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US: University of Kentucky to buy solar power from new facility
20 October 2021 - The University of Kentucky will purchase 44 percent of the output of a new 125-megawatt solar power facility, through an agreement with its electricity provider, Kentucky Utilities Company, the university said. The McCracken County facility is expected to be online in 2025. Four other organizations, including the University of Louisville, also plan to buy power from the project. (more)

US: Ground broken on North Carolina tiny home village for homeless
19 October 2021 - Rain throughout the morning on October 9 didn't stop a group of about 100 people from gathering to volunteer and celebrate the groundbreaking for a new community coming to Wilmington -- a tiny home village serving chronically homeless people. The project will cost $4.3 million and is funded entirely by donations. (more)

California vineyards that once used only toxic chemicals to protect vines now use nesting owls
18 October 2021 - Napa Valley vintners are increasingly turning towards owls for their pest control, and away from super toxic pesticides. Barn owls in particular, but also hawks and other birds of prey, known as raptors, are being welcomed onto vineyards across California -- and scientists studying the impact of these strategies are finding encouraging results. (more)

Morality demonstrated in stories can alter judgment for early adolescents
18 October 2021 - An important lesson in the moral education of children could be as close as the book in their hands. Stories matter. And they can play a role in shifting the importance of particular moral values in young audiences, according to the results of a new study. The study looks at how exposure to media content featuring specific moral values (care, fairness, loyalty, and authority) might influence the weight kids place on those values. (more)

Afghan women launch school for refugees on U.S. army base
16 October 2021 - On an army base in the U.S. Midwest, dozens of Afghan refugee children sit with colouring books and pencils spread across their desks -- listening intently as they are taught maths, English, and how to prepare for life in the United States. The hundreds of children living temporarily at the Fort McCoy base in Wisconsin are among 53,000 Afghans who left their country ... in August and are being housed on military bases across the United States. (more)

US: Two locations are first in West Virginia program to protect rare species
14 October 2021 - Two West Virginia locations have been added to a new program to protect rare plant and animal species. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says Bald Knob and the Canaan Valley wetlands are the first sites in the state's Natural Areas Program. The program places extra protection on areas with significant conservation needs under the agency's administration. Both areas are within the Canaan Valley Resort State Park. (more)

Clean energy specialists ride across the U.S. to showcase the effectiveness of solar power
11 October 2021 - Electric bicycles have been making their way across country as part of a clean energy initiative. The two men riding the bikes plan to travel across the U.S. to showcase the power of solar energy. The two are a dynamic duo that have been doing something most of wouldn't imagine, riding their bikes for 53 days. Sushil Reddy and Luis Fourzan are taking the term, 'road trip,' quite literally. The project is the SunPedal Ride. Reddy came up with this idea to ride E-bikes across the country to raise awareness on solar energy, electric mobility, and healthy living. They've already covered 2,200 miles in 50 days. (more)

BeeHero raises $15 million to save the bees
8 October 2021 - BeeHero, an Israeli agritech startup which develops technology to save bees, has announced it has raised a $15 million Series A from venture capital funds. It also has partnered with leading researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture and at the University of California Davis on this endeavor. To date, BeeHero has raised $24 million in total. The Israeli agritech startup is the fourth largest pollination provider in the U.S. and will use the funds to recruit additional staff for its Silicon Valley offices. (more)

US: rePlant fuels food system's shift to regenerative agriculture with $2 billion soil fund and support for farmers
5 October 2021 - Experiencing the effects of a global issue on a personal level inspired Robyn O'Brien to investigate the reasons behind it -- and that research eventually led to a movement to invest billions in regenerative agriculture practices and fuel the transition to a more resilient supply chain and a healthier planet. ... O'Brien is seizing the opportunity to address the climate crisis with her fellow co-founders of rePlant Capital, which aims to increase farmer profitability and environmental outcomes by financing the transition of farmland from 'agrochemical' practices to regenerative and organic agriculture. (more)

US: Thanks to the Yurok Tribe, condors will return to the Pacific Northwest
28 September 2021 - Next spring, California condors will soar in northern California for the first time in a century. Four young condors will be released in Redwood National and State Parks, reintroducing this critically endangered species to what was once only the middle of a vast range that stretched from Baja California all the way up to British Columbia. But if it weren't for the Yurok Tribe, who have fought for the return of this culturally and ecologically important bird for the past 13 years, the condor's Pacific Northwest homecoming might never have happened at all. (more)


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The Transcendental Meditation Program for Advocates: 'TM is a tool for life'
15 October 2021 - An advocate's role is to promote the health, safety, and rights of patients and clients, providing holistic and empathetic care. But advocates can face huge challenges every day and are themselves at high risk for stress-related disease, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, hopelessness and burnout. Research has shown that all the qualities needed by a patient advocate are improved by the simple practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, which reduces stress and improves mental acuity, psychological balance, physical health, and resilience. 'I now have the tool I need to diffuse the stress, reenergize daily and stay calm in the continuous storms experienced in work that we do,' one advocate says. 'TM is a tool for life.' (more)

