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Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction
24 September 2017 - Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says. Scientists found more populations of the large turtles improving than declining when they looked at nearly 60 regions across the globe. That's a big change from a decade or two ago, experts said. The research was published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. (more)

California condors return to the skies after near extinction
20 September 2017 - Three decades after being pushed to the brink of extinction, the California condor is making a comeback in the wild . . . One of the world's largest birds with a wingspan up to 10 feet, the condor once patrolled the sky from Mexico to British Columbia. But its population plummeted in the 20th century due to lead poisoning, hunting and habitat destruction. There are now roughly 450 condors, including about 270 in the wild in California, Arizona, Utah, and northeastern Mexico. (more)

US: Bird watchers head to Maine for rare bird sighting
20 September 2017 - Bird watchers are traveling to Maine to catch the rare sight of a South American fork-tailed flycatcher. Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox says the bird was last seen in the state in June 2012. (more)

After 30 years, the Montreal Protocol is paying ozone dividends
15 September 2017 - Three decades ago this month, the world came together in the ozone layer's defense and formed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Today, the true benefit of that agreement is just starting to make itself known, thanks to a process that was set in motion by a bold and disruptive theory. (more)

Norway's Scatec Solar in talks to boost Iran's solar power
15 September 2017 - Norway's Scatec Solar is in talks to build its first solar power plants in Iran, its chief executive told Reuters, joining a wave of foreign energy firms looking to invest in the oil major. The Oslo-listed firm, which builds and operates solar power plants worldwide ... Iran's firms and 80 million inhabitants are heavily reliant on natural gas and oil to generate power. However, air pollution is helping drive Iranian interest in expanding renewable energy capacity. (more)

US: Now-famous Florida nun used Google to figure out chain saw (+ AP video)
14 September 2017 - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her -- dressed in full habit -- wielding a chain saw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. The nun, principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, said her mechanical education didn't stop with the Google search. 'Some people have sent me videos on how to use a chain saw because apparently I wasn't using it correctly or as safe as I should've been, so I'm learning, too,' she told The Associated Press in a Skype interview. An off-duty Miami-Dade police officer posted the video of Sister Margaret Ann on social media Monday. The video was picked up by media outlets, including the AP, and quickly became a global sensation. She also said she was glad the video gave the public a different view of nuns. (more)

US: Study finds organic farming better at sequestering carbon
13 September 2017 - A new study shows organic farms store more carbon in the soil and keep it out of the atmosphere longer than conventional farms. The findings of the study by Northeastern University's National Soil Project [Boston, Massachusetts] and The Organic Center suggest organic farming could help reduce one of the causes of climate change. (more)

Electric cars dominate the buzz at Frankfurt auto show
12 September 2017 - Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years. Carmakers are spending heavily to develop and improve electric cars to meet increasingly tough government regulations limiting air pollution. (more)

US: Nebraska sees spike in butterfly population
12 September 2017 - Several Nebraska cities are seeing an abundance of butterflies. Nebraska Extension, a branch of the University of Nebraska, received reports last week of at least 100 painted lady butterflies in some Omaha flower gardens. The gardens usually draw only a few dozen. Painted ladies' migrations could be 9,000 miles and span six generations, said Jody Green, entomologist with Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. (more)

The monster surge that wasn't: Why Irma caused less flooding than expected
11 September 2017 - Across coastal Florida, the dreaded storm surge from Hurricane Irma -- caused when ferocious winds pile up ocean water and push it onshore -- was not as bad as forecast. While some areas were hard hit, notably the Florida Keys and Marco Island, residents of neighborhoods north to Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa Bay were expressing relief. That bit of good fortune was the product of some meteorological luck. (more)

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How transcending optimizes your brain: Revolutionary TM research advanced the science of human potential
12 September 2017 - What happens to the brain when we practise Transcendental Meditation and transcend? Do we experience a new state of consciousness that's different from waking, dreaming, or sleeping? If so, how does that help us realize our highest human potential? 'These were some of the questions that our group of international researchers were trying to answer in the 1970s,' writes David Orme-Johnson, PhD, one of the principal researchers on the Transcendental Meditation technique worldwide, with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. 'Based at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Swiss and French Alps, we were on a quest to create a scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness' - the state experienced during practice of the TM technique. (more)

