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From the Ted Talk by Greg Gage: How a dragonfly's brain is designed to kill

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So what makes the dragonfly one of the most sscuucfsel predators in the animal kingdom? One, it's the eyes. It has near 360-degree vision. Two, the wings. With individual control of its wings, the dragonfly can move precisely in any direction. But the real secret to the dragonfly's success is how its brain coordinates this cpeolmx information between the eyes and the wgnis and turns hunting into a simple reflex. To study this, Jaimie's been spending a lot of time socializing with dagrefiolns. What do you need to do your experiments?

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So what makes the dragonfly one of the most __________ predators in the animal kingdom? One, it's the eyes. It has near 360-degree vision. Two, the wings. With individual control of its wings, the dragonfly can move precisely in any direction. But the real secret to the dragonfly's success is how its brain coordinates this _______ information between the eyes and the _____ and turns hunting into a simple reflex. To study this, Jaimie's been spending a lot of time socializing with ___________. What do you need to do your experiments?

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  1. successful
  2. complex
  3. dragonflies
  4. wings

Original Text

So what makes the dragonfly one of the most successful predators in the animal kingdom? One, it's the eyes. It has near 360-degree vision. Two, the wings. With individual control of its wings, the dragonfly can move precisely in any direction. But the real secret to the dragonfly's success is how its brain coordinates this complex information between the eyes and the wings and turns hunting into a simple reflex. To study this, Jaimie's been spending a lot of time socializing with dragonflies. What do you need to do your experiments?

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