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US: Navajo robotics team heads to international competition
13 August 2018 - A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition. The team was specially invited to compete in the First Global Challenge that starts August 14 in Mexico City. Teams from more than 190 countries will create robots for energy generation, especially renewable power. Teams hail from countries ranging from Congo to Ukraine, and also include separate teams representing specifically the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (more)

Clinton, Bloomberg, Expedia announce solar projects on St. Thomas, St. John
11 August 2018 - In his second visit to the territory following the 2017 hurricanes, former President Bill Clinton toured St. Thomas and St. John Friday (10 August) to announce the Clinton Global Initiative-led solarization of two St. John schools and the Family Resource Center on St. Thomas. ... The solarization project [is being] done in collaboration with the Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Expedia Group ... (more)

Caribbean states kick off green defense against disasters
9 August 2018 - British billionaire Richard Branson and two dozen Caribbean nations and territories announced in Jamaica on Thursday (9 August) the creation of a multi-million dollar program to turn the hurricane-prone region into a green tech hub resilient to disasters. (more)

Palestinians turn to the sun to reduce their power shortfall
9 August 2018 - From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity. ... The number of panels in the enclave has increased four-fold in four years and they are now dotted on most rooftops and balcony on homes, schools, hospitals, shops, banks, and mosques in a place where the sun shines 320 days a year. (more)

How India gave us the zero
8 August 2018 - The invention of zero was a hugely significant mathematical development, one that is fundamental to calculus, which made physics, engineering, and much of modern technology possible. ... The nation has long had a fascination with sophisticated mathematics. Early Indian mathematicians were obsessed with giant numbers, counting well into the trillions when the Ancient Greeks stopped at about 10,000. They even had different types of infinity. (more)

US: Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy
8 August 2018 - Vermont's capital city (Montpelier) is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy -- grazing goats. The goats graze on the poison ivy, causing stress to the plants so that they retreat, said the goat's owner Mary Beth Herbert. It's expected to take several years of cyclical grazing to eradicate the poison ivy, she said. The poison ivy doesn't harm the goats named Ruth, Bader, and Ginsburg. (more)

How South Africa built one of the world's most advanced telescopes
6 August 2018 - A telescope built in South Africa is revealing new details about the Milky Way. The telescope is made up of 64 satellite dishes that are connected across five miles in a semi-arid and sparsely populated area of South Africa, where signal interference is minimal. 'It's the clearest view ever made of the center of our galaxy,' chief scientist Fernando Camilo said of images produced by the MeerKAT radio telescope. (more)

Birds learn another 'language' by eavesdropping on neighbors
3 August 2018 - For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death. Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other species' chatter. Birds, for example, can learn to flee when neighbors cluck 'hawk!' -- or, more precisely, emit a distress call. (more)

A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies
2 August 2018 - For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. 'I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field,' Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf. So why does she have 60 acres of milkweed growing on purpose? It's for the sake of butterflies -- the iconic monarchs. And for a chance to turn milkweed into profit. (more)

Deep origin of rare blue diamonds revealed in their flaws (+ AP video)
1 August 2018 - Blue diamonds ... are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have a glimmer of an answer. They've long known that the blue tint comes from traces of boron in the diamond. But the element is mostly found near the Earth's surface, not deep down where diamonds are typically created. Researchers scrutinized 46 blue diamonds, studying imperfections in the gems for clues. (more)


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TM and Mindfulness - What's the difference? A mindfulness teacher/clinical psychologist explains
8 July 2018 - Ever wondered about the difference between mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation? In a recent article, clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher Donna Rockwell explains her experience learning TM. 'While I think mindfulness is ''mind training'', TM is more like taking the mind to an amazing spa,' she says. 'From the very first time, it felt like my brain was settling into a nice warm bath. My brain calms down and gets back to a state of homeostasis. And then after twenty minutes, I return to my life with greater peace and wellbeing.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New solar array will provide a third of campus power
7 July 2018 - At Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, construction begins this summer on a five-acre field of solar panels on the west side of campus. The 1.1-megawatt solar array, one of Iowa's largest, will provide approximately one-third of the electricity used on campus. The battery energy storage system will be the largest of its kind in the Midwest. The project is the culmination of years of design, engineering, and planning work by Ideal Energy, a leading solar company headed by MUM alumni Troy and Amy Van Beek, together with university trustee Tom Factor. MUM continues to progress toward the goal of being a carbon-neutral campus and meeting the commitments the university has made to The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and to the Paris Climate Initiative. (more)

