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Meet the 11-year-old girls whose music wowed the New York Philharmonic
24 June 2018 - Jordan Millar and Camryn Cowan joined an after-school program to learn how to compose. Now tens of thousands have heard their work. At its outdoor parks concerts last week, the New York Philharmonic performed works by two 11-year-old girls, Camryn Cowan and Jordan Millar -- newcomers to the world of composing. They won over the crowds, who gave standing ovations. (more)

Teenager uses sign language to communicate with blind and deaf man during flight (+ video)
23 June 2018 - A 15-year-old is being widely praised for an act of kindness during a cross-country flight. Clara Daly was traveling with her mother Jane from Boston to Los Angeles on an Alaska Airlines flight earlier this week. During the six-hour flight that included a layover in Portland, Oregon, Clara volunteered her skills in sign language to help a blind and deaf man by forming letters with her fingers while he 'read' them with his hands. (more)

Photos: India strikes a pose on International Yoga Day 2018
21 June 2018 - The fourth edition of International Day of Yoga was observed across India with people striking asanas en masse in yoga and meditation sessions. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi led this day at the campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Uttarakhand's Dehradun, sections of the general public from the length and breadth of the country, in parks, at monuments, and even on naval vessels. (more)

The untold good news story of America today
18 June 2018 - Political bickering has long been a roadblock to getting big things done in the US but a grassroots movement getting few headlines could yet herald a new American age of change. ... As the country continues its long recovery from recession, there are signs that a much deeper shift is happening at a local level, the seeds of which were sown years ago. Indicators far more subtle than job numbers suggest a flourishing of entrepreneurship, collaboration and problem-solving, away from the gaze of national media. ... local America seems to be flourishing. (more)

More than 5,000 US schools have solar power installations
15 June 2018 - Approximately 5,489 K-12 schools in the US now have solar power installations, according to a report created by the Solar Foundation titled Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, 2nd Edition. (This report is somewhat dated now, so it is likely there are even more schools with solar.) The total capacity of all the school installations is 910 megawatts, which produces enough electricity each year to power about 190,000 homes. With 1,946 solar schools and 489 megawatts of capacity, California is the national leader in school solar power. (more)

US: The Chesapeake Bay hasn't been this healthy in 33 years, scientists say
15 June 2018 - For the first time in the 33 years that scientists have assessed the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary showed improvement in every region, a likely sign that a massive federal cleanup plan is working. (more)

Hawaii's volcano is literally erupting gems
13 June 2018 - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been fiercely erupting for well over a month. Now, residents are finding little green gems that have fallen out of the sky during Kilauea's eruption. The green gems are olivine crystals, a common mineral found in Hawaii's lava. At jewelry quality, the mineral is called peridot. There are several places in Hawaii that the beaches are a green color, this is due to a high concentration of olivine that has weathered out of the mafic lava (basalt). In fact, olivine is one of the most common minerals below Earth's surface but it is quite hard to find it separated from the parent rock and even harder to find it of gem quality. (more)

US: Aspen officials invest nearly $2 million on electric bus project
13 June 2018 - Aspen's elected officials this week committed to spending $1.8 million for a fleet of battery-powered buses that are expected to hit the streets next year. ... Next year a pilot program will be considered to see how the buses function in an alpine environment and how long they will hold a charge. Aspen is one of the first towns in the state [of Colorado] to have battery-electric buses. (more)

US: Green and quiet? That's what Chicago Transit Authority says new fleet of electric buses will deliver
13 June 2018 - For some CTA bus riders, their commute will be a bit greener -- and even somewhat quieter -- by year's end, officials say. On Wednesday (13 June), the Chicago Transit Authority signed off on the purchase of 20 all-electric buses at an estimated cost of $32 million. The buses will all be purchased by 2020, with several hitting the streets by year's end. (more)

Solar has overtaken gas and wind as biggest source of new U.S. power
12 June 2018 - The U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, up 13 percent from a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday (12 June) from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. That accounted for 55 percent of all new generation, with solar panels beating new wind and natural gas turbines for a second straight quarter. (more)


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Maharishi University of Management graduation speaker: Former government official Scott Gould to encourage public service
23 June 2018 - Scott Gould, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration and current CEO of Mountain Lake associates, LLC, will encourage Maharishi University of Management graduates to volunteer for public service at today's 2018 commencement ceremonies in Fairfield, Iowa. 'I'm eager to encourage graduates to consider a career that serves people, whether serving in the military, working in federal, state, or local government, or working with a nonprofit,' said Dr. Gould, a Cornell graduate who holds an MBA and an EdD from the University of Rochester. Dr. Gould is a prime example of service. In addition to being a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, he is a 26-year veteran of the Navy Reserves and has held top positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. (more)

