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From the Ted Talk by Steven Strogatz: The science of sync

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Maybe you'd better listen to them. I'll snatd here. What I'm hoping is that they might just difrt apart because their frequencies aren't perfectly the same. Right? They did. They were in sync for a while, but then they drifted apart. And the reason is that they're not able to communicate. Now, you might think that's a bizarre idea. How can metronomes communicate? Well, they can communicate through mceaahcnil forces. So I'm going to give them a chance to do that. I also want to wind this one up a bit. How can they caimmutncoe? I'm going to put them on a movable plrfatom, which is the "Guide to Graduate Study at coenlrl." Okay? So here it is. Let's see if we can get this to work. My wife pointed out to me that it will work better if I put both on at the same time because otherwise the whole thing will tip over. All right. So there we go. Let's see. OK, I'm not trying to cheat — let me start them out of sync. No, hard to even do that.

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Maybe you'd better listen to them. I'll _____ here. What I'm hoping is that they might just _____ apart because their frequencies aren't perfectly the same. Right? They did. They were in sync for a while, but then they drifted apart. And the reason is that they're not able to communicate. Now, you might think that's a bizarre idea. How can metronomes communicate? Well, they can communicate through __________ forces. So I'm going to give them a chance to do that. I also want to wind this one up a bit. How can they ___________? I'm going to put them on a movable ________, which is the "Guide to Graduate Study at _______." Okay? So here it is. Let's see if we can get this to work. My wife pointed out to me that it will work better if I put both on at the same time because otherwise the whole thing will tip over. All right. So there we go. Let's see. OK, I'm not trying to cheat — let me start them out of sync. No, hard to even do that.

Solution

  1. platform
  2. mechanical
  3. drift
  4. stand
  5. cornell
  6. communicate

Original Text

Maybe you'd better listen to them. I'll stand here. What I'm hoping is that they might just drift apart because their frequencies aren't perfectly the same. Right? They did. They were in sync for a while, but then they drifted apart. And the reason is that they're not able to communicate. Now, you might think that's a bizarre idea. How can metronomes communicate? Well, they can communicate through mechanical forces. So I'm going to give them a chance to do that. I also want to wind this one up a bit. How can they communicate? I'm going to put them on a movable platform, which is the "Guide to Graduate Study at Cornell." Okay? So here it is. Let's see if we can get this to work. My wife pointed out to me that it will work better if I put both on at the same time because otherwise the whole thing will tip over. All right. So there we go. Let's see. OK, I'm not trying to cheat — let me start them out of sync. No, hard to even do that.

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