India's air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal's iconic dome

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India’s airborne pollution has always been a problem for the rapidly developing country, but now it could severely impact one of its most famous structures – the Taj Mahal. According to a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Taj Mahal’s iconic marble dome and soaring minarets now require regular cleaning due to increasing levels of airborne carbon particles and dust, which have turned the white marble an unappealing shade of brown.

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This breathtaking Lithuanian Christmas tree looks like a tumbling cascade of clouds

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America, from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived.

I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative. I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city, and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too!

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HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

Everybody loves sweet treats at the holidays, but many of us who are trying to stay in shape would rather consume healthy sweets packed with protein, good fats, fiber and vitamins than processed grains and sugar. That’s why these amazing RAW COOKIES made purely with nuts and dried fruit are so awesome as holiday treats. Yum yum! They’ll please the gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan and even the paleo crowd. As an added sweet treat, Inhabitots’ adorable lil’ pâtissier, Petey, will show you how to bake them in this adorable toddler baking video. A delicious and healthy alternative to sugar laden cookies and cakes, this yummy recipe is a cinch to make and only requires a handful of ingredients and a food processor. But best of all? You don’t even have to bake them! Quick, fun, and packed full of anti-oxidants and healthy nut oils, this recipe is a sure-fire winner that will be devoured in seconds! Jump ahead for the recipe!

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

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Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” and a blog post on Medium—Barack Obama took over the Colbert Report’s “The Word” section on Monday night to address a number of topics. In discussion with Colbert after presenting the segment, he also had some strong words to say about the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Egoista Motors' EM01 Stradale Project is a $10,000 electric Formula 1 race car

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Just in time for Christmas, Egoista Motors has unveiled the ultimate present for Formula 1 fans – the EM01 Stradale Project. This mini Formula 1 car is a street-legal race car that also happens to be powered by either a fully electric or a hybrid powertrain. The unique racer can reach speeds of more than 180 mph with the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat!

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

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Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in our environment has become so severe that an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic float in each square mile of ocean. Custom Made developed an infographic that highlights the massive scale of the problem and the easy steps everyone can take to lessen dependency on plastics. Click through to read them all.

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

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Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year, with many of the thefts taking place on rainy days.

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Incredible images show Crossrail's dramatic underground tunnels beneath London's streets

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RS&H Inc. designs bright, colorful pediatric cancer care center

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The Institute for Patient-Centered Design held a competition for its Family Centered Cancer Care facility, and RS&H Inc.‘s design has been chosen as one of the top three submissions. Children who are in inpatient care are often scared and lonely, so the space was designed to nurture entire families while the kids are in treatment. There are nooks to explore, a giant marker board wall that can be colored from top to bottom, and a projection screen on which movies can be shown. The idea of “nooks” was a prevalent one, as the team wanted to create little pockets of safe space to support both the children and their families, while distracting the children from discomfort associated with their medical treatments.

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Part of New York City‘s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which is crossed every day by commuters who have no idea that there is a Cold War-era bunker inside of it.

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New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

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When humans interfere with nature the results are rarely good and such is the case with culling wolf populations. According to a recent study, more livestock are killed after wolves are culled than when populations are left alone. Treehugger reports that Washington State University researchers combed through 25 years worth of data and uncovered that for each wolf killed, the odds of a sheep dying goes up by four percent and the likelihood of cattle getting killed jumps by five to six percent. The reason for this seemingly upside-down conclusion? According to the research, wolf pack stability is key when it comes to controlling the impact of wolves on livestock and culling them disrupts the packs, leading to more breeding.

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There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

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For the first time ever, scientists have managed to collect data confirming just how much plastic trash is floating around in the world’s oceans. According to their research, right now there are ove 5 trillion pieces of plastic – that’s nearly 269,000 tons – out there strangling animals and poisoning wildlife. Most of the plastic is made up of micro pieces measuring less than 5 mm and much of it comes from food and drink packaging and clothing waste.

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts That Sparkle

14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts That Sparkle

Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one's attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff links…

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COBE wins bid for adidas' new flagship building in Germany

COBE wins bid for adidas' new flagship building in Germany

COBE's vision for adidas' Meet & Eat building highlights the company's four valued principles of performance, passion, integrity, and diversity. The multifunctional building is…

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Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and…

Swedish company Nudie Jeans recycled 2,700 pairs of their worn-out old jeans and used the material to build incredible furniture pieces and holiday gifts. Around 90 percent of every…

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house…

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14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task - one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present…

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