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New devices that eat river plastic before it reaches the ocean
13 January 2022 - From 'bubble barriers' to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the ocean. Plastic can be spread by natural disasters, such as a tsunami, which can push invasive species and debris halfway across the world. But rivers carry a much more regular supply of plastic to the oceans. That is why some scientists are calling for greater efforts to stop plastic going into rivers in the first place. Cue inventors, who have developed an array of river barriers and collection devices to catch and remove riverine plastic -- from simple nets and booms to conveyor belts and robots. (more)

Exercise alters brain chemistry to protect aging synapses
10 January 2022 - When elderly people stay active, their brains have more of a class of proteins that enhances the connections between neurons to maintain healthy cognition, a UC San Francisco study has found. ''It may be that physical activity exerts a global sustaining effect, supporting and stimulating healthy function of proteins that facilitate synaptic transmission throughout the brain,'' William Honer, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and senior author of the study, said. (more)

Pope on new year: Pandemic is hard, but focus on the good
1 January 2022 - In his New Year's wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality. Peace, the Pope said, 'demands concrete actions. It is built by being attentive to the least, by promoting justice, with the courage to forgive, thus extinguishing the fire of hatred.' Francis also championed embracing a positive attitude, 'one that always sees, in the Church as well as in society, not the evil which divides us, but the good that unites us.' (more)

Top 10 wins for the planet in 2021 -- these will turn anyone into an optimist
28 December 2021 - In 2021, green innovation continued at a pace that has typified the yet-young century, and goals and projects long pursued came to fruition. Maintaining the health of the planet into the future relies on solving many problems, including the carbon emissions equation. And beyond the headlines, the world really is, like Steven Pinker and others have claimed, getting better all the time. (more)

AI is discovering patterns in pure mathematics that have never been seen before
6 December 2021 - In a newly published study, a research team used artificial intelligence systems developed by DeepMind, the same company that has been deploying AI to solve tricky biology problems and improve the accuracy of weather forecasts, to unknot some long-standing math problems. 'While mathematicians have used machine learning to assist in the analysis of complex data sets, this is the first time we have used computers to help us formulate conjectures or suggest possible lines of attack for unproven ideas in mathematics,' says mathematician Geordie Williamson from the University of Sydney in Australia. (more)

How floating islands can make urban waterways green and clean
3 December 2021 - Many of the world's cities are built around waterways. Paris and the Seine, Allahabad, India and the Ganges, Cairo and the Nile -- these rivers, at one time the life-force of their city, are now so polluted they're unfit for swimming and host very little natural wildlife. ... Biomatrix Water, a biological technology company based in Scotland, says it has developed a solution using a system of floating modular plant platforms that green and clean urban waterways. (more)

Physicists detect signs of neutrinos at Large Hadron Collider
26 November 2021 - The international Forward Search Experiment team, led by physicists at the University of California, Irvine, has achieved the first-ever detection of neutrino candidates produced by the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland. In a paper published today in the journal Physical Review D, the researchers describe how they observed six neutrino interactions during a pilot run of a compact emulsion detector installed at the LHC in 2018. (more)

Hidden black hole discovered in our neighboring galaxy
11 November 2021 - A newly discovered black hole has been hiding in a cluster containing thousands of stars in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. The black hole is 160,000 light-years away from Earth, and it's 11 times the mass of our sun. Astronomers found it by using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile and observing how the black hole's gravity influenced the motion of a nearby star, which is about five times the mass of our sun. (more)

Record-breaking 'tsunami' of gravitational waves detected
9 November 2021 - The ripples created by massive cosmic collisions have reached Earth after traveling across the universe for billions of years. Scientists have detected the largest number of these gravitational waves since the cosmic events were first discovered in 2015, according to new research. Gravitational waves can help scientists better understand the violent life cycle of stars and why they turn into black holes or neutron stars when they die. (more)

Earth's first continents emerged from the ocean 700m years earlier than thought
8 November 2021 - The Earth's first continents rose out of the ocean 700m years earlier than previously thought, a new analysis of ancient rocks suggests. Researchers who have studied rock sediments in eastern India believe the discovery could explain an increase in oxygen in the atmosphere, and the formation of glaciers, during that period of Earth's history. (more)

