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Award-winning Nepalese farmers grow bananas to avert floods
19 January 2018 - Simpalpani and neighbouring villages -- which sit on a geological faultline -- have been struck by 16 massive landslides over the last 50 years, aid workers said. Rising global temperatures have shrunk Nepal's glaciers, with meltwater forming lakes that flood regularly, causing widespread destruction. But farmers clearing forests for agriculture are also to blame, experts say. Since 2010, the charity [National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre Nepal] has been teaching 14,000 families in 28 villages in the Banganga basin, a river of religious significance for Hindus in Nepal and home to an important wetland, to change their farming habits. Mapping data shows that slash and burn farming in the area has fallen by 80 percent since the project began, [executive director Dhruba Gautam] said. Farmers have persuaded each other to adopt practices that protect forests, soil, rivers, and wetlands, as well as earning a better living. (more)

Stuart Wenham: scientists pay tribute to 'Einstein of solar world'
19 January 2018 - Australia's scientific community has paid tribute to Prof Stuart Wenham, a solar energy pioneer described as the 'Einstein of the solar industry', whose research increased the efficiency of solar cells a hundredfold. He was the director of the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Photovoltaics and Photonics at the University of New South Wales. Colleagues and friends remembered him as a brilliant scientist and kind mentor whose work revolutionised the affordability of solar energy around the world. (more)

The hole in Earth's ozone layer is healing, first-of-its kind study shows
19 January 2018 - Efforts to heal the hole in Earth's ozone layer over Antarctica appear to be paying off, according to a new, first-of-its-kind study that looked directly at ozone-destroying chemicals in the atmosphere. Earth's ozone layer protects the planet's surface from some of the sun's more harmful rays that can cause cancer and cataracts in humans, and damage plant life, according to NASA. In the mid-1980s, researchers identified a massive hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica and determined that it had been caused largely by human-produced chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). (more)

French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles
17 January 2018 - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets. Pragma Industries, which is based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use, has sold some 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to French municipalities including Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery, and Bayonne. (more)

London's January air quality 'best in 10 years'
17 January 2018 - London's air quality is within legal limits in mid-January for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said. Mayor Sadiq Khan attributes the cleaner air in part to the introduction of Low Emission Bus Zones and the T-Charge for dirtier cars in central London. (more)

UK: Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told
17 January 2018 - Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change -- the official watchdog -- says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation -- and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under [Prime Minister] Theresa May. (more)

US: Hidden cameras help scientists study elusive wildlife
17 January 2018 - Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it's not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper, and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. 'There's no doubt -- it is an incredible tool to acquire data on wildlife,' said Grant Harris, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (more)

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy
16 January 2018 - The Hubble telescope has bagged an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest known galaxies. Astronomers were lucky when the orbiting observatory captured the image of a galaxy that existed just 500 million years after the Big Bang. The image was stretched and amplified by the natural phenomenon of gravitational lensing, unlocking unprecedented detail. (more)

UK: Female engineers set for success
13 January 2018 - Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK is female -- the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women's Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria, and Cyprus lead with nearly 30 per cent. Here, two pioneering female engineers at Oxford University explain what drives them. (more)

US: Michigan State University effort to help low-income science students
12 January 2018 - Michigan State University says it's rolling out scholarships over the next several years for low-income students who studied natural science at community colleges. The East Lansing school says it aims to boost the quantity and quality of such students studying science, technology, engineering, and math, and completing four-year degrees. Program officials say it is 'essential' to broaden participation in the STEM fields and diversify the workforce. Money for the scholarships comes from a $4.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. (more)


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Veterans who learn Transcendental Meditation find relief from PTSD, new study shows
14 January 2018 - Veterans of the war in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) found significant relief from their symptoms as a result of practising the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, according to a new study published in Military Medicine. After one month, 87% had a clinically significant decrease of more than 10 points, and 80% had their symptoms reduced to below the clinical level, meaning that they were no longer considered to have a disorder. The current study follows four previous studies on veterans practicing TM. 'Transcendental Meditation is very easy to do and results come quickly,' said James Grant, Director of Programs for TM for Veterans. 'TM promotes self sufficiency - it's a tool that the veteran can use for life, on his or her own.' (more)

