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Living in a country that thinks green
15 April 2019 - European countries dominate the top 10 on the Planet and Climate portion of the Good Countries Index, but nations around the world are making strides to reduce their negative impact on the environment. We [BBC] spoke to residents in five high-performing countries and asked what it's like to live in a place that's doing more to save the planet. (more)

Meet Katie Bouman, the young scientist who worked on the algorithm that helped create the image of the black hole
11 April 2019 - While the entire world was celebrating the first ever image released of the Supermassive Black Hole on Wednesday, a woman, MIT graduate Katie Bouman, among others in her team, was feted extensively on the internet for being the leading 'star' behind the image. Thursday's achievement is big not only for Bouman but also for women scientists all over the world. (more)

Thank this student for first black hole image
10 April 2019 - An international team of more than 200 researchers unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole on Wednesday (10 April). The effort wouldn't have been possible without Katie Bouman, who developed a crucial algorithm that helped devise imaging methods. Three years ago, Bouman led the creation of an algorithm that eventually helped capture this first-of-its-kind image: a supermassive black hole and its shadow at the center of a galaxy known as M87. She was then a graduate student in computer science and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (more)

This is the first photo of a black hole
10 April 2019 - In April 2017, scientists used a global network of telescopes to see and capture the first-ever picture of a black hole, according to an announcement by researchers at the National Science Foundation Wednesday morning (10 April). They captured an image of the supermassive black hole and its shadow at the center of a galaxy known as M87. This is the first direct visual evidence that black holes exist, the researchers said. (more)

Are we on the brink of a recycling revolution?
9 April 2019 - New innovations in recycling technology are making a more circular economy more likely: When an old plastic container can be used to make a new container or other product in a closed loop, and old plastic suddenly has more value. At least 60 companies are now trying to reinvent plastic recycling, and more than 40 of those already have commercial plants. (more)

Over 1 million gardeners have united to create Global Network of Greenery that nourishes bees and butterflies
8 April 2019 - Over 1 million homeowners and gardeners from around the world have joined the fight to save dwindling pollinator populations. Though most of the registered pollinator gardens are concentrated in the United States, the ambitious project has also recruited members in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The registered spaces, most of which are comprised of private yards and public gardens, all add up to a network of approximately 5 million acres of enhanced or new pollinator habitat. (more)

Astronomers have found one of the universe's oldest star clusters in our own galaxy
22 March 2019 - After decades of research, an analysis of light has finally identified the age of an ancient star cluster in the Milky Way. It's called HP 1, and it's roughly 12.8 billion years old. That makes it one of the oldest ever found -- not just in the galaxy, but in the entire universe. HP 1 hangs out in the galactic bulge, and we've known about it for a while. But getting an accurate reading of its light signature -- its spectrum -- has proven complicated, due to the way our atmosphere distorts incoming light. (more)

CERN: Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries -- why there's more matter than antimatter
21 March 2019 - Why the universe we see today is made entirely out of matter is one of the greatest mysteries of modern physics. Had there ever been an equal amount of antimatter, everything in the universe would have been annihilated. Our research has unveiled a new source of this asymmetry between matter and antimatter. ... the LHCb [CERN's Large Hadron Collider beauty] experiment has now managed to observe such an asymmetry in particles called D-meson -- which are comprised of charm quarks -- for the first time. (more)

Physicists reveal why matter dominates our universe
21 March 2019 - Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University have confirmed that matter and antimatter decay differently for elementary particles containing charmed quarks. Distinguished Professor Sheldon Stone says the findings are a first, although matter-antimatter asymmetry has been observed before in particles with strange quarks or beauty quarks. (more)

Physicists see new difference between matter and antimatter
21 March 2019 - CERN discovery of a tiny effect in particles called D mesons provides fresh way to probe why matter exists. An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator, has seen a new difference in the way matter and antimatter behave differently -- one that physicists have been hunting for decades. (more)


