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23 nations sign pledge to step up action on climate change
19 July 2018 - Leading nations have pledged to set more stringent goals and 'lead from the front' to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before 2020. The joint statement, called a 'Declaration for Ambition' was signed by 23 nations, including Germany, Canada, the UK, and France. The statement also aims to promote new investment to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Member countries are already committed to mobilizing $100 billion a year to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. (more)

Facebook goes solar to power Oregon data centers
18 July 2018 - Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday (18 July) they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon. The solar projects -- two near Prineville and four in Utah -- will generate 437 megawatts of power when completed by the end of 2020. (more)

Solar power is providing new economic opportunities for East Africans
18 July 2018 - A new report has highlighted the new economic benefits to households in East Africa from off-grid solar power. The report was released this week by GOGLA, the non-profit trade body for off-grid solar power. The researchers collated data from 2,300 solar owners in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to work out the impact of new renewable installation on their livelihood. Nearly 60 percent of respondents reported an increase of economic activity within the first three months of using a home solar system. (more)

US: North Carolina ranks near top nationally in solar power
18 July 2018 - North Carolina joined California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas in seeing the greatest total increases in solar energy generation from 2008 to 2017, according to a report released Tuesday (17 July) by Environment North Carolina Policy and Research Center. North Carolina ranks 3rd in solar energy growth. 'We've seen an 87,670 percent increase over the last decade in the amount of electricity we get from the sun,' said Drew Ball, director of Environment North Carolina Policy and Research Center. (more)

South Africa's MeerKAT to help unlock mysteries of universe
13 July 2018 - A scientific mega-project to unlock cosmic conundrums from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life was given a boost on Friday (13 July), when the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon. ... MeerKAT will be incorporated into the complex Square Kilometre Array (SKA) instrument, which when fully operational in the late 2020s would be the world's biggest and most powerful radio telescope. (more)

Antarctic IceCube observatory tracks a single neutrino to solve cosmic ray puzzle (+video)
12 July 2018 - An array of detectors buried under a half-mile-wide stretch of Antarctic ice has traced the path of a single neutrino back to a supermassive black hole in a faraway galaxy, shedding light on a century-old cosmic ray mystery in the process. .... Neutrinos are different: They don't carry an electrical charge, have virtually no mass, and interact so weakly with other types of matter that they typically pass right through anything that gets in their way -- including stars and planets. That means they travel in a straight line from their source. (more)

Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding?
12 July 2018 - An new study finds black holes and neutron stars are key to measuring our expanding universe. Since it first exploded into existence 13.8 billion years ago, the universe has been expanding, dragging along with it hundreds of billions of galaxies and stars, much like raisins in a rapidly rising dough. Astronomers have pointed telescopes to certain stars and other cosmic sources to measure their distance from Earth and how fast they are moving away from us -- two parameters that are essential to estimating the Hubble constant, a unit of measurement that describes the rate at which the universe is expanding. But to date, the most precise efforts have landed on very different values of the Hubble constant, offering no definitive resolution to exactly how fast the universe is growing. (more)

Ghostly particles give scientists new understanding of universe
12 July 2018 - A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets, and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos. Researchers on Thursday (12 July) said they have for the first time located a deep-space source for these ubiquitous subatomic particles. They detected high-energy neutrinos in pristine ice deep below Antarctica's surface, then traced their source back to a giant elliptical galaxy with a massive, rapidly spinning black hole at its core, called a blazar, located 3.7 billion light years from Earth in the Orion constellation. (more)

Here's why today's announcement of neutrino discovery is a big deal
12 July 2018 - Scientists have spotted a high-energy, incredibly tiny 'ghost' particle called a neutrino flying through Antarctic ice and traced its origins back to a specific blazar, they announced today, July 12. ... A neutrino is a subatomic particle just as tiny as an electron, but without any charge. Scientists know neutrinos have a tiny bit of mass, but they can't pin down exactly how little. The result is that neutrinos tend to give other matter the cold shoulder: They don't interact with their surroundings very often, which makes them difficult for scientists to spot. (more)

In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy
12 July 2018 - When the sun was young and faint and the Earth was barely formed, a gigantic black hole in a distant, brilliant galaxy spat out a powerful jet of radiation. That jet contained neutrinos -- subatomic particles so tiny and difficult to detect they are nicknamed 'ghost particles.' Four billion years later, at Earth's South Pole, 5,160 sensors buried more than a mile beneath the ice detected a single ghostly neutrino as it interacted with an atom. Scientists then traced the particle back to the galaxy that created it. (more)