Exploring science, consciousness, and the furthest reaches of human potential: Dr Tony Nader, neuroscientist and Vedic scholar
10 January 2018 - When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, planned for the future of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations, he named as his successor a scientist and scholar with mastery in both modern science and the ancient Vedic tradition -- Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R. -- an MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist and one of the world's great Vedic scholars. Dr. Nader guides the global supervision of the nonprofit TM organizations in over one hundred countries, advising the TM programme and its educational, health, and research programmes. Now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Dr Nader is creating an online space for engaging conversations about consciousness and all fields of life - from health, education, and science, to love, human relationships, and world peace. (more)

Brazil: Maharishi University of Management professor presents EEG research on Transcendental Meditation at conferences on consciousness
16 December 2017 - Experts from a variety of disciplines continue to try to understand consciousness. Recently Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA, was invited to present his perspective at two conferences in Brazil hosted at top universities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. At both conferences Dr Travis presented his EEG research on the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)

Discovering a bio-marker for the deeply silent state of Transcendental Consciousness during TM
6 December 2017 - Dr David Orme-Johnson continues his account of how research on Transcendental Meditation developed at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the 1970s. Working with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and MERU, a group of scientists, including Dr Orme-Johnson, identified EEG and other physiological markers of Transcendental Consciousness, the deeply silent state of awareness experienced during TM practice. (more)

Watch Live Today - 'A New Science for Peace' summit in Washington, DC - 5 December, 9:00AM (US EST)
5 December 2017 - Today's summit - A New Science for Peace: Research on Transcendental Meditation, the Brain, Trauma, and Peace - will be streamed live online starting at 9:00 a.m. (US Eastern Time). The summit is hosted by the David Lynch Foundation's Abramson Center for Peace, highlighting 40 years of research on the Transcendental Meditation technique as an intervention for reducing trauma and violence among individuals, and within society as a whole. The event is being held at American University in Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. (more)

Washington, DC: American University to host 'A New Science for Peace' - 5 December
3 December 2017 - This Tuesday morning, 5 December, the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, DC, will be the venue for 'A New Science for Peace: Research on Meditation, the Brain, Trauma, and Peace'. Hosted by the Abramson Center for Peace and the David Lynch Foundation, the panel will be moderated by Candy Crowley, former anchor, CNN's 'State of the Nation with Candy Crowley'. A select group of leaders in the Washington region will explore the impact of 40 years of published research and clinical applications of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique - for improving health and reducing PTSD symptoms among high-risk groups, and reducing trauma, crime, and violence in society as a whole. (more)

Iowa Public Television profiles Ideal Energy in Fairfield, founded by Maharishi University of Management grads
30 November 2017 - Iowa Public Television (IPTV) in the USA recently aired a profile of a local sustainability company in Fairfield - Ideal Energy, co-founded by two Maharishi University of Management graduates, Troy Van Beek and his wife Amy Van Beek. IPTV describes the show, 'Iowa Entrepreneur - Ideal Energy': 'After returning home from active duty, a Navy SEAL sought an education in sustainability at a small Iowa university. Now, he and his wife work together, using renewable energy to sow the seeds of peace.' (more)

Optimization of brain functioning: Correlates of EEG coherence
17 November 2017 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's insight that EEG synchrony and coherence are of fundamental importance to brain physiology and the evolution of consciousness is verified by the array of benefits associated with EEG coherence, discovered by scientists working at Maharishi European Research University in the 1970s. Researchers had shown that Transcendental Meditation increases EEG coherence. Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the principal researchers on the Transcendental Meditation technique worldwide, discusses what increased EEG coherence through TM means in practical terms of leading a more creative, intelligent, moral life. (more)

