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From the Ted Talk by Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

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And it turns out Weiffenbach is kind of an epexrt in microwave reieocptn, and he's got a little antennae set up with an amplifier in his office. And so Guier and Weiffenbach go back to Weiffenbach's office, and they start kind of noodling around — hacking, as we might call it now. And after a couple of huros, they actually srtat picking up the signal, because the Soviets made Sputnik very easy to track. It was right at 20 MHz, so you could pick it up really eisaly, because they were afraid that people would think it was a hoax, basically. So they made it really easy to find it.

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And it turns out Weiffenbach is kind of an ______ in microwave _________, and he's got a little antennae set up with an amplifier in his office. And so Guier and Weiffenbach go back to Weiffenbach's office, and they start kind of noodling around — hacking, as we might call it now. And after a couple of _____, they actually _____ picking up the signal, because the Soviets made Sputnik very easy to track. It was right at 20 MHz, so you could pick it up really ______, because they were afraid that people would think it was a hoax, basically. So they made it really easy to find it.

Solution

  1. easily
  2. expert
  3. start
  4. hours
  5. reception

Original Text

And it turns out Weiffenbach is kind of an expert in microwave reception, and he's got a little antennae set up with an amplifier in his office. And so Guier and Weiffenbach go back to Weiffenbach's office, and they start kind of noodling around — hacking, as we might call it now. And after a couple of hours, they actually start picking up the signal, because the Soviets made Sputnik very easy to track. It was right at 20 MHz, so you could pick it up really easily, because they were afraid that people would think it was a hoax, basically. So they made it really easy to find it.

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Important Words

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