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  • Mars One wants to send you to the red planet, but it's a one-way trip

    If you've always wanted to live on a distant world, Dutch company Mars One wants to give you your chance to settle on the red planet. There's only one catch: You'll never be able to return to Earth.

    Next year, Mars One will hold a worldwide lottery to select 40 people to train to be civilian astronauts. That group will be sent to live in a desert simulation for three months, after which the initial pool will be whittled down to 10. By 2023, this group will be sent to Mars to form the first permanent human settlement.

    According to Bas Lansdorp, founder of Mars One, "We will send humans to Mars in 2023. They will live there the rest of their lives. There will be a habitat waiting for them, and we'll start sending four people every two years."

    Once the new settlement has begun to thrive, the possibility for a return visit to Earth may open up. Still, that's not guaranteed. Says Lansdorp, "our astronauts will be offered a one-way trip. We have no idea when it will be possible to offer

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  • Owner of hairy statue is asking for an equally huge opening bid

    Conclusive evidence that bigfoot exists has eluded cryptozoologists for decades. But if you're willing to fork over a colossal wad of cash, you could have your own close encounter with sasquatch — or at least a suitable facsimile — in your own home.

    Created by bigfoot afficianado Clifford LaBrecque, who says he had an encounter with the real deal in 1977, the 36-year-old "museum quality" replica of the beast stands more than eight feet tall. In its item description on eBay — where it currently sits awaiting an opening $80,000 bid — the statue is said to be based on LaBrecque's "years of study and research" into the purported man-ape.

    If you're looking to bid on the over-sized item, be warned that the winning bidder will have to travel to Arkansas in order to pick it up. You'll also need an appropriately large vehicle to transport your piece of American folklore home. Might we suggest … Bigfoot?

    [Image credit: Clifford LaBrecque]
    [via Nerd Approved]

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  • Yes, your computer can finally do everything your smartphone can do

    As mobile devices like smartphones and tablets gradually add more and more features, and desktop and laptop operating systems continue to their attempt to simplify things, the two will inevitably cross paths. Mountain Lion — the latest updated to Mac OS X, available now through the Mac App Store — brings us as close to that nexus point as we have ever been, but whether that's a blessing or a burden is largely up to you. These are the five new Mountain Lion features that are turning your Mac into a giant, even more expensive iPhone.

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    When the iPhone received the iOS 5 update, it killed popup notifications once and for all. Now, all the happenings on your phone — including text messages, emails, and social network updates — appear in a slick pull-down menu. With Mountain Lion, your Mac gets the same treatment.

    You can customize your notification center to show updates for various applications including Facetime and Game Center, as well as calendar reminders and new

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