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BP returns to solar power with $200m stake in Lightsource
17 December 2017 - BP has paid $200m for a 43 per cent stake in Europe's biggest solar developer, marking its return to the sector from which it withdrew six years ago. The investment in the London-based Lightsource marks a turnaround for the British oil firm, which rebranded as Beyond Petroleum in 2000 but shut its alternative energy headquarters nine years later. [The] Tie-up with Europe's biggest solar developer will focus on alternative energy projects in US, India, and Middle East. (more)

BP returns to solar with investment in Lightsource
16 December 2017 - BP is getting back into solar power six years after its first, failed foray, with a $200 million investment in solar generator Lightsource that the oil and gas firm expects will deliver profits and deepen its foothold in renewable energy. BP, which adopted a sunburst logo two decades ago to convey its ambition in solar energy, agreed to acquire a 43 percent stake in Europe's largest solar developer. It will be renamed Lightsource BP. (more)

Dead coal mines everywhere are being reincarnated as solar farms
12 December 2017 - The world is quickly abandoning coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. But that's not the end of the road for coal mine -- in many countries they're coming back to life as solar farms. Building solar power plants atop defunct coal plants has several advantages, including putting otherwise hard-to-use lands to productive use. ... (more)

France: EDF announces big push into solar, sees cost at 25 billion euros
11 December 2017 - French state-owned utility EDF announced on Monday (11 December) plans for a big push into solar energy in France that is likely to cost around 25 billion euros as the government tries to meet its climate goals. Speaking a day before Paris hosts a climate summit, , the company's CEO said EDF aimed to build 30 gigawatt (GW) of solar capacity from 2020 to 2035 ... France wants to reduce the share of nuclear in power generation from 75 percent today to 50 percent by around 2035 and wants to massively boost renewables investment. (more)

'People seem happier': how planting trees changed lives in a former coal community in the UK
8 December 2017 - The National Forest has not only transformed an industrial landscape, it has given people a new sense of belonging and wellbeing, created jobs, and boosted wildlife -- benefits that could be replicated across the country. The first tree in the National Forest was planted more than 25 years ago and now much of the land that spans Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Staffordshire is unrecognizable. (more)

Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe
7 December 2017 - The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler. Astronomers on Wednesday (6 December) said the black hole, residing at the center of a highly luminous celestial object called a quasar, is located about 13.1 billion light years away from Earth. The quasar's light detected by the researchers dates back to about 690 million years after the Big Bang that created the universe, when the cosmos was only 5 percent of its present age. (more)

India's rooftop solar market is on fire
6 December 2017 - The solar revolution on India's rooftops is gaining momentum. The country added more rooftop solar power capacity in the last financial year than in the previous four years combined, making it the fastest-growing segment in the country's clean energy space. ... This has happened largely because rooftop solar power is now cheaper than commercial and industrial power in all major Indian states, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). (more)

More than 200 nations promise to stop ocean plastic waste
6 December 2017 - More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday (6 December) to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding treaty. Eight million tonnes of plastic ... are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, said the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which organized the meeting. (more)

Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies
6 December 2017 - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island ... In early October, Digital Journal began reporting on the number of entrepreneurs, volunteers solar energy companies, and tech companies that had stepped up to aid Puerto Rico in restoring the power grid and cell phone access. And the efforts have not stopped. For example, OHorizons is sending 25,000 solar lights with batteries and charging systems that generate up to 15 hours of power per charge, as well as 75 solar refrigeration units ... (more)

Super big black hole from early universe farthest ever found
6 December 2017 - Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It's the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories' Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday (6 December) that the black hole lies in a quasar dating to 690 million years of the Big Bang. That means the light from this quasar has been traveling our way for more than 13 billion years. (more)


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Brazil: Maharishi University of Management professor presents EEG research on Transcendental Meditation at conferences on consciousness
16 December 2017 - Experts from a variety of disciplines continue to try to understand consciousness. Recently Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA, was invited to present his perspective at two conferences in Brazil hosted at top universities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. At both conferences Dr Travis presented his EEG research on the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)

Discovering a bio-marker for the deeply silent state of Transcendental Consciousness during TM
6 December 2017 - Dr David Orme-Johnson continues his account of how research on Transcendental Meditation developed at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the 1970s. Working with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and MERU, a group of scientists, including Dr Orme-Johnson, identified EEG and other physiological markers of Transcendental Consciousness, the deeply silent state of awareness experienced during TM practice. (more)