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World media on Transcendental Meditation
20 February 2017 - A selection of recent news media reports about Transcendental Meditation includes the Danish magazine IN interviewing Dr Charlotte Bech, a medical doctor who has been teaching the technique in Denmark for over 20 years; Bridgewater Associates hedge fund founder Ray Dalio's comments to Business Insider about introducing TM to 735 employees; and New York Times articles about Saturday Night Live actress Vanessa Bayer, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC's Good Morning America, who starts his day with an early morning TM session. Forbes magazine reported, 'TM has been having a renaissance in recent years: Celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers.' (more)

On Veterans Day - Remembrance Day: Transcendental Meditation helps veterans overcome PTSD
11 November 2016 - Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation, offers the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program, a simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach to relieving symptoms of PTSD and major depression and developing greater resilience to stress. Since its launch in 2010 in the USA, the OWW initiative has partnered with leading veterans service organizations and VA medical centers to deliver the Resilient Warrior Program to veterans, active-duty personnel and military families in need. The initiative also partners with military colleges to create a new generation of more resilient officers. (more)

Principles of Vastu Planning in the Light of Group Theory: New book published
17 January 2016 - A new book--Principles of Vastu Planning in the Light of Group Theory--describes the principles that underlie the measurement system used in Maharishi Vedic architecture in the language of Group theory. The Vastu measurement system is based on the square and its eight levels of symmetry. Using the concepts of modern Group theory from mathematics, the author shows the deep principles at the foundation of the measurement system of Maharishi Vastu design in a way that explains their logical significance. (more)

Creating world peace on the International Day of Peace and every day
21 September 2015 - Today, 21 September, is the day designated by the United Nations and observed around the world as the 'International Day of Peace' or 'World Peace Day'. For this annual observance, the UN 'invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.' Organizations teaching Transcendental Meditation worldwide are upholding the ultimate value of this theme--simply by continuing what they've offered every day for many years: the TM programme. This natural, effective technology of consciousness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, violence and conflict and create peace for the individual and society. Creating world peace is not the reason most people give for why they want to learn to meditate. Yet this was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's goal when he first introduced Transcendental Meditation in 1958. (more)

Transcendental Meditation improves school performance
15 April 2015 - It seems common sense that happy, focused students learn more and feel better at school. Yet the idea that educational outcomes depend on the learner's state of mind, and not just on what is taught and how, usually gets far less attention than it deserves. Fortunately, there are schools in many countries where developing the 'knower' is considered an essential part of education--through incorporating Transcendental Meditation practice into the school day. Research has found that even in high-risk, low-performing districts, schools with curricularĀ TM practice show high academic achievements. Outcomes include reduced stress, improved brain functioning, increased intelligence, and higher graduation rates. (more)

Today - Conference call for women: 'Women transforming the world'
1 February 2015 - Today the 10,000 Women Initiative continues in 2015, with the first in a series of six phone conferences to be held throughout the year. Women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world, by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's conference call features a discussion on the topic of 'Women transforming the world'. (more)

New book features experiences of enlightenment throughout history, and how to culture them today
4 January 2015 - A new book, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time--and How You Can Cultivate Them, by Craig Pearson, PhD, features a wide range of sublime, exalted, transcendent experiences reported by great saints, sages, poets, scientists, political leaders, athletes, and others representing the world's cultures through history. The Supreme Awakening shows that what they described are experiences of advanced stages of human development, higher states of consciousness--experiences of enlightenment. Drawing on the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the book explains the origins of these experiences and categorizes them according to Maharishi's model of seven states of consciousness. Dr Pearson explains that ordinary men and women today are enjoying these same kinds of sublime experiences--how they can be cultivated systematically, naturally, and effortlessly through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

21 new Maharishi Vastu architects complete training
25 September 2014 - Earlier this summer 21 architects from 13 countries graduated from an intensive, two-month training programme as fully certified Maharishi Vastu architects. Their country affiliations, contact information, and pictures are featured on the Maharishi Vastu page on Facebook, organized according to their region of the world. (more)