The power of love is the power of transcendence
22 June 2018 - 'What keeps us from being loving?' asks Ann Purcell, award-winning author and Transcendental Meditation teacher. 'It may sound simplistic, but the answer is simple: the obstacle to the flow of love from the heart is stress! As much as we would like to be loving, if we are tired, anxious, and have too many demands on us, it is challenging to feel - let alone express - love.' Twice-daily practice of TM, she explains, allows us to experience the quietest level of the mind regularly, release deep-rooted stress, and 'begin to find more calmness and orderliness in our lives. When we are calm, collected, and less stressed, then we are automatically able to listen better, be more aware, and extend ourselves spontaneously - without trying. This is gaining the power of the transcendent, the deepest level within ourselves, that can generate free flowing feelings of love and kindness.' (more)

Can Transcendental Meditation cure stress?
20 June 2018 - The epidemic of modern stress could be the cause of up to 80 per cent of illnesses and disorders, said Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit that teaches Transcendental Meditation. And while there's no magic pill, he explained in an interview in Equinox, meditation can be one tool for fighting back, and quieting the mind despite all the worry, fear, and anxiety we're faced with daily. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month - 'you could look at TM as an effortless exercise to bring the whole brain into peak performance,' Roth said. (more)

Uganda: An Iowa woman's Transcendental Meditation road leads to Africa
19 June 2018 - 'I've always gravitated toward projects that had to do with women,' says Leslee Goldstein. For her Ph.D. in Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management, 'I decided to do a research study on Transcendental Meditation with women, and then I narrowed it to mothers.' Goldstein put the word out that she wanted to do her research in Africa, and within 48 hours had a project with 81 single, illiterate mothers living in poverty in Uganda. 'A mother is the first teacher. . . . a mother's job is a challenging job: You have to be a doctor, counselor, cook - you have to be everything, her job is 24/7. I started to see how important it is for mothers to have a way to stay balanced and to help them do their jobs, because it's critical for the world.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: Student from Cameroon excels in accounting
18 June 2018 - Maharishi University of Management MBA student Merveille Djappi Tiani recently was named Most Outstanding Accounting Student at MUM by the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. The MUM accounting faculty nominated him based on his academic performance, professional behaviour, and ability to collaborate with others. Merveille grew up in a small rural town in Cameroon, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and began working at a CPA firm. When he heard about MUM, he decided to enrol in the MBA in SAP accounting programme. Merveille enjoys MUM and finds that practising the Transcendental Meditation technique 'helps you become calmer and be stress-free. It helps you to be you.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation brain benefits discussed: Maria Shriver-hosted 'Move for Minds' tour for Women's Alzheimer's Movement
17 June 2018 - Transcendental Meditation (TM) was featured at four live Facebook events this month, during a nationwide tour for 'Move for Minds', hosted by renowned journalist and author Maria Shriver. Move for Minds is an initiative of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement founded by Ms. Shriver, held this year at Equinox locations across the US. In New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, TM expert Bob Roth joined a panel of experts, moderated by Ms. Shriver, 'to discuss evidence-based strategies to prevent the risk factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, particularly among women, who are disproportionately more likely to be afflicted by this devastating epidemic,' Roth said. He spoke about benefits of regular meditation practice, and TM's effects in reducing high blood pressure, heart disease, and cortisol - while improving brain and cognitive functioning. (more)

Reducing hypertension through Transcendental Meditation
16 June 2018 - With more than 70 million Americans suffering from hypertension and another 30 percent of Americans with prehypertension, this dangerous condition caused or complicated by stress is hard to control with just medication. A recent article described the practice of Transcendental Meditation as a valid technique to lower blood pressure. (more)

Transcendental Meditation shown to reduce alcohol addiction
14 June 2018 - An important study on Transcendental Meditation and alcohol prevention was published this spring in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr Jan Gryczynski, lead author of the study, stated: 'The overarching purpose of this pilot study was really to determine the feasibility of integrating TM into alcohol use disorder treatment. . . . I see meditation in general, and TM specifically, as having great promise in relapse prevention.' One of the subjects has been sober for six months - she learned Transcendental Meditation five months ago. She said, 'Now when I wake up in the morning, I feel happy; I feel blessed. The one regret I have is that I wish I had started [TM] earlier, just so I could have had that much more of my life back.' (more)

