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US: Pittsburgh powers up small electric vehicle fleet with solar charging stations
19 April 2018 - Pittsburgh is driving on sunshine and has the song lyrics to prove it. Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday dedicated the arrival of five solar-powered charging machines for the city's small but growing electric vehicle fleet with a performance by Lawrenceville-based musician Kevin 'Slim' Forsythe and the band Turbosonics. One of the charging stations powered the band's amplifiers. (more)

US: This healthy convenience mart aims to take on 7-Eleven
19 April 2018 - The Goods Mart is a healthy convenience store committed to smarter eating: Every single item is free of artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors, and without growth hormones or disruptors. Situated in Los Angeles' trendy Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart attempts to be the easy, less time-invasive alternative to grocery store shopping-albeit with a wellness twist. The newly opened store, which plans to go nationwide in the next year, targets locals looking for organic home essentials. (more)

Interview: U.S. entrepreneur wins award for making government 'less insulting'
11 April 2018 - Jennifer Pahlka believes that coding can help deliver a better U.S. government that works to help reformed felons earn an honest living and public servants frustrated by poor technology. Pahlka was in Oxford (UK) -- where Ebay billionaire Jeff Skoll established a centre for social entrepreneurship in 2003 -- to collect an award, one of six Skoll winners this year. After seeing the challenges working in child welfare, she founded San Francisco-based non profit Code for America in 2009 to create user-friendly websites that make it easier to navigate systems to access state benefits or services. (more)

Apple says all its facilities now powered by clean energy
9 April 2018 - Apple Inc on Monday (9 April) said it had achieved its goal of powering all of the company's facilities with renewable energy, a milestone that includes all of its data centers, offices, and retail stores in 43 countries. The iPhone maker also said nine suppliers had recently committed to running their operations entirely on renewable energy sources ... bringing to 23 the total number to make such a pledge. (more)

New brain memory cells develop well into old age
9 April 2018 - Well into our 70s, we continue to develop new cells in an area of the brain responsible for new memories and exploration of new environments, scientists report. 'These new brain cells sustain our abilities to make new memories, learn, and cope with the environment, and they are important for emotional responses,' Dr. Maura Boldrini from Columbia University in New York City told Reuters Health by email. 'These neurons might be important in humans for our abilities to transmit complex information to future generations and to sustain our emotionally guided behavior, as well as for integrating complex memories and information.' (more)

US: A grass-roots movement for healthy soil spreads among farmers (+ NPR audio)
9 April 2018 - In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that's full of life. For years, talk of 'healthy soil' was mostly limited to organic farmers and others on the fringes of mainstream American agriculture. No more. (more)

Humans produce new brain cells throughout their lives, say researchers
5 April 2018 - Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, scientists have revealed, countering previous theories that production stopped after adolescence. Many new neurons are produced in the hippocampus in babies, but it has been a matter of hot debate whether this continues into adulthood -- and if so, whether this rate drops with age as seen in mice and nonhuman primates. Now [a] group of scientists have published research ... revealing the new neurons are produced in this brain region in human adults and does not drop off with age. (more)

Gardening's benefits jibe with today's emphasis on wellness
3 April 2018 - Modern gardening isn't just about growing plants -- it's part of a movement toward personal and family wellness that includes everything from diet and exercise to a clean and livable environment. 'A lot of things are going on with wellness as it applies to our food culture,' said Helen Lundell, a senior consultant with The Hartman Group Inc., a company in Bellevue, Washington, that studies consumer, food and beverage trends. 'The essential theme is that consumers are moving toward natural foods. First and foremost is the absence of pesticides and chemicals used in production.' (more)

New York offers free cyber security tools to public to deter hackers
29 March 2018 - New York City will offer free cyber security tools to the public as part of a new effort to improve online safety, officials said on Thursday (29 March), a week after Atlanta was hit with a ransomware attack that knocked some municipal systems offline. The program, dubbed NYC Secure, will launch a free smartphone protection app ... 'New Yorkers aren't safe online. We can't wait around for other levels of government to do something about it or the private sector,' New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The program will cost the city about $5 million per year, he said. (more)

US: Starbucks must put cancer warning on California coffee - judge
29 March 2018 - Starbucks Corp and other coffee companies must put a cancer warning label on coffee products sold in California, a Los Angeles judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said in a proposed decision Wednesday (28 March) that Starbucks and other companies had failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced when roasting coffee was insignificant, court documents showed. (more)


