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US: Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; Navajos will not watch
19 August 2017 - While much of America gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn. In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No eating or drinking.... Many American Indian tribes revere the sun and moon as cultural deities, great sources of power and giver of life. U.S. Bureau of Indian Education spokeswoman Nedra Darling said the agency's schools, most of which are on the Navajo Nation, were given the option of closing Monday. Navajo Nation employees have Monday off, and other schools on and off the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah earlier decided to close in respect of the culture that teaches that looking at the sun during an eclipse can be harmful not only to one's eyesight but for overall well-being. (more)

Loans for solar systems make power affordable in rural Kenya
18 August 2017 - Until recently, Kenneth Njoroge's home northwest of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, was poorly lit at night. Most people in Ndabibi are not connected to mains electricity, and rely on kerosene or small solar lamps to light their homes. A loan from a micro-finance institution has made it possible for him to invest in a solar power system for his home. (more)

17 lesser-known island gems offer hidden treasures
17 August 2017 - Let's be honest: Islands are rarely a hard sell, but some of these pretty places ... get a little more love than others. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, and a spot in the literal middle of nowhere, here are 17 less-boasted paradises worth adding to any travel list: (more)

US: Plan continues to rebuild trumpeter swan numbers in Montana
17 August 2017 - More trumpeter swans will be shipped to the Madison Valley throughout the next five years, as state wildlife officials continue to establish nesting pairs on a private ranch south of Ennis, Montana. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/2x4Qxw7 ) Wednesday that market hunters decimated the trumpeter swan population in the region by the early 20th century, but conservation efforts have brought the birds back. (more)

US: Trumpeter swan reintroduction to continue in Madison Valley, Montana
17 August 2017 - More trumpeter swans will be shipped to the Madison Valley over the next five years as state wildlife officials continue trying to establish nesting pairs on a private ranch south of Ennis. Jeff Laszlo, the owner of the ranch, said there is plenty of habitat for the swans. Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America. Each bird can grow to 5 feet in length and can have a wingspan near 7 feet long. Unlike other swan species, they have a black bill with no markings and aren't as loud as other species. (more)

Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light
16 August 2017 - The green light has been given for what will be Scotland's largest solar farm. Moray Council has granted Elgin Energy planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart, which could see about 80,000 solar panels installed. The farm will be constructed on the 47-hectare Speyslaw site -- the equivalent of about 40 football pitches. The largest Scottish solar farm is currently a 13MW project at Errol Estate in Perthshire, which went live in May last year. All cabling at the site -- spread over three fields at the Innes Estate -- will be underground, allowing sheep to graze around the panels. (more)

Breaking the code: how women in Nigeria are changing the face of tech
14 August 2017 - The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Last year, Lagos-based startup Andela received $24 million in funding from Mark Zuckerberg. In 2015, financial technology startup Paystack -- one of the first Nigerian tech companies to be accepted into renowned California-based startup accelerator Y Combinator -- secured approximately $1.3 million in seed investment from international investors. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the face of technology in Africa, especially in the fields of agricultural and financial tech. (more)

Canada: Farmer about to flip the switch on largest solar-energy system in the province
12 August 2017 - A southern Manitoba dairy farmer is about to lay claim to having the largest solar-energy system in the province, but his reign as solar champ will be short-lived. As early as next month, Hans Gorter's new 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system near Otterburne will be surpassed by a 200-kilowatt system being installed at the Tallpine Lodges in West Hawk Lake. (more)

UK: Outsmarting sunshine in Europe's cloudiest corner
8 August 2017 - Within the last year, the sun has taken on new-found importance across the cloudy island nation with photovoltaic cells providing as much as a quarter of the U.K.'s daily power supply on some days, from almost no capacity in 2011. Of all of Britain's power generation capacity, 13 percent is solar. That volume is forecast to more than double by 2040, and make up 22 percent of the country's power mix, BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) said. (more)

US: Salt Lake elementary school employs goats for gardening work
7 August 2017 - A Salt Lake City elementary school has found a cheap, chemical-free way to clear weeds from a treacherous hillside: A team of hungry goats. For the third year in a row, a herd of goats is being used to landscape the tricky terrain at Washington Elementary School. The district loves to use the goats because it avoids using chemicals around children, and it saves money, said Ricardo Zubiate, assistant director of facility services for the Salt Lake City School District. (more)


