Uber's new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

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Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people who are riding along a similar route to share a ride together, at a fraction of the price of a New York City taxi.

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an 8-month-old gray wolf who lives at the New York Wolf Conservation Center. He’s probably the most adorable hiccup-er we’ve ever seen, and watching him is a perfect pick-me-up for a chilly winter day. (Be sure to crank up the volume so you can hear his little meeps.)

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

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14 Great Green Gifts Your Parents Will Love

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They taught us how to tie our shoelaces, cleaned our poopy diapers and, no biggie, created us — so they definitely deserve some heartfelt thanks in the form of a fabulous holiday gift! From geometric, fair-trade planters to cozy recycled throws to mushrooms they can grow right in their kitchen, check out our awesome gifts for mom and dad right here.

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OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

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Peter Pichler's Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

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A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

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Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

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A story circulating on the internet claims that Pope Francis recently said that animal companions can go to heaven. According to reports, while speaking to a boy grieving for a dog who had passed, Pope Francis said, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” However, the quote actually came from Pope Paul VI, who was said to have offered the words of comfort to a boy several decades ago. Nonetheless, the news story immediately launched a world-wide discussion between everyone from animal rights activists to theologians.

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

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A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the rhino came to the park from Sudan in 1990. “Angalifu’s death is a tremendous loss to all of us,” safari park curator Randy Rieches said in a statement. “Not only because he was well beloved here at the park but also because his death brings this wonderful species one step closer to extinction.”

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HOK's new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California's high speed rail

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Jägnefält Milton's leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

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Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country’s new Attefallshus clause, small structures such as this can be built to a certain size without permission from the Swedish government. With an area under 25 square meters and a height less than four meters, the oval-shaped Forest Pavilion satisfies the new permissions, creating a modern multi-use shelter oasis in wooded areas.

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Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

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Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat from the flame of a few candles inside a terracotta dome, radiating warmth into a room even after the candles are blown out. The concept was developed by Marco Zagaria, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and right now, he is looking for funding for the brilliant little heater. The project is being funded through Indiegogo where you can get in on the project and start heating your office, dorm or bedroom without using electricity.

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Rotterdam's floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

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This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of the Recycled Island Foundation and created by WHIM Architecture, this park is a local response to the global issue of plastic pollution in bodies of water. Every single river and ocean is highly polluted with plastics, and the litter just keeps increasing. Rotterdam aims to limit outbound plastic waste by collecting it in these floating platforms and transforming it into a building material. This concept will be expanded to other rivers around the country, and will serve the additional purpose of creating a breeding ground for aquatic plants and native mussels, thus nurturing a new and healthy river ecosystem.

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This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all…

Meet Honey the dog and Kwanza the white lion cub: a pair of best friends at the Darling Downs Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Kwanza's mum wasn't producing enough milk for him, so the…

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Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous…

  The main idea of the masterplan is to provide more connectivity within the area and improve transport facilities like the local metro, bus and tram routes and cycling and…

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Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Ford already uses plants like tomatoes to make several parts for the interiors of its vehicles and now Mazda has announced that it has furthered the technology to produce exterior car…

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate…

Forman began capturing the wonder of the waterways around the world early in life after traveling to remote landscapes with her family. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist…

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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in…

Flanked on all sides by a late 19th century factory building, the former carpenter's workshop had a basement-like character due to its restricted access to sunlight. Studio OxL…

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