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An effortless meditation for children (because anxiety doesn't care how old you are)
20 April 2018 - Dr William Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned Johnson is a motivational coach who runs a tutoring service. Seeing even high-performing kids coming to them acutely stressed, they discovered that the best antidote is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives - and recommend Transcendental Meditation as one means to accomplish this. An excerpt from their new book, The Self-Driven Child, reviews research on the physiological state of restful alertness produced during TM. This deep rest creates a more efficient stress response in the nervous system - enabling young people to 'let it go' and recover faster. Studies have found a significant reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression, increased creativity and self-esteem, and improved cognitive and academic skills. (more)

Watch today: 'The Dr Oz Show' features Bob Roth on Transcendental Meditation
19 April 2018 - Today the popular American television show 'The Dr Oz Show' features Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. Dr Oz talks with Roth about the science and benefits of Transcendental Meditation, myths and misconceptions of different types of meditation - and Roth's new bestselling book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Is Transcendental Meditation the same as mindfulness?
17 April 2018 - With the value of meditation becoming widely recognized, researchers are finding that different techniques engage the mind in different ways, producing different effects on mind, body and behaviour. The Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike other forms of meditation, involving no concentration, mindfulness, or contemplation, writes Amy Ruff, director of TM for Nurses in the USA. It's a completely different process - 'an automatic self-transcending meditation technique that allows the mind to go beyond thought, beyond the meditation process itself.' Research has found that TM produces deeper rest than other practices, is more effective for reducing hypertension, anxiety and depression, and is the only meditation known to create widespread brainwave coherence and an increase in brain integration. 'Being naturally mindful in daily life - more in the moment, more aware, more alert - is something that happens spontaneously as a result of the TM practice,' Ruff says. (more)

Watch live today on Facebook: Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR - 'Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World'
15 April 2018 - How creative can you be? How happy? How peaceful? Human potential is infinite, but all too often true happiness eludes us, abiding peace eludes us, our unlimited creative potential eludes us. Now is the time to move past limits and explore the source of all creativity, the source of all intelligence within. Live on Facebook today: Join Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, who has spent the last 40 years probing the deepest truths of life - both as a world-renowned, Harvard- and MIT- trained medical doctor and brain researcher, and as an expert in consciousness. A special opportunity to hear more about Transcendental Meditation, eliminating stress and anxiety - and achieving deep and lasting peace within, and in our world. (more)

Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World: A livestream event with Dr Tony Nader - Sunday, 15 April
12 April 2018 - Join a Facebook Live event with Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR on Sunday, 15 April, and learn about the nature of the mind and how to begin to contact the source of all creativity, the source of all intelligence, and peace. Dr Nader, who oversees the global administration of non-profit TM organizations in over 100 countries, discusses the art and science of the Transcendental Meditation technique. He shares new findings and understandings from modern medicine and quantum physics that will revolutionize your view of the human mind and the world around us. Enjoy this special opportunity to hear more about eliminating stress, anxiety and frustration, and achieving peace and personal growth through TM. (more)

Maharishi University of Management hosts groundbreaking 'Changemakers' conference - Watch replays online
11 April 2018 - Last weekend, global changemakers converged at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, to explore what it takes to make a seismic difference on this planet. 'ChangeMakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good' was the first event in a new Changemaking Series, hosted by MUM and the David Lynch Foundation (DLF). Each of the speakers - including filmmaker David Lynch, humanitarian Father Gabriel Mejia, and MoveOn.org's Laura Dawn - perceived a clear need for foundational changes in their fields and disrupted the status quo to find solutions. Replays of the conference are now available on YouTube. (more)

Raising healthy, resilient and self-driven children
10 April 2018 - 'How often do you come across something that will give your children the gift of being able to take a step back, to de-stress and find calm amidst the chaos of life? This is why having my kids learn the Transcendental Meditation technique has been so rewarding for me,' said Mira Daniels, mother of two boys and business owner. Daniels shared her experience with TM as a tool for enhancing the lives of both parents and children - prompted by the publication of the bestseller The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by Bill Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson. The authors' many insights include the recommendation to meditate and encourage children to do the same. 'This meditation practice is something that I know will be so vital for them in every phase of their lives,' Daniels said. (more)

Maria Shriver on her new book, I've Been Thinking . . . Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life
9 April 2018 - As a prominent, high-profile woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In her new book, I've Been Thinking . . . Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life, the award-winning journalist, author and mother of four shares her reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life. LI Herald reports that, continuing her illustrious family's tradition of service, Shriver is 'learning to do these things from a place of newfound inner peace. . . . ''I offer the tools,'' she says, ''. . . to stay above the noise, and find that sanctuary. I can't tell someone to do Transcendental Meditation (which she practices), but I can tell them how it works for me.'' ' (more)

'Changemakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good' - 6-7 April, Maharishi University of Management
6 April 2018 - This weekend, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is holding a conference - 'ChangeMakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good' - to explore what it takes to become a changemaker and make a difference in the world. Featuring guest speakers who are all 'disruptors', this event will help participants understand how any individual can harness his or her unique talents to radically improve the lives of their friends, communities, or our global family. David Lynch is the featured speaker this evening, 6 April (via Skype). Father Gabriel Mejia is the keynote speaker Saturday morning, 7 April. The event is hosted by the David Lynch Foundation, in collaboration with MUM and the Abramson Center for Peace. (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)


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Snow emergency' as powerful spring storm pounds parts of U.S.
14 April 2018 - A powerful spring storm pummeled the U.S. Midwest and Plains on Saturday with blizzard conditions and high winds, while tornadoes and thunderstorms menaced some of the South. Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota were under warnings for blizzard-like conditions. The city of St. Paul, Minnesota, declared a snow emergency. (more)

Sitting at desk all day may damage brain and raise dementia risk, study suggests
12 April 2018 - Sitting at a desk all day or spending hours watching television may damage the brain in a way which is known to increase the risk of dementia, a new study suggests. While researchers have known for some time that sedentary behaviour is bad for physical health, raising the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and early death, it is the first study to show it could also influence mental wellbeing. The research was published in the journal Plos One. (more)

Concussion in 20s could increase the risk of dementia by 60 per cent, Lancet study finds
10 April 2018 - Suffering concussion or other brain injuries In your 20s could increase the risk of dementia by more than 60 per cent, a major study suggests. The new study by the Washington School of Medicine (in Seattle) tracked adults for almost four decades. The research on almost 3 million adults, published in the Lancet Psychiatry, follows increasing debate about the long-term consequences of blows to the head suffered in football and boxing. (more)

US: Keystone pipeline leak in South Dakota about double previous estimate: paper
7 April 2018 - The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report on Saturday (7 April) said. Keystone has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than the company indicated to regulators in risk assessments before operations began in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. (more)

The hidden crisis on US college campuses: 36 percent of students don't have enough to eat
3 April 2018 - Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college - and not because he didn't like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result. ... Torres is finally talking about his experience with the hunger problem on America's college campuses: a quiet, insidious epidemic that researchers say threatens millions of students every year. (more)

Heavily used herbicide tied to shorter pregnancies
2 April 2018 - More than 90 percent of pregnant women in a small Indiana study had glyphosate in their urine, and higher concentrations were associated with earlier deliveries. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide in the United States and worldwide, the study team writes in the journal Environmental Health. (more)

AP analysis: American Americans largely left out among high-paying jobs
31 March 2018 - Jonathan Garland's fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood. But when Garland looked around at his architectural college, he didn't see many who looked like him -- there were few black faces in classroom seats, and fewer teaching skills or giving lectures. ... An Associated Press analysis of government data has found that black workers are chronically underrepresented compared with whites in high-salary jobs in technology, business, life sciences, and architecture and engineering, among other areas. Instead, many black workers find jobs in low-wage, less-prestigious fields where they're overrepresented, such as food service or preparation, building maintenance and office work, the AP analysis found. (more)

AP-NORC Poll: 50 years after MLK, civil rights goals unmet
30 March 2018 - Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Three-quarters of African Americans said there has been little or no progress on fair treatment by police, and more than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, political representation, or equal economic opportunities. (more)

Here's a new reason why eating out might be bad for your health
29 March 2018 - Dining out frequently is known to increase one's intake of unhealthy sugars and fats. But a new study suggests that there's another reason to eat at home more often: phthalates. Phthalates are potentially harmful chemicals found in hundreds of consumer products, including perfumes, hair sprays, shampoos, and the plastics used in food processing and packaging. The study, published Wednesday (29 March) in the journal Environment International, found that the phthalate levels of participants who had eaten at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets in the previous day were 35% higher than those who reported eating food purchased at the grocery store. (more)

It's not just Facebook. Thousands of companies are spying on you
26 March 2018 - In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, news articles and commentators have focused on what Facebook knows about us. A lot, it turns out. It collects data from our posts, our likes, our photos, things we type and delete without posting, and things we do while not on Facebook and even when we're offline. It buys data about us from others. And it can infer even more ... even if we didn't take the personality test that Cambridge Analytica developed. But for every article about Facebook's creepy stalker behavior, thousands of other companies are breathing a collective sigh of relief that it's Facebook and not them in the spotlight. Because while Facebook is one of the biggest players in this space, there are thousands of other companies that spy on and manipulate us for profit. (more)

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