Dubai is Equipping Their First Responders With Jetpacks

You may have caught the viral video from earlier this month of two jetpack-sporting daredevils zooming above the Dubai skyline. City residents may soon be seeing even more jetpacks flying overhead—only this time, they’ll be attached to first responders.

Last week, the United Arab Emirates metropolis ordered 20 jetpacks for their rescue workers from manufacturer Martin Aircraft Company. Instead of jets, the personal flying machines use ducted fans to rise to a maximum altitude of 3000 feet.

If there’s any place where this excessive jetpack power might come in handy, it’s Dubai, where the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, towers over the city at 2722 feet. The jetpack flies at speeds up to 45 mph, so in theory, a first responder could reach the top of the world’s tallest building in about a minute. The packs also have a remote-control option, so they could be brought to someone stuck in a high up place, and a pilot on the ground could navigate them to safety.

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The futuristic jetpacks will cost the city $150,000 apiece. This is hardly the first lavish investment Dubai has made in its emergency services: The cars used by their police force include a Bentley, a Ferrari, and a Lamborghini

[h/t: Popular Science]

China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall

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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