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How his grandmother's hummus recipe is providing relief to refugee children
15 February 2019 - Ever since he can remember, Anthony Brahimsha would visit his extended family in Aleppo, Syria, at least once a year. In 2012 Brahimsha, who was a New York-based investment banker at the time, began traveling to southern Turkey along the Syrian border ... After he returned home from a trip in 2014, Brahimsha made a decision: he would start a company that would support efforts to help [improve the health of] refugee children. And that company would sell a food that was close to his own heart -- hummus. (more)

US: Putting the sun in Sunshine State? Florida's about-face on solar power
14 February 2019 - Despite being the Sunshine State, Florida has long lagged when it comes to tapping into the abundant rays overhead. But now that is changing as utility companies in the state have begun to recognize solar power as a vital component of a diverse energy future. Florida utilities' newfound embrace for solar power echoes trends seen across the country, as the renewable energy source has shifted from a fringe indulgence for wealthy environmentalists to becoming a conventional part of power production. (more)

US: Los Angeles abandons new natural gas plants in favor of renewables
12 February 2019 - Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology and will instead invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city's mayor said on Tuesday (12 February). (more)

Solar+saffron experiment could pave the path to more dual-use farms
11 February 2019 - Solar modules take a note from plant life, following a similar pattern of absorbing sunlight, processing it and producing energy (or in a plant's case, creating nutrients that are consumed and converted into energy). Now, solar companies are pairing the photo-cousins to explore better land use practices and the possible benefits of growing crops under or near solar panels. (more)

US: First ever 'Organic Day' brings 90 farmers and advocates to Oregon capitol
7 February 2019 - For the first time, pioneering farmers and partners gathered in Salem (Oregon's capitol) on Wednesday, February 6, to educate, celebrate, and meet with lawmakers to underscore the important role organic plays in Oregon. In Oregon . . . there are 176,000 certified organic acres, and 91 percent of households purchase organic products. (more)

US: Chicago crime numbers dramatically fall in January
1 February 2019 - Chicago saw half as many homicides in January compared to the same month last year, marking a dramatic drop in the city's homicide level that hasn't been recorded for a January in nearly a decade, police said Friday (1 February). (more)

US: First quiet-running, zero air-polluting electric bus hits the streets in Greensboro, North Carolina
31 January 2019 - Greensboro became North Carolina's first community Thursday (31 January) to put an all-electric, battery powered bus into daily passenger service. Greensboro Transit Authority expects to have 10 of the quiet-running, zero air-polluting buses in its fleet by the end of next month, said Adam Fischer, the city's director of transportation. (more)

A 13-year-old science entrepreneur wants to bring her water testing device to market
29 January 2019 - Gitanjali Rao is already on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and she hasn't even made it to high school yet. In 2017, the then 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado was named 'America's Top Young Scientist' for the design of a small, mobile device that tests for lead in drinking water. Rao hasn't stopped there. She's now getting help from scientists in the water industry to create a working prototype of the device that could eventually be on the market. (more)

US: Asheville's zero-emission electric buses to be deployed this spring
28 January 2019 - In 2019, the city of Asheville (North Carolina) will deploy five zero-emission electric buses for the city's transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit. The estimated impact is an approximate reduction of 54 tons of emission per year per bus, which adds up to a total of 270 tons of emissions per year once all five ART buses are deployed, city officials said. (more)

US: Organic price premiums dip as demand grows, choices multiply
23 January 2019 - U.S. shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premium is falling as organic options multiply. Last year, organic food and beverages cost an average of 24 cents more per unit than conventional food, or about 7.5 percent more, according to Nielsen. That was down from a 27 cent, or 9 percent, premium in 2014. (more)


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US: Maharishi University of Management's MS in Computer Science fifth largest in nation
9 February 2019 - The MS in Computer Science at Maharishi University of Management had 348 graduates - the fifth largest total in the US - in the 2016-2017 academic year, the most recent for which data has been compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics. About 1,000 students are currently enrolled in the programme. They spend 8-13 months on campus taking courses, then enrol in a practicum course, working in paid positions in US companies for up to two years while finishing their degree via distance education. Students have worked for companies such as Google, Amazon, Walmart, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Verizon, FedEX, and Apple. The average starting rate for students in the practicum phase is US$80,000 per year. (more)

