Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

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Solar-powered Josey Pavilion beats wicked hot Texas summers without air-conditioning

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

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1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

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Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

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Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced plans to formally restore Mt. McKinley’s original name Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one.” This move, which will take place during the president’s trip to Alaska this week, re-ignites a decades-long conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio, where the mountain’s namesake hailed from. Although locals have called the mountain Denali for ages, its official name comes from William McKinley, the 25th U.S. president, who was assassinated during his second term.

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The Barbarian Group's crazy 4,400-sq-ft desk puts your work surface to shame

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

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Modumetal's revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a tree

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The processes used to extract and utilize metals are typically highly energy intensive, with ores extracted from mines using smelting, or with recycled scraped melted down to be recast. But one Seattle startup called Modumetal has developed an ingenious technique for creating metals that is not only energy-efficient, but by using a process of nanolamination, creates a material that grows in a manner akin to the way rings are formed on trees. And if that wasn’t enough, it is significantly more durable than conventional metals. The revolutionary technique could, as Katie Fehrenbacher points out at Fortune, do for metals what 3D-printing is doing for plastics.

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The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his species

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The Cincinnati Zoo has been home to the only breeding project in the United States for the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, but this year marks the end of an era. 8-year-old Harapan is the last rhino of his kind in the U.S., and so in a effort to help save his species Harapan is being moved to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, in the Way Kambas National Park of Indonesia, where it is hoped he will breed with a female resident and help ensure the future of the species.

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Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a solar-powered floating room for a family in Sweden

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15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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This all-electric personal submarine can dive up to 400 feet

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H&M is offering $1 Million for best textile-recycling innovations

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Clothing retailer H&M is sponsoring a $1 million challenge to anyone who can figure out a sustainable way to close the loop on textiles. A closed loop clothing manufacturing scenario involves recycling old and unwanted clothing into new materials, which are then used to produce new garments and a “zero waste” textile industry. Several clothing manufacturers are attempting closed loop practices in part of their clothing lines, or with certain fabrics, but the H&M Conscious Foundation’s Global Challenge Award is being put forward to drum up some even more ambitious innovations. The foundation will award five prizes each year on an ongoing basis to foster creative solutions that will help reduce the negative environmental impact of the textile industry and hopefully cut costs as well. Read on to learn more about the challenge.

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

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Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to…

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Boyan Slat's Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is

Boyan Slat's Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic…

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more…

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Stephen Orlando captures kayakers' motions in stunning long-exposure photographs

Stephen Orlando captures kayakers' motions in stunning long-exposure…

Stephen Orlando's photos are both whimsical and beautiful. Human movement and sports like kayaking, karate and swimming inspire him to capture movement through colorful light…

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3 reasons why good parenting means reduced screen time for your kids

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We’ve all heard that common refrain that the iPad is the perfect babysitter of the modern age. While some parents say it in jest, others are perfectly serious—the average kid today…

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Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

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Black outbuildings that act as truncated garages line the path leading to the main house defined by white masonry boxed in by two bookends of sorts. Inside, exposed timber columns lend…

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