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Religious freedom was key to Muhammad’s ‘Muslim nation’

Prophet Muhammad believed that freedom of religion and civic rights were important components of a “Muslim nation,” according to an analysis of the …

Religion

MH370: search for missing flight to change as winter conditions set in

Drone operations will be suspended as rough seas take their toll but Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre promises the search will continue<p>Preparations are underway to ensure the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues through the southern hemisphere winter.<p>The weather …

Airplanes

Google's internet balloons are staying aloft longer than anyone expected

The company is announcing a number of milestones as it moves forward with its ambitious X Labs project<p>When Google announced Project Loon in June of last year many balloon experts were skeptical of its chances. The stated goal was that the balloons that would last 100 days or more in the air, but …

Another Mars mystery: What's that circular 'island' in its lava flows?

Mars has a history of offering up unusual formations for humans to marvel at, speculate about and scratch their heads over. We've famously had the face on Mars (Elvis, is that you?) and more recently a jelly doughnut-shaped rock and an object vaguely shaped like a human femur bone. The latest find …

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The 'Extremely Large Telescope' on track to study the universe by 2024

The construction of European Southern Observatory's Extremely Large Telescope, which will boast a humongous 39-meter aperture, is no longer in limbo. Its development in Chile's Atacama Desert is finally on track two years after the project was approved, thanks to Poland joining the organization. …

MetaMind Sets Out to Bring Deep Learning to the Rest of Us

Khosla Ventures and Marc Benioff are backing the four-month-old startup to the tune of $8 million.<p>A tiny group of artificial intelligence researchers say they’ve built solutions that are better than or nearly as good as the reigning global standards for determining how semantically related words …