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These Bridges Are Totally Boss

These Bridges Are Totally Boss

At their most basic, bridges are purely functional: they help you get from one side of a gap to the other. But some bridges-like the ones in India that are literally alive-take this mission and make it extraordinary.

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  1. The Cherrapunji region in India is one of the wettest places in the world. 00:09

  2. When directed through hollowed-out logs, the secondary roots of the Ficus elastica can grow into strong bridges. 00:30

  3. See a "double decker" root bridge: 01:20

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  1. In the U.S., about one million animals are killed by cars every day. 00:06

  2. Hoofed animals are often hesitant to cross linear features, such as roads and even painted lines. 00:47

  3. Engineers have designed bridges to help deer, monkeys, and crabs cross above roads. 01:42

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