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Bankset Energy announces GW-scale plans for solar railways the world over
12 October 2018 - Bankset Energy Corporation has ambitious plans to install gigawatts of solar PV on railway sleepers across the globe. While the first installation took place in Switzerland, work is underway on projects in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, China and Italy; and gearing up in Austria and Spain. (more)

Floating PV goes everywhere
3 October 2018 - While a large floating solar power plant is being planned in Ukraine, within a huge renewable energy complex at the water reservoir Kakhovka, the Asian Development Bank has targeted Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and the Kyrgyz Republic as three countries possessing strong potential for this emerging technology. Big and small-sized floating PV projects have been announced across several mature solar markets over the past two years, including in most European and Asian regions, like India, China, South Korea, and Taiwan; and other Latin American countries, such as Colombia and Brazil. However, less mature markets, like Ukraine, are also starting to recognize their benefits. (more)

Four women who changed the face of physics
3 October 2018 - Donna Strickland has become only the third woman in history to win the Nobel prize for Physics [she was notified of the achievement on 2 October]. She joins Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Here are four other women who have changed the face of physics. (more)

Why elephants have wrinkles (or 'cracks') in their skin
2 October 2018 - Elephants' wrinkles aren't just about age. In fact, the observation that baby elephants don't have wrinkles in their skin led researchers to wonder why and how these form. What they discovered is that the skin 'cracks' to improve their quality of life, according to a study published Tuesday (2 October) in the journal Nature Communications. Elephants have adapted to form cracks in their skin to regulate temperature and protect from parasites. (more)

Businesses pledge climate change action at New York summit
26 September 2018 - A new investment fund for green businesses and a tool to measure emissions were among the pledges to help governments curb global warming at a summit on climate financing convened by the French President on Wednesday (26 September). Emmanuel Macron called on government and business leaders to invest more in slowing down climate change as he opened the second annual 'One Planet' summit in New York. The one-day gathering in New York, where world leaders were gathered for the United Nations General Assembly, drew the leaders of global companies as well as more than two dozen heads of state and government. (more)

U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero
14 September 2018 - When the chairman of Indian conglomerate Mahindra announced on stage at a climate summit in San Francisco that his $20 billion multinational would slash its greenhouse gas emissions to zero, it came as a surprise --- even to the company's chief sustainability officer. ... At a summit -- which aims to give momentum to the fight by cities, regions and businesses against climate change -- there is an increasing buzz about efforts to fully eliminate -- or offset -- emissions. (more)

U.S. climate summit ends with California promising satellite carbon monitoring
14 September 2018 - After a week in which cities and companies announced plans to speed action on global warming, a San Francisco climate summit ended Friday (14 September) with host California promising to launch its own satellite to track major emissions sources. Company executives unveiled expanded plans to reduced climate-changing emissions, and mayors and governors committed to abandon coal and champion clean energy, she [Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan state governor] told 4,500 delegates to the summit. (more)

From space stations to factories: Five interesting ways that solar power is being harnessed
13 September 2018 - Solar power is becoming an increasingly important part of the planet's energy mix. In 2016, for example, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by 50 percent globally, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA also noted that, for the first time, solar PV additions grew faster than any other fuel. This article looks at five interesting ways solar power is being used around the world. (more)

Ambitious climate summit gets underway in San Francisco
12 September 2018 - As California Governor Jerry Brown's ambitious climate summit got underway Wednesday (12 September) in San Francisco, dozens of political leaders from around the world gathered to step up efforts to cut carbon emissions linked to global warming. They met as part of the Under2 Coalition, a worldwide collection of states, cities, and regional governments that have pledged to do their part to help meet the goals set in the landmark 2016 Paris agreement on climate change. (more)