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Enlightened buildings and communities for health and happiness: Groundbreaking conference to be held in Florida
3 August 2017 - The first annual conference on 'Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities: How Vedic Architecture, Community Design, and Green Building Influence Health, Happiness, and Lifestyle,' will be held 8-10 September in Orlando, Florida. Real estate professionals from around the world will explore the most innovative ideas in real estate development and their impact on communities and inhabitants. The conference will integrate Maharishi Vastu - the architectural and community planning science of ancient India - with recent lifestyle trends such as sustainability, community building, and wellness. Speakers include prominent architects and award-winning real estate developers including Jeffrey Abramson, a partner in the Tower Companies, who developed the first 200,000 square-foot Maharishi Vastu, LEED Platinum office building in the world. (more)

Maharishi School sophomore wins two important competitions
28 July 2017 - When we last heard from Pranav Chhalliyil, a sophomore at Maharishi School in Iowa, USA, he had just won third place in the Microbiology category in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles. Pranav went on to another prestigious global competition, the 2017 International BioGENEius Challenge, where he won the intensely competitive GENE Pool Competition. Pranav was also the National Winner, as well as an International Finalist, in another part of the BioGENEius experience - the 2017 Global Healthcare Challenge, which focuses on the medical applications for each participant's research. To qualify to present, Pranav had first earned a championship at the 2017 Iowa State Science and Technology Fair. He was the one student selected to represent Iowa in the 2017 International BioGENEius Challenge, and the youngest finalist in the BioGENEius Challenge and at its host event, the Bio International Convention. (more)

How to neutralize stress in the workplace
19 July 2017 - Each workplace environment is unique, but in this era they have a common thread - stress. Pavel Khokhlachev, a Russian-English conference interpreter based in London, offers insight into how the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) not only benefits interpreters - but can positively impact professionals who work in high-stakes scenarios, travel for work, or regularly deal with a stressful environment. Khokhlachev reviews TM research findings of deep rest and relaxation during the practice, as well as reduced stress, anxiety, and PTSD, lower blood pressure, improved brain function, and enhanced work performance - all of which he has found helpful in the 'extremely demanding' work of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. 'It's a great feeling to know that no matter how stressful and hectic my day is, I can always sit down, close my eyes and 20 minutes later feel rested, composed and alert,' he says. (more)

The launch of scientific research on enlightenment
10 July 2017 - This is the continuation of an article, 'A Scientist's Quest for Enlightenment,' in which renowned researcher David Orme-Johnson, PhD, describes his personal journey toward uncovering the science of higher states of consciousness. After earning his doctorate in psychology and learning Transcendental Meditation in 1970, Dr. Orme-Johnson became interested in studying the physiological correlates of the reduced stress, increased happiness, and other benefits resulting from TM practice. Realizing that the descriptions of higher states of consciousness given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, were 'research hypotheses that could be tested in the laboratory', Dr Orme-Johnson soon became one of the foremost contributors in a new, groundbreaking field of scientific research. (more)

Secrets to a longer, healthier life: How modern scientific discoveries and ancient holistic traditions can reverse ageing
16 May 2017 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, presents 'a new science of ageing that integrates the discoveries of modern science with those of an ancient health science - Maharishi AyurVeda, a holistic approach to ageing that enhances the mind and body from deep within, using the wisdom of the body's inner intelligence'. Dr Schneider is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. His research has been supported by US$25 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. He cites many studies, including those demonstrating that 'older individuals who practise Transcendental Meditation show lower rates of mortality - they live significantly longer with better physical and mental health than control subjects who do not meditate. . . . Simply put, stress speeds ageing. And effective stress reduction slows it down.' (more)

Don Arney inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame: TM allows me to mine the 'kernels of innovation'
13 May 2017 - One of 15 extraordinary innovators inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (US) last week is Don Arney, inventor of the aerial fire-fighting 'Bambi Bucket', now used in over 110 countries. Suspended from a helicopter, the lightweight, collapsible bucket delivers huge quantities of water in a concentrated column. It was used to cool Japan's Fukushima nuclear site after the 2011 tsunami. Describing the creative process of this invention, Arney credited his long Transcendental Meditation practice, twice a day since 1970, which allows him to mine the 'nuggets of information' and 'kernels of innovation' that bubble up from deeper levels of the mind. In his NIHF acceptance speech in Washington, DC, he also paid tribute to his long-time business partner Mark McCooey, who transformed Arney's invention into an iconic product used around the world, saving forests, homes and lives. (more)

Vincent Bataoel: 'We infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company'
7 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)

A scientist's quest for enlightenment
30 January 2017 - Renowned researcher David Orme-Johnson, PhD, shares his personal journey toward uncovering the science of higher states of consciousness. From an early age he sought to learn more about a state of transcendental bliss he had read about, and briefly glimpsed. This led to the study of philosophy, a doctoral degree in psychology, and to Transcendental Meditation. Learning the technique in 1970, Dr Orme-Johnson experienced 'an amazing sense of being at home with myself. And I was utterly calm when I came out. . . . I learned there was a name for the unbounded awareness I had experienced as a child: Transcendental Consciousness. . . . Now I had regular access to it through my TM practice.' Dr Orme-Johnson made substantial contributions to the new, rapidly developing field of research on the physiological correlates of this state and its beneficial effects in human life - 'a global scientific exploration of enlightenment'. (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)


