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Submission + - Another Weird Shiny Thing on Mars. (

ColdWetDog writes: The Mars Science Laboratory (AKA Curiosity) seems adept at finding curious items on the Martian surface. Not withstanding the little incident with the Madi Gras beads, there are been a couple of other unidentified objects found in the rover's path. The latest object appears as a small, half centimeter metallic bit sitting up in a rock. Part of an ancient Martian civilization? Part of Curiosity? Part of the sound stage in Arizona?

At least this one doesn't appear to be hoax.

Submission + - Flying Cars - Finally! (

ColdWetDog writes: OK, we've all whined about the fact that we are now firmly entrenched in the 21st Century and no flying cars. It's one of the recurring themes around here, so it is gratifying to see that our good friends at DARPA are finally going to do something about it.

Submission + - How can so many wrongs be a copyright? (

ColdWetDog writes: Ars is running perhaps the oddest copyright story ever. A small company called has decided that storing another copy of a copyrighted song (In this case, the Beatles) allows them to submit this new "performance" for copyright (which of course is owned by BlueBeat) and sell it legally. For $0.25 a track. Nice price. Weird lawyers. RIAA is not amused.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?