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US: Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing
17 November 2018 - Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. (more)

US: Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores
17 November 2018 - The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA 'edited' are expected to begin selling. It's a different technology than today's controversial 'genetically modified' foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer. (more)

US: Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600
15 November 2018 - A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday (15 November), as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The Butte County disaster coincided with a flurry of smaller blazes in Southern California ... (more)

Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as sectarian threat grows
11 November 2018 - Fifteen Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shi'ite militia forces fighting Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday (11 November), officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued. ... The fighting took place as U.S. special envoy Zakmay Khalilzad prepared for a fresh round of meetings aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to try to find a political settlement to the decades-long war in Afghanistan. (more)

Congo ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history
10 November 2018 - Democratic Republic of the Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said. This is Democratic Republic of the Congo's 10th outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku, in the Equateur province, the ministry said. (more)

Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people in Jordan: government
10 November 2018 - Twelve people died in heavy rains and flooding in parts of Jordan on Friday and authorities evacuated foreign tourists from the ancient city of Petra and other popular destinations, officials said on Saturday (10 November). The country has recently been hit by flash floods and heavy downpours. In the worst incident, 21 people -- mostly school children on an outing to the Dead Sea -- were killed as torrential rains poured through valleys and deep ravines. (more)

Displaced victims of worst Afghan drought in years fear harsh winter
9 November 2018 - Mahiuddin, a 35 year-old farmer from Badghis, a mountainous province in western Afghanistan, has been living in a camp outside the city of Herat for months, one of tens of thousands displaced by the worst drought the country has seen in years. ... With much of Afghanistan's agricultural land degraded, and many areas lawless after years of war, food insecurity has added to the suffering without generating the same headlines as the fighting. (more)

In Kyrgyzstan, warming brings less water - and more conflict
9 November 2018 - As the Kyrgyz village of Kok Tal's nominated murab, or water man, Mamatgapirov must ensure that all 200 of Kok Tal's farmers receive their fair share of water. But there is rarely enough for everyone. 'The problem is Uzbekistan' he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 'Our water flows through Uzbekistan and they do not give us enough.' Kok Tal's water begins its journey at the Papan reservoir in Kyrgyzstan -- 120 miles away from the village. It flows along a series of cracked and crooked canals -- built during the Soviet era -- until it is diverted, using hand-operated gates, to the various farms that line its route. The canal network stretches across the Fergana Valley -- a twisted knot of contested borders and enclaves that is acrimoniously shared between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Almost a quarter of Central Asia's population lives in the valley ... (more)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.

   
   
   

The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

   
   
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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

   
   
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When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

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