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Watch and Listen: Dr Tony Nader on Consciousness and Human Potential - recent podcasts
10 January 2022 - Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, has been a popular guest on recent cutting-edge podcasts with leading figures, talking about the science of Consciousness and his new book, One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness. Dr Nader is a Harvard- and MIT- trained medical doctor, neuroscientist, and globally recognized expert in consciousness. As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's successor, Dr Nader is head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations in over 100 countries. (more)

Save the date: Penguin Random House Audio to launch One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness audiobook by Dr. Tony Nader - January 21
23 December 2021 - Celebrate the launch of Dr. Tony Nader's One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness audiobook on 21 January and bring in the New Year with an expanded vision of life. On that day Penguin Random House Audio will launch the best-selling author's audiobook around the globe - join the Penguin Random House Audio team as they launch this powerful recording and listen to selections from a great book read by the renowned author and leader in the field of consciousness, Dr. Tony Nader. (more)

Starts tomorrow - International Symposium on the Role of Consciousness in Solving the World's Problems: Making Life Work for Everyone - 2530 July
24 July 2021 - Maharishi International University announces the first International Symposium on the Role of Consciousness in Solving the World's Problems: Making Life Work for Everyone, 25-30 July. Today, when the world is facing so many critical problems, it is timely and vital to consider the primary role of consciousness in providing practical and profound solutions to the most important issues in our fields, and to bring these solutions to the world's leaders. The symposium will be conducted by Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R., head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations, foremost expert in the science of consciousness, and author of the new book One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness: Simple Answers to Life's Big Questions. (more)

One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness: New book by Dr Tony Nader launched 1 April
3 April 2021 - A live virtual event on the 1st of April celebrated the launch of Dr Tony Nader's new book, One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness: Simple answers to the big questions in life, by publisher Penguin Random House. 'In this landmark book, Dr Nader presents ideas that can change the world,' writes filmmaker and philanthropist David Lynch in the book's Prologue. To questions that have long intrigued philosophers and scientists: 'What is consciousness, do we have freedom? How to create peace and harmony among peoples and nations? - Dr Nader offers profound solutions based on a simple underlying paradigm that unifies mind, body, and environment in one ocean of pure Being, pure consciousness. A must read for any seeker of answers to the mysteries of life, the absolute and ultimate truth.' The book is available from five major online venues. (more)

Today: Dr Tony Nader on his new book: One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness - Live on Facebook
19 March 2021 - Join Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR today, live on Facebook and Instagram - to explore his new book: One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness: Simple Answers to the Big Questions in Life. 'Is there some hidden purpose to life, a secret design, a meaningful logic, a goal to reach? Why are we here? Where do we come from?' Dr Nader is an MIT and Harvard-trained medical doctor and neuroscientist, and a globally recognized expert in the fields of meditation and consciousness. He directs the organizations teaching the Transcendental Meditation programme in over 100 countries. Today's live session begins at 1 PM NYC, 6 PM Amsterdam. (more)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's comments to the press - Christmas, 2002
25 December 2020 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi replies to a question from the world press on the Vedic nature of Christ's words, 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.' - 25 December 2002, MERU, Netherlands. (more)

5 Tips For Your Mental Survival: Join Dr Tony Nader Live today on Facebook and Instagram
25 November 2020 - Having trouble keeping your balance? Feel like you want to hide? Anxiety and fear are issues for many right now. Join Tony Nader MD, PhD, MARR today on Facebook and Instagram LIVE and he will walk you through the steps to take in order to find balance in these times of change and uncertainty. Wednesday, 25 November - 1PM New York / 7PM Amsterdam. Dr Nader is a neuroscientist trained at MIT and Harvard University, and a globally recognized expert in the fields of meditation, yoga, and consciousness. As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's successor, he is head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations in more than 100 countries. (more)

Today, 7pm across the world: 'Meeting the Beatles in India' film World Premiere features Transcendental Meditation
9 September 2020 - In 1968, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Founder of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organization. Featuring never-before-seen footage, the 'Meeting the Beatles in India' documentary offers an intimate glimpse of how John, Paul, George, and Ringo discovered spirituality and ultimately changed the course of their musical careers forever. Emmy Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman shares an extraordinary life experience in his new feature documentary. It is narrated by actor Morgan Freeman and executive produced by David Lynch, Founder of the David Lynch Foundation and award-winning director, writer, and producer. (more)