Maharishi International University alumna is a writer, producer, director
7 October 2021 - After reading film director David Lynch's book Catching the Big Fish, Jennifer Kachler learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, and went on to enrol in the David Lynch MFA in Film programme at Maharishi International University. Meeting Lynch and receiving his advice on her work were highlights of her year. Since graduating Jennifer has directed and produced an impressive list of commercials, short films, and documentaries in New York. Creating content in a fast-paced, demanding environment can be stressful, but her TM practice helps her stay calm. 'I meditate every day and it helps me tremendously,' she said. 'I can't imagine what life would be like without it.' (more)

Harvard Business School: ''The Neuroscience of Transcendence'' with Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR - Weds, 29 Sept.
27 September 2021 - In this webinar, hosted by Harvard Business School Association, Dr. Tony Nader, a Harvard- and MIT-trained medical doctor and neuroscientist, and author of One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness, will discuss how accessing the field of stillness within the mind is the key to improving brain functioning and promoting peak performance. He will present neurophysiological research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and its impact on optimizing brain and cognitive functioning; reducing stress, anxiety, and heart disease; and improving health and resilience. (more)

Can a Maharishi Vastu home be built with log construction? Live webinar 21 and 23 September
20 September 2021 - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a Vastu home built with logs? Join several experienced Maharishi Vastu architects and homeowners as they present their experiences with log construction in this new live webinar. As always, the presentation will end with a Q & A session. Replays will be available. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helped me become a writer: Norman Rosenthal, MD
15 August 2021 - After world-renowned psychiatrist and researcher Norman Rosenthal, MD, resumed his Transcendental Meditation practice after many years, he also started writing books again. 'My debt to the TM technique in helping me write these books did not escape my attention,' he says. 'I realized that it was a result of the subtle process by which experiences that occur during meditation gently enter our ordinary consciousness.' A series of bestsellers including Transcendance and Super Mind followed, reflecting his experiences with TM and positive effects he saw developing in his daily life and in meditating patients. A lifelong poetry lover, Rosenthal says, 'It was only by virtue of my continued TM practice that I was able to pull together the elements necessary to write Poetry Rx: How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your Life.' The book's launch in April was featured in major news media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC, ABC, and PBS. (more)

Champion of human rights: An Interview with Lena Alhusseini
19 July 2021 - Lena Alhusseini works in the field of human rights and accountability. With an outstanding record of professional commitment to serving populations in need, Lena has been director of Oregon's child welfare programme as well as executive director of the Arab-American Family Support Center where she focused on helping domestic violence survivors in the New York City area. She has worked with USAID, UNICEF, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Having learned Transcendental Meditation in 2010, 'I have come to depend on the TM technique in my daily life,' Lena says. 'I feel healed, sustained and re-energized after each meditation. I also seem to have focus, and to be able to find solutions to challenges almost intuitively after my meditation.' (more)

Build a Tiny House in Harmony with Nature: New webinar from Maharishi Vastu architecture, 20 and 22 July
14 July 2021 - Will the tiny house concept work for you? How do the elements of Maharishi Vastu architecture work in a small structure? Explore these and other topics related to the popular building trend for Tiny Homes in the next live webinar offered by Maharishi Vastu architecture, 20 and 22 July. Pros and cons will be discussed by Maharishi Vastu architects Jon Lipman, AIA, US, and Wojtek Skalski, Europe. Joining them to describe their experiences will be several tiny house homeowners. The presentation will end with a Q & A session. (more)

Maharishi International University professor wins industry award for research on wireless security
7 July 2021 - Dr. Renuka Mohanraj, Associate Professor in the Master's in Software Development programme and the Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi International University, USA, has recently been honoured as a Fellow of the Computer Science Research Council (FCSRC) for her important research on wireless sensor networks (WSN) data security. (more)

Development of the Self: Consciousness, Physiology, and Medicine - Dr Tony Nader, Grand Rounds webinar 29 June
29 June 2021 - What is meant by consciousness and its role in health care and self-development? What is the relationship of consciousness to physiology, and what implications does this relationship have for health, contentment, and well-being? Today's Grand Rounds webinar featuring Tony Nader, MD, PhD, will provide physicians and others with greater understanding and familiarity with modalities to expand consciousness and nurture physical, mental, and social well-being for themselves and their patients. Dr Nader is a medical doctor and neuroscientist trained at Harvard and MIT, and a globally recognized expert in the science of consciousness and human development. He directs the global organizations that teach the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)

