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Muslims Find Out Egyptian Girls Are Christian, So They Do The Unthinkable

Poland pays $250,000 to victims of CIA rendition and torture

European court of human rights sets Saturday deadline for payment Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri still held at Guantánamo Bay<p>Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country – prompting outrage among many here …

The Spirituality of the Magic Kingdom

It's my first time at Disney World. I've been to Disneyland about a hundred times (visiting Southern California since I was a little kid, then living in LA for 12 years), but this my first visit at the East Coast answer to Walt's passion for a place where "the parents and the children could have …

New mystery in train crash: Was it hit by a flying object?

8 Good iPad Apps to Integrate Game-based Learning in Your Class

May 16, 2015<br>Game-based learning is an educational trend that has gained so much popularity in recent years. At its core, game-based learning involves …

Education Technology

Athletes Pressure Olympics To Take A Stand On Kazakhstan's Anti-Gay Legislation

WASHINGTON -- Kazakhstan is heading toward passage of an anti-gay law as it competes to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and a group of athletes wants the International Olympic Committee to pressure the country to drop the legislation.<p>Twenty-seven current and former Olympic, Paralympic and …

Olympics

For Drone Pilots, A Real-Time Map Of All The Aircraft In The Sky

Plus live chat with air traffic control<p>It is easy to make a simple map of the sky, and incredibly hard to make a detailed one. As more and more drones enter American airspace, several maps have debuted that attempt to explain for new drone pilots where exactly the sky allows flying robots. Botlink, …

Full scale mockup of NASA's Orion spacecraft completed in lead up to 2018 EM-1 mission

Full scale mockup of NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed in lead up to 2018 EM-1 mission<p>A mockup of NASA's Orion spacecraft, which will be used to …

Obama Salutes Fallen Law Enforcement Officers as Heroes

Henry Johnson, Black World War I Hero, To Receive Medal of Honor Nearly 100 Years After His Heroism

In 1918 during World War I, Germany was getting the better of France, so much so that United States Gen. John Pershing loaned troops—the Harlem …

Space in Motion: Watch Gorgeous GIFs of Mars Sunset, Spinning Giant Asteroid

Two of this week's most intriguing views of space combine NASA images into animated form.<p>NASA spacecraft recently beamed back stunning images that, when combined, bring to life two neighboring alien worlds. While Mars delights us with a surprising blue sky, Ceres continues to perplex us with its …

Astronomy

Are computers making our lives too easy?

Smartphones, robots and computers offer to make our lives ever-more efficient, but what do we lose by accepting that seductive promise? Tom Chatfield spoke to author Nicholas Carr about the perils of over-automation.<p>It’s easy to assume that automating everything will lead to a better world. …

Singularity

Obama: War in Syria will not end before I leave office | News | DW | 16.05.2015

Speaking with Saudi television broadcaster Al-Arabiya on Friday, US President Barack Obama covered a wide range of topics including security …

Thich Nhat Hanh Talks Violence and How Buddhists and Judeo-Christians are Connected

World Religion News<p>Posted by WRN Editorial Staff<p>In an interview on PBS, Thich Nhat Hanh discusses the connection between Buddhism and Judeo-Christian …

Obama Insults Christians, Apparently Out of Ignorance

Barack Obama says he is a Christian. The rest of us can only take him at his word, but for a believer, he seems remarkably ignorant of both …

Barack Obama

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Will NASA Send a Swimming Robot to Explore the Oceans of Europa?

We love our friends Mars rover Curiosity and Opportunity, but the next generation of space exploration is going to require some serious technological …

Mistrial Declared in Third Murder Trial for Cal Harris, Whose Wife's Body Was Never Found

After the jury in the Cal Harris murder trial declared it was deadlocked for the third time on Thursday, Judge George Bartlett declared a mistrial on …

Crime

Stop Punishing the Family Man

Jay Ramsay got a terrifying phone call at the office. Thirty-seven weeks into his wife's pregnancy, the baby had stopped moving. The doctors were arranging for an emergency delivery. "I was in panic mode, in tears," he says.<p>That night brought, fortunately, a healthy baby. Jay took off the rest of …

Strange Signal from Space May Solve One of Science's Greatest Mysteries

A clue to one of the biggest questions in cosmology — why regular matter, rather than antimatter, survived to fill the universe — may have been found …

IS jihadists seize key Iraqi city, kill dozens in Syria

Women and children were among 23 people executed in cold blood outside Palmyra, monitoring groups said, as fears grew that advancing IS troops would destroy the ancient city renowned as a world heritage site.<p>Following the latest reported IS atrocity in Syria, jihadists raised their black flag over …

Middle East

Michael Jordan Will Take His Trademark Dispute Case to China's Highest Court

Michael Jordan will take his trademark case against Qiaodan Sports to China’s supreme court. The<p>Michael Jordan will take his trademark case against Qiaodan Sports to China’s supreme court. The company had built its reputation around the former Chicago Bulls superstar without his consent, imitating …

Chicago Bulls

Google To Unleash Robot Cars On World This Summer

A very small part of the world. Okay, just Mountain View, California<p>For years, the car of the future has been stuck going in circles. Although Google's converted self-driving Lexuses have hit the road in a few select areas, the company's custom-designed fully robotic self-driving car has been …

SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions

Teachers using pens and paper in the classroom “not fair” to students, Microsoft official says

Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom. And chalkboards? They should be banished from our schools too.<p>That’s what Lia De Cicco Remu, …

Not how they roll: Pentagon asks media to scrap old footage of ISIS columns

ISIS may be on the move, but not the way you see on television, claims the Pentagon.<p>Footage of the menacing, black-clad terrorist army rolling across the desert in long convoys predates U.S.-led air strikes that have forced the jihadists to travel more discreetly, say senior State Department and …

Middle East
Government

How Science Brought Me Closer to God

I was born in a Muslim household to parents who laid great emphasis on spirituality and science.<p>Growing up, I was taught to always speak the truth, to be kind to others, to serve humanity in all ways possible, and to never expect any form of thanks in return. Selfless service, as I was taught, was …

ISIS militants have seized a government headquarters in Iraq

"We believe across Iraq and Syria that Daesh is losing and remains on the defensive," said Marine Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the name of the international campaign fighting IS.<p>"Daesh" is the Arabic acronym for the militant …

Middle East