Scottish global gathering for good sees young, bright future for business
12 September 2018 - Young people are driving the growth of businesses that benefit society and the environment, the organizer of a global gathering of ethical entrepreneurs said as it opens on Wednesday (12 September). Some 1,500 people are meeting in Edinburgh as the tenth Social Enterprise World Forum -- one of the most important networking events for the sector -- returned to its birthplace ... 'Increasingly young people are looking for careers of purpose, looking at social enterprise as a way of being involved in business and doing social good -- and that has to be significant and heartening and positive,' Gerry Higgins, head of CEIS, which convenes the forum, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. (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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Physicist Donna Strickland had to win a Nobel Prize to get on Wikipedia
4 October 2018 - What does a female scientist have to do to get her own Wikipedia page? Literally win the Nobel Prize. Dr. Donna Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, won the Nobel Prize in Physics this week for her research on laser amplification. She shared the prize with her doctoral adviser Gerard Mourou. Strickland is only the third female Nobel laureate in physics, and the only living one (the others were Marie Curie and Marie Goeppert-Mayer). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Strickland's work had 'revolutionized laser physics.' It also revolutionized her Wikipedia profile -- previously she only had a passing mention in Mourou's entry. .... And now that Strickland is a Nobel laureate with a Wikipedia page, fans on social media said she should apply to become a full professor. (more)

Chemical pollution could wipe out half of all killer whale populations
27 September 2018 - Chemical pollutants banned more than 40 years ago are still having a devastating effect on marine life and could lead to the disappearance of half the world's killer whale populations before the end of the century. That's according to a new study, published in the journal Science, which found that killer whales, or orcas, are most at risk from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were once widely used as coolants and in the production of carbonless copy paper before they were found to be highly toxic and carcinogenic. (more)

Pollution threatens the future of killer whales
27 September 2018 - Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say. A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question. Some populations, such as those around the UK, the Strait of Gibraltar, off Brazil, Japan, and California, are almost certainly doomed. The assessment is in Science magazine. The issue is polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. (more)

Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, most of them men: WHO
21 September 2018 - More than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (21 September). And despite evidence of the health risks it carries, global consumption of alcohol is predicted to rise in the next 10 years. (more)

Survey of 104 countries says 1.3 billion live in poverty
20 September 2018 - A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are living in poverty -- including 662 million children. The Multidimensional Poverty Index released Thursday by the U.N. Development Program and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative says 46 percent of the 1.3 billion are considered to be severely impoverished. (more)

'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study
13 September 2018 - A new study suggests that ingesting even a single piece of plastic can be deadly for sea turtles. Researchers found there was a one in five chance of death for a turtle who consumed just one item -- rising to 50 percent for 14 pieces. The team found that younger turtles are at a higher risk of dying from exposure to plastic than adults. The never ending surge of plastic into the world's oceans is taking an increasing toll on iconic marine species. (more)

2017 was the world's most miserable year on record, study says
12 September 2018 - Last year was the world's most miserable for more than a decade, according to a survey of people's emotions in more than 145 countries. People experienced sadness, stress, worry, anger, and physical pain more frequently in 2017 than in previous years, according to Gallup's annual Global Emotions Report. The results mean the world is more 'negative' than at any point since the polling company started the study in 2005. (more)

Hotter climate means hungrier insects will munch millions more tons of crops
30 August 2018 - A warming planet will see larger swarms of hungrier insects chomp through millions more tons of rice, maize, and wheat crops globally by 2050, even if countries meet ambitious climate goals to curb carbon emissions, scientists said on Thursday (30 August). (more)

Air pollution causes 'huge' reduction in intelligence, study reveals
27 August 2018 - Air pollution causes a 'huge' reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health. The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95 percent of the global population breathing unsafe air. It found that high pollution levels led to significant drops in test scores in language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person's education. (more)

Big Tobacco's global reach on social media
24 August 2018 - The tobacco industry says it no longer tries to hook new generations of smokers. So what's behind the legions of beautiful young people in smoking, vaping, and partying posts with the same hashtags? ... while the US Food and Drug Administration weighs plans to cut nicotine in cigarettes, making them less addictive, Big Tobacco has been making the most of the time it still has using social networks to promote its brands around the world. (more)

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