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Space

Submission + - Dark matter detected in galactic collision

jitterman writes: Space telescopes have captured images of a mammoth collision between two galaxy clusters that have shed some light into the universe's mysterious dark matter, NASA said. The astronomers were able to differentiate between the two substances with a technique known as gravitational lensing in which dark matter appears in blue in the image while ordinary matter, which is mostly in the form of hot gas, looks pink.
Software

Submission + - Free-As-In-Beer Software Copyrights

jitterman writes: A federal appeals court has ruled that copyrights apply even for free software. In a dispute that concerns copyright infringement and breach of contract, the court stated that the plaintiff, who manages an open-source effort, has the right to sue on both fronts. It appears that the ruling applies to both "free-as-in-beer" and "free-as-in-speech" varieties of software (or perhaps implies that the court doesn't realize there is a difference?).
United States

Submission + - Does Prohibition Work?

jitterman writes: Reuters columnist Bernd Debusmann makes his case for the legalization of marijuana in the US. He provides anecdotal insight, such as "Hollywood, conscious of a mass audience that does inhale, has produced a slew of new 'stoner' movies this year. The pot-smoking protagonists include an investment banker and a medical student (Harold & Kumar), a psychiatrist (The Wackness), and a process server (Pineapple Express)." He also provides a statistic I find promising: "Since 1937, the year marijuana was outlawed, its use in the United States has gone up by 4,000 percent..." Why is this promising? Well, perhaps if we outlaw Linux on the desktop...

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