Watch Live Today - 'A New Science for Peace' summit in Washington, DC - 5 December, 9:00AM (US EST)
5 December 2017 - Today's summit - A New Science for Peace: Research on Transcendental Meditation, the Brain, Trauma, and Peace - will be streamed live online starting at 9:00 a.m. (US Eastern Time). The summit is hosted by the David Lynch Foundation's Abramson Center for Peace, highlighting 40 years of research on the Transcendental Meditation technique as an intervention for reducing trauma and violence among individuals, and within society as a whole. The event is being held at American University in Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. (more)

Washington, DC: American University to host 'A New Science for Peace' - 5 December
3 December 2017 - This Tuesday morning, 5 December, the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, DC, will be the venue for 'A New Science for Peace: Research on Meditation, the Brain, Trauma, and Peace'. Hosted by the Abramson Center for Peace and the David Lynch Foundation, the panel will be moderated by Candy Crowley, former anchor, CNN's 'State of the Nation with Candy Crowley'. A select group of leaders in the Washington region will explore the impact of 40 years of published research and clinical applications of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique - for improving health and reducing PTSD symptoms among high-risk groups, and reducing trauma, crime, and violence in society as a whole. (more)

Iowa Public Television profiles Ideal Energy in Fairfield, founded by Maharishi University of Management grads
30 November 2017 - Iowa Public Television (IPTV) in the USA recently aired a profile of a local sustainability company in Fairfield - Ideal Energy, co-founded by two Maharishi University of Management graduates, Troy Van Beek and his wife Amy Van Beek. IPTV describes the show, 'Iowa Entrepreneur - Ideal Energy': 'After returning home from active duty, a Navy SEAL sought an education in sustainability at a small Iowa university. Now, he and his wife work together, using renewable energy to sow the seeds of peace.' (more)

Optimization of brain functioning: Correlates of EEG coherence
17 November 2017 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's insight that EEG synchrony and coherence are of fundamental importance to brain physiology and the evolution of consciousness is verified by the array of benefits associated with EEG coherence, discovered by scientists working at Maharishi European Research University in the 1970s. Researchers had shown that Transcendental Meditation increases EEG coherence. Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the principal researchers on the Transcendental Meditation technique worldwide, discusses what increased EEG coherence through TM means in practical terms of leading a more creative, intelligent, moral life. (more)

Physicist Amanda Weltman: Using knowledge for good
14 November 2017 - Award-winning physicist Amanda Wellman first learned Transcendental Meditation as a child, then returned to the practice in 2008: 'It was a time in my life when TM was really most welcomed and I found that it helped me to settle my mind at times when it can feel overfull or harried. A settled calm mind is of extraordinary value to anyone but especially for me as a mother and a scientist.' In a recent interview Dr Weltman explored the many ways physics benefits society, especially through technology - plus her love of mathematics, problem-solving, and 'understanding the world around me. Physics is the most precise way to do this.' The Next Einstein Forum Fellow promotes science education and is actively engaged in organizations in several countries to implement programmes for girls. She says, 'we should all be finding ways to improve ourselves. That is the only place we can start, and, in that way, we can slowly change the world.' (more)

Log home in Australia built according to principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture
25 October 2017 - The unique construction of a log home in Australia is featured in the current newsletter of Maharishi Vastu Architecture -- building in according with ancient principles of Natural Law. The construction company, Estonia Log Homes, first built the house in Estonia for quality control of precise Vedic measurements, then dis-assembled and shipped the home to New South Wales. The owner and a local builder worked alongside four Estonians who travelled to Australia especially for the project. After a few days the workmen returned to Estonia and the owner said, 'I was left alone to enjoy the quiet and the very strong feeling of silence in the new house even though it still had no roof. It is very simple, ingenious process and a joy to be able to see and appreciate how it is all connected and constructed.' View photos and links to more Maharishi Vastu projects. (more)

The discovery that EEG coherence increases during Transcendental Meditation
30 September 2017 - Dr David Orme-Johnson continues his review of groundbreaking research on brain activity during Transcendental Meditation in the EEG lab at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the early 1970s. This work 'laid the foundation for measuring brain orderliness during the experience of transcending, and greatly expanded our knowledge of Transcendental Consciousness,' Dr Orme-Johnson said. The pioneering application of computers to calculate a precise measure of brain wave synchrony called coherence showed that the alpha1 EEG brain waves, which research had found to increase during TM and to be synchronous, were highly coherent across the brain. This work 'allowed us, and scientific research in general, to remove subjective judgement, and to detect and explore more subtle changes in global brain dynamics'. (more)