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TM and Mindfulness - What's the difference? A mindfulness teacher/clinical psychologist explains
8 July 2018 - Ever wondered about the difference between mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation? In a recent article, clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher Donna Rockwell explains her experience learning TM. 'While I think mindfulness is ''mind training'', TM is more like taking the mind to an amazing spa,' she says. 'From the very first time, it felt like my brain was settling into a nice warm bath. My brain calms down and gets back to a state of homeostasis. And then after twenty minutes, I return to my life with greater peace and wellbeing.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New solar array will provide a third of campus power
7 July 2018 - At Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, construction begins this summer on a five-acre field of solar panels on the west side of campus. The 1.1-megawatt solar array, one of Iowa's largest, will provide approximately one-third of the electricity used on campus. The battery energy storage system will be the largest of its kind in the Midwest. The project is the culmination of years of design, engineering, and planning work by Ideal Energy, a leading solar company headed by MUM alumni Troy and Amy Van Beek, together with university trustee Tom Factor. MUM continues to progress toward the goal of being a carbon-neutral campus and meeting the commitments the university has made to The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and to the Paris Climate Initiative. (more)

US: Maharishi School student wins science fair awards
5 June 2018 - Shristi Sharma, a 9th-grader at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, won first place last month in the Computer Science category at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa with a project titled 'Phishing: Don't Take the Bait, Protect Your Sensitive Information.' She also won an Intel Excellence in Computer Science award, and was invited to attend the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (more)

Maharishi University of Management's International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness
25 May 2018 - Maharishi University of Management's online journal, the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness, was launched with the goal of examining consciousness from the point of view of mathematics. The inspiration for the journal came from Professor Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, who has written numerous books on the expression of Veda and the Vedic literature in the human physiology. Dr. Nader is both the founder and editor-in-chief of the journal. The journal's inaugural issue featured a paper by Dr. Nader, 'Consciousness Is All There Is: A Mathematical Approach with Applications' - the beginning of a series of papers aimed at solving the problem of how the physical universe emerges from consciousness. The journal welcomes articles from all mathematicians and scientists, presenting their theories of consciousness using the rigorous approach of mathematics. Maharishi University of Management is the journal's hosting institution. (more)

First ever neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation - British Psychological Society review
21 April 2018 - It is possible to pay attention effortlessly, your mind 'pulled by the inherent nature of the object of experience'. In fact, with practice, doing so can 'lead you to experience inner silence, tranquility, peace and transcendence'. That's according to a research team led by Michelle Mahone at the California School of Professional Psychology, who have published in Brain and Cognition what they describe as the first neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation (TM). (more)

New study highlights unique state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
4 April 2018 - Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain during Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice found that, like meditations that involve focused attention or open monitoring, there was increased activity in the areas of the prefrontal cortex related to attention - indicating alertness. However, unlike other meditations, during TM there was also decreased activity in the areas related to arousal - indicating deep rest. 'This restful alertness is the key to Transcendental Meditation,' said Dr Fred Travis, a coauthor of the study. 'It's a very different kind of rest than sleep. It's rejuvenating and healing, as evidenced by a wide range of clinical studies, while at the same time it allows the person to experience deeper mental states.' The new study is published in Brain and Cognition. (more)

Former Sony exec talks about Transcendental Meditation and the art of developing Emotional Intelligence
30 March 2018 - 'The evidence is mounting that for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a leader, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique can be a vital component in maximizing one's effectiveness. In my own career, my TM practice proved to be invaluable,' writes David Bishop, former president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Mr Bishop describes some of his experiences, 'including research that shows how TM helps develop the qualities one needs for leadership. . . . Studies on TM show improved intelligence, creativity, and learning ability, as well as higher levels of brain functioning, improved integration of personality, and greater efficiency and productivity.' (more)

Brain imaging confirms state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
27 March 2018 - Recent research, published in Brain and Cognition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging supports the assertion that Transcendental Meditation practice offers a state of 'restful alertness' - demonstrating that during TM, the mind is alert, but both the brain and body are in a deep state of rest. 'The restfully alert state gained during Transcendental Meditation is more than a concept,' said co-author Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA. 'These blood flow patterns give a physiological picture of the reality of restful alertness in the mind and body.' (more)

Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities: Maharishi Vastu Architecture conference announced
22 February 2018 - 'Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities - How Vedic Architecture, community design, and green building influence health, happiness, and lifestyle' is the title of a conference to be held 26-27 March in Washington, DC. This event will bring together real estate professionals from all over the world to explore the most cutting-edge ideas in real estate development and their impact on communities and inhabitants. The conference will integrate Maharishi Vastu - the ancient architectural and community planning science, also known as Vedic Architecture, holistic architecture in harmony with natural law - with the newest, hottest lifestyle trends, including sustainability, community-building, and wellness. (more)

A scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness
9 February 2018 - Scientific research in the 1970s found that the pattern of physiological changes during Transcendental Meditation was different from waking, dreaming, and sleep - indicating that Transcendental Consciousness, the state experienced during TM practice, is a major fourth state of consciousness. Of particular interest, writes Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the researchers, was increased alpha1 EEG during TM, which indicates a mind-body state of restful alertness. Subsequent research found that the alpha1 frequency during TM is coherent between all brain areas, which is correlated with a vast array of brain diversity underlying thought, behaviour, and feelings - creativity, intelligence, moral reasoning, and lower anxiety. (more)


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.03% of ocean plastic comes from straws. 46 percent comes from fishing nets
19 July 2018 - Straws make up a trifling percentage of the world's plastic products, and campaigns to eliminate them will not only be ineffective, but could distract from far more useful efforts. ... But this well-intentioned campaign assumes that single-use plastics, such as straws and coffee stirrers, have much to do with ocean pollution. And that assumption is based on some highly dubious data. (more)

Europe's blistering heatwave is ruining this year's harvest
19 July 2018 - EU grain growers brace for smallest harvest in six years. Looking out over his parched fields south of Berlin, dairy and grains farmer Thomas Gaebert is wishing for rains to save his crops after relentless hot weather. He's one of many farmers battling for survival after a heatwave and drought swept across northern parts of the continent, damaging crops from wheat to barley. Many German growers could go bankrupt if they suffer another crop failure, and too much rain in France is set to reduce output there. All combined, it's shaping up to be the bloc's smallest grains harvest in six years. 'It looks like a desert out there,' Gaebert said of his farm in Trebbin. His colleagues, who have been farming for 40 years, say they've never seen anything like this. (more)

China's ozone levels hit record high in June: Greenpeace
18 July 2018 - Despite China's four-year battle against air pollution, ozone has become 'an emerging health threat', Greenpeace said. Average levels in the capital Beijing stood at 120 micrograms per cubic meter in June, around double the rates in ozone hotspots like California and Mexico City. Ground-level ozone, known as 'sunburn for the lungs', is caused by the interaction of sunlight with nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). (more)

Dutch company gets funding to bring lab-grown meat to market
17 July 2018 - A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday (17 July) it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland. (more)

Heatwave blankets Japan, kills 14 people over long weekend
17 July 2018 - An intense heatwave killed at least 14 people over a three-day long weekend in Japan, media reported on Tuesday (17 July), and high temperatures hampered the recovery in flood-hit areas where more than 200 people died last week. Thousands more were treated in hospitals for heat-related conditions. (more)

Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami
13 July 2018 - An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves. Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland. (more)

Africa's iconic baobab trees dying off at alarming rate
12 July 2018 - Africa's ancient baobab, with its distinctive swollen trunk and known as the 'tree of life,' is under a new and mysterious threat, with some of the largest and oldest dying abruptly in recent years. Nine of the 13 oldest baobabs, aged between 1,000 and 2,500 years, have died over the past dozen years, according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature Plants. The sudden collapse is 'an event of unprecedented magnitude,' the study says. (more)

Explainer: Drought creates a perfect storm for wildfires in U.S. West
12 July 2018 - Bigger and more 'explosive' wildfires are raging across the U.S. West, with the area burned in Colorado already four times the size of last year's total, as rising temperatures, drought, and a buildup of forest fuels supercharge blazes. (more)

Rescuers search for survivors after Japan floods kill at least 126
10 July 2018 - Rescuers in western Japan dug through mud and rubble early on Tuesday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain that began last week unleashed floods and landslides that killed up to 130 people, with dozens missing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to deal with Japan's worst flood disaster since 1982, with several million people forced from their homes. (more)

Warmest May since 1900 to cost Norwegians $2.34 billion more for power this year
10 July 2018 - Norwegians enjoyed the warmest May this year since records began in 1900, but as rainfall has been unusually low, the treat will cost them about 2 billion euros ($2.34 billion) in higher power bills, Norway's energy regulator told Reuters. The warmth was accompanied by 40 percent lower than normal rainfall this spring ... (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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