Attn: President Putin - No Enemies = No Nuclear War
12 June 2018 - In an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dr David Leffler, executive director at the Center for Advanced Military Science, presents Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) as a solution for any head of state 'to achieve unquestioned invincibility for their nation'. Dr Leffler explains that extensive peer-reviewed research and military field-tests worldwide show that IDT brings about measurable decreases in war, terrorism, and crime, and improved quality of life - tangible signs of reduced societal stress. Studies show that large groups practising the non-religious Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced programmes twice a day generate a proven field effect that profoundly influences all within its vicinity. The approach has been used during wartime, resulting in reduced fighting, war deaths, and casualties - and improved progress toward resolving conflict through peaceful means. 'Recent events worldwide show that IDT is desperately needed. It works quickly, and there is no better solution,' Dr Leffler concludes. 'President Putin would be wise to immediately implement the programme, thereby turning his enemies into allies, and creating lasting peace.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management student film wins six top awards
11 June 2018 - 'Last Tree Standing', the thesis film by a graduate of Maharishi University of Management, recently won six Awards of Excellence at the Iowa Motion Picture Association's annual awards ceremony - more than any other entry. The 30-minute film, by Agnes (Baginska) Peel-McGregor, who graduated from MUM's David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts in 2016, won the top award in the categories of director (short-form), editing (short-form), original score, screenplay, soundtrack audio mix, and visual effects. It has also won recognition at international film festivals. (more)


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How bad is it in the countries these families are fleeing to come to the US? This bad
24 June 2018 - We've been bombarded by arguments about whether parents and children crossing the US-Mexican border without documentation should be separated. But we seldom hear how dire life is in these migrants' homelands. A snapshot of the countries they're fleeing [Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala] shows the nightmares they're trying to escape: (more)

Severe obesity rates surging in rural America
19 June 2018 - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest. In rural communities, severe obesity rates more than tripled for men and more than doubled for women during the study period [from 2001 to 2016], while climbing 29 percent among young people. Obesity rates in rural areas, meanwhile, rose about 9 percent among children and teens and about 36 percent for adults. (more)

Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases
19 June 2018 - People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don't, a Swedish study suggests. During the study, individuals with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to develop an autoimmune disorder, and more than twice as likely to develop at least three autoimmune disorders, compared to adults without stress disorders. (more)

For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren't just flat. They're falling.
15 June 2018 - The average hourly wage paid to a key group of American workers has fallen from last year when accounting for inflation, as an economy that appears strong by several measures continues to fail to create bigger paychecks, the federal government said Tuesday (12 June). This pool of workers includes those in manufacturing and construction jobs, as well as all 'nonsupervisory' workers in service industries such health care or fast food. The group accounts for about four-fifths of the privately employed workers in America, according to BLS [the Bureau of Labor Statistics]. (more)

American Indians fear U.S.-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
12 June 2018 - To the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians, the water of the Rio Grande that divides the United States and Mexico sanctifies religious rites and purifies their hunts. Indian communities living miles away use the river to send messages to fellow tribes downstream, tribal chief Jose Sierra told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ... But now tribal leaders fear a proposed border wall ... will sever access to the river, spoiling traditions and ruining ancient culture. (more)

US: Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says
8 June 2018 - Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday (7 June). While many cases of mental illness may have been diagnosed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted that relationship stress, financial troubles, and substance abuse were contributing to the trends. (more)

CDC finds rise in suicide rates across the U.S.
7 June 2018 - Suicide death rates have risen significantly in most states since the late 1990s, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. (more)

Teen drinking and drug use risk higher on Native American reservations
7 June 2018 - Teens on Native American reservations continue to be more likely to report using alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs than peers elsewhere in the U.S. and to start using at younger ages, a recent study suggests. ... the disparity between Native and other youths was greatest in the eighth grade. Native American eighth graders were more than four times as likely to use alcohol and more than twice as likely to use marijuana or other illicit drugs in the previous month. Native American eighth graders also had more than triple the risk of binge drinking and more than quadruple the risk of smoking cigarettes. (more)

US: Kansas suicide rate up 45 percent since 1999, among the largest increases nationwide
7 June 2018 - Suicides in Kansas rose 45 percent over the past 17 years, far outpacing the nation as a whole, according to a new federal report that said Kansas had one of the largest increases. The suicide rate in Kansas increased 45 percent between 1999 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The overall U.S. rate increased 25.4 percent over that same time. (more)

US: Sobering report teases out factors leading to suicides
7 June 2018 - Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday (7 June). More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest many of the deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises. (more)

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