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BREMEN, GERMANY - JULY 21:  ((EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a fisheye lens) Engineer Daniel Schubert holds lettuce at the German Aerospace Center on July 21, 2014 in Bremen, Germany. Scientists and engineers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are developing greenhouses for a potential Mars colony. The greenhouses will contain combined life-support systems which use recycled urine to manufacture fertilizer, helping to grow vegetables for a lunar and Mars environment. The first greenhouse will be tested for nine months in 2016/17 in an inhospitable environment in the Antarctic.  (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

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An Argentina fan reacts after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, July 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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