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  1. Curiosity Rover Smelled What Mars Dealt: Methane, Which Could Mean Life

    We don't know if bacteria supplied it, since no one denied it.

    The Mars Curiosity rover has made an exciting discovery: Mars has methane, which is a possible sign of life. Beautiful, stinky life.

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  2. Canadians Crowdfunding “Beaver” Bot to Send to Mars, Because the World Is Amazing

    Oh, Canada.

    A Canadian company isn't going to let the U.S. have all the fun with robots on Mars; they've got a plan to send a crowdfunded "Beaver" rover to the Red Planet. Yes, the people of Canada are going to need to band together to send a robot Beaver to Mars. Yes, the world truly is a magical place.

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  3. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 5: Geek Chic!

    Gotta buy 'em all!

    Heck yes you want to look good this holiday season and all year round. What better time to stock up on goodies for you and your friends and family then right now? From geek chic clothing, to make-up, to jewelry, we've got all your best bets for keeping it cute in 2015 right here.

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  4. NASA Explains Live at 12PM EST Why Orion Capsule Launch Failed, Retry on for Tomorrow

    No scrubs, please.

    NASA's next-generation Orion capsule was scheduled for its first test flight this morning, but several issues throughout the launch window prevented it from taking off, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow to try again. The capsule is the next step in bringing humans to deep space locations including Mars, and NASA scientists will discuss what went wrong with today's launch live at 12PM EST.

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  5. MIT Warns Mars One Habitat Plans May Poison Their Own Mars Settlers Within 70 Days of Arrival

    You got what you want. Give these people air! ...But not too much of it.

    Mars One is a private Mars settlement mission that aims to recoup the costs of establishing the first human colony on an alien planet by turning it into a reality show, so now you've got some context for the fact that their life support plans may actually backfire and poison their own settlers. That's one heck of an elimination challenge.

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  6. Women Use Less Calories Than Men; Let’s Send Ladies to Mars

    Men are from Mars, women should go there.

    Writing for Slate, a participant in a NASA-funded Mars Mission simulation studied the caloric intake and burn rate of her colleagues, and has a suggestion for manned missions to Mars that's right up our alley.

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  7. A Comet Is About to Scrape by Mars, and NASA Will Share What They Hope to Learn From It Live Today at 2PM EDT

    NASA's MAVEN is in a unique position to observe a comet that is going to come ten times closer to Mars than any comet ever has to Earth, and it will help us learn about the early solar system.

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  8. 13-Year-Old Girl in Training to Be the First Person on Mars, NASA Thinks She Could Succeed

    Just watch out for those water monsters.

    Mark this one down in the win column for women in STEM. Whether or not Alyssa Carson actually achieves her big dream of making history on Mars, her dedication to studies in science and languages, plus her becoming the first person to attend all three of NASA's world space camps, is inspiring. Don't take my word for it—NASA spokesman Paul Foreman agrees.

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  9. Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA’s Orion and Get Interplanetary Frequent Flyer Miles

    Great. How many do I need to get to Mars myself?

    NASA wants your name to be written in the stars! Or at the very least, they want to put it on a microchip and shoot it into space for science, which actually sounds a lot more useful.

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  10. NASA Considering Putting Humans in Stasis for Real-Life Mars Missions

    Just don't break any quarantine protocols.

    Depending on its position in orbit, it takes a long time to get to Mars from Earth, so NASA is seriously considering a method of putting astronauts in stasis to make the mission easier and hopefully avoid any warning beacons about dangerous xenomorphs.

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