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2016 weather report: Extreme and anything but normal
17 August 2017 - Last year's global weather was far more extreme or record-breaking than anything approaching normal, according to a new report. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday (10 August) released its annual checkup of the Earth, highlighting numerous records including hottest year, highest sea level, and lowest sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica. The 299-page report, written by scientists around the world and published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, shows that 2016 was 'very extreme and it is a cause for concern,' said co-editor Jessica Blunden, a NOAA climate scientist. Researchers called it a clear signal of human-caused climate change. (more)

Fish mistaking plastic debris in ocean for food, study finds
17 August 2017 - Fish may be actively seeking out plastic debris in the oceans as the tiny pieces appear to smell similar to their natural prey, new research suggests. The fish confuse plastic for an edible substance because microplastics in the oceans pick up a covering of biological material, such as algae, that mimics the smell of food, according to the study published on Wednesday (16 August) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (more)

Science Says: Fast-melting Arctic sign of bad global warming (+ AP video)
14 August 2017 - One of the coldest places on Earth is so hot it's melting. Glaciers, sea ice, and a massive ice sheet in the Arctic are thawing from toasty air above and warm water below. The northern polar region is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the planet and that's setting off alarm bells. Earth is getting hotter because of the buildup of heat-trapping gases spewed into the air by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, according to decades of peer-reviewed research. Scientists have long predicted the Arctic would warm first and faster than the rest of the globe. Real-time measurements are proving them right. (more)

Portugal fights record number of wildfires for 1 day in 2017
12 August 2017 - Portugal is fighting to put out a spate of wildfires after the southern European country hit a year high of outbreaks for a single day on Friday, authorities say. Portugal's Civil Protection Agency, which coordinates its firefighting efforts, said Saturday that it recorded a record for this year of 220 separate wildfires on Friday [11 August]. (more)

Hong Kong closes 13 beaches as stinking, congealed palm oil washes ashore
8 August 2017 - Hong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters. The spill has sparked outrage among some residents and environmentalists and comes just a year after mountains of rubbish washed up on Hong Kong's beaches, with labels and packaging indicating most of it had come from mainland China. (more)

Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts
6 August 2017 - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. Growers use fertilizers and pesticides long restricted or banned in the United States, including carbofuran and zinc phosphide. In previous years, it was commonly sold fertilizers and pesticides that were used illegally, law enforcement officials said. Use of any chemicals in national forests is against federal law, as pesticides have killed sensitive species and fertilizers can cause algae blooms and bacteria problems in rivers and streams. (more)

US: Research in Hawaii links beehives, pesticides
6 August 2017 - Another study looking at pesticides in beehives is underway in Hawaii. And results are showing a connection between agriculture-dense areas and an increase in the chemical glyphosate -- the active ingredient in Roundup -- in honey. Concentration within the samples that tested positive was an average of 80 parts per billion -- ranging from zero to 330 parts per billion. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn't set a tolerance limit for glyphosate. In the European Union, the tolerance level is 50 parts per billion. ... The purpose of the study is to monitor the migration of pesticides from their point of introduction, and relationships between urban development, golf courses, and industrial areas were also analyzed. (more)

'Lucifer' heat wave holds Italy, eastern Europe in fiery grip
4 August 2017 - Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Friday in a heat wave nicknamed 'Lucifer' that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts, and damaged crops. Italy and the Balkans were worst affected, though areas as far north as southern Poland also basked in abnormally hot temperatures, and European weather hub Meteoalarm issued its highest grade 'red' warnings for 10 countries. (more)

US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos
27 July 2017 - For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. It is thought to be the first such work in the U.S.; previous experiments like this have been reported from China. The Oregon scientists reportedly used a technique called CRISPR, which allows specific sections of DNA to be altered or replaced. With gene editing, these so-called 'germline' changes are permanent and would be passed down to any offspring. (more)

Warming to worsen dead zones, algae blooms choking US waters
27 July 2017 - Projected increases in rain from global warming could further choke U.S. waterways with fertilizer runoff that trigger dead zones and massive algae blooms, a new study said. If greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, more and heavier rain will increase nitrogen flowing into lakes, rivers, and bays by about 19 percent by the end of the century, according to a study in Thursday's journal Science . The nutrients create low-oxygen dead zones and harmful blooms of algae in the Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, and Atlantic coast. (more)


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