Some photos draw you in and don’t want to let you go, so you spend entire minutes (that feel like small eternities) sitting transfixed, with your eyes on the screen. That’s exactly the feeling we get when we look at the pics featured on this subreddit that’s entirely dedicated to showing off the beauty of infrastructure. After all, (and let’s be cheesy here for a moment) infrastructure doesn’t just connect us together physically—it also connects our hearts through the mutual adoration of aesthetics.

And while the internet watchdogs might censor the full name of this particular online community, what they can’t hide is the love that we feel for beautiful and artistic photos. We’ve collected some of the best photos from the ‘Infrastructure’ subreddit, the home to nearly 225k members, for you to enjoy. So scroll down, upvote your fave photos, and let us know if these images have seduced you away from your (and my) true love—cute cat pics.

According to anthropologist Margaret Mead, however, the first sign of civilization in a culture isn't something that we make (like fishhooks or clay pots); it's how we act towards others. Specifically, our compassion.

I had a chat about infrastructure challenges and problems with an expert from Sweden with a background in urban planning who preferred to remain anonymous because of the sensitive nature of her work. She told Bored Panda that these challenges depend on whether or not we're looking to build an entirely new settlement or expand the infrastructure of an existing city. What's more, the expert touched upon the fact that we should keep in mind the balance between service reach and health risk factors such as pollution, and how the focus on car-centric infrastructure in the United States and Canada can be seen as a failure. Read on for the full interview.

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A1 Highway Ecoduct, The Veluwe, Netherlands

A1 Highway Ecoduct, The Veluwe, Netherlands

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Friday
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1 month ago

These nature bridges should be mandatory!

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Aqueduct Veluwemeer, Netherlands

Aqueduct Veluwemeer, Netherlands

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Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

Took me a moment to understand this one, I was looking for a drawbridge.

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Holland, Michigan's Downtown Has Heated Streets And Sidewalks That Melt Snow And Ice. The System Utilizes Wastewater From A Nearby Power Plant Which Circulates Through 120 Miles Of Plastic Piping Underneath The Pavement. It Can Melt An Inch Of Snow An Hour Even At 20 Degrees Fahrenheit

Holland, Michigan's Downtown Has Heated Streets And Sidewalks That Melt Snow And Ice. The System Utilizes Wastewater From A Nearby Power Plant Which Circulates Through 120 Miles Of Plastic Piping Underneath The Pavement. It Can Melt An Inch Of Snow An Hour Even At 20 Degrees Fahrenheit

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Pamela24
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1 month ago

That's so cool! Reminds me how in Prague there is a swimming pool built close to the national Czech TV. They built them in a similar time and connected those two. Now the water for the pool is being heated by the excessive heat that the TV studios produce and those studios are cooled down by the cold water from the swimming pool. It's genius.

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According to the urban planning expert, the challenges that people face when building a new city include finding the right placement for the infrastructure, from large roads and power lines to power plants, water treatment plants, and more. The expert pointed out that it's all a balancing game where you have to place the infrastructure close enough to residential areas to increase the service reach, yet also keep it as far away as possible to reduce pollution, noise, and other factors that can cause health risks.

"The challenges associated with developing infrastructure for an existing city are similar yet even more complicated because an agreement is necessary with already-established residents. With all the aforementioned health factors, naturally, no one would be happy about hosting a facility nearby," the expert told Bored Panda.

"Technical problems, such as the quality of the soil and urban density of an area, are always challenging for laying pipes and cables required for services such as electricity, fiber optic internet, heating, sewerage, water, etc. Developing infrastructure often poses a challenge of balancing the installment and laying cost against the longevity and life cycle cost."

#4

Skytrain Inside Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Skytrain Inside Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

I've been here before, there are restaurants down below this and upstairs there are indoor playground for kids, the whole experience there is breathtaking!

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#5

Sart Canal Bridge, Belgium

Sart Canal Bridge, Belgium

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Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

How calm and serene.

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#6

A Cell Phone Tower Disguised As Cactus

A Cell Phone Tower Disguised As Cactus

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meowoui
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1 month ago

down the street from us, is a cell tower disguised as a pine tree, it is the worst job of making it look like a tree.

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The Swedish urban planning expert highlighted to Bored Panda a couple of examples of what badly-designed infrastructure looks like: freeways and stroads (no, no, that's not a typo! Stroads are roads that are too wide and fast to be safe for pedestrian safety and too narrow and slow for efficient car movement). "It’s a widely accepted fact that the late 20th-century approach to mobility, mostly realized in North America, roads being catered to cars and not people, has been a great failure," she said.

"It is completely detrimental to the vibrancy of city life, as wide and sidewalk-less freeways, and so-called stroads, make walking impossible as a means of travel from A to B around the urban area," she pointed out that this also negatively affects other modes of transportation like biking or using public transport. What's more, this leads to the overuse of private vehicles and increases safety risks.

#7

An Archipelago In Norway

An Archipelago In Norway

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

beautiful shot!

