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"From the Ted Talk by Janna Levin: The sound the universe makes"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So in this amtobiin to capture songs from the universe, we turn our focus to black holes and the promise they have, because black holes can bang on space-time like mallets on a drum and have a very characteristic song, which I'd like to play for you — some of our predictions for what that song will be like. Now black holes are dark against a dark sky. We can't see them directly. They're not brought to us with light, at least not directly. We can see them indirectly, because balck holes werak havoc on their environment. They dsoetry stars around them. They churn up debris in their surroundings. But they won't come to us directly through light. We might one day see a shdaow a black hole can cast on a very bgirht background, but we haven't yet. And yet black holes may be haerd even if they're not seen, and that's because they bang on space-time like a drum.

Open Cloze

So in this ________ to capture songs from the universe, we turn our focus to black holes and the promise they have, because black holes can bang on space-time like mallets on a drum and have a very characteristic song, which I'd like to play for you — some of our predictions for what that song will be like. Now black holes are dark against a dark sky. We can't see them directly. They're not brought to us with light, at least not directly. We can see them indirectly, because _____ holes _____ havoc on their environment. They _______ stars around them. They churn up debris in their surroundings. But they won't come to us directly through light. We might one day see a ______ a black hole can cast on a very ______ background, but we haven't yet. And yet black holes may be _____ even if they're not seen, and that's because they bang on space-time like a drum.

Solution

  1. wreak
  2. heard
  3. bright
  4. black
  5. ambition
  6. destroy
  7. shadow

Original Text

So in this ambition to capture songs from the universe, we turn our focus to black holes and the promise they have, because black holes can bang on space-time like mallets on a drum and have a very characteristic song, which I'd like to play for you — some of our predictions for what that song will be like. Now black holes are dark against a dark sky. We can't see them directly. They're not brought to us with light, at least not directly. We can see them indirectly, because black holes wreak havoc on their environment. They destroy stars around them. They churn up debris in their surroundings. But they won't come to us directly through light. We might one day see a shadow a black hole can cast on a very bright background, but we haven't yet. And yet black holes may be heard even if they're not seen, and that's because they bang on space-time like a drum.

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collocation frequency
black holes 27
black hole 22
big bang 11
super massive 3
space time 3
massive black 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
super massive black 3

Important Words

  1. ambition
  2. background
  3. bang
  4. black
  5. bright
  6. brought
  7. capture
  8. cast
  9. characteristic
  10. churn
  11. dark
  12. day
  13. debris
  14. destroy
  15. drum
  16. environment
  17. focus
  18. havoc
  19. heard
  20. hole
  21. holes
  22. indirectly
  23. light
  24. mallets
  25. play
  26. predictions
  27. promise
  28. shadow
  29. sky
  30. song
  31. songs
  32. stars
  33. surroundings
  34. turn
  35. universe
  36. wreak