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Scientists say bees can do basic math
8 February 2019 - According to a study published this week in Science Advances, scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have shown that honeybees can add and subtract if trained to do so.The study's authors say their findings suggest that an advanced understanding of numbers 'may be more accessible to nonhuman animals than previously suspected.' Previous studies have shown that bumblebees are capable of complex tasks. A 2016 study found that bees can learn and pass on skills to other bees. (more)

Australia will easily meet Paris climate accord target: study
7 February 2019 - Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris Climate accord well before 2030, thanks to increasing growth in wind and solar power, a study has found, contradicting a report last month calling for sharper emissions cuts. Australia is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, said a study published by Australian National University (ANU) researchers on Friday. (more)

900 MW solar farm approved for Australia's Riverina region
9 January 2019 - In the final days of 2018, Australia's New South Wales government gave its tick of approval for the construction of the state's largest solar farm to date, rounding off a year that saw a flurry of utility-scale solar construction activity and an unprecedented number of big solar additions in the state. The Yarrabee Solar Farm costing almost $1 billion will be located in southwest of Narrandera in the Riverina region of western NSW. The project is said to have the potential to power a city of almost one million people. (more)

Australian researchers develop 10-minute cancer test
6 December 2018 - Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study. The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water. (more)

Australia: Goats return to help with cleanup
13 November 2018 - The National Capital Authority is not kidding around when it comes to weeds at Acacia Inlet, so they've called in some special help. Goats will be used for the second time this year as part of an 'elite four-legged weed eradication team' on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Used in a trial last year, the goats returned to the Yarramundi Reach area on Monday (12 November). The goats will spend three weeks at Acacia Inlet before being moved on to the Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum. (more)

Australia: Woolworths Group launches $24.1m organic farming fund
18 October 2018 - Australia-based retailer Woolworths Group has launched a AUD 30 million ($21.4 million) fund designed to help Australian farmers meet the growing demand for organic produce from consumers. Established in partnership with Heritage Bank, the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund will allocate grants and interest-free loans over the next five years to Australian organic fruit and vegetable producers who want to expand their operations, and to farmers who want to start growing organic produce. (more)

'Resilient' refugees find freedom with Australian food business
11 October 2018 - Fair Food, which delivers around 1,000 organic fruit and vegetable boxes a week to customers around Melbourne, has workers from the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Sri Lanka. Fair Food is the largest of 18 social enterprises -- businesses that seek to benefit society as well as turning a profit -- run by CERES, an environment park and farm ... in Melbourne. (more)

Celebration of spring at Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival
22 September 2018 - Greenthumbs and plant lovers from around Tasmania will feel right at home at Albert Hall. The Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival aims to showcase the best of the state's garden tourism, horticulture, floristry, and landscape design. The festival will feature more than 60 exhibitors and displays, alongside a speaker program of Tasmanian and nationally renowned gardening experts. (more)

Huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia
10 September 2018 - Miners in Western Australia say they have discovered two huge gold-encrusted rocks that are each estimated to be worth millions of dollars. One mining engineer described the finds as 'exceedingly rare'. The mining company valued the largest rock at about C$4m. It said the second-largest -- a 63kg specimen with an estimated 1,600 ounces of gold -- was worth C$2.6m. (more)

Refugees integrate well in Australia, survey finds
14 August 2018 - A new study from Australian researchers shows that refugees and new immigrants integrate well in Australia -- especially in regional areas. The research found that refugees were welcomed by their new communities, found it 'easy' to get along, and felt a strong sense of belonging to their new homes. (more)

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Australia: Transcendental Meditation effective tool against 'stress epidemic' in the world
16 May 2018 - Oprah sings its praises. Jerry Seinfeld swears by it. So do Nicole Kidman, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness even do it with their kids. It seems everyone in Hollywood is practising Transcendental Meditation - and Bob Roth, who brought the technique to the stars, says Australians need it just as much, The West Australian reports. Roth says eight million people have already benefited from incorporating TM into their lives, but he is still concerned about the 'stress epidemic' gripping the world. He recently released his book Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation to clarify what it is and how it can transform how we respond to stress. (more)

