Gun control advocates may be very very angry, but the militarization of Mars has begun. Only not really. The latest Mars rover, Curiosity, comes—I mean goes in peace. Make that piece. As in pieces of rock. ocregister.com reports that Curiosity sallies forth with a laser gun to help determine if there was (rather than is) life on Mars. “The rock laser, called the ChemCam, will shoot into interesting rocks and actually burn them,” according to John Grotzinger, chief scientist for the mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “The burning creates a ‘plasma.’ By analyzing the light from the plasma, the rover can determine what the rock is made of.” And if the rover has next gen AI software, it probably knows that ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which humans should not put. And here’s hoping the Twitter bird asphyxiates in short order. Just sayin’ . . .