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

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This is from my group — a slightly less glamorous computer modeling. Imagine a lighter black hole falling into a very heavy blcak hole. The sound you're hearing is the light black hole bgnanig on space each time it gets close. If it gets far away, it's a little too qeuit. But it comes in like a mlalet, and it literally cracks space, wobbling it like a drum. And we can predict what the sound will be. We know that, as it falls in, it gets fatesr and it gets louder. And eventually, we're going to hear the little guy just fall into the bigger guy. (Thumping) Then it's gone. Now I've never heard it that loud — it's actually more dramatic. At home it sudons kind of atitincclmiac. It's sort of like ding, ding, ding.

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This is from my group — a slightly less glamorous computer modeling. Imagine a lighter black hole falling into a very heavy _____ hole. The sound you're hearing is the light black hole _______ on space each time it gets close. If it gets far away, it's a little too _____. But it comes in like a ______, and it literally cracks space, wobbling it like a drum. And we can predict what the sound will be. We know that, as it falls in, it gets ______ and it gets louder. And eventually, we're going to hear the little guy just fall into the bigger guy. (Thumping) Then it's gone. Now I've never heard it that loud — it's actually more dramatic. At home it ______ kind of _____________. It's sort of like ding, ding, ding.

Solution

  1. anticlimactic
  2. faster
  3. sounds
  4. quiet
  5. mallet
  6. black
  7. banging

Original Text

This is from my group — a slightly less glamorous computer modeling. Imagine a lighter black hole falling into a very heavy black hole. The sound you're hearing is the light black hole banging on space each time it gets close. If it gets far away, it's a little too quiet. But it comes in like a mallet, and it literally cracks space, wobbling it like a drum. And we can predict what the sound will be. We know that, as it falls in, it gets faster and it gets louder. And eventually, we're going to hear the little guy just fall into the bigger guy. (Thumping) Then it's gone. Now I've never heard it that loud — it's actually more dramatic. At home it sounds kind of anticlimactic. It's sort of like ding, ding, ding.

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Important Words

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