The power of gratitude: A new habit for the New Year
1 February 2019 - Positive thoughts and feelings, including appreciation and gratitude, have a 'nourishing, supportive effect on our minds and bodies' according to research, says health writer Linda Egenes. She goes on to say, 'When we practise Transcendental Meditation, we enjoy a silent inner oasis of peace. . . . Research has shown that during TM the body settles to a state of deep rest, with brain activity becoming more orderly and coherent - a state of ''restful alertness''. The direct result of a serene, stress-free mind as experienced in TM is to experience more appreciation, more gratitude, more joy while going about daily activities,' with higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction. In this way TM practice spontaneously helps cultivate a natural state of gratitude. (more)

Maharishi University of Management inaugurates massive solar array - MEG'Array lights up campus
28 January 2019 - One of the most advanced solar power arrays in the world is now active in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Last month Maharishi University of Management inaugurated a 1.1 million watt state-of-the-art solar power plant. The MEG'Array Solar Power Plant will provide about a third of all the electricity needed for the campus. The amount could be more as technology and expansion take place in years to come. Dr John Hagelin, President of MUM, said the solar array moves the school considerably closer to a commitment it made two years ago to achieve carbon-neutral status within 10 years, the Ottumwa Courier reported. Civic and government leaders at the local, state, and federal level attended the inauguration. (more)

The gift of kindness naturally blossoms with Transcendental Meditation
24 January 2019 - Members of the natural products industry can help make the world a better place by learning Transcendental Meditation, writes Simi Summer, PhD, in WholeFoods Magazine. 'Research on Transcendental Meditation over forty years has clearly shown dramatic changes for physiology, psychology, and development of human potential' - including increased moral maturity, emotional resilience, mental clarity, and heart health; reduced anxiety and stress; and decreased crime, terrorism, and war. 'It's time to take effective steps to improve individual and collective health and well-being to create a kinder, more compassionate and permanently peaceful world in the New Year.' (more)

Is college bad for your brain? 'Changemakers' events at MUM offer solutions to epidemic of student stress
20 January 2019 - Maharishi University of Management and the David Lynch Foundation will host a live 'Changemakers' event next month on the MUM campus in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Is College Bad for Your Brain? How an epidemic of stress is overwhelming students - and what you can do about it will be held 8 February, followed by a global webcast 13 February. The programme will highlight MUM - a university that is reversing this trend by placing stress-busting Transcendental Meditation at the core of its curriculum. It will feature a panel of thought leaders, described as 'disruptors transforming the world for good': neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and students exploring the problem and offering groundbreaking solutions. (more)

A truly happy New Year
16 January 2019 - Heading into the New Year, many women are thinking about 'what we can do to make 2019 a more fulfilling, productive, less stressful, more meaningful and enjoyable year', writes Candace Badgett, an international trustee of Transcendental Meditation for Women. Experiencing the deepest level of one's own inner self through regular practice of TM, she says, provides an inner sense of self-sufficiency, mental strength and clarity, and 'both an underlying calm and increased vitality. This in turn is the basis for productive, dynamic activity and an abundance of creativity.' TM 'has strengthened my connection to those deepest feelings and emotions where the more subtle voice of our hearts has a chance to be heard - providing insight into what is truly important. . . . Leading our life from this place of authenticity is absolutely essential for attaining the kind of abiding happiness that we all seek.' (more)

'All time, all space values will be permeated with harmony, with evenness' - Maharishi, 2003
12 January 2019 - Today organizations teaching Transcendental Meditation in many countries held an annual conference celebrating the achievements of the worldwide programmes founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. On this day in 2003, Maharishi placed special emphasis on a major initiative to establish large groups of Vedic experts in India to create an influence of peace and harmony in the world. In his inaugural address Maharishi said, 'From one place on earth the whole mankind will have that effect of harmony in coherence. The result will be less and less of negative trends and performances in the world, and more and more of coherence, and more and more of evolutionary trends, tendencies, and programmes in all parts of the world.' (more)

US: Nurses receive contact hours for attending Transcendental Meditation introductory presentation
8 January 2019 - Good news for nurses who would like to attend the Transcendental Meditation programme's free introductory lectures - for which they may now receive one or two 'contact hours' / continuing education credits. This is an introduction to the full course, Transcendental Meditation for Nurses: 'Developing capacity for improved judgement, decision making and resilience under stress'. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The ANCC encourages nurses to look to their own health first by concentrating on a holistic approach to wellness. By teaching them the TM practice, TM for Nurses is building teams of resilient and fulfilled nurses in hospitals around the country. (more)

