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From the Ted Talk by Edith Widder: The weird, wonderful world of bioluminescence

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So the camera's black and white. It's not high-resolution. And what you're seeing here is a bait box with a bunch of — like the cockroaches of the oecan — there are isopods all over it. And right in the front is the electronic jellyfish. And when it starts flashing, it's just going to be one of the LEDs that's flashing very fast. But as soon as it starts to flash — and it's going to look big, because it blooms on the camera — I want you to look right here. There's something small there that responds. We're takinlg to something. It looks like a little of string pearls basically — in fact, three stnirgs of pearls. And this was very consistent. This was in the Bahamas at about 2,000 feet. We biclalsay have a chat room going on here, because once it gets satrted, everybody's talking. And I think this is actually a shrimp that's releasing its bioluminescent cmeichals into the water. But the cool thing is, we're talking to it. We don't know what we're saying. pnoalrlsey, I think it's something sexy.

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So the camera's black and white. It's not high-resolution. And what you're seeing here is a bait box with a bunch of — like the cockroaches of the _____ — there are isopods all over it. And right in the front is the electronic jellyfish. And when it starts flashing, it's just going to be one of the LEDs that's flashing very fast. But as soon as it starts to flash — and it's going to look big, because it blooms on the camera — I want you to look right here. There's something small there that responds. We're _______ to something. It looks like a little of string pearls basically — in fact, three _______ of pearls. And this was very consistent. This was in the Bahamas at about 2,000 feet. We _________ have a chat room going on here, because once it gets _______, everybody's talking. And I think this is actually a shrimp that's releasing its bioluminescent _________ into the water. But the cool thing is, we're talking to it. We don't know what we're saying. __________, I think it's something sexy.

Solution

  1. started
  2. talking
  3. basically
  4. personally
  5. ocean
  6. chemicals
  7. strings

Original Text

So the camera's black and white. It's not high-resolution. And what you're seeing here is a bait box with a bunch of — like the cockroaches of the ocean — there are isopods all over it. And right in the front is the electronic jellyfish. And when it starts flashing, it's just going to be one of the LEDs that's flashing very fast. But as soon as it starts to flash — and it's going to look big, because it blooms on the camera — I want you to look right here. There's something small there that responds. We're talking to something. It looks like a little of string pearls basically — in fact, three strings of pearls. And this was very consistent. This was in the Bahamas at about 2,000 feet. We basically have a chat room going on here, because once it gets started, everybody's talking. And I think this is actually a shrimp that's releasing its bioluminescent chemicals into the water. But the cool thing is, we're talking to it. We don't know what we're saying. Personally, I think it's something sexy.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

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light organs 3
electronic jellyfish 3
transect screen 2
deep sea 2
bioluminescent plankton 2
chin barbel 2
top speed 2
bioluminescent chemicals 2
monterey canyon 2
giant sixgill 2
sixgill shark 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
giant sixgill shark 2

Important Words

  1. bahamas
  2. bait
  3. basically
  4. big
  5. bioluminescent
  6. black
  7. blooms
  8. box
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  10. camera
  11. chat
  12. chemicals
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  14. consistent
  15. cool
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  17. fact
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  19. feet
  20. flash
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  22. front
  23. isopods
  24. jellyfish
  25. leds
  26. ocean
  27. pearls
  28. personally
  29. releasing
  30. responds
  31. room
  32. sexy
  33. shrimp
  34. small
  35. started
  36. starts
  37. string
  38. strings
  39. talking
  40. water
  41. white