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Australia: 'Energy-harvesting' clear glass created by Perth team
30 March 2017 - New technology developed in Western Australia is making its mark on the solar energy market, becoming the world's first commercially viable clear, solar glass. Developed at the Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) at Edith Cowan University, the glass contains special nanoparticles, with solar cells around its borders. Director of the ESRI Kamal Alameh described it as a game changer for the industry. 'We call it energy-harvesting clear glass,' Professor Alameh said. (more)

US: Sea otters of Morro Bay have made a comeback
28 March 2017 - In May, the annual otter count found more than 3,090 along the California coast. They are the only ones left. If the numbers stay above that threshold set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for three years running, the otters can make it off the endangered species list. In Morro Bay, their survival is looking hopeful. Scientists estimate 30 to 40 adults and up to 20 pups have settled around the embarcadero T-piers this season. (more)

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour
26 March 2017 - The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants. The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a worldwide environmental campaign, celebrated across all continents. (more)

Night parrot sighting confirmed in Western Australia for first time in 100 years
23 March 2017 - A night parrot has been photographed in Western Australia, adding another twist to the mysterious history of the species that was presumed extinct until it was rediscovered in Queensland four years ago. It is the first verified sighting of the bird in WA for almost 100 years...The discovery was made by a group of four friends from Broome who have dedicated the better part of seven years to locating the bird, examining detailed maps, trekking into likely habitats, and spending evenings in the state's arid interior listening for unusual bird calls. (more)

Night parrot sighting in Western Australia shocks birdwatching world (+ ABC News video)
23 March 2017 - A group of four birdwatchers from Broome has photographed Australia's most mysterious bird, the night parrot, in Western Australia. The men's discovery is the first confirmed sighting of a night parrot in Western Australia for nearly a century. There have been other rumours of sightings throughout the 2000s, but no evidence accompanied them. (more)

Solar boreholes, irrigated crops throw lifeline to Kenyan herders
22 March 2017 - At the only borehole with water for miles around, the troughs are under siege in Saretho village as hundreds of camels, cattle, sheep, and goats await their turn. On the other side of the solar-powered well, women and children fetch water for household use ... Two years ago, the scene would have been different. Without the solar-powered pump they have now, the villagers found the local boreholes difficult and costly to operate. But since the Kenya Red Cross installed a solar system in 2014, they no longer have problems getting water. Elsewhere in the county, a group of former pastoralists have taken to growing fruit and vegetables. Its chairman Mathar Shale said he hasn't kept livestock since he started planting bananas, tomatoes, and cabbages. 'I can earn 70,000 shillings ($680) in a good month,' he said. (more)

Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings
21 March 2017 - The Ganges river, considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians, has become the first non-human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people. A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand ordered on Monday (20 March) that the Ganges and its main tributary, the Yamuna, be accorded the status of living human entities. ... The court in the Himalayan resort town of Nainital appointed three officials to act as legal custodians responsible for conserving and protecting the rivers and their tributaries. It ordered that a management board be established within three months. (more)

Austria joins up charging points to boost electric car usage
20 March 2017 - Austria is creating a nationwide network of charging stations for electric cars, making it easier for drivers to charge up as part of the country's efforts to promote the vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions. The move means drivers can sign up with any one of the 11 suppliers and use all the stations within the combined network, rather than have separate contracts with each company. (more)

Dubai completes solar plant to power 50,000 homes
20 March 2017 - Dubai today [20 March] completed a solar plant big enough to power 50,000 homes as part of a plan to generate three-quarters of its energy from renewables by 2050. The 200 megawatt plant sprawls over 4.5 square kilometres of desert and includes some 2.3 million photovoltaic panels. The project is the 'largest and first solar power project of its kind in the region', said Dubai Electricity and Water Authority chief Saeed al-Tayer. Dubai is part of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, but has few oil reserves itself. (more)

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue
20 March 2017 - The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had not been able to detect them -- until now. The discovery will shed light on the operation of the 'strong force', which glues the insides of atoms. (more)


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Vincent Bataoel: 'We infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company'
11 March 2017 - Vincent Bataoel and his wife Nelina Loiselle have spent the last decade building Above Green, a successful consulting company which helps clients such as Bank of America, San Francisco Airport, and the US military get their buildings LEED Certified - a highly regarded green building certification programme used around the world. As an unfulfilled college student, Vincent's keen interest in quantum physics, neuroscience, and human potential eventually led him to the Maharishi University of Management website. 'Everything on the site was talking about health, human potential, and consciousness. I knew it was the place for me.' Vincent and Nelina continue to practise Transcendental Meditation, which they learned at MUM - a well-proven tool for increasing resilience. 'We meditate every day', says Vincent. 'It's an important part of our personal lifestyle, but also our business lifestyle. We've tried to infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company.' (more)