US: Maharishi School student wins science fair awards
5 June 2018 - Shristi Sharma, a 9th-grader at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, won first place last month in the Computer Science category at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa with a project titled 'Phishing: Don't Take the Bait, Protect Your Sensitive Information.' She also won an Intel Excellence in Computer Science award, and was invited to attend the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (more)

Maharishi University of Management's International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness
25 May 2018 - Maharishi University of Management's online journal, the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness, was launched with the goal of examining consciousness from the point of view of mathematics. The inspiration for the journal came from Professor Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, who has written numerous books on the expression of Veda and the Vedic literature in the human physiology. Dr. Nader is both the founder and editor-in-chief of the journal. The journal's inaugural issue featured a paper by Dr. Nader, 'Consciousness Is All There Is: A Mathematical Approach with Applications' - the beginning of a series of papers aimed at solving the problem of how the physical universe emerges from consciousness. The journal welcomes articles from all mathematicians and scientists, presenting their theories of consciousness using the rigorous approach of mathematics. Maharishi University of Management is the journal's hosting institution. (more)

First ever neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation - British Psychological Society review
21 April 2018 - It is possible to pay attention effortlessly, your mind 'pulled by the inherent nature of the object of experience'. In fact, with practice, doing so can 'lead you to experience inner silence, tranquility, peace and transcendence'. That's according to a research team led by Michelle Mahone at the California School of Professional Psychology, who have published in Brain and Cognition what they describe as the first neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation (TM). (more)

New study highlights unique state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
4 April 2018 - Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain during Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice found that, like meditations that involve focused attention or open monitoring, there was increased activity in the areas of the prefrontal cortex related to attention - indicating alertness. However, unlike other meditations, during TM there was also decreased activity in the areas related to arousal - indicating deep rest. 'This restful alertness is the key to Transcendental Meditation,' said Dr Fred Travis, a coauthor of the study. 'It's a very different kind of rest than sleep. It's rejuvenating and healing, as evidenced by a wide range of clinical studies, while at the same time it allows the person to experience deeper mental states.' The new study is published in Brain and Cognition. (more)

Former Sony exec talks about Transcendental Meditation and the art of developing Emotional Intelligence
30 March 2018 - 'The evidence is mounting that for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a leader, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique can be a vital component in maximizing one's effectiveness. In my own career, my TM practice proved to be invaluable,' writes David Bishop, former president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Mr Bishop describes some of his experiences, 'including research that shows how TM helps develop the qualities one needs for leadership. . . . Studies on TM show improved intelligence, creativity, and learning ability, as well as higher levels of brain functioning, improved integration of personality, and greater efficiency and productivity.' (more)

Brain imaging confirms state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
27 March 2018 - Recent research, published in Brain and Cognition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging supports the assertion that Transcendental Meditation practice offers a state of 'restful alertness' - demonstrating that during TM, the mind is alert, but both the brain and body are in a deep state of rest. 'The restfully alert state gained during Transcendental Meditation is more than a concept,' said co-author Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA. 'These blood flow patterns give a physiological picture of the reality of restful alertness in the mind and body.' (more)

Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities: Maharishi Vastu Architecture conference announced
22 February 2018 - 'Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities - How Vedic Architecture, community design, and green building influence health, happiness, and lifestyle' is the title of a conference to be held 26-27 March in Washington, DC. This event will bring together real estate professionals from all over the world to explore the most cutting-edge ideas in real estate development and their impact on communities and inhabitants. The conference will integrate Maharishi Vastu - the ancient architectural and community planning science, also known as Vedic Architecture, holistic architecture in harmony with natural law - with the newest, hottest lifestyle trends, including sustainability, community-building, and wellness. (more)

A scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness
9 February 2018 - Scientific research in the 1970s found that the pattern of physiological changes during Transcendental Meditation was different from waking, dreaming, and sleep - indicating that Transcendental Consciousness, the state experienced during TM practice, is a major fourth state of consciousness. Of particular interest, writes Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the researchers, was increased alpha1 EEG during TM, which indicates a mind-body state of restful alertness. Subsequent research found that the alpha1 frequency during TM is coherent between all brain areas, which is correlated with a vast array of brain diversity underlying thought, behaviour, and feelings - creativity, intelligence, moral reasoning, and lower anxiety. (more)


