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Mother's heart health tied to breastfeeding
22 June 2017 - A woman's risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life may be influenced by how long she breastfed her children, according to a new study from China. Women who reported having breastfed for any amount of time were about 9 percent less likely than mothers who never breastfed to have signs of coronary heart disease, like a heart attack, in middle age and later and about 8 percent less likely to have a stroke. (more)

International Yoga Day celebrated across the globe ‎
21 June 2017 - Hundreds of thousands of men, women and young people of almost every age took to the mat across the globe on Wednesday for a yoga session to mark the 3rd International Yoga Day. Rains failed to dampen the spirits of about 50,000 who joined an outdoor yoga [asana] session, June 21, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a park in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. 'Yoga has connected the world with India,' Modi told a cheering crowd. 'Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice,' said Modi who was instrumental in getting the United Nations declare the International Yoga Day in December 2014. (more)

Solar power will push out coal faster than you think
15 June 2017 - Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast. That's the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance outlook for how fuel and electricity markets will evolve by 2040. The research group estimated solar already rivals the cost of new coal power plants in Germany and the U.S. and by 2021 will do so in quick-growing markets such as China and India. (more)

Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row
13 June 2017 - Global demand for coal has fallen for the second consecutive year, according to a BP study, helped by the US and China burning less of the dirtiest fossil fuel. The UK was described as the 'most extreme example' of the trend away from coal, which has resulted in use of the fuel returning to levels not seen since the start of the industrial revolution. China's decreasing reliance on the fuel, large population, and enormous investment in renewables mean it is increasingly being seen as a global leader on climate change . . . (more)

Scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves for a third time
1 June 2017 - Scientists have for a third time detected ripples in space from black holes that crashed together billions of light years from Earth, a discovery that confirms a new technique for observing cataclysmic events in the universe, research published on Thursday [1 June] shows. Such vibrations, known as gravitational waves, were predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago and were detected for the first time in September 2015. (more)

Scientists spot rare gravity waves for the third time
1 June 2017 - Astronomers said Thursday [June 1] detected a third ripple in the fabric of space-time, a remnant of a cosmic crash of two black holes 3 billion years ago. These invisible ripples, called gravitational waves and first theorized by Albert Einstein, first burst into science's view to great fanfare in February 2016 after a new $1.1 billion international experiment went online. (more)

World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change
1 June 2017 - World leaders pledged Thursday [1 June] to keep up the fight against global warming as U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ... said fighting global warming was a 'global consensus' and an 'international responsibility.' Without mentioning the U.S. specifically, Li said that 'China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment' and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement. (more)

China, EU to announce joint climate plans, support for Paris deal
31 May 2017 - European and Chinese leaders will on Friday voice strong support for the Paris climate accord and present a series of joint plans to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, according to a document seen by Reuters. They will also call on other global leaders to respect the commitments made in the Paris climate deal. (more)

New global solar capacity could surpass 2016 record this year
30 May 2017 - New global solar capacity will continue to grow this year, after lower costs drove it to record levels in 2016, and could surpass 80 gigawatts (GW), Europe's solar industry forecast on Tuesday, 30 May. Solar photovoltaic (PV) module prices have fallen 80 percent since 2009 as capacity has risen and technologies improved. (more)

A 1-Hour walk, 3 times a week, has benefits for dementia
24 May 2017 - Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study's findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of age-related memory loss that otherwise has few treatments. (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 curricular 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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A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change
19 June 2017 - Nearly a third of the world's population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it 'almost inevitable' that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found. Climate change has escalated the heatwave risk across the globe, the study states, with nearly half of the world's population set to suffer periods of deadly heat by the end of the century even if greenhouse gases are radically cut. (more)

Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens
19 June 2017 - Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. A team of researchers examined 1,949 deadly heat waves from around the world since 1980 to look for trends, define when heat is so severe it kills, and forecast the future. They found that nearly one in three people now experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. But the study predicts that up to three in four people worldwide will endure that kind of heat by the end of the century, if global warming continues unabated. (more)

Insulating skin on high-rises has fueled fires before London
18 June 2017 - For the last decade, engineers specializing in fire safety have worried about the hidden danger posed by the kind of insulated metallic skin that transported flames up a high-rise apartment building in London, killing dozens. Panels of the armor-like 'cladding' have become a popular facade on tall buildings worldwide, both for their sleek look and energy-saving virtues. They also have helped fuel spectacular infernos in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the United States. (more)

Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds
6 June 2017 - Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday [6 June]. Researchers found people who drank more alcohol had a greater risk of hippocampal atrophy -- a form of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation. Drinking more was also linked to poorer 'white matter integrity' -- a factor they described as critical when it comes to cognitive functioning. (more)

AP Interview: France warns of risk of war in cyberspace
1 June 2017 - Cyberspace faces an approaching risk of 'permanent war' between states and criminal or extremist organizations because of increasingly destructive hacking attacks, the head of the French government's cybersecurity agency warned Thursday [1 June]. 'With what we see today -- attacks that are criminal, from states, often for espionage or fraud but also more and more for sabotage or destruction --we are getting closer, clearly, to a state of war, a state of war that could be more complicated, probably, than those we've known until now,' he said. (more)

Teenagers' sleep quality and mental health at risk over late-night mobile phone use
30 May 2017 - Teenagers' late-night mobile phone use is harming their sleep and potentially their mental health, say researchers . . . A longitudinal study of 1,101 Australian high school students aged between 13 and 16 found poor-quality sleep associated with late-night texting or calling was linked to a decline in mental health, such as depressed moods and declines in self-esteem and coping ability. (more)

Arctic stronghold of world's seeds flooded after permafrost melts
19 May 2017 - It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world's most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity's food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel. No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change. (more)

Bad news, everyone: Your lack of sleep is making you hideous
18 May 2017 - Sleeping enough is essential for good physical and mental health, it makes us better at making decisions, and it'll mean we won't yawn every two minutes on an endless loop. So here it is: beauty sleep is a real thing, and your exhaustion is wrecking your appearance. A new study from researchers at Stockholm University suggests that even a few nights of bad sleep is enough to make a person look 'significantly' less attractive, and can even make people like you less. (more)

Birth weight may impact intelligence throughout life
18 May 2017 - Being born at below-normal weight is associated with a lower intelligence quotient (IQ) not only in childhood and young adulthood, but even at age 50, according to a new study from Denmark. Worldwide, about 22 million babies, or 16 percent of infants, are born at a low birth weight each year, increasing their risk of death in the first months and years of life, according to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. (more)

Factbox: Don't click - What is the 'ransomware' WannaCry worm?
12 May 2017 - Malicious software called 'ransomware' has forced British hospitals to turn away patients and affected Spanish companies such as Telefonica as part of a global outbreak that has affected tens of thousands of computers. What is WannaCry -- also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry? (more)

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