In Pictures: The 31 weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2012

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QR codes sandblasted onto a gravestone are pictured in the Austrian village of Boeheimkirchen about 40 miles west of Vienna. Austrian bereavement company Aspetosis is working with stonemasons to test technology that lets QR codes get sandblasted onto gravestones directly at cemeteries at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods of chiseling text or images onto memorials. All you need is a smartphone equipped with a scanner to read the so called "quick response" codes, to unlock a trove of information about the buried.

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