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10 Minutes of Dominos Falling

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Here's a fun way to spend ten minutes -- watch 275,000 dominos fall, including a world record for a spiral pattern. In an insanely elaborate setup, a group of domino masters in Germany puts on a series of set pieces on a gymnasium floor (my favorite, despite its relative tameness, was the bookshelf around 4:00 -- each shelf of book-dominos triggers the next one up via a small wire). A lot of it is corny (the domino renderings of Psy and the Nintendo-ish "sports" images), but the level of complexity here is stunning.

Part of the fun of watching this is seeing the things that almost work, but fail. It's frankly interesting to see that this is not flawless -- it's darn close, though. I won't spoil any of the things that fail, but I will say if you want to see grace under pressure, jump ahead to 6:40 and check out the kid stacking dominos, live, in the middle of the performance. And for some reason he's pulling them out of an aquarium. Anyway, ten minutes of continuous domino magic:

This group has been at it for years. Read up on last year's event which featured a comparably tame 125,000 dominos.

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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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