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This Musical Time Machine Lets You Become an Aural World Traveler

If you’re someone who laments losing the days of radio past, you can now surf the dial of history in countries all around the world with a website called Radiooooo.

The service is as simple as this: Click on a country and a decade, and Radiooooo transports you sonically to that particular place and time. (The five os represent each of the five continent landmasses; don’t worry about typing in the wrong url—according to The New Yorker, the company owns all the domains up to radioooooooooooooooooooo.com.)

While many listening services can be hit or miss, Radiooooo is chock-full of gems. That’s because it’s not generated via algorithm, and the playlists are the result of carefully curated selections. An initial batch (chosen by creators Benjamin Moreau and Raphaël Hamburger) is now being expanded by contributors who submit possible songs, which are then subjected to a review process. Only a certain amount make it through.

The site is still in beta, and many of the countries and decades are still empty, but there are still tons of surprising jams to be discovered. There are even a few fictional locations on the map like “Discovery Island” with new music arrivals and "Neverland," which features music for kids.

Whether you're in Mexico in the 1920s or Ukraine today, there are plenty of treasures to uncover. My personal favorite so far is “Whale Song,” a humpback whale mega-hit from Antarctica in the 1980s.

[h/t Boing Boing]

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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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