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Man Invents a Shoe That Grows (to Help Barefoot Kids)

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Back in 2007, Idaho native Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi when he was struck by how many kids were running around barefoot, or squeezing their feet into ill-fitting shoes. Clearly, the impoverished families in the area couldn’t afford to keep up with their kids' needs—and that’s when it hit him: what if he could create a single shoe that could grow with the kids' feet? According to Kenton Lee’s site Theshoethatgrows.org, over 300 million children the world over go shoeless, and many of those are at risk for soil-transmitted parasites and diseases. His solution is the 5x5, an adjustable sandal that grows 5 sizes and lasts for 5 years.

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A small shoe is intended to keep a kid’s feet covered from kindergarten through 4th grade, while a large one will grow from an average 5th grader's shoe through 9th grade. From their Facebook page it looks like the shoe will be available in colors in the not-so-distant future. And best of all, it’s priced moderately—at scale, they’re just $12 a pair for shoes that will last a kid for 5 full years. Because International (the parent non-profit) is currently filling duffel bags full of shoes and exporting them to places in need, and if you’d like to pitch in for a pair (or more!), just follow the link here.

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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.

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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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