Log home in Australia built according to principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture
25 October 2017 - The unique construction of a log home in Australia is featured in the current newsletter of Maharishi Vastu Architecture -- building in according with ancient principles of Natural Law. The construction company, Estonia Log Homes, first built the house in Estonia for quality control of precise Vedic measurements, then dis-assembled and shipped the home to New South Wales. The owner and a local builder worked alongside four Estonians who travelled to Australia especially for the project. After a few days the workmen returned to Estonia and the owner said, 'I was left alone to enjoy the quiet and the very strong feeling of silence in the new house even though it still had no roof. It is very simple, ingenious process and a joy to be able to see and appreciate how it is all connected and constructed.' View photos and links to more Maharishi Vastu projects. (more)

Foolproof your New Year's resolutions with Transcendental Meditation
8 January 2015 - Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to go beyond the experience of the surroundings, the physical body, and even thought itself. Transcending is like lifting the individual out of the maze of past experience and habitual behaviour to experience a sea of all possibilities. Experiencing unbounded awareness regularly during meditation allows this state to become integrated into daily life. The feelings of freedom and invincibility become a permanent part of our reality. Brain imaging shows that latent parts of the brain are awakened. Meditators report that they feel mentally clearer, procrastinate less, have more energy, and experience greater emotional stability. In this state it is much easier to implement any positive changes in to your life and let go of negative habits. (more)

Australia: Maharishi Honey offers new pollination service
16 August 2014 - Maharishi Honey is expanding its honey production throughout South Australia and Victoria, and in the process is offering a unique pollination service, the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) announced in its August newsletter. NASAA is Australia's first organic certification organization. (more)

Australia: New Maharishi Vastu buildings for school in Melbourne
12 May 2014 - Maharishi School in Melbourne, Australia, offers primary education to boys and girls up to the age of 12. The school's Consciousness-Based Education approach, including the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, offers a unique means of integrating all aspects of the curriculum, providing for the whole development of the student. The school has recently completed two new Maharishi Vastu buildings--constructed according to Vedic architecture in tune with natural law. The buildings are environmentally sustainable and have six large classrooms and three offices. (more)

Australia: Black Dog Institute researches effects of Transcendental Meditation on depression
18 April 2014 - The Black Dog Institute in Sydney, Australia has embarked on a research programme to assess the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on depression, led by Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot. Noting hundreds of peer-reviewed, published scientific research studies on Transcendental Meditation, the article on the Australian medical website '6minutes' quotes Dr Proudfoot: 'Already TM looks as if it is showing strong results in treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder with a positive impact on physical health, so our hypothesis is that it will have a positive impact on depression but nevertheless we are going into it with an open mind and will be evaluating it very rigorously.' (more)

Australia: 'How to heal your emotional and physical heart with Maharishi Ayurveda' - Expert gives workshop
12 October 2013 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, internationally renowned research cardiologist and one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, gave a workshop today in Sydney, Australia, on Total Heart Health. Dr Schneider is director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in Iowa, USA. He is visiting Australia this month, meeting with doctors and researchers to encourage collaborative research on non-drug approaches to heart disease. (more)

Australia: American brain research expert speaks on improving mental health with Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Centre for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition in the USA, visited Sydney as part of his recent tour of Australia. There he spoke at the Black Dog Institute and on a national news show about research and clinical applications of Transcendental Meditation to improve mental health concerns ranging from depression to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (more)

Australia: EEG demonstrations show audiences profound effect of transcending
16 August 2013 - In the majority of his recent lectures in Australia, Dr Fred Travis used EEG demonstrations to show audiences the measurable effects on the brain of the mind settling down to a state of deep inner silence (transcending) during Transcendental Meditation. The demonstrations are very effective, he said, because they show the clear distinction between brain activity during daily life and the silence and coherence that immediately begin with transcending. (more)