Promoting peace-creating technologies for Invincible Defence
5 January 2019 - Dr David Leffler is a founding member and executive director of the Center for Advanced Military Science at Maharishi University of Management, USA. Based on his experience in the US Armed Forces and his study of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Consciousness-Based technologies for military defence, Dr Leffler has published over 1,400 articles worldwide on the application of Invincible Defence Technology (IDT) and the Transcendental Meditation programme. Over the past 20 years, he has promoted TM as a means of stress reduction, conflict resolution, and relief from post-traumatic stress disorder. Recent articles in response to world events have offered IDT as a solution to terrorism. (more)

USA: State's attorney brings Transcendental Meditation to New England courthouse and beyond
29 December 2018 - While Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Dunn pursues his hectic, high-stress profession as a prosecutor for domestic violence cases in Connecticut, USA, he also encourages people to learn and practise Transcendental Meditation, as he has twice daily for over 40 years. Dunn has organised regular TM group meditations in a courthouse in Bridgeport, attended by colleagues from all areas of the regional legal system: prosecutors, defence attorneys, social workers, police officers, and family resource officers. Participants have noticed good effects from their TM practice, including reduced stress, a more settled mind, inner peace, and newfound energy. (more)


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Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says
15 February 2019 - Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical -- found in weed killers including Monsanto's popular Roundup -- and concluded that it significantly increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the immune system. (more)

US: More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s
15 February 2019 - More young men and women [in the U.S.] are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths, and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say. (more)

Weakest U.S. retail sales since 2009 cast pall over economy
14 February 2019 - U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018. Retail sales tumbled 1.2 percent, the largest decline since September 2009 when the economy was emerging from recession. The outlook for consumer spending, which has been underpinned by a strong labor market and cheaper gasoline, is not encouraging. (more)

Turn it down! Millennials' music habit puts their hearing at risk: U.N.
12 February 2019 - A generation of music-lovers are damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the U.N. health agency said on Tuesday (12 February). Already 466 million people worldwide have debilitating hearing loss, up from 360 million in 2010 and the figure is expected to nearly double to 900 million, or one in every 10 people by 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. (more)

US: As polar vortex retreats, California readies for storm
1 February 2019 - As the U.S. Midwest and East Coast thawed out from days of bitter, deadly cold, Californians on Friday (1 February) battened down the hatches ahead of a fierce winter storm carrying heavy rains and high winds that could touch off urban flooding and mudslides. (more)

US: Teen e-cigarette use linked to eventual smoking
1 February 2019 - Among teens, using e-cigarettes may raise the risk of progressing to cigarette smoking, a new U.S. study suggests. Overall, adolescents who used e-cigarettes before trying any other tobacco products were more than four times as likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes within a couple of years compared to those who had never tried any type of vaping device or non-cigarette tobacco products, the study team reports in JAMA Network Open. (more)

More screen time for toddlers is tied to poorer development a few years later, study says
28 January 2019 - Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday (28 January), found a direct association between screen time at ages 2 and 3 and development at 3 and 5. (more)

US: Riders may not appreciate risks when using shared electric scooters
25 January 2019 - Shareable, two-wheeled standing scooters, which are the rage in some West Coast cities, may be more risky to riders -- and pedestrians -- than people think, researchers say. The battery-powered devices look like a skateboard with handlebars. ... Among 249 patients admitted with standing-scooter-related injuries, 100 had head injuries, 79 had broken bones, and 69 had contusions, sprains, and lacerations without a fracture or head injury. ... two required admission to the intensive care unit. Just 10 patients had been wearing a helmet when their accident occurred. (more)

'No place to hide': Twitter contacts give your preferences away, study finds
21 January 2019 - Bad news for anyone coming off social media in the hope it will preserve their privacy. It won't. Research published on Monday (21 January) showed social media platforms such as Twitter can be used to glean information about the preferences of former users by monitoring as few as eight of their one-time contacts. (more)

US: Bee pollination declining with increased use of pesticide
21 January 2019 - Bobby Coy and his son, Richard Coy, owners of Crooked Creek Bee Co., in Jonesboro, began noticing a decline in bee pollination after nearby farmers began using the pesticide dicamba on nearby crops during the past three years. ... The herbicide has been used by farmers who plant soybean and cotton crops that have been genetically modified to be tolerant of the chemical because it is effective in killing pigweed. But dicamba does damage to other soybean crops, along with watermelons, pecans, peaches, tomatoes and other vegetables and other plants essential for bee-pollination and for migrating butterflies. (more)

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