Let your love flow - Transcendental Meditation reduces stress, improves relationships
13 January 2017 - Like many women, Janet Hoffman finds relationships a vitally important area of life. 'My heart has to flow to someone. At any given moment - a child, a sister, a parent, the family pet - someone is the object of my adoration,' writes the executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for women professionals in the USA. 'Nourishing someone besides myself is a joy, a fulfilment of being.' In the past she sometimes experienced that channel of expression 'just dries up', like a writer with writer's block. But after learning Transcendental Meditation she found that 'stress and fatigue just melt away. . . . my mind becomes more silent and settled, so I can listen better and appreciate others more.' (more)

Measuring the World for Global Reconstruction: New, groundbreaking book about Maharishi Vastu architecture
27 December 2016 - A second new book related to Maharishi Vastu architecture has recently been published. In Measuring the World for Global Reconstruction, Master Surveyor Roger Audet explains how Maharishi Vastu architecture uses the global grid of latitude and longitude as the basis of town and city planning. This grid, known to the ancient Vedic civilization of India, is used in Vastu architecture to create a master grid for the whole world. The book chronicles the evolution of the concepts and techniques of global survey by civilizations throughout the ages, showing how these key historical developments of measuring the world support the techniques and mathematics of right orientation used in Maharishi Vastu architecture for planning auspicious buildings, towns and cities. (more)

India: Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars holds annual conference in Rishikesh
10 December 2016 - The Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World is holding its annual conference this year in India. The conference began yesterday and continues through 12 December at Mahila Dhyan Vidya Peeth, Tapovan, Rishikesh. The theme of the conference is Meeting Point of all Religions: Atma, the Self, the Source, Course, and Goal of Life. Speakers include eminent leaders representing the fields of physics, medicine, physiology and health, including the perspective of Ayurveda, the traditional Vedic science of health care; education; and music. The conference programme also features senior educators and administrators of institutions offering Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness. (more)

Watch Live Webcast - National Summit: Exploring the Science of Meditation on Trauma, Stress, and the Brain - Thursday, 8 December
7 December 2016 - Join Candy Crowley, David Lynch, Dr. Norman Rosenthal, and many other thought leaders -- Thursday, 8 December, 1-3 PM (US Eastern Time) -- for a live webcast of the National Summit on Exploring the Science of Meditation on Trauma, Stress, and the Brain. The David Lynch Foundation's Center for Health and Wellness is hosting this summit to further an important dialogue about how the research-based Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to lessen the effects of trauma and toxic stress. A panel of leading scientists, educators, and other experts will explore how TM can be used to treat the epidemic of PTS in veterans, the effects of trauma on inner-city school kids, and the impact of TM in the field of addiction recovery and substance abuse. (more)

Developing our mind's full potential
30 November 2016 - Janet Hoffmann, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation programme for women professionals in the USA, discusses developing our full mental potential through TM. Summarizing published, peer-reviewed research in this area, Ms Hoffman says, 'The TM technique . . . promotes brain wave coherence (more regions of the brain sync up and work together). Greater coherence leads to calmness, intelligence, focus, better decision making and problem solving . . . . The experience of transcending resets the brain's ground state, restoring neurological balance and clarity of mind.' (more)

Brain imaging parses Transcendental Meditation practice - Psych Central reports
8 November 2016 - New research, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, explains differences and dispels misconceptions regarding Transcendental Meditation and other meditation practices, Psych Central recently reported. The study found that during practice of Transcendental Meditation, activity in the 'default mode network' (a large-scale brain network involving areas in the front and back of the brain) was high, showing that the process did not involve effort or control of the mind. These findings underscoring the effortlessness of TM practice are in contrast with those on other meditation practices, which all show decreased activity in the default mode network - indicating that the mind is being focused, and not allowed to effortlessly transcend. 'It's a critical point,' said lead author Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. 'Researchers, commentators, and popular media often lump meditation practices together.' (more)

Research validates the defining hallmark of Transcendental Meditation -- effortlessness
4 November 2016 - As the value of meditation becomes widely recognized, researchers are increasingly trying to understand the differences among approaches. A study published 4 November in the journal Brain and Cognition reports subjective experiences and cortical activation patterns that distinguish the Transcendental Meditation technique from other meditation practices. 'Transcendental Meditation uses a mantra, and for this reason some researchers maintain that it involves focused attention and controlling the mind,' said lead author Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. 'Those who practice TM know this is not the case. This study supports their experience that Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and effortless to practice.' (more)

What is a Vedic observatory?
4 November 2016 - Recently, Maharishi University of Management installed a Maharishi Vedic Observatory on its campus in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, as part of its new campus master plan. But what is a Vedic observatory? In the 1980s when MUM Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was restoring the complete value of Vedic architecture, he supervised a thorough investigation of traditional celestial observation instruments for measuring the path and position of the sun and stars. The study culminated in the creation of the Maharishi Vedic Observatory, a collection of ten intricately crafted 'instruments' built according to the ancient designs. . . . These instruments are designed to give the observer a clear, direct view and personal experience of the order inherent in the dynamic movement of the celestial bodies. Maharishi explained that just looking at these instruments has the effect of resetting the functioning of the observer's physiology so it is more closely aligned with the immense order and intelligence of the cosmos. A Maharishi Vastu home is designed to be as connected to the sun and the cosmos as are the Maharishi Vedic Observatory instruments. (more)

