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Time ticks so slowly on a reef, we'd miss out on all the fun without time-lapse video.

It's easy to forget how our actions affect so many living things. And it's hard to imagine these particular living things are even real.

Time ticks so slowly on a reef, we'd miss out on all the fun without time-lapse video.

We operate on a different scale of space and time than animals under the sea.

If we dipped way down beneath the waves, we might see starfish and corals like these, but because we're so big and because we move so fast, we'd miss the real story.

Using magnification and time-lapse photography, filmmaker Sandro Bocci unmasks the otherworldly beauty and strangeness of tiny aquatic lives.


When we see them move, they do some things that look familiar.

Nom, nom.

And they do other things most of us can only sort-of figure out.

We're just starting to face the sheer scale of our impact on the earth.

It's kinda shocking. Big weather changes, big ocean-level changes, fracking earthquakes. There are dozens, hundreds of things to worry about.

And it affects these small creatures, too.

They're swept along with millions, billions, arguably trillions of other life-forms we don't even consider, all caught up in our great wake. As this video reveals, starfish and corals aren't just things. They're living things. With lives. And, though they may never know it, we're stewards of their tiny worlds, too.

Enjoy this peek into their lives:

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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