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Photography: Manufactured Landscapes

Photographer Edward Burtynsky is behind the 10,000 Year Photograph, an effort to make a photographic print that can last for the eponymous ten thousand years. But obviously that's not his first project; he's well-known for photographing human-transformed landscapes around the world. He's also the subject of the 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes, which is definitely worth a look for photography fans.

Burtynsky gave a TED Talk in 2005, which is now available online. The talk features a bunch of his remarkable photography, with a particular focus on his visit to China, where he photographed massive reservoir projects, giant factories, and enormous steelworks. It's amazing stuff, both visually and because of its human effects. Have a look below (though for this one, you might want to download the MPEG-4 and watch it fullscreen...). Note that one of the most remarkable segments is at about 18:30, when Burtynsky shows a factory worker assembling circuit breakers at a frankly unbelievable speed.

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China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall
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The Great Wall of China has been standing proudly for thousands of years—but now, it needs your help. CNN reports that the wall has fallen into disrepair and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for restorations.

Stretching 13,000 miles across northern China, the Great Wall was built in stages starting from the third century BCE and reaching completion in the 16th century. To some degree, though, it’s always been under construction. For centuries, individuals and organizations have periodically repaired and rebuilt damaged sections. However, the crowdfunding campaign marks the first time the internet has gotten involved in the preservation of the ancient icon. The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation is trying to raise $1.6 million (11 million yuan) to restore the wall, and has so far raised $45,000 (or 300,000 yuan).

Fundraising coordinator Dong Yaohui tells the BBC that, although the Chinese government provides some funds for wall repairs, it’s not enough to fix all of the damage: "By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall," he said.

[h/t CNN]

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These Glowing Worms Mimic Shining Stars
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The glow worms of New Zealand's Waitomo caves produce light, mimicking the starry night sky. Using sticky goop, they catch moths and other flying creatures unfortunate enough to flutter into the "starry" cavern. Beautiful and icky in equal parts, this Deep Look video takes you inside the cave, and up close with these worms. Enjoy:

There's also a nice write-up with animated GIFs if you're not in the mood for video. Want more glow worms? Check out this beautiful timelapse in a similar cave, or our list of 19 Places You Won't Believe Exist topped by—you guessed it—New Zealand's Glowworm Caves!

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