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US: Rare birds, wildflowers: 'Secret garden' opens after century
27 July 2017 - Pink and yellow wildflowers burst from a lush bed of grass hidden from public view for more than a century. Towering trees and snow-capped mountains encircle the wild meadow, beckoning visitors to a largely untouched piece of California's Sierra Nevada. Conservation groups bought the land in Lower Carpenter Valley north of Lake Tahoe and are opening it for tours. It contains rare carnivorous plants and threatened birds and serves as a migration corridor for other species. (more)

Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda
26 July 2017 - Facebook Inc will provide initial funding of $500,000 for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems, and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world's largest social network said on Wednesday, 26 July. The initiative, dubbed Defending Digital Democracy, is led by the former campaign chairs for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Mitt Romney, and will initially be based at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, which announced the project last week. Facebook, with two billion monthly users, bills itself as a vehicle for political debate and education, but was also used as a major platform to spread fake news and propaganda during the U.S. election campaign in 2016. (more)

Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees
26 July 2017 - The health risks in Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania -- home to around 100,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo --have grown due to an influx of people this year, amid spikes in the political instability afflicting both countries. Sadick Thenest [refugee from Burundi], who works as a technician with international engineering charity Water Mission, said the health situation in the camp is improving as more people get access to clean water from a recently installed solar-powered water treatment facility. 'The plant produces thousands of liters every day -- women no longer go far to fetch water,' he said. From Dadaab in Kenya, to Darfur in western Sudan and Azraq in Jordan, solar power is being deployed to provide affordable and sustainable energy solutions for tens of thousands of displaced people. (more)

Indian Railways creates history: Launches first solar powered train in India
22 July 2017 - Indian Railways introduced its first solar powered train this month which promises to save almost 21,000 litres of diesel every year. This newly launched, first solar-powered train in India is government's initiative to start an eco-friendly transportation system plying to the of widest networks of trains. The solar panels have been installed on the top of the trains to get charged by the sunlight during the day time. The new solar powered train has become operational from Delhi, which is the medium of transport of over 23 million passengers every day. (more)

Indian Railways has just given its new train a futuristic makeover
20 July 2017 - Asia's largest rail network is taking a big step towards being sustainable. The Indian Railways has launched its first ever train equipped with rooftop solar panels in a first step towards what could be a massive renewable energy coup. While India has been uncharacteristically bullish about renewable energy, especially solar, in the last few years, the new train could herald the beginning of a new era in sustainable energy and public transport. (more)

Researchers in Cambodia find nest of rare riverine bird
20 July 2017 - Wildlife researchers in Cambodia have found a breeding location for the masked finfoot bird, one of the world's most endangered, raising hopes of its continuing survival, the researchers announced Thursday, 20 July. The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said its scientists, along with conservationists from Cambodia's Environment Ministry and residents along the Memay River in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, discovered the only confirmed breeding location in Cambodia for the very rare species. (more)

US: Construction begins on Connecticut town's solar farm
20 July 2017 - With the development of a new solar farm, the town (of Bethel, Connecticut) hopes to save both money and the environment. Construction began this week on the 2,900-panel solar farm expected to generate nearly 1 million kilowatts of energy a year for the town. 'This is an example of think globally, act locally,' First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said. 'The town of Bethel is doing its part to reduce carbon emissions [and] that reduces global warming.' Across the state, 2,400 residents in 73 communities have installed solar through Solarize Connecticut. (more)

US: Miami suburb will require solar panels for all new homes
19 July 2017 - Rooftop solar panel installations will be required for all new residential construction, along with some home renovations, in a Miami suburb. The South Miami ordinance that takes effect September 18 was modeled after similar ordinances recently passed by San Francisco and three other California cities. (more)

China is adding solar power at a record pace
18 July 2017 - China, the world's biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policy makers to locate electricity production near the point where it's used. Distributed solar-power projects -- the kind of solar found on industrial buildings, malls, and schools -- accounted for almost a third of the new installations in the period ... (more)

