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From the Ted Talk by Sarah Rugheimer: The search for microscopic aliens

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I try to understand a planet's geology and its star's radiation so that we can better identify a true life snaigl. And this is what makes the preliminary detection on vneus of phosphine, a pitaenotl biarosgiunte gas, so compelling but also so cusonnifg. Venus is not where we expected to find life. It is a hellish wlord, with a surface temperature of nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Could life be floating in the more temperate upper atmosphere? But then how would such life eat and reproduce? This discovery will have to be vetted over the coming decade.

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I try to understand a planet's geology and its star's radiation so that we can better identify a true life ______. And this is what makes the preliminary detection on _____ of phosphine, a _________ ____________ gas, so compelling but also so _________. Venus is not where we expected to find life. It is a hellish _____, with a surface temperature of nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Could life be floating in the more temperate upper atmosphere? But then how would such life eat and reproduce? This discovery will have to be vetted over the coming decade.

Solution

  1. potential
  2. biosignature
  3. world
  4. signal
  5. venus
  6. confusing

Original Text

I try to understand a planet's geology and its star's radiation so that we can better identify a true life signal. And this is what makes the preliminary detection on Venus of phosphine, a potential biosignature gas, so compelling but also so confusing. Venus is not where we expected to find life. It is a hellish world, with a surface temperature of nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Could life be floating in the more temperate upper atmosphere? But then how would such life eat and reproduce? This discovery will have to be vetted over the coming decade.

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Important Words

  1. atmosphere
  2. biosignature
  3. coming
  4. compelling
  5. confusing
  6. decade
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  15. gas
  16. geology
  17. hellish
  18. identify
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  20. phosphine
  21. potential
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  23. radiation
  24. reproduce
  25. signal
  26. surface
  27. temperate
  28. temperature
  29. true
  30. understand
  31. upper
  32. venus
  33. vetted
  34. world