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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly explains how seeing planet Earth from space changed his perspective on life
19 March 2018 - Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station in 2015-2016, which changed his perspective on life, making him more empathetic. 'I think it makes you a more empathetic person,' he said. 'More in touch with humanity and who we are, and what we should do to not only to take care of the planet but also to solve our common problems, which clearly are many.' (more)

Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report
14 March 2018 - Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to a UN report. For the first time the UN also examined the happiness levels of immigrants in each country, and found Finland also scored highest. (more)

Finland is world's happiest country: U.N. report
14 March 2018 - Finland is the world's happiest country, according to an annual survey issued on Wednesday (14 March) that found Americans were getting less happy even as their country became richer. The U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) 2018 World Happiness Report ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption. (more)

This is the world's happiest country
14 March 2018 - Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the latest World Happiness Report. Norway, last year's winner, came in second place in the 2018 report. It's followed by Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland. The World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14, days before World Happiness Day on March 20. (more)

Cherry blossoms, tulips, and lilacs: Flower festival time
13 March 2018 - We're coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time, and lilac season. Here's a look at some of the places that celebrate spring flowers with festivals and other events. Tulip Time: You could go to the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, which are planted with 7 million flowering bulbs ... Or you could visit Holland, Michigan, which hosts a Tulip Time Festival. Pella, Iowa, has also been hosting a Tulip Time celebration. ... Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Macon, Georgia ... Japan. (more)

Largest-ever growth seen in global acreage of organic crop land
12 March 2018 - A total of 57.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2016, representing a growth of 7.5 million hectares over 2015, the largest growth ever recorded. This is according to the latest global data on organic farming worldwide, that was presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM -- Organics International at the BIOFACH world organic trade fair 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. (more)

Nature calling: Crammed cities go green for climate, health
5 March 2018 - Cities are increasingly looking for ways to provide more greenery, as migration to urban areas rises and a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that being close to nature is good for people. Vegetation also sucks up planet-warming carbon dioxide, and is key to efforts to combat climate change. Some 750 climate scientists and urban planners are gathered in Canada this week at a U.N.-hosted conference to discuss how to help cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to extreme weather and rising seas. (more)

Cities, scientists unite in battle against climate change at U.N. summit
4 March 2018 - Climate scientists and city planners are to start charting a global roadmap on how cities can best battle climate change, when they gather at a U.N.-backed summit in Canada's Edmonton on Monday (5 March). The three day gathering marks the first time cities rather than nations are offered a seat at the table of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.N.'s top scientific authority on global warming, organizers say. (more)

Reinventing wheels: Autonomous vehicles are just around the corner
1 March 2018 - Autonomous vehicles are not yet quite ready to operate without human supervision. But they have made rapid progress in recent years, and can now be seen on the roads in several American cities, easily identified by the clusters of sensors on their roofs. Suddenly, it seems, everybody is jumping on the driverless bandwagon. (more)

Evidence of universe's earliest-known stars detected
28 February 2018 - A ground-based radio antenna in western Australia that resembles a dining room table has detected evidence of the earliest-known stars that illuminated an infant universe shrouded in darkness following its formation in the Big Bang. Scientists said on Wednesday (28 February) faint signals of hydrogen gas spotted by the instrument indicated the presence of stars some 180 million years after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, when the universe was less than 2 percent of its current age. (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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'Wacky' weather makes Arctic warmer than parts of Europe
26 February 2018 - A freak warming around the North Pole is sending a blast of Arctic cold over Europe in a sign of 'wacky' weather that may happen more often with man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday (26 February). Scientists say a long-term shrinking of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, linked to global warming, exposes warmer water below that releases more heat into the atmosphere. That in turn may be disrupting the high altitude jet stream. (more)

Using household cleaning products can be as bad as smoking a pack a day (+ positive FortuneLive video)
19 February 2018 - A 20-year longitudinal study conducted by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway has found that using cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. (more)

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'
15 February 2018 - A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. The results, in the British Medical Journal, showed that if the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet increased by 10 per cent, then the number of cancers detected increased by 12 per cent. The researchers concluded: 'These results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.' But they said the findings need to 'be confirmed by other large-scale' studies and research was needed to establish what could be behind the link. (more)

Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise
12 February 2018 - Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. (more)

Polar bears are 'running out of food'
1 February 2018 - High-tech tracking collars on nine female polar bears have measured the animals' efforts to find food on the diminishing Arctic ice. Each bear wore a collar . . . This revealed that most of the animals were unable to catch enough prey to meet their energy needs. Climate change appears to be having dramatic effects on the Arctic sea-ice, forcing polar bears to move greater distances as they hunt, and making it harder for them to catch prey. (more)

US now second in the world for financial secrecy, report says
30 January 2018 - The United Nations has been urged by the Tax Justice Network to coordinate a global effort to end offshore tax evasion and corruption, amid warnings that the UK is continuing to insulate its overseas territories from financial transparency. Commenting on the launch of the TJN's Financial Secrecy Index 2018, which ranks countries on the size and secretiveness of their offshore sectors, its chief executive, Alex Cobham, said big financial centres had proven unwilling to reform voluntarily. 'The 2018 release confirms the long-term picture that the richest and most powerful countries have continued to pose the greatest global risks -- with Switzerland and the US established as the key facilitators of illicit financial flows,' he said. 'If we are to end tax evasion, corruption, fraud, and money laundering, the world's major financial centres need to clean up their act.' ... Switzerland, the US, and the Cayman Islands are the biggest contributors to global financial secrecy according to the survey, which is published every two or three years. (more)

A third of coral reefs 'entangled with plastic'
26 January 2018 - Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the future of coral reefs after ocean warming, say scientists. More than 11 billion items of plastic were found on a third of coral reefs surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region. Plastic raises by 20-fold the risk of disease outbreaks on coral reefs, according to research. Plastic bags, bottles, and rice sacks were among the items found. More than 275 million people rely on coral reefs for food, coastal protection, tourism income, and cultural importance. (more)

Surfers may be swallowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria
19 January 2018 - Surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to have potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts than non-surfers, new research from the UK shows. The findings highlight the omnipresence of superbugs and the peril they might pose even for healthy people participating in water sports, said lead author Anne Leonard, a research fellow at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School in Truro, England. (more)

Study: Warming puts millions more at risk from river floods
11 January 2018 - Global warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study published Thursday (11 January). Using computer simulations, researchers in Germany examined the impact of changing rainfall patterns by region ... River floods are already one of the most widespread and damaging forms of natural disasters worldwide. (more)

The bottom of the ocean has started sinking under the weight of melting glaciers
8 January 2018 - Decades of measurements and predictions of sea level rise could have underestimated the scale of the problem, experts warn, due to scientists not accounting for the weighty, warping effects of our ever burgeoning oceans. Existing assessments of sea level rise haven't factored in that as the total ocean mass increases due to melting glaciers and ice sheets, the weight of all that extra water pushes down on the sinking ocean floor, deforming the seabed -- and disguising just how much the oceans are truly swelling. The findings are reported in Geophysical Research Letters. (more)


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