Samsung to recover rare metals, components in Galaxy Note 7s
18 July 2017 - Samsung Electronics plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste. The South Korean company said Tuesday that it expects to retrieve 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, copper, and other metals from millions of smartphones that were recalled and discontinued last year after their batteries were found to be prone to catching fire. In another effort to reduce waste, Samsung has begun selling 400,000 units of Galaxy Note FE phones in South Korea made from unused parts of recalled Note 7 smartphones. (more)


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How to neutralize stress in the workplace
20 July 2017 - Each workplace environment is unique, but in this era they have a common thread - stress. Pavel Khokhlachev, a Russian-English conference interpreter based in London, offers insight into how the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) not only benefits interpreters - but can positively impact professionals who work in high-stakes scenarios, travel for work, or regularly deal with a stressful environment. Khokhlachev reviews TM research findings of deep rest and relaxation during the practice, as well as reduced stress, anxiety, and PTSD, lower blood pressure, improved brain function, and enhanced work performance - all of which he has found helpful in the 'extremely demanding' work of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. 'It's a great feeling to know that no matter how stressful and hectic my day is, I can always sit down, close my eyes and 20 minutes later feel rested, composed and alert,' he says. (more)

The launch of scientific research on enlightenment
10 July 2017 - This is the continuation of an article, 'A Scientist's Quest for Enlightenment,' in which renowned researcher David Orme-Johnson, PhD, describes his personal journey toward uncovering the science of higher states of consciousness. After earning his doctorate in psychology and learning Transcendental Meditation in 1970, Dr. Orme-Johnson became interested in studying the physiological correlates of the reduced stress, increased happiness, and other benefits resulting from TM practice. Realizing that the descriptions of higher states of consciousness given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, were 'research hypotheses that could be tested in the laboratory', Dr Orme-Johnson soon became one of the foremost contributors in a new, groundbreaking field of scientific research. (more)

A scientist's quest for enlightenment
27 June 2017 - Renowned researcher David Orme-Johnson, PhD, shares his personal journey toward uncovering the science of higher states of consciousness. From an early age he sought to learn more about a state of transcendental bliss he had read about, and briefly glimpsed. This led to the study of philosophy, a doctoral degree in psychology, and to Transcendental Meditation. Learning the technique in 1970, Dr Orme-Johnson experienced 'an amazing sense of being at home with myself. And I was utterly calm when I came out. . . . I learned there was a name for the unbounded awareness I had experienced as a child: Transcendental Consciousness. . . . Now I had regular access to it through my TM practice.' Dr Orme-Johnson made substantial contributions to the new, rapidly developing field of research on the physiological correlates of this state and its beneficial effects in human life - 'a global scientific exploration of enlightenment'. (more)

Secrets to a longer, healthier life: How modern scientific discoveries and ancient holistic traditions can reverse ageing
16 May 2017 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, presents 'a new science of ageing that integrates the discoveries of modern science with those of an ancient health science - Maharishi AyurVeda, a holistic approach to ageing that enhances the mind and body from deep within, using the wisdom of the body's inner intelligence'. Dr Schneider is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. His research has been supported by US$25 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. He cites many studies, including those demonstrating that 'older individuals who practise Transcendental Meditation show lower rates of mortality - they live significantly longer with better physical and mental health than control subjects who do not meditate. . . . Simply put, stress speeds ageing. And effective stress reduction slows it down.' (more)

Don Arney inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame: TM allows me to mine the 'kernels of innovation'
13 May 2017 - One of 15 extraordinary innovators inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (US) last week is Don Arney, inventor of the aerial fire-fighting 'Bambi Bucket', now used in over 110 countries. Suspended from a helicopter, the lightweight, collapsible bucket delivers huge quantities of water in a concentrated column. It was used to cool Japan's Fukushima nuclear site after the 2011 tsunami. Describing the creative process of this invention, Arney credited his long Transcendental Meditation practice, twice a day since 1970, which allows him to mine the 'nuggets of information' and 'kernels of innovation' that bubble up from deeper levels of the mind. In his NIHF acceptance speech in Washington, DC, he also paid tribute to his long-time business partner Mark McCooey, who transformed Arney's invention into an iconic product used around the world, saving forests, homes and lives. (more)

