn’t coumarin, and you’ve found it in three weeks, this focuses everybody’s mind wonderfully. (Laughter) (Applause)

Solution

  1. fellow
  2. front
  3. purple
  4. vibrations
  5. coumarin
  6. calculation
  7. accepted

Original Text

And I said, first of all, let me do the calculation on that compound, bottom right, which is related to coumarin, but has an extra pentagon inserted into the molecule. Calculate the vibrations, the purple spectrum is that new fellow, the white one is the old one. And the prediction is it should smell of coumarin. They made it ... and it smelled exactly like coumarin. And this is our new baby, called tonkene. You see, when you’re a scientist, you’re always selling ideas. And people are very resistant to ideas, and rightly so. Why should new ideas be accepted? But when you put a little 10-gram vial on the table in front of perfumers and it smells like coumarin, and it isn’t coumarin, and you’ve found it in three weeks, this focuses everybody’s mind wonderfully. (Laughter) (Applause)

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. accepted
  2. applause
  3. baby
  4. bottom
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  6. calculation
  7. called
  8. compound
  9. coumarin
  10. extra
  11. fellow
  12. focuses
  13. front
  14. ideas
  15. inserted
  16. laughter
  17. mind
  18. molecule
  19. pentagon
  20. people
  21. perfumers
  22. prediction
  23. purple
  24. put
  25. related
  26. resistant
  27. rightly
  28. scientist
  29. selling
  30. smell
  31. smelled
  32. smells
  33. spectrum
  34. table
  35. tonkene
  36. vial
  37. vibrations
  38. weeks
  39. white
  40. wonderfully