'7 Tips for Feeling Good in Uncertain Times': Dr Tony Nader, Live on Facebook - 27 August
25 August 2020 - Life can be challenging when everything has been turned upside down. Learn helpful tips to finding happiness in uncertain times - join Dr Tony Nader, Live on Facebook and Instagram, this Thursday, 27 August. Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R., is an author, medical doctor, and neuroscientist trained at M.I.T. and Harvard University, as well as a globally recognized expert in the fields of meditation, yoga, and consciousness. As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's successor, Dr Nader is head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations in more than 100 countries. (more)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's comments to the press - Christmas, 2002
25 December 2019 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi replies to a question from the world press on the Vedic nature of Christ's words, 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.' - 25 December 2002, MERU, Netherlands. (more)

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Climate-fueled permafrost thaw threatens up to half of Arctic infrastructure - report
14 January 2022 - Thawing permafrost could put as much as 50 percent of Arctic infrastructure at high risk of damage by 2050, requiring tens of billions of dollars in maintenance and repairs, scientists warned on Tuesday [11 January]. ... For decades, researchers have focused on monitoring the carbon long locked in permafrost, worrying that the release of climate-warming carbon dioxide and methane could push the world toward runaway global warming. (more)

Wildfires are digging carbon-spewing holes in the Arctic
14 January 2022 - A perfect storm is ravaging the Arctic -- literally. As the world warms, more lightning systems are igniting more peat fires. They burn through ancient buried plant material and release great plumes of greenhouse gases, which further warm the planet. At the same time, as plant species march north thanks to a more hospitable climate, the Arctic is greening. That darkens the landscape and absorbs more of the sun's energy, further heating the region. It also provides more fuel to burn; dried plants above ground ignite more readily than permafrost, which is made from frozen dirt or sand or gravel mixed with dead plants. But permafrost is now thawing so rapidly that it's creating massive sinkholes in the earth, up to 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep, a process known as thermokarst. (more)

2021 was 45th year in a row with a warmer-than-normal global temperature
13 January 2022 - The last 45 years have all been above the 20th century average for global temperature, new data shows, as Earth continues its relentless warming due to heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. Twin reports released Thursday [13 January] from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found 2021 was the sixth warmest year on record, despite the influence of La Nina, which tends to lead to cooler global temperatures. (more)

Oceans at warmest on record in 2021, for the 3rd year in a row
13 January 2022 - Last year was the hottest on record for the world's oceans for the third year in a row, according to new research, part of a long-term upward trend in ocean temperature that scientists say is overwhelmingly due to planet-warming fossil fuel emissions. The annual study, published Tuesday in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, found the past five years have been the hottest five on record for the oceans, dating back to the late 1950s. ... Ultimately, researchers say humans have been the dominant cause of the relentless warming trend. (more)

World Economic Forum warns cyber risks add to climate threat
13 January 2022 - Cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday [11 January]. (more)

Omicron thrives in airways, not lungs; new data on asymptomatic cases
19 December 2021 - Major differences in how efficiently Omicron and other variants of the coronavirus multiply may help predict Omicron's effects, researchers said on Wednesday [15 December]. Compared to the earlier Delta variant, Omicron multiplies itself 70 times more quickly in tissues that line airway passages, which may facilitate person-to-person spread, they said. Omicron grips cells more tightly, withstands some antibodies. Four in 10 infected people may unknowingly spread virus. (more)

Omicron is spreading faster than any other coronavirus variant
15 December 2021 - The Omicron coronavirus variant is spreading at a rate not seen with previous variants, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned, adding that the tendency to dismiss it as mild is concerning. (more)

Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you've probably never heard of
5 December 2021 - Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous. ... Nurdles, the colloquial term for 'pre-production plastic pellets', are the little-known building block for all our plastic products. The tiny beads can be made of polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, and other plastics. ... They are often mistaken for food by seabirds, fish, and other wildlife. In the environment, they fragment into nanoparticles whose hazards are more complex. (more)

Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'
30 November 2021 - The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines. (more)

COVID: Dozens test positive on SA-Netherlands flights
27 November 2021 - Sixty-one people who arrived in Amsterdam [Friday 26 November] on two flights from South Africa have tested positive for COVID-19, Dutch officials say. They were among some 600 passengers held for several hours after arrival while they were tested for the virus. The Dutch authorities are carrying out further testing to see if there are any cases of Omicron, named on Friday [26 November] as a variant of concern by the WHO. (more)


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