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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)

Menorah lightings planned around the world for Hanukkah
11 December 2017 - Public menorah lightings for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned around the world in locations ranging from ski towns and Caribbean islands to famous landmarks and sports arenas. Hanukkah begins Tuesday night (12 December) and lasts for eight days. The Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch plans Hanukkah events in hundreds of cities, from the 50 U.S. states to 100 countries. (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)

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)

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)

Pioneering climate fund for developing world gets a boost at U.N. talks
20 November 2017 - From protecting coastal slum dwellers on Pacific islands against floods to helping poor farmers keep up harvests battered by drought in Africa, a global fund to help developing countries adapt to climate change received a vote of confidence at the latest round of U.N. climate talks. At the end of the two-week meeting in Bonn ... governments agreed the Adaptation Fund will become one of the formal tools to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord -- a decision needed to ensure the fund's continuing existence. The Adaptation Fund began operating a decade ago under the Kyoto Protocol, the world's earlier treaty to tackle global warming . . . Adaptation experts say the fund has proven its worth to climate-hit communities over its 10-year existence ... (more)

After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?
17 November 2017 - As negotiations at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany, draw to a close Friday (17 November), here's a look at which steps will be taken in the coming years to further international efforts to curb global warming: (more)

Stellar encore: Dying star keeps coming back big time
8 November 2017 - Astronomers reported Wednesday [8 November] on a massive, distant star that exploded in 2014 -- and also, apparently back in 1954. This is one supernova that refuses to bite the cosmic dust, confounding scientists who thought they knew how dying stars ticked. Las Cumbres, a global network of robotic telescopes, continues to keep watch. (more)

5 things to know about Bonn climate summit
4 November 2017 - Climate change is back on the agenda with a global climate conference kicking off Monday in the German city of Bonn. Five things to know about the U.N. conference known as COP23, which runs from November 6-17. Up to 25,000 people are expected to attend the talks, which will be presided over by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji -- the first time that a small island nation will be at the helm of a major international climate conference. Participants will include diplomats from 195 nations ... (more)

Earth's ozone hole shrivels to smallest since 1988
2 November 2017 - The ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA said Thursday [2 November]. The huge hole in Earth's protective ozone layer reached its maximum this year in September, and this year NASA said it was 7.6 million square miles wide (19.6 million square kilometers). The hole size shrinks after mid-September. This year's maximum hole is more than twice as big as the United States, but it's 1.3 million square miles less than last year and 3.3 million square miles smaller than 2015. (more)


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World media on Transcendental Meditation
20 February 2017 - A selection of recent news media reports about Transcendental Meditation includes the Danish magazine IN interviewing Dr Charlotte Bech, a medical doctor who has been teaching the technique in Denmark for over 20 years; Bridgewater Associates hedge fund founder Ray Dalio's comments to Business Insider about introducing TM to 735 employees; and New York Times articles about Saturday Night Live actress Vanessa Bayer, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC's Good Morning America, who starts his day with an early morning TM session. Forbes magazine reported, 'TM has been having a renaissance in recent years: Celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers.' (more)

On Veterans Day - Remembrance Day: Transcendental Meditation helps veterans overcome PTSD
11 November 2016 - Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation, offers the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program, a simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach to relieving symptoms of PTSD and major depression and developing greater resilience to stress. Since its launch in 2010 in the USA, the OWW initiative has partnered with leading veterans service organizations and VA medical centers to deliver the Resilient Warrior Program to veterans, active-duty personnel and military families in need. The initiative also partners with military colleges to create a new generation of more resilient officers. (more)

Principles of Vastu Planning in the Light of Group Theory: New book published
17 January 2016 - A new book--Principles of Vastu Planning in the Light of Group Theory--describes the principles that underlie the measurement system used in Maharishi Vedic architecture in the language of Group theory. The Vastu measurement system is based on the square and its eight levels of symmetry. Using the concepts of modern Group theory from mathematics, the author shows the deep principles at the foundation of the measurement system of Maharishi Vastu design in a way that explains their logical significance. (more)

Creating world peace on the International Day of Peace and every day
21 September 2015 - Today, 21 September, is the day designated by the United Nations and observed around the world as the 'International Day of Peace' or 'World Peace Day'. For this annual observance, the UN 'invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.' Organizations teaching Transcendental Meditation worldwide are upholding the ultimate value of this theme--simply by continuing what they've offered every day for many years: the TM programme. This natural, effective technology of consciousness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, violence and conflict and create peace for the individual and society. Creating world peace is not the reason most people give for why they want to learn to meditate. Yet this was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's goal when he first introduced Transcendental Meditation in 1958. (more)

Transcendental Meditation improves school performance
15 April 2015 - It seems common sense that happy, focused students learn more and feel better at school. Yet the idea that educational outcomes depend on the learner's state of mind, and not just on what is taught and how, usually gets far less attention than it deserves. Fortunately, there are schools in many countries where developing the 'knower' is considered an essential part of education--through incorporating Transcendental Meditation practice into the school day. Research has found that even in high-risk, low-performing districts, schools with curricularĀ TM practice show high academic achievements. Outcomes include reduced stress, improved brain functioning, increased intelligence, and higher graduation rates. (more)