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Hacking the US mid-terms? It's child's play
12 August 2018 - Bianca Lewis, 11, has many hobbies. She likes Barbie, video games, fencing, singing... and hacking the infrastructure behind the world's most powerful democracy. She's taking part in a competition organized by R00tz Asylum, a non-profit organization that promotes 'hacking for good'. Its aim is to send out a dire warning: the voting systems that will be used across America for the mid-term vote in November are, in many cases, so insecure a young child can learn to hack them with just a few minute's coaching. The first competitor to break in was 11-year-old Audrey Jones. It took her 10 minutes. (more)

Straw prices soar, piling pressure on northern Europe farmers
11 August 2018 - Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops. The higher bills put further pressure on farmers already facing one of their toughest summers ever; many have had to purchase more hay for fodder because the grass on which their herds normally graze has not grown. (more)

Red Cross warns of food crisis in North Korea as crops fail in heat
10 August 2018 - A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize, and other crops withering in the fields, 'with potentially catastrophic effects', the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday (10 August). The world's largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a 'full-blown food security crisis' in the isolated country, where a famine in the mid-1990s killed up to three million people. (more)

Aftershock jolts Indonesia's Lombok as death toll jumps to 259
9 August 2018 - A magnitude 6.2 aftershock rocked Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday (9 August), sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island as the official death toll from a powerful earthquake four days earlier almost doubled to 259. A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine, and shelter. (more)

'From high season to absolutely nothing': Indonesian quake devastates tourism
8 August 2018 - Days after a powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's resort island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people and sending thousands of tourists fleeing, its beach strip stands eerily empty, with shops and hotels shuttered. Any hotels still open are refusing guests out of safety concerns, while nearby restaurants and dive shops lie vacant in what is usually one of their busiest months of the year, reeling from the devastation of tourism caused by the quake. (more)

Gusting winds, heat to menace California wildfire battle
8 August 2018 - Crews battling the largest wildfire in California's history face a return of gusting winds and high temperatures on Thursday (9 August) that are expected to stoke a blaze that has burned an area nearly the size of Los Angeles. ... breezy conditions are expected to return on Thursday afternoon and last through Saturday, the National Weather Service said on Twitter. (more)

Norway: Bacteria flourishing in warmer fjord waters is infecting swimmers and seafood
7 August 2018 - The southern Nordic fjords are heating up as Europe boils, and bacteria there are flourishing, infecting swimmers and seafood, including oysters that can take months until they are safe to eat again, Norway's food safety authority said. The warm waters in southern Norway and Sweden have accelerated the reproduction of the vibrio bacteria, a species that can cause vibriosis ... (more)

Portugal's wildfire moves south towards tourist coastal spots
7 August 2018 - Portugal's government moved command of the emergency services battling a huge fire in the southern Algarve region to the national level on Tuesday (7 August) as the fire moved south towards popular tourist towns on the coast. The blaze started in eucalyptus and pine forests in the hills but is now steadily moving towards the coast where thousands of tourists, foreign and local, take their holidays every year. (more)

Switzerland: Ongoing drought and heatwave imperils cows
7 August 2018 - Swiss army helicopters began airlifting water on Tuesday (7 August) to thousands of thirsty cows who are suffering in a drought and heatwave that has hit much of Europe. Some 40,000 cows graze in the summertime in high-altitude pastures in Vaud canton (state) in western Switzerland and each needs up to 150 liters (40 gallons) of water a day, authorities said. (more)

World at risk of heading toward irreversible 'hothouse' state
6 August 2018 - The world is at risk of entering 'hothouse' conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees Celsius higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists said in a study published on Monday (6 August). (more)


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Modern sciences examine the branches of Natural Law, expressed as the disciplines of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and physiology. The fulfilment of modern science is the discovery of the Unified Field of All the Laws of Nature, the unified basis of all streams of knowledge, and the unification of the fundamental force fields of Nature known to science - the electromagnetic, weak, strong, and gravitational fields.

The Unified Field of Natural Law is enlivened in individual awareness through the Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying. These are the technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science that make available to us the total potential of Natural Law and the total potential of human life.

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