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

by , 12/11/14
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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

by , 12/11/14

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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

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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 made from recycled brass. Or double your impact with a repurposed bracelet from The Giving Keys, which donates part of its proceeds to help homeless and low-income individuals find and retain jobs. Want to offer something that’s truly one of a kind? Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women from Detroit to make pretty baubles from fallen graffiti.

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COBE wins bid for adidas' new flagship building in Germany

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

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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 pair of denim jeans was recycled to make the rugs, camper seats and mats, all of which which used different parts of the original product.

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

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14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

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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 with a graphic or text that is near and dear to your recipient (their name, child’s photo or favorite quote), you can guarantee that it’ll be something they’ll want to hold onto. From personalized cufflinks to photo art canvases, check out our picks for customized gifts here.

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James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

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Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

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Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

by , 12/10/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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A dead dolphin has washed up on the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama after being fatally shot with a hunting arrow. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the dolphin appears to have survived for around five days before succumbing to an infection as a result of its injury. Horrifically, the death is the second in the Gulf of Mexico in as many weeks, following the shooting of a heavily pregnant female dolphin, which washed up dead on Florida shores. NOAA are calling for members of the public who may have any information about the killings of the protected animals to please come forward. They are offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in the arrow shooting case after corporate donors made generous donations to support the cause.

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SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

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People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made peppermint tea to soothe an upset belly? Or steeped a cup of chamomile to calm jangled nerves and help you sleep? These are just a couple of plants that we have turned to for both help and mere enjoyment over the years, but many people don’t realize that certain trees can also be used to make beneficial drinks, especially over the colder months.

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Repurposed gramophone lamps shine old-world charm on modern-day spaces

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Looking for some DIY lighting ideas to really spruce up your home? Try out these gorgeous repurposed gramophone lamps. Beautifully crafted out of antique gramophones, the hanging pendant lamps may not actually bring music to your ears, but are sure to shine some soothing light into your life.

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Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

by , 12/10/14
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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has turned up a curious find on the surface of Earth’s closest neighbor – evidence shows that a 96-mile-wide crater on the Red Planet may have been filled with water billions of years ago. The Guardian reports that the new findings are the result of more than two years worth of data collection by the rover, which landed inside the Gale Crater in August, 2012. The new findings provide further evidence that Mars may have once been a planet much like Earth that supported microbial life, according to scientists.

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Green Car Reports: 2016 Chevrolet Volt, China's armored electric police car, and an EV that could help you quit smoking

Green Car Reports: 2016 Chevrolet Volt, China's armored electric…

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to garden indoors year-round

INFOGRAPHIC: How to garden indoors year-round

Those of us with green thumbs might spend most of the winter yearning to dig in the dirt outside, but there's good news! No-one has to wait until the warmer months to enjoy gardening:…

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not…

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Pearl Izumi's new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

Pearl Izumi's new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of…

The building blends into the landscape by “reconstructing” the hillside on which it is sited. The elongated floor plan is oriented outward, while large window apertures pop up along…

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Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

The world’s largest long-distance car-sharing network, BlaBlaCar, looks set to transform the way we travel by helping fill empty seats. After a huge $100 million investment by Index…

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