Australia: In Melbourne, schools discover benefits of Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - Continuing his recent lecture tour of Australia in Melbourne, Dr Fred Travis, a neuroscientist at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, focused on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in education. He started his lecture tour at Maharishi School in Melbourne and spoke of the growing and successful school as providing the ideal education to develop the brain to its full potential. (more)

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Australia swelters through heatwave as records tumble
28 December 2018 - Australia looks set to sweat through one of its hottest Decembers ever, the national weather bureau said on Friday (28 December), prompting fire bans, health warnings and big crowds trying to cool off at beaches. ... forecasters said the heat would spread southeast where the big cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide would endure monthly average temperatures up to 16 degrees Celsius higher than usual. (more)

Cruise ship spills thousands of liters of waste in the Great Barrier Reef
23 October 2018 - A cruise ship spilled thousands of gallons of liquid food waste in the Great Barrier Reef in August, according to an ongoing investigation by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority -- potentially damaging a reef already plagued by pollution and coral bleaching. Carnival, which owns the P&O cruise ship, said the spill was unintentional and amounted to 7,000 liters (1,849 gallons). But Green Party Senator Larissa Waters and local media report the spill was 27,000 liters (7,133 gallons), citing an Australian Maritime Safety Authority report presented to the Senate. (more)

Australian drought intensifies over past five months: weather bureau
5 September 2018 - A drought across Australia's east coast has intensified after near record-low levels of rain across much of the region over the past five months, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday (5 September). The bureau last week said the east coast will continue to experience dry weather for at least the next three months, offering little relief for farmers struggling to stay in business. (more)

Flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' hits parts of Australia. Scientists don't have answers.
17 April 2018 - The spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in parts of Australia is being described as a 'rapidly worsening epidemic' and, to make matters worse, researchers say they don't know exactly where it comes from or how it is transmitted. (more)

Australia's Northern Territory lifts fracking ban
16 April 2018 - Australia's Northern Territory on Tuesday (17 April) lifted a nearly two-year moratorium on fracking to extract gas, unlocking vast onshore reserves in the resource-rich region and raising the possibility of other provinces following suit. (more)

Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year
10 January 2018 - Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday (10 January), as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector. Unusually, the high heat last year came despite the absence of an El Nino weather system in the Pacific, which tends to warm Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology said in its annual climate statement. (more)

Bushfires destroy buildings in Australia as heatwave melts highway surface
6 January 2018 - Bushfires in Australia destroyed buildings and threatened lives on Saturday (6 January) as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway. A fire raging out of control set several structures ablaze on the outskirts of Melbourne, the country's second largest city, and the capital of the southeastern state of Victoria. (more)

Starfish eating Australia's Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists
5 January 2018 - A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia's world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday [5 January], prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The reef is still recovering from damage wrought by the worst-ever coral bleaching on record, which in 2016 killed two-thirds of a 700km stretch of reef. On Friday a report published in the journal Science found that high ocean temperatures are harming tropical corals much more often than a generation ago, putting reefs under pressure. (more)

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers huge coral loss
30 May 2017 - Australia's Great Barrier Reef lost nearly a third of its corals in the past year, officials have said. Coral 'bleaching' has led to widespread coral decline and habitat loss on the world's largest coral reef system. Surveys show that 29 per cent of corals died in 2016, greater than the figure of 22 per cent projected in mid-2016. Bleaching occurs when the algae living on coral is expelled due to stress caused by extreme, sustained changes in temperature. This turns the coral white. Researchers say that climate change is a significant driver behind the coral loss and experts have said the window is closing fast to cut the greenhouse gas emissions pushing up temperatures and harming the reef. (more)

Australia: Chickens with lead poisoning expose backyard pollution risk
8 April 2017 - Concentration of lead in the air in major cities is now largely below limits of detection. But scientists warn contaminated soil and dust is causing problems in backyards. The soil is proving to be the latest culprit with vets saying they are treating more and more animals, mainly chickens, for lead poisoning. (more)


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