Vincent Bataoel: 'We infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company'
7 March 2017 - Vincent Bataoel and his wife Nelina Loiselle have spent the last decade building Above Green, a successful consulting company which helps clients such as Bank of America, San Francisco Airport, and the US military get their buildings LEED Certified - a highly regarded green building certification programme used around the world. As an unfulfilled college student, Vincent's keen interest in quantum physics, neuroscience, and human potential eventually led him to the Maharishi University of Management website. 'Everything on the site was talking about health, human potential, and consciousness. I knew it was the place for me.' Vincent and Nelina continue to practise Transcendental Meditation, which they learned at MUM - a well-proven tool for increasing resilience. 'We meditate every day', says Vincent. 'It's an important part of our personal lifestyle, but also our business lifestyle. We've tried to infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company.' (more)

Let your love flow - Transcendental Meditation reduces stress, improves relationships
13 January 2017 - Like many women, Janet Hoffman finds relationships a vitally important area of life. 'My heart has to flow to someone. At any given moment - a child, a sister, a parent, the family pet - someone is the object of my adoration,' writes the executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for women professionals in the USA. 'Nourishing someone besides myself is a joy, a fulfilment of being.' In the past she sometimes experienced that channel of expression 'just dries up', like a writer with writer's block. But after learning Transcendental Meditation she found that 'stress and fatigue just melt away. . . . my mind becomes more silent and settled, so I can listen better and appreciate others more.' (more)

Measuring the World for Global Reconstruction: New, groundbreaking book about Maharishi Vastu architecture
27 December 2016 - A second new book related to Maharishi Vastu architecture has recently been published. In Measuring the World for Global Reconstruction, Master Surveyor Roger Audet explains how Maharishi Vastu architecture uses the global grid of latitude and longitude as the basis of town and city planning. This grid, known to the ancient Vedic civilization of India, is used in Vastu architecture to create a master grid for the whole world. The book chronicles the evolution of the concepts and techniques of global survey by civilizations throughout the ages, showing how these key historical developments of measuring the world support the techniques and mathematics of right orientation used in Maharishi Vastu architecture for planning auspicious buildings, towns and cities. (more)

India: Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars holds annual conference in Rishikesh
10 December 2016 - The Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World is holding its annual conference this year in India. The conference began yesterday and continues through 12 December at Mahila Dhyan Vidya Peeth, Tapovan, Rishikesh. The theme of the conference is Meeting Point of all Religions: Atma, the Self, the Source, Course, and Goal of Life. Speakers include eminent leaders representing the fields of physics, medicine, physiology and health, including the perspective of Ayurveda, the traditional Vedic science of health care; education; and music. The conference programme also features senior educators and administrators of institutions offering Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness. (more)

Watch Live Webcast - National Summit: Exploring the Science of Meditation on Trauma, Stress, and the Brain - Thursday, 8 December
7 December 2016 - Join Candy Crowley, David Lynch, Dr. Norman Rosenthal, and many other thought leaders -- Thursday, 8 December, 1-3 PM (US Eastern Time) -- for a live webcast of the National Summit on Exploring the Science of Meditation on Trauma, Stress, and the Brain. The David Lynch Foundation's Center for Health and Wellness is hosting this summit to further an important dialogue about how the research-based Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to lessen the effects of trauma and toxic stress. A panel of leading scientists, educators, and other experts will explore how TM can be used to treat the epidemic of PTS in veterans, the effects of trauma on inner-city school kids, and the impact of TM in the field of addiction recovery and substance abuse. (more)


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Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint
27 July 2017 - Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA code. Now, they're taking the more radical step of starting over, and building redesigned life forms from scratch. Jef Boeke, a researcher at New York University, directs an international team of 11 labs on four continents working to 'rewrite' the yeast genome, following a detailed plan they published in March. Their work is part of a bold and controversial pursuit aimed at creating custom-made DNA codes to be inserted into living cells to change how they function . . . It could also someday help give scientists the profound and unsettling ability to create entirely new organisms. Also on the horizon is redesigning human DNA. (more)