Maharishi International University inaugurates Center for Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles
25 June 2021 - Maharishi International University (MIU) has inaugurated the Navin and Pratima Doshi Center for Integrative Medicine in West Los Angeles, California. The clinic is located in an 11,000-square-foot [1,115 sq m] building donated by philanthropists and LA residents Navin and Pratima Doshi. The teaching and research facility is an extension of MIU and will provide health consultations to the public. The centre will also give opportunities for MIU students to participate in patient consultations for their clinical training in the MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine Program. (more)


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Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds
17 October 2021 - Synthetic chemicals called phthalates, found in hundreds of consumer products such as food storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume, and children's toys, may contribute to some 91,000 to 107,000 premature deaths a year among people ages 55 to 64 in the United States, a new study found. ... Phthalates are known to interfere with the body's mechanism for hormone production, known as the endocrine system, and they are 'linked with developmental, reproductive, brain, immune, and other problems,' according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (more)

US: Winter heating bills set to jump as inflation hits home
13 October 2021 - With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday [13 October] it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54 percent compared to last winter. The forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is the latest reminder of the higher inflation ripping across the global economy. (more)

In secret tapes, palm oil execs disclose corruption, brutality
9 October 2021 - The police drove into the village of Watwat in SUVs during a rainstorm. It was late on a July night in 2019, and they'd come through the rainforest, armed with guns and metal bars. ... Global Witness's two-year investigation is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the corruption, labor abuses, and destructive environmental practices in an industry that is clearing carbon-rich rainforests and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that has become a growing concern for climate scientists. The world's most common vegetable oil has spawned vast fortunes, while coming under scrutiny for its labor practices and environmental impact. Palm oil companies typically make a first windfall on timber before sowing oil palm plantations. (more)

Ex-Facebook employee says network hurts kids, fuels division
5 October 2021 - A former Facebook data scientist told Congress on Tuesday that the social network giant's products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S. while its executives refuse to change because they elevate profits over safety. And she laid responsibility with the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (more)

Whistleblower connects Facebook decision on misinformation to US Capitol riot
4 October 2021 - For the past month or so, a former Facebook employee providing information to the Wall Street Journal has disclosed several of the tech giant's ethical lapses, including the revelation that the social network's own research department found that the algorithm on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, was impacting the mental health of teenage girls. On 60 Minutes on Sunday [3 October], the whistleblower came forward ... 'The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,' Frances Haugen said. 'And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.' Perhaps the most glaring example of this dynamic was her claim that Facebook disarmed protections against misinformation after finding that the move kept users (and advertising dollars) glued to the social network. Haugen alleges that this decision helped fuel the communications that led to the Capitol riot. (more)

Whistleblower says Facebook put profit before reining in hate speech (+Reuters video)
4 October 2021 - A Facebook whistleblower on Sunday [3 October] accused the social media giant of repeatedly prioritizing profit over clamping down on hate speech and misinformation, and said her lawyers have filed at least eight complaints with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ... 'There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,' she said during the interview. 'And Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests like making more money.' Haugen ... said Facebook has lied to the public about the progress it made to clamp down on hate speech and misinformation on its platform. (more)

Facebook whistleblower to claim company contributed to US Capitol attack
3 October 2021 - A whistleblower at Facebook will say that thousands of pages of internal company research she turned over to federal regulators proves the social media giant is deceptively claiming effectiveness in its efforts to eradicate hate and misinformation and it contributed to the January 6 attack on the Capitol in Washington DC. The former employee is set to air her claims and reveal her identity in an interview airing Sunday night [3 October] on CBS 60 Minutes ahead of a scheduled appearance at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. (more)

Pandora papers: biggest ever leak of offshore data exposes financial secrets of rich and powerful
3 October 2021 - The secret deals and hidden assets of some of the world's richest and most powerful people have been revealed in the biggest trove of leaked offshore data in history. Branded the Pandora papers, the cache includes 11.9m files from companies hired by wealthy clients to create offshore structures and trusts in tax havens such as Panama, Dubai, Monaco, Switzerland, and the Cayman Islands. They expose the secret offshore affairs of 35 world leaders, including current and former Presidents, Prime Ministers, and heads of state. They also shine a light on the secret finances of more than 300 other public officials such as government ministers, judges, mayors, and military generals in more than 90 countries. (more)

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff
23 September 2021 - Schools have welcomed students back to classrooms but face a new challenge: a shortage of teachers and staff the likes of which some districts say they have never seen. Public schools have struggled for years with teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education, and languages. But the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem. The stress of teaching in the COVID-19 era has triggered a spike in retirements and resignations. (more)

US projections on drought-hit Colorado River grow more dire
23 September 2021 - The U.S. government released projections Wednesday [22 September] that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West. ... Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S., largely rely on melted snow. They have been hard hit by persistent drought amid climate change, characterized by a warming and drying trend in the past 30 years. (more)

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