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Mars, anyone? Six researchers from the Mars Society sport their best space duds during this 2014 simulation of the conditions that explorers of the Red Planet might face. (From left) Ian Silversides, Anastasiya Stepanova, Alexandre Mangeot and Claude-Michel Laroche. Micke Sebastien/Paris Match via Getty Images hide caption

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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets' worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

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A New Community Rises In The West Bank ... And It's Not Israeli

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What Will José González
Cycling Trivialities José González
Postcard from 1952 Explosions in the Sky

At SXSW 2014, pop star Lady Gaga performed on a stage made to look like a five-story-tall Doritos vending machine, which won't be returning this week. Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

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The California Supreme Court righted what it called a "grievous wrong" by posthumously granting a law license to Hong Yen Chang, a Chinese immigrant whose application was denied because of his race 125 years ago. AP/Ah Tye Family hide caption

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A Chinese Immigrant Gets His California Law License, 125 Years Later

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Artifact Balmorhea

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In Intense Desert Training, Marine Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

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The Voiceless And So I Watch You from Afar
Start a Band And So I Watch You from Afar
Grace Lake Thurston Moore

Polls show changing American opinion on marijuana, and it's having an effect on politics. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

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Cherry Chapstick Yo La Tengo
The Story of Yo La Tango Yo La Tengo
Boys from County Cork/Let Erin Remember [Live][Medley] Clancy Brothers
The Last Pint Pat Kirtley

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Does Success Of HBO's 'The Jinx' Herald New Form Of True-Crime TV?

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Experience BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah
Stark's Reality Badbadnotgood and Ghostface Killah
Acid Raindrops People Under the Stairs feat. Camel MC

Mars, anyone? Six researchers from the Mars Society sport their best space duds during this 2014 simulation of the conditions that explorers of the Red Planet might face. (From left) Ian Silversides, Anastasiya Stepanova, Alexandre Mangeot and Claude-Michel Laroche. Micke Sebastien/Paris Match via Getty Images hide caption

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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

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Overture Kodomo
Red Giant Kodomo
The Windfall Hidden Orchestra
Stammer Hidden Orchestra
Breath and Start Blockhead

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Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

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Let Me Help You (Find The Door) Blackberry Smoke
Rain Plans Israel Nash Gripka
Intruders The Antlers

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