Today - Conference call for women: 'Women transforming the world'
1 February 2015 - Today the 10,000 Women Initiative continues in 2015, with the first in a series of six phone conferences to be held throughout the year. Women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world, by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's conference call features a discussion on the topic of 'Women transforming the world'. (more)

New book features experiences of enlightenment throughout history, and how to culture them today
4 January 2015 - A new book, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time--and How You Can Cultivate Them, by Craig Pearson, PhD, features a wide range of sublime, exalted, transcendent experiences reported by great saints, sages, poets, scientists, political leaders, athletes, and others representing the world's cultures through history. The Supreme Awakening shows that what they described are experiences of advanced stages of human development, higher states of consciousness--experiences of enlightenment. Drawing on the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the book explains the origins of these experiences and categorizes them according to Maharishi's model of seven states of consciousness. Dr Pearson explains that ordinary men and women today are enjoying these same kinds of sublime experiences--how they can be cultivated systematically, naturally, and effortlessly through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

21 new Maharishi Vastu architects complete training
25 September 2014 - Earlier this summer 21 architects from 13 countries graduated from an intensive, two-month training programme as fully certified Maharishi Vastu architects. Their country affiliations, contact information, and pictures are featured on the Maharishi Vastu page on Facebook, organized according to their region of the world. (more)

Twenty-one architects, newly trained in Maharishi Vastu architecture, practising in 13 countries
27 August 2014 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture News is featuring more information about the recent international professional training course on Maharishi Vastu architecture in the Netherlands. Twenty-one architects from 13 countries graduated from the recent comprehensive, two-month training course at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland. The news post includes photos of the 21 architects, grouped according to country and region of the world, and their contact information, for those wishing to pursue Maharishi Vastu building projects in their areas. (more)

Silence and dynamism - The basis of progress
21 August 2014 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains that Transcendental Meditation is a process to 'bring the mind back to silence, and from there release the thought. Bring the mind back to silence, and then you have a lively basis for the projection of a thought, lively basis for the sprouting of a thought. Then the thought will be promoted by the infinite creative intelligence of Natural Law. That is the theme. Let the thought be promoted from a lively field at the basis of all evolutionary process, which is the field of silence.' (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)

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)

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)

Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries
22 November 2017 - A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year. Scientists say a 'loss of night' in many countries is having negative consequences for 'flora, fauna, and human well-being'. Since the satellite sensor does not 'see' the bluer light that humans can see, the increases in brightness that we experience will be even greater than what the researchers were able to measure. (more)

Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years
13 November 2017 - Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn't go up at all, scientists reported Monday [13 November]. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came from China. The report by the Global Carbon Project team dashed hopes that emissions from the burning of coal, oil, and gas had peaked. (more)

Scale of 'nitrate timebomb' revealed
10 November 2017 - Huge quantities of nitrate chemicals from farm fertilisers are polluting the rocks beneath our feet, a study says. Researchers at the British Geological Survey say it could have severe global-scale consequences for rivers, water supplies, human health, and the economy. In a paper in Nature Communications, the scientists from BGS and Lancaster University estimate that up to 180 million tonnes of nitrate are stored in rocks worldwide -- perhaps twice the amount stored in soils. They say this is the first global estimate of the amount of nitrate trapped between the soil layer and the water-bearing aquifers below. They warn that over time the nitrate will inevitably slowly seep into the aquifers. (more)

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record
6 November 2017 - 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Petteri Taalas, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said: 'The past three years have all been in the top three years in terms of temperature records. This is part of a long term warming trend. We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa.' (more)

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite's hidden wealth
5 November 2017 - The world's biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain's offshore empires. The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive -- and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth. [Revelations have included]: How Twitter and Facebook received hundreds of millions of dollars in investments that can be traced back to Russian state financial institutions; Aggressive tax avoidance by multinational corporations, including Nike and Apple; The secret loan and alliance used by the London-listed multinational Glencore in its efforts to secure lucrative mining rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ... (more)

What are the Paradise Papers and what do they tell us?
5 November 2017 - The leak of 13.4m documents shows the scale of the offshore empire and involves everyone from the Queen to Facebook. The Guardian is one of 96 media partners in the project. A total of 381 journalists from 67 countries have been analysing the material. What are the Paradise Papers? The name refers to a leak of 13.4m files. Most of the documents -- 6.8m -- relate to a law firm and corporate services provider that operated together in 10 jurisdictions under the name Appleby. Last year, the 'fiduciary' arm of the business was the subject of a management buyout and it is now called Estera. There are also details from 19 corporate registries maintained by governments in secrecy jurisdictions -- Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Labuan, Lebanon, Malta, the Marshall Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vanuatu. The papers cover the period from 1950 to 2016. (more)

Just a few nights of bad sleep upsets your brain
1 November 2017 - Lots of studies have shown that cutting back on sleep, deliberately or otherwise, can have a serious impact on our bodies. A few nights of bad sleep can really mess with our blood sugar control and encourage us to overeat. It even messes with our DNA. But what effect does lack of sleep have on our mental health? To find out Trust Me teamed up with sleep scientists at the University of Oxford to run a small experiment. (more)

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