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#8

Ecoducts, Railway, Highway, Roads, Walkways... In Breda, The Netherlands

Ecoducts, Railway, Highway, Roads, Walkways... In Breda, The Netherlands

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I just love the way nature and progress are combined great forward thinkers looking back to nature.

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#9

Shalu Leisure Landscape Trail, Taichung, Taiwan

Shalu Leisure Landscape Trail, Taichung, Taiwan

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

This is a nice idea to turn the ugly underside of an elevated highway into something more tolerable.

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Anthropologist Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a thighbone that had healed after being broken. That's because it shows that somebody stayed together with the person who broke their femur and helped them recover. In Mead's opinion, civilization starts there because it shows the contrast between human beings and the rest of the animal kingdom which lives by the law of the jungle where it's survival of the fittest all the way through.

That's not to say that animals aren't compassionate toward each other (they are), but it takes around six weeks of rest for a femur to heal without modern medicine and that's a very long time to spend with a wounded member of the pack who can't feed itself, contribute to the group, or protect itself from predators.

#10

Viaduc De Millau - France

Viaduc De Millau - France

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Foodie panda
Community Member
1 month ago

This gives me goosebumps

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#11

A Partial View Of The 30km Long Houtribdijk Dam In The Netherlands. Again, Leave It To The Dutch!

A Partial View Of The 30km Long Houtribdijk Dam In The Netherlands. Again, Leave It To The Dutch!

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Stunning

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#12

A Village Settlement In Denmark

A Village Settlement In Denmark

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Black Pug Puppy
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1 month ago

Just imagine someone asking where you live 'oh yeah I live in circle 3'

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The ‘Infrastructure’ subreddit, founded way back in 2011, is exclusively dedicated to (yup, you guessed it) pictures of infrastructure. From paved roads and other public transit to agriculture, freight, waste management, and water systems. And far more!

You’ve got bridges and tunnels! Sewers and electrical grids! Telecommunications and all the other physical interconnected systems that improve our lives.

Infrastructure encompasses all the marvels of human ingenuity and engineering that make living life far easier and all the things that we really don’t want to do without. Infrastructure is what keeps us worrying about first-world problems instead of how we’ll get water today when the local spring is ten miles away and goes through a pitch-black forest full of hungry wolves.

#13

Northern Lights From The Top Of The Mackinac Bridge

Northern Lights From The Top Of The Mackinac Bridge

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

So breathtaking! It’s my dream to see the Northern lights one day 🤞

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#14

The Storseisundet Bridge In Norway

The Storseisundet Bridge In Norway

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Black Pug Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

That's trippy

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#15

Subsea Undergroundabout, Faroe Islands

Subsea Undergroundabout, Faroe Islands

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

I’d be distracted by how pretty it looks and probably run up the back of someone

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The more you think about it, the more the term ‘infrastructure’ seems to touch. So while we’ve got hard infrastructure that we can touch and physically use like roads, we’ve also got soft infrastructure that isn’t as tangible but is still vital to the health and welfare of any local community.

Some examples of soft infrastructure can include our network of institutions that are responsible for our economy, public health, social order, and cultural standards. From law enforcement and emergency services to educational programs and even… parks and recreational facilities! These might be far harder to take a photo of, but they’re still essential to civilization. After all, roads and streets mean nothing if you don’t have people working to help each other in whatever way they can best apply their particular set of skills.

#16

Dudhasagar Falls (Sea Of Milk), Goa, India

Dudhasagar Falls (Sea Of Milk), Goa, India

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

Amazing photograph 😲😲😲

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#17

The Delta Works In The Netherlands, Consisting Of 13 Parts, Together Form The Largest Storm Surge Barrier In The World And Was Declared One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Modern World By The American Society Of Civil Engineers

The Delta Works In The Netherlands, Consisting Of 13 Parts, Together Form The Largest Storm Surge Barrier In The World And Was Declared One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Modern World By The American Society Of Civil Engineers

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Fred Van Der Zee
Community Member
1 month ago

The nice thing is that, instead of building solid dykes, they uses sluices and storm surge barriers that can open, to preserve the natural habitat.

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#18

Saint Petersburg Metro, Russia

Saint Petersburg Metro, Russia

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James016
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1 month ago

The next station is a palace. Please mind the doors

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#19

Another Scale Of Infrastructure, These Salmon Stairs In Sweden

Another Scale Of Infrastructure, These Salmon Stairs In Sweden

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I can hear the water rushing and see the salmon jumping!

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#20

Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) , Wuppertal, Germany

Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) , Wuppertal, Germany

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Marc
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1 month ago

Wuppertal is the neighboring city to the one we live in. It is a largely quite dirty city with quite high unemployment. A city that was and still is particularly hard hit by the industrial decline of the steel and coal industries of the so-called "Ruhr region". The "Schwebebahn", however, is a great highlight. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of maintenance and the train is out of service every now and then. In recent years, there have also been breakdowns and accidents from time to time. However, the railroad has its own charm and there is nowhere else like it.

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#21

Cykelslangen (The Bicycle Snake), Copenhagen, Denmark

Cykelslangen (The Bicycle Snake), Copenhagen, Denmark

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Very cool and safe!