Twenty-one architects, newly trained in Maharishi Vastu architecture, practising in 13 countries
27 August 2014 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture News is featuring more information about the recent international professional training course on Maharishi Vastu architecture in the Netherlands. Twenty-one architects from 13 countries graduated from the recent comprehensive, two-month training course at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland. The news post includes photos of the 21 architects, grouped according to country and region of the world, and their contact information, for those wishing to pursue Maharishi Vastu building projects in their areas. (more)

Silence and dynamism - The basis of progress
21 August 2014 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains that Transcendental Meditation is a process to 'bring the mind back to silence, and from there release the thought. Bring the mind back to silence, and then you have a lively basis for the projection of a thought, lively basis for the sprouting of a thought. Then the thought will be promoted by the infinite creative intelligence of Natural Law. That is the theme. Let the thought be promoted from a lively field at the basis of all evolutionary process, which is the field of silence.' (more)


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Microplastics found in 'pristine' Pyrenees mountains
16 April 2019 - Scientists have found that a secluded region in the Pyrenees mountains -- previously considered pristine wilderness -- is covered with airborne microplastics. A team from Strathclyde and Toulouse universities spent five months in the area, which straddles France and Spain. They estimate that each day an average of 365 tiny plastic fragments or fibres settled on every square metre of land. The nearest major city -- Toulouse -- is about 75 miles away. (more)

Climate, conflicts set to plunge millions into food crisis
2 April 2019 - War, extreme weather, and economic woes in 2018 left more than 113 million in dire need of help. Food crises will affect tens of millions of people across the world this year, researchers warned on Tuesday (2 April). Conflict and insecurity were responsible for the desperate situation faced by 74 million people, or two-thirds of those affected, in 2018, said the the Global Network against Food Crises in its annual report. (more)

Global investors 'wreaking havoc' on low-income renters, U.N. says
26 March 2019 - Large investment firms are worsening global housing shortages by forcing vulnerable out of low-income homes and upgrading them for higher rents, said United Nations human rights experts, who appealed to countries to tighten up regulation. (more)

Childhood anxiety tied to school absences
22 March 2019 - Kids with school attendance or truancy problems might be suffering from anxiety, a research review suggests. Chronic physical problems like asthma and diabetes have long been linked to an increased risk of school absences, poor grades and test scores, and lower odds of obtaining a college degree or a high-paying job. ... 'We were surprised to find evidence that anxiety is associated with unexcused absences, or truancy, which is often assumed to be related to behavioral difficulties rather than emotional difficulties like anxiety or depression, as well as authorized absences,' lead study author Katie Finning of the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK said by email. (more)

'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world
12 March 2019 - More than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and 'will almost certainly face extinction' without conservation intervention, according to new research. ... The project is from the same team of researchers that found just five countries are responsible for 70% of the world's remaining wilderness. (more)

More marine heat waves threaten fish and corals: study
4 March 2019 - The frequency of ocean heat waves has surged more than 50 percent since the early 20th century in a threat to fish, corals and other marine life stoked by global warming, an international study showed on Monday (4 March). (more)

Future of food under 'severe threat' as species diversity disappears - UN
22 February 2019 - The future of food supplies is under 'severe threat' because of the number of animal and plant species fast disappearing, a United Nations report said on Friday, as the world grapples with how to feed a growing population. By analyzing data from 91 countries, the FAO (U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization) said there was 'mounting evidence' the world's biodiversity was under 'severe threat'' due to pollution, badly managed water and land use, poor policies, over harvesting, and climate change. (more)

UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity
22 February 2019 - The plants, animals, and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study. The study says that land-use changes, pollution, and climate change are all causing biodiversity loss. ... it includes those organisms that provide essential services, such as bees and other pollinators, and worms, mangroves, sea grasses and fungi which work to keep soils fertile and purify the air and water. (more)

Machine learning 'causing science crisis'
16 February 2019 - Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. ...A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyze data that has already been collected. ... The 'reproducibility crisis' in science refers to the alarming number of research results that are not repeated when another group of scientists tries the same experiment. It means that the initial results were wrong. One analysis suggested that up to 85% of all biomedical research carried out in the world is wasted effort. (more)

Precious antibiotics still being used to boost animal growth: OIE
14 February 2019 - Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday (14 February) (more)

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