ENTER TO WIN a Hushamok baby hammock worth $599

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When it’s time to tuck the baby to sleep, there’s nothing more soothing than the slow sway of a swing. Unlike those garish battery powered chair swings, the gorgeous Okoa Hammock by Hushamok is sleek and stylish, and made from organic materials with no plastics, toxic flame retardants or batteries. You can enter to win one of your own, worth $599, to help give you and your baby the best night’s rest.

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Dutch architect envisions self-sufficient desert cities constructed from salt

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A brilliant new building material designed by a recent architecture graduate of TU Delft could solve several pressing environmental challenges at once. Taking what he calls the ‘biomimetic’ approach, Eric Geboers relies on solar energy to separate the salt from water in seawater. The resulting salt is then mixed with a starch derived from algae in seawater to create bricks that have greater compressive strength than earth, and could be used to construct aesthetically-pleasing buildings in arid regions. The desalinated water, meanwhile, would be used to grow food.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a lighter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack, packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack. The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015. We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM EST SEPT 11, 2015

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Crazy 54-propeller super drone lifts off with a man aboard

by , 09/04/15
filed under: DIY, Innovation, News
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When is a drone not just a drone? When it is 54-propeller flying machine with a man aboard. A YouTube video uploaded by a British man who goes by his username gasturbine101 shows the drone-esque flying machine carrying a fully-grown male passenger as it lifts several feet off the ground and wobbles around in the air. This crazy flying machine is being called a “manned super drone” by its creators, who have also given it the more affectionate name “The Swarm” to the colony of tiny drones that keep it airborne.

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Largest wildlife overpass in the US proposed for Los Angeles' 101 Freeway

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As human development expands, wildlife habitats diminish. There’s no way around it. There are, however, ways to mitigate our imposition on nature and help provide safe pathways for wildlife to travel between desired locations. A proposal announced Wednesday calls for a land bridge over the 101 highway near Los Angeles, in Agoura Hills, that could help save the lives of countless bobcats, mountain lions, and other wildlife. It’s an ambitious project both in scale and cost, but would it keep wildlife safe?

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Jaw-dropping scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

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Crazy Flintstone House is on sale for $4.2 million in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Breakthrough transparent battery captures and stores energy from the sun

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What if future solar cells can capture and store solar energy at the same time? Researchers at Kogakuin University in Japan strive to do just. Their translucent lithium-ion battery-solar panel recharges itself when exposed to sunlight, fusing battery storage with renewable energy generation. This elegant design could finally trump the problem of securing effective and affordable storage.

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Gigantic straw dinosaurs take over Japanese fields

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Toyota just invested $50 million to develop intelligent cars that think and learn

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At a press conference today in Silicon Valley Toyota announced plans to invest $50 million over five years to set up joint artificial intelligence research centers at Stanford and MIT. The centers will focus on developing autonomous technology and next-gen systems that will make driving safer, easier, and more efficient. The initiative will take a human-focused approach to develop vehicles that think and learn from drivers – and systems that know when to step in to prevent accidents and save lives. Over 1 million people die every year in car accidents, and Toyota’s goal is to go beyond protecting people in a crash to preventing crashes entirely.

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LAST CHANCE: 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!

HOW TO ENTER:

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.
Due to popular demand, we’ve extended the deadline to Friday, Sept 18th, 11:59 PM EST.
Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Win up to $6,000 in the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

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Are you ready to join the design revolution towards 100% clean energy and elimination of waste? Submit your innovative eco-friendly product ideas to the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge and you could win up to USD $6,000. Open to students and professionals, the international competition will award a cash prize of $2,000 to winners in each of the four categories: Best Student Project, Best Young Professional Project, Best Use of AutoDesk Fusion 360, and Best Use of Aluminum. The challenge was created to “tackle the issue of waste by encouraging designers to select materials that can be perpetually cycled to fuel growing global economies and to design for next use phase.” Participants are eligible to submit their design after completing a free 2-hour online course about designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

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The US government is trying to take down egg-free mayo

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A group appointed by the U.S. government tried to destroy a Silicon Valley start-up after concluding that the plant-based food company was “a crisis and major threat to the future” of the $5.5-billion-a-year egg industry in the U.S. A series of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the American Egg Board (AEB), a US department official, and egg industry executives working together to bring down Hampton Creek who make vegan mayo, plant-based egg replacer and other egg-free products. Think things have gone too far? Sign this petition to investigate the USDA Egg Board.

PETITION TO INVESTIGATE THE USDA EGG BOARD >

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Curvaceous Water Pavilion will glide over a restored river in Poland

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Poland-based architecture firm Modelina designed the contemporary and curvaceous Water Pavilion, a bridge and public gathering space that spans the historic Warta River in Poznań, Poland. The wavy two-level bridge is complemented by a built-in amphitheater that will host year-round art and cultural events. The dual-use Modelina will serve as the heart of the city’s “River in the city,” an urban renovation project to restore the river’s original water route and line the riverfront with vibrant public spaces and green parks.

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A unique bamboo skyscraper, a semifinalist at the World Architecture Festival, puts a new twist on the use of bamboo as a building material. Instead of a single tower jutting into the…

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Right now, the vast majority of the wind power generated on the planet comes from land-based turbines. That is, a wind turbine that stands a certain height and arguably creates a bit of…

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Designer Ori Elisar’s new project puts new meaning in the premise that language is organic. The Jerusalem-based creator’s “Living Typeface” is a collection of letters sprouted…

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Controversial 'Taxi of Tomorrow' finally hits the streets of NYC

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