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#22

Highway Interchange Near Tokyo

Highway Interchange Near Tokyo

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfectly not confusing!

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#23

Project Engineers Demonstrating The Cantilever Principles Of The Forth Bridge In Scotland, 1887

Project Engineers Demonstrating The Cantilever Principles Of The Forth Bridge In Scotland, 1887

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Chris Longski
Community Member
1 month ago

Making physics work for us...

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

Engineering.

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Denny Cwiek
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool demonstration!

rorofunkytoe
Community Member
1 month ago

I live near this bridge ❤

Craig Aitken
Community Member
1 month ago

The greatest bridge in the world.

Farid Red
Community Member
1 month ago

Fascinating to see the old generation great physic.

Roe Rainrunner
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand it...

jleitner
Community Member
1 month ago

Their arms are under tension (being stretched) by the weights, while the sticks are being compressed. It's the principle behind all trusses. You'll often see truss bridges where some members are heavy steel beams (for compression), while others are single or multiple links made of steel plates or cable (under tension).

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Refugee Pups
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes.

grey galah
Community Member
1 month ago

fascinating

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
1 month ago

I should have stayed in school.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 month ago

Good engineering makes structures that are pleasing to the eye as the Forth Bridge is

Roberto Durante
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1 month ago

interesting

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#24

Three Undergound Metro Lines Crossing Eachother At The Place De L'opéra In Paris

Three Undergound Metro Lines Crossing Eachother At The Place De L'opéra In Paris

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

fun facts about parisian subway : Châtelet - Les Halles is the biggest subway station in the world. the ticket you need to buy has been the exact same size for the last 117 years. The Paris Metro is the second busiest metro system in Europe. Thanks to careful planning each station can be found 550 yards away from another – making Paris also has the most comprehensive underground rail system in the world with more than 300 stations. The Paris metro runs more than 600,000 miles per day – that works out as 10 times around the world each day! All around Paris you’ll find ghost stations; stations which haven’t been used for years and are now closed to the public. More than 1.5 billion people use it every year.

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#25

Brutalist Flats In Camden, London

Brutalist Flats In Camden, London

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Caroline Huot
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1 month ago

Am I the only one that actually kinda likes it?

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#26

Gordon Dam In Tasmania, Australia

Gordon Dam In Tasmania, Australia

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Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

The bottom part of the pic makes it look like a rollercoaster goes down it!

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#27

Botanical Garden In Madrid Atocha Train Statino

Botanical Garden In Madrid Atocha Train Statino

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

It's the disused Atocha terminal, not the 90s modern one that's in use. This is all shops and bars.

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#28

Roundabout And Bicycle Bridge In The Netherlands

Roundabout And Bicycle Bridge In The Netherlands

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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was in the Netherlands, several people said "Oh, you should rent a car and drive out into the countryside!". Looking at this makes me SO glad I didn't! Awesome photo, and I have no clue where the cars are supposed to go.

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#29

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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Elizabeth Elliot
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1 month ago

Opened in 1864!

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#30

Bhumibol Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand

Bhumibol Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

Fit for a king!

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#31

Solar Power Plants In The United States Photographed By Bernhard Lang

Solar Power Plants In The United States Photographed By Bernhard Lang

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Otter
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1 month ago

When traveled through the countryside of Chile, we came to a valley that seemed to be filled with a large reflective lake. But I quickly noticed that the lake bent upwards at the edges... and it wasn't a lake, it was a massive solar farm! One so big it seemed to fill the entire mountain valley. The US has some catching up to do.

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#32

The Beipanjiang Bridge, Spanning The Nizhu River In China At A Height Of 565 Metres

The Beipanjiang Bridge, Spanning The Nizhu River In China At A Height Of 565 Metres

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Wendy
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1 month ago

No thank you

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#33

Pont De Normandie, France

Pont De Normandie, France

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James016
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1 month ago

I'd love to drive over that.

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#34

My Developing Country Of Georgia Has Been Renewing Its 20th Century Rust Oven Fleet, With An Armada Of Brand New Electric Buses. Pedestrian Life Just Got Easier

My Developing Country Of Georgia Has Been Renewing Its 20th Century Rust Oven Fleet, With An Armada Of Brand New Electric Buses. Pedestrian Life Just Got Easier

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Annemarie Mattheyse
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1 month ago

"rust oven" - lol

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#35

The Tuned Mass Damper Of Taipei 101 Skyscraper. A Tuned Mass Damper Is A Device Mounted In Structures To Reduce The Amplitude Of Mechanical Vibrations. Their Application Can Prevent Discomfort, Damage, Or Outright Structural Failure

The Tuned Mass Damper Of Taipei 101 Skyscraper. A Tuned Mass Damper Is A Device Mounted In Structures To Reduce The Amplitude Of Mechanical Vibrations. Their Application Can Prevent Discomfort, Damage, Or Outright Structural Failure

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Dynein
Community Member
1 month ago

Rather ingenious, though really a very simple concept - it's a heavy weight at the base of the tower, which suspended by ropes attached to the upper part of the building. If the tower sways to one side, the weight will still point straight downwards and basically pull the top of the building back up.

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