Maharishi University of Management makes sustainability its focus
28 July 2016 - The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring Maharishi University of Management's 'green' academic programs at their Sustainable Living Center, with a focus in the areas of building and construction. Students gain knowledge of green building methods that supplement healthier and more efficient materials and strategies throughout the construction process. Green building takes into account all impacts of the built environment, including consumption, environmental effects, and overall effects on the occupant and world. MUM's Sustainable Living programs enable individuals to be pioneers in this field, making real and lasting changes to buildings used for life, work, and play. (more)


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Great Barrier Reef will never be as pristine as it once was: scientists
16 March 2017 - Parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef will never recover from the impact of unseasonably warm waters, scientists said on Thursday [16 March], as more of the World Heritage Site comes under renewed threat from a recent spike in sea temperatures. Warm seas around the reef killed some two-thirds of a 700 kilometer (496.4 miles) stretch of coral last year after warm water caused the coral to expel living algae, triggering it to calcify and turn white, a process known as bleaching. That was the worst die-off of coral ever recorded at the reef. (more)

Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change
15 March 2017 - The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India. Scientists who study the algae say the microscopic organisms are thriving in new conditions brought about by climate change, and displacing the zooplankton that underpin the local food chain, threatening the entire marine ecosystem. The swarms of microscopic creatures beneath the surface of the Gulf of Oman were all but invisible 30 years ago -- now they form giant, murky shapes that can be seen from satellites. Across the planet, blooms have wrecked local ecosystems. Algae can paralyze fish, clog their gills, and absorb enough oxygen to suffocate them. Whales, turtles, dolphins, and manatees have died, poisoned by algal toxins, in the Atlantic and Pacific. These toxins have infiltrated whole marine food chains and have, in rare cases, killed people, according to the U.N. science agency. Scientists based at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University trace Oman's blooms to melting ice in the Himalayas. (more)

Hate daylight saving time? You may have a point, researchers say
11 March 2017 - For most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing: losing an hour's sleep. So what is the point? This is actually a reasonable question, according to a growing body of scientific research. When clocks in almost all of the United States spring forward by an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will likely prompt an increase in heart attacks and strokes, cause more car accidents, and reduce worker productivity, according to studies. It will also fail to cut the nation's energy bill, contrary to what the experts once believed. (more)

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time
18 January 2017 - Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone. Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday (18 January) that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from minuscule to what top American climate scientists described as substantial. (more)

U.N. warns of famine risk in Somalia amid worsening drought
17 January 2017 - Somalia risks slipping back into famine, the United Nations, said on Tuesday, as worsening drought has left millions without food, water, or healthcare in a country crippled by decades of war. ... Famine last struck pockets of Somalia in 2011, killing 260,000 people. It was caused by drought, conflict, and a ban on food aid in territory held by [the Islamist militant group] al Shabaab . (more)

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment
15 January 2017 - The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between 2010 and 2015, including those least equipped to deal with the growing mountain of discarded smartphones, computers, TVs, air conditioners, and other goods. (more)

Britain braced for floods after heavy winds, snow
13 January 2017 - Parts of England were preparing for severe flooding on Friday, after heavy winds, snow, and rain hit the country overnight, cancelling flights, closing schools, and causing disruption to commuters. Around 100 flood warnings are in place across Britain, with 11 at a severe level, meaning that there is a threat to life. (more)

US: West prepares for flooding while East Coast in deep freeze
9 January 2017 - As the East Coast [of the United States] waits to thaw out from a weekend icy mess, another storm is bringing rain and the potential of the worst flooding in more than a decade to the West coast. In the East, the worst, lingering problems were expected in North Carolina where up to 10 inches of snow and sleet fell in places Saturday. The deep freeze followed. Forecasters predict temperatures won't get above freezing in much of the state before Tuesday afternoon, a big problem in a place where officials depend on usually mild weather to melt away the ice and snow on less traveled routes. (more)

Deep freeze grips Europe, threatens homeless, migrants
8 January 2017 - Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday (8 January), prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing weather. In Serbia, aid workers scrambled to help hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in parks and makeshift shelters. The extreme winter weather that has gripped Europe in the past days has caused more than a dozen deaths, left villages cut off, caused power and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights, and led to road accidents. Serbia's authorities on Sunday banned river traffic on its stretch of the Danube -- one of Europe's main rivers -- because of ice and strong wind. (more)

Blizzards, icy weather grip parts of Europe
6 January 2017 - Blizzards swept parts of Europe on Friday [6 January], causing at least nine deaths, closing roads, and resulting in traffic accidents, travel delays, and medical evacuations. In Poland, the cold snap was blamed for five deaths in 24 hours. Three people died from hypothermia . . . the government Security Center said. Officials in neighboring Ukraine reported that four people had died from effects of the cold in the Lviv region near the Polish border. Snowfall and heavy winds closed roads and some train services in central Italy, pounded areas hit by recent earthquakes . . . Local [Serbian] official Dragan Dimitrijevic said emergency crews were 'helpless against the wind' and snow drifts that piled up to two meters (6.6-feet) high. (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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