How transcending optimizes your brain: Revolutionary TM research advanced the science of human potential
12 September 2017 - What happens to the brain when we practise Transcendental Meditation and transcend? Do we experience a new state of consciousness that's different from waking, dreaming, or sleeping? If so, how does that help us realize our highest human potential? 'These were some of the questions that our group of international researchers were trying to answer in the 1970s,' writes David Orme-Johnson, PhD, one of the principal researchers on the Transcendental Meditation technique worldwide, with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. 'Based at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Swiss and French Alps, we were on a quest to create a scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness' - the state experienced during practice of the TM technique. (more)


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Invisible plastic: microfibers are just the beginning of what we don't see
17 December 2017 - Multiple studies have shown synthetic fibers to make up the lion's share of microplastics found in oceans, rivers, and lakes, and clothes made from synthetics (polyester, nylon, and so on) are widely implicated as the source of that pollution. Microfibers, as the name implies, are tiny, so they can easily move through sewage treatment plants. Unlike natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, synthetic fibers do not biodegrade, and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants. (more)

As climate threats grow, Iraq battles a new enemy: Water shortages
15 December 2017 - After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers -- many of them military volunteers -- are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water. Construction of dams and other water-holding facilities in upstream Turkey and Iran, combined with increasingly erratic rainfall across the region, mean the amount of water flowing in key Iraqi rivers has fallen by at least 40 percent in recent decades, said Hassan Janabi, the country's water resources minister. (more)

Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace
12 December 2017 - Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday (12 December). Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. 'What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic; it affects the rest of the planet,' said acting NOAA chief Timothy Gallaudet. 'The Arctic has huge influence on the world at large.' (more)

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study
5 December 2017 - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday (5 December) said. As temperatures rise, the Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice-free within two or three decades, resulting in more of the sun's heat being stored in the Arctic Ocean, leading to atmospheric circulation changes and cloud formations in the tropical Pacific that move north. The recent five-year drought cost California's farmers billions of dollars in lost production, slashed seasonal agriculture jobs by the thousands, and spiked electricity bills for residents as hydroelectric systems failed. (more)

Somalia's Puntland region declares state of emergency over drought
5 December 2017 - Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland declared a state of emergency on Tuesday (5 December) and appealed for food and water because of shortages triggered by a severe drought. Drought has gripped large parts of the Horn of Africa country this year and the United Nations says children face acute malnutrition. The crisis is compounded by al Shabaab's Islamist insurgency that seeks to topple the central government that is backed by African Union peacekeepers and the West. (more)

US: 5 ruffed grouse test positive for West Nile Virus in Michigan
5 December 2017 - State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state's ruffed grouse population. West Nile Virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. (more)

US: California communities under siege from wind-driven fires
5 December 2017 - Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday (5 December) for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people. The most damaging fire was in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles ... The fires in Ventura County lit up hillsides and spread rapidly Monday evening ... As the sun rose Tuesday, the first of at least three additional Southern California fires broke out, fueled by stiff winds that prevented firefighting aircraft most of the day from dumping water to protect homes or attack the march of flames. The fires came just eight weeks after the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in state history burned through Northern California ... and destroyed 8,900 homes and other buildings. Fires are not typical in Southern California this time of year but can break out when dry vegetation and too little rain combine with the Santa Ana winds. Hardly any measurable rain has fallen in the region over the past six months. (more)

US: Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire
5 December 2017 - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday (5 December) as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames. The blaze, dubbed the Thomas Fire, broke out on Monday evening in the foothills above Ventura. Winds quickly drove it west into the city some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. By Tuesday evening it remained zero percent contained, and had charred more than 50,000 acres, fire officials said. (more)

Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows
29 November 2017 - The world's most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research. The work is significant because it is the first direct evidence that neonicotinoids can harm songbirds and their migration, and it adds to small but growing research suggesting the pesticides may damage wildlife far beyond bees and other insects. (more)

U.S. scientists take step toward creating artificial life
29 November 2017 - In a major step toward creating artificial life, U.S. researchers have developed a living organism that incorporates both natural and artificial DNA and is capable of creating entirely new, synthetic proteins. The work, published in the journal Nature, brings scientists closer to the development of designer proteins made to order in a laboratory. Previous work by Floyd Romesberg, a chemical biologist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, showed that it was possible to expand the genetic alphabet of natural DNA beyond its current four letters: adenine(A), cytosine(C), guanine (G) and thymine(T). 'This is the first time ever a cell has translated a protein using something other than G, C, A or T,' Romesberg said. 'It's the first change to life ever made.' (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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