US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos
27 July 2017 - For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. It is thought to be the first such work in the U.S.; previous experiments like this have been reported from China. The Oregon scientists reportedly used a technique called CRISPR, which allows specific sections of DNA to be altered or replaced. With gene editing, these so-called 'germline' changes are permanent and would be passed down to any offspring. (more)

Warming to worsen dead zones, algae blooms choking US waters
27 July 2017 - Projected increases in rain from global warming could further choke U.S. waterways with fertilizer runoff that trigger dead zones and massive algae blooms, a new study said. If greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, more and heavier rain will increase nitrogen flowing into lakes, rivers, and bays by about 19 percent by the end of the century, according to a study in Thursday's journal Science . The nutrients create low-oxygen dead zones and harmful blooms of algae in the Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, and Atlantic coast. (more)

Half of German companies hit by sabotage, spying in last two years, BSI says
26 July 2017 - More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage, or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said on Friday [21 July], and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros' worth of damage a year. Arne Schoenbohm, President of Germany's BSI federal cyber agency, said many big companies and especially those operating critical infrastructure were generally well-prepared for cyber attacks. But many smaller and medium-sized companies did not take the threat seriously enough, he said. (more)

Worst drought in 16 years threatens food supplies in North Korea - UN
20 July 2017 - Early season production has plunged over 30 percent from the previous year. North Korea is facing severe food shortages due to the worst drought since 2001 with food imports needed to ensure children and the elderly do not go hungry, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, 20 July. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said rainfall in key producing areas fell well below the longterm average between April and June and badly affected staple crops . . . (more)

Flowers shrivel in Italian beauty spot as drought follows quakes
18 July 2017 - The plain of Castelluccio in central Italy usually rolls out a carpet of red, yellow, and blue flowers for tourists, but this summer drought is shriveling the blooms in a valley already ravaged by a series of earthquakes. (more)

Canada musters military to fight wildfires, 39,000 evacuated
17 July 2017 - Canada was deploying military aircraft and Australia was sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Monday, 17 July. Goodale told reporters the western Canadian province [fires] ... were expected to worsen. There were 159 fires across the province in an area between 150 km (95 miles) to 350 km (217 miles) northeast of Vancouver, including 17 new ones, although the total numbers were down slightly from 162 on Sunday . . . (more)

Heat and drought feed wildfires in Italy, beaches near Rome threatened
17 July 2017 - Italian firefighters fought more than 1,000 wildfires on Monday (17 July) amid high temperatures and drought, including three near Rome's beach neighborhood of Ostia, the fire brigade said. With half the average rainfall last month and temperatures higher than normal, occasionally touching 40 degrees Celsius in the south, fields and forests have turned into perfect kindling, the national agricultural association Coldiretti said. (more)

US: Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen
15 July 2017 - Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops ... Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it's the worst conditions they've seen in decades -- possibly their lifetimes -- and simple survival has become their goal as a dry summer drags on without a raincloud in sight. (more)

One of worst droughts in decades devastates South Europe crops
14 July 2017 - Drought in southern Europe threatens to reduce cereal production in Italy and parts of Spain to its lowest level in at least 20 years, and hit other regional crops including olives and almonds. Castile and Leon, the largest cereal growing region in Spain, has been particularly badly affected, with crop losses estimated at around 60 to 70 percent. Spain and Italy are also among the world's top producers of olive oil. Production in both countries is expected to fall, but the decline is likely to be particularly steep in Italy, where drought is the latest headache for olive growers already plagued by insects and a bacterial disease in recent years. Other crops have been damaged, and Italy's agricultural association Coldiretti has estimated the drought could cost the nation's farmers more than 1 billion euros. (more)


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Modern sciences examine the branches of Natural Law, expressed as the disciplines of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and physiology. The fulfilment of modern science is the discovery of the Unified Field of All the Laws of Nature, the unified basis of all streams of knowledge, and the unification of the fundamental force fields of Nature known to science - the electromagnetic, weak, strong, and gravitational fields.

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