The National Park Service Is Streaming a Soothing Nature Soundtrack

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When life gets stressful, one of the best remedies is getting away for a while and spending some time out in nature. However, that's not always a feasible option.

Here to help is the National Park Service, which just released a nature-themed soundtrack in celebration of its 102nd birthday. Named PARKTRACKS, the audio track is a compilation of soothing sounds recorded by the agency's Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division at national parks across the U.S.

You’ll hear chirping birds, buzzing bees, and what sounds like the low roar of a waterfall in the background, making it the perfect background music for those who like listening to ambient or white noise. Try turning it on before bed to help you relax, or let it serve as the backdrop to your daily meditation.

The track is a little over 12 minutes long, but you can download it and press repeat to keep it playing long after you fall asleep. To stream or download PARKTRACKS, visit the Find Your Park website.

Save Up to 93 Percent on 8 Gaming Accessories and Enter to Win a Free Nintendo Switch Bundle

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest video game consoles of the past few decades, with worldwide sales topping 55 million (that's more than the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, and it's only a few million behind the original NES). The problem with a console being so popular is that it's not always easy to spot one on store shelves. If you haven't had luck finding one in recent months, you can enter this contest to win your very own Nintendo Switch, along with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a pair of Switch-compatible Logitech wireless headphones, and a $300 Nintendo gift card. Head here for more details.

While you wait to see who wins, check out these other great deals on gaming accessories.

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Recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina With This New Star Wars LEGO Set

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If you already own the Millennium Falcon and Death Star LEGO sets, it's time to give your Star Wars minifigures a place to unwind. This new set, coming soon to the LEGO store, is modeled after the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars: Episode IV.

The Mos Eisley Cantina set has everything you need to recreate one of the most memorable scenes from the original Star Wars film. It comes with 21 minifigures, including main characters like Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans will also recognize Greedo, Ponda Baba, and the Cantina band.

Landspeeder models and attachable buildings complete the Mos Eisley city scene. For a more intimate view of the bar, you can detach the building's roof and admire the detailed interior. The set measures 7.5 inches high, 20.5 inches wide, and 25 inches deep when open.

The Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina model is now available through LEGO's VIP Early Access for $350, and will soon be available to a wider audience.

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