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)

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149 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico
19 September 2017 - A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday (19 September), collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 149 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly. (more)

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica
19 September 2017 - Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night (19 September) after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit 'with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations.' (more)

What hurricanes don't teach us: AP finds fast coastal growth
16 September 2017 - Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull's-eyes on two of the country's fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida. Nothing seems to curb America's appetite for life near the sea, especially in the warmer climates of the South. Coastal development destroys natural barriers such as islands and wetlands, promotes erosion and flooding, and positions more buildings and people in the path of future destruction, according to researchers and policy advisers who study hurricanes. (more)

Typhoon tears across Vietnam
15 September 2017 - A typhoon tore a destructive path across central Vietnam on Friday, flooding hundreds of thousands of homes, whipping off roofs, and knocking out power in the country's most powerful storm in years. ... more than 5,000 houses were submerged, 19 collapsed, and nearly 24,000 houses in Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces were damaged, the disaster agency said in a report. ... Winds exceeded 130 km (80 miles) per hour and were expected to weaken as the storm heads to Laos. (more)

Cost of fighting U.S. wildfires topped $2 billion in 2017
14 September 2017 - The costs of fighting U.S. wildfires topped $2 billion in 2017, breaking records and underscoring the need to address a U.S. Forest Service budget that mostly goes to fires, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday, 14 September. Perdue said the funding formula used to earmark money for fire suppression is no longer adequate amid fire seasons that have grown longer and scorched larger swaths of public lands, mostly in the U.S. West. 'We are breaking records in terms of dollars spent, acres of national forest land burned and the increased duration of fires,' Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke said in a statement. (more)

Discrepancy between trial goals, results may mask treatment risks
13 September 2017 - Scientists often fail to publicly register plans for clinical trials or to publish the results, and the outcomes they do share may mask instances when new treatments are unsafe or ineffective, a small study suggests. One goal of asking scientists to register clinical trial plans in public research databases is to highlight the main objective of experiments and make it easy to see whether a tested treatment achieved this goal when results are published, the study authors note in JAMA. But more than one-third of the 113 clinical trials researchers examined for the study were never registered. Only 64 of the trials, or 57 percent, were published. (more)

Caribbean faces hard road to recovery after Irma's ravages
11 September 2017 - From Cuba to Antigua, Caribbean islanders began counting the cost of Hurricane Irma on Sunday after the brutal storm left a trail of death, destruction, and chaos from which the tourist-dependent region could take years to recover. The Category 5 storm, which killed at least 28 people across the region, devastated housing, power supplies, and communications, leaving some small islands almost cut off from the world. European nations sent military reinforcements to keep order amid looting, while the damage was expected to total billions of dollars. (more)

U.S. Coast Guard, EPA cleaning up a dozen Texas chemical spills after Harvey
11 September 2017 - The U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are working with Texas state regulators to clean up oil and chemicals spilled from a dozen industrial facilities after flooding from Hurricane Harvey, authorities said. ... The liquid spills come in addition to more than a million pounds of toxic emissions above legal limits that spewed from industrial facilities following Harvey, according to reports from companies filed with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. ...The EPA and other authorities had warned people affected by the flood that waters could contain bacteria and toxic chemicals, but have said little yet about the specific origins or quantities of substances. (more)

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals
5 September 2017 - Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83 per cent of samples found to be polluted. Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with The Guardian. The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94 per cent ... Lebanon and India had the next highest rates. (more)

Climate change seen as cause for mudslide in Switzerland
28 August 2017 - The effects of climate change are partially to blame for a mudslide through a southeastern village that left eight people missing after a massive chunk of rock broke off an Alpine mountainside, Switzerland's environmental protection office said Monday (28 August). Federal Office for the Environment director Marc Chardonnens said Switzerland must do more to brace for the effects of climate change, citing the 'weakening of the permafrost' atop many Alpine peaks as an example. (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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