Physicist Amanda Weltman: Using knowledge for good
14 November 2017 - Award-winning physicist Amanda Wellman first learned Transcendental Meditation as a child, then returned to the practice in 2008: 'It was a time in my life when TM was really most welcomed and I found that it helped me to settle my mind at times when it can feel overfull or harried. A settled calm mind is of extraordinary value to anyone but especially for me as a mother and a scientist.' In a recent interview Dr Weltman explored the many ways physics benefits society, especially through technology - plus her love of mathematics, problem-solving, and 'understanding the world around me. Physics is the most precise way to do this.' The Next Einstein Forum Fellow promotes science education and is actively engaged in organizations in several countries to implement programmes for girls. She says, 'we should all be finding ways to improve ourselves. That is the only place we can start, and, in that way, we can slowly change the world.' (more)

Log home in Australia built according to principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture
25 October 2017 - The unique construction of a log home in Australia is featured in the current newsletter of Maharishi Vastu Architecture -- building in according with ancient principles of Natural Law. The construction company, Estonia Log Homes, first built the house in Estonia for quality control of precise Vedic measurements, then dis-assembled and shipped the home to New South Wales. The owner and a local builder worked alongside four Estonians who travelled to Australia especially for the project. After a few days the workmen returned to Estonia and the owner said, 'I was left alone to enjoy the quiet and the very strong feeling of silence in the new house even though it still had no roof. It is very simple, ingenious process and a joy to be able to see and appreciate how it is all connected and constructed.' View photos and links to more Maharishi Vastu projects. (more)


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Europe's microwave ovens emit nearly as much CO2 as 7m cars
19 January 2018 - Popping frozen peas into the microwave for a couple of minutes may seem utterly harmless, but Europe's stock of these quick-cook ovens emit as much carbon as nearly 7m cars, a new study has found. And the problem is growing: with costs falling and kitchen appliances becoming 'status' items, owners are throwing away microwaves after an average of eight years, pushing rising sales. (more)

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales
12 January 2018 - Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon, and Puget Sound orcas. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on three organophosphate pesticides -- chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion -- after a yearslong court fight by environmental groups. At the urging of pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration had sought a two-year delay of a court-ordered deadline to issue the findings by the end of 2017, but it was unsuccessful. ... the use of chlorpyrifos on fruits and vegetables after peer-reviewed academic studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children's brains. (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)

US: Study blames marijuana farms for poisoning of threatened owls
11 January 2018 - Rat poison is contaminating threatened northern spotted owls in California forests, and marijuana farms appear to be to blame, according to a study published Thursday (11 January). The study published in the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology focused on owls in Northern California's Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte counties, part of the so-called Emerald Triangle, where remote farms -- many in old-growth forests -- produce much of the marijuana grown for the U.S. black market. (more)

Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year
10 January 2018 - Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday (10 January), as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector. Unusually, the high heat last year came despite the absence of an El Nino weather system in the Pacific, which tends to warm Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology said in its annual climate statement. (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)

The ocean floor is slowly sinking under the weight of melting glaciers
8 January 2018 - Melting glaciers are causing sea levels to rise, but scientists have identified a factor that is usually not taken into consideration when calculating it. The enormous mass that gets added to the ocean is causing the sea floor to warp, sink, and deform. This can disguise the actual rise of sea levels in many parts of the planet and actually cover up the actual extent to which the seas are rising. (more)

U.S. rivers getting saltier, drinking water at risk: study
8 January 2018 - U.S. rivers and streams have become saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years, posing risks to drinking water by damaging pipelines and other infrastructure, according to a study released on Monday [8 January]. As municipal workers dump salt on roads to combat ice and farmers put fertilizer on fields, the runoff has made U.S. waterways saltier and more alkaline, according to the study ... Salt can also be released by floods that reach sewage systems and spill the contamination into waterways, as well as from brines at hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking -- operations and oil and gas sites. (more)

US hits record for costly weather disasters: $306 billion
8 January 2018 - With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday (8 January). That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005. [Hurricane Katrina struck the southeastern United States in late August 2005.] (more)

Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306 billion in 2017: NOAA
8 January 2018 - Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday (8 January). The agency said western wildfires and hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma contributed to making 2017 the costliest year on record. The previous record was $215 billion in 2005, when hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast. (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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