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US: Bringing nature back to the urban core
20 February 2019 - Our [New York Times] photographers set out to explore three cities that are seeking to restore their connection to nature by reclaiming land for green space. The opening of the High Line in Manhattan in 2009 brought national attention to the idea of reