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Marine bacteria produce an environmentally important molecule with links to climate: New study
13 February 2017 - Scientists from the University of East Anglia (UK) and Ocean University China have discovered that tiny marine bacteria can synthesise one of Earth's most abundant sulfur molecules, which affects atmospheric chemistry and potentially climate. This molecule, dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is an important nutrient for marine microorganisms and is the major precursor for the climate-cooling gas, dimethyl sulfide (DMS). It was previously widely thought that only eukaryotes - 'higher' organisms with complex cells, such as seaweeds and phytoplankton - produced DMSP. However, researchers have discovered that many marine bacteria also produce this sulfur compound, and have identified the key gene in the process. (more)

Evidence of 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars: Meteorite found in Africa provides clues to evolution of the red planet
10 February 2017 - Analysis of a Martian meteorite found in Africa in 2012 has uncovered evidence of at least 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. This confirms that some of the longest-lived volcanoes in the solar system may be found on the Red Planet. Tom Lapen, a geology professor at the University of Houston and lead author of a paper published Feb. 1 in the journal Science Advances, said the findings offer new clues to how the planet evolved and insight into the history of volcanic activity on Mars. (more)

Storms Filled 37 Percent of California Snow-Water Deficit
5 February 2017 - The 'atmospheric river' weather patterns that pummeled California with storms from late December to late January may have recouped 37 percent of the state's five-year snow-water deficit, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research using NASA satellite data. Researchers at the university's Center for Water Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) estimate that two powerful recent storms deposited roughly 17.5-million acre feet (21.6 cubic kilometers) of water on California's Sierra Nevada range in January. Snowmelt from the range is a critical water source for the state's agriculture, hydropower generation and municipal water supplies. (more)

It's never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter - NASA's Juno flies by gas giant
4 February 2017 - NASA's Juno spacecraft mission completed its fourth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Feb. 2, its latest science orbit of the mission. All of Juno's science instruments and the spacecraft's JunoCam were operating during the flyby to collect data that is now being returned to Earth. 'Tomorrow may be ''Groundhog Day'' here on Earth, but it's never Groundhog Day when you are flying past Jupiter,' said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, on Feb. 1. 'With every close flyby we are finding something new.' (more)

Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy
1 February 2017 - All Dutch electric trains are now powered by wind energy, the national railway company NS has said. Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by NS two years ago and the two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains should run on wind energy. 'So we in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,' said NS spokesman, Ton Boon, adding that an increase in the number of wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped NS achieve its aim. (more)

Where are the trees? New 'Green View Index' helps find answer
29 January 2017 - Where are the trees? More important, where aren't the trees? A lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States) is helping some of the world's cities answer both questions in an attempt to make them more pleasant places to live and work. In an effort to enhance the critical role trees play in urban environments -- providing cooling shade, alleviating air and noise pollution, and easing the effects of climate change -- the school's Senseable City Lab has developed an online platform that maps out the canopy in some major cities to make it easier for urban planners and ordinary citizens to see where more are needed. (more)

Why Ikea's flatpack refugee shelter won design of the year
27 January 2017 - Ikea's solar-powered Better Shelter lasts six times longer than a typical emergency tent and has already changed the lives of thousands of refugees around the world. When Hind and Saffa Hameed arrived at the Al Jamea'a refugee camp in Baghdad in 2015, having been hounded from their home in Ramadi by Islamic State militants, they had never been so glad to see an Ikea product. It was . . . an entire flat-pack refugee shelter. The Swedish furniture giant's innovation has just been crowned Beazley design of the year 2016 by London's Design Museum. (more)

India shows it's serious about solar with giant power plant
26 January 2017 - It took 8,500 men working two shifts every day for six months -- and three shifts for two months -- to finish, ahead of schedule, the Adani Group's giant solar power plant in southern India. The vast, 10 sq km project in Ramanathapuram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's largest solar power station in a single location, according to the company. (more)

US: 10 NYC commercial landlords join pledge to cut emissions
26 January 2017 - Ten of New York City's largest commercial landlords are joining the carbon challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in 10 years. The carbon challenge started in 2007 with 17 colleges and universities. It has since been expanded to include 10 hospital organizations and 18 hotels. (more)

France issues record $7.5 billion in 'green bonds'
24 January 2017 - France has issued a record 7 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in so-called green treasury bonds, a boost to efforts to generate investment in clean energy. The French government celebrated the higher than expected demand for Tuesday's bond issue. President Francois Hollande called on others to follow France's example. Other countries and funds have experimented with green bonds, but France's issue Tuesday was exceptional in its size and duration. (more)


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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)

Developing our mind's full potential
30 November 2016 - Janet Hoffmann, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for women professionals in the USA, discusses developing our full mental potential through TM. Summarizing published, peer-reviewed research in this area, Ms Hoffman says, 'The TM technique . . . promotes brain wave coherence (more regions of the brain sync up and work together). Greater coherence leads to calmness, intelligence, focus, better decision making and problem solving . . . . The experience of transcending resets the brain's ground state, restoring neurological balance and clarity of mind.' (more)

Brain imaging parses Transcendental Meditation practice - Psych Central reports
8 November 2016 - New research, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, explains differences and dispels misconceptions regarding Transcendental Meditation and other meditation practices, Psych Central recently reported. The study found that during practice of Transcendental Meditation, activity in the 'default mode network' (a large-scale brain network involving areas in the front and back of the brain) was high, showing that the process did not involve effort or control of the mind. These findings underscoring the effortlessness of TM practice are in contrast with those on other meditation practices, which all show decreased activity in the default mode network - indicating that the mind is being focused, and not allowed to effortlessly transcend. 'It's a critical point,' said lead author Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. 'Researchers, commentators, and popular media often lump meditation practices together.' (more)

Research validates the defining hallmark of Transcendental Meditation -- effortlessness
4 November 2016 - As the value of meditation becomes widely recognized, researchers are increasingly trying to understand the differences among approaches. A study published 4 November in the journal Brain and Cognition reports subjective experiences and cortical activation patterns that distinguish the Transcendental Meditation technique from other meditation practices. 'Transcendental Meditation uses a mantra, and for this reason some researchers maintain that it involves focused attention and controlling the mind,' said lead author Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. 'Those who practice TM know this is not the case. This study supports their experience that Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and effortless to practice.' (more)

What is a Vedic observatory?
4 November 2016 - Recently, Maharishi University of Management installed a Maharishi Vedic Observatory on its campus in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, as part of its new campus master plan. But what is a Vedic observatory? In the 1980s when MUM Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was restoring the complete value of Vedic architecture, he supervised a thorough investigation of traditional celestial observation instruments for measuring the path and position of the sun and stars. The study culminated in the creation of the Maharishi Vedic Observatory, a collection of ten intricately crafted 'instruments' built according to the ancient designs. . . . These instruments are designed to give the observer a clear, direct view and personal experience of the order inherent in the dynamic movement of the celestial bodies. Maharishi explained that just looking at these instruments has the effect of resetting the functioning of the observer's physiology so it is more closely aligned with the immense order and intelligence of the cosmos. A Maharishi Vastu home is designed to be as connected to the sun and the cosmos as are the Maharishi Vedic Observatory instruments. (more)

Maharishi University of Management makes sustainability its focus
28 July 2016 - The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring Maharishi University of Management's 'green' academic programs at their Sustainable Living Center, with a focus in the areas of building and construction. Students gain knowledge of green building methods that supplement healthier and more efficient materials and strategies throughout the construction process. Green building takes into account all impacts of the built environment, including consumption, environmental effects, and overall effects on the occupant and world. MUM's Sustainable Living programs enable individuals to be pioneers in this field, making real and lasting changes to buildings used for life, work, and play. (more)

From US Navy Seal to eco warrior
21 July 2016 - Troy Van Beek's nine years as a security expert in the US Navy Seals took him to some of the most dangerous places on earth. When his last tour of duty ended, Troy was drawn to investigate his spiritual side. He visited Maharishi University of Management and the town of Fairfield, Iowa - 'It was an amazing place,' he recalls. 'It was filled with people who were in conversation about their spirituality. I was immediately taken by it.' After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability, he founded Ideal Energy, a company that brings wind and solar power technology to corporate and government clients so they can run their businesses with lower cost and clean energy. Troy's teams includes engineers, building performance specialists, security professionals, social change experts, renewable energy consultants, and architects (many of them MUM grads) working on jobs that often involve installing massive wind turbines and vast arrays of solar panels. (more)


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Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time
18 January 2017 - Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone. Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday (18 January) that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from minuscule to what top American climate scientists described as substantial. (more)

U.N. warns of famine risk in Somalia amid worsening drought
17 January 2017 - Somalia risks slipping back into famine, the United Nations, said on Tuesday, as worsening drought has left millions without food, water, or healthcare in a country crippled by decades of war. ... Famine last struck pockets of Somalia in 2011, killing 260,000 people. It was caused by drought, conflict, and a ban on food aid in territory held by [the Islamist militant group] al Shabaab . (more)

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment
15 January 2017 - The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between 2010 and 2015, including those least equipped to deal with the growing mountain of discarded smartphones, computers, TVs, air conditioners, and other goods. (more)

Britain braced for floods after heavy winds, snow
13 January 2017 - Parts of England were preparing for severe flooding on Friday, after heavy winds, snow, and rain hit the country overnight, cancelling flights, closing schools, and causing disruption to commuters. Around 100 flood warnings are in place across Britain, with 11 at a severe level, meaning that there is a threat to life. (more)

US: West prepares for flooding while East Coast in deep freeze
9 January 2017 - As the East Coast [of the United States] waits to thaw out from a weekend icy mess, another storm is bringing rain and the potential of the worst flooding in more than a decade to the West coast. In the East, the worst, lingering problems were expected in North Carolina where up to 10 inches of snow and sleet fell in places Saturday. The deep freeze followed. Forecasters predict temperatures won't get above freezing in much of the state before Tuesday afternoon, a big problem in a place where officials depend on usually mild weather to melt away the ice and snow on less traveled routes. (more)

Deep freeze grips Europe, threatens homeless, migrants
8 January 2017 - Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday (8 January), prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing weather. In Serbia, aid workers scrambled to help hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in parks and makeshift shelters. The extreme winter weather that has gripped Europe in the past days has caused more than a dozen deaths, left villages cut off, caused power and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights, and led to road accidents. Serbia's authorities on Sunday banned river traffic on its stretch of the Danube -- one of Europe's main rivers -- because of ice and strong wind. (more)

Blizzards, icy weather grip parts of Europe
6 January 2017 - Blizzards swept parts of Europe on Friday [6 January], causing at least nine deaths, closing roads, and resulting in traffic accidents, travel delays, and medical evacuations. In Poland, the cold snap was blamed for five deaths in 24 hours. Three people died from hypothermia . . . the government Security Center said. Officials in neighboring Ukraine reported that four people had died from effects of the cold in the Lviv region near the Polish border. Snowfall and heavy winds closed roads and some train services in central Italy, pounded areas hit by recent earthquakes . . . Local [Serbian] official Dragan Dimitrijevic said emergency crews were 'helpless against the wind' and snow drifts that piled up to two meters (6.6-feet) high. (more)

World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming
5 January 2017 - Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by almost 200 nations for limiting global warming, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Thursday. The Arctic was the region showing the sharpest rise in temperatures, while many other areas of the globe, including parts of Africa and Asia, also suffered unusual heat, it said. (more)

'Outrageous': Coal mine gets expansion nod despite secret, incomplete studies
26 December 2016 - The Baird government has approved the expansion of the most aggressive coal mine in the Special Areas of Greater Sydney's catchment despite not knowing the compounding impact it will have on water supplies. Approval was granted despite South32 commissioning a report on groundwater impacts in 2012 -- when it was seeking the go-ahead for the five excavation lines -- but then declining to make the findings available even to the government. (more)

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat
24 December 2016 - In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. When dried and burned, the sap produces a fragrant smoke which perfumes churches and mosques around the world. But now these last intact wild frankincense forests on Earth are under threat as prices have shot up in recent years with the global appetite for essential oils. Overharvesting has led to the trees dying off faster than they can replenish, putting the ancient resin trade at risk. (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.

The Unified Field of Natural Law is enlivened in individual awareness through the Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying. These are the technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science that make available to us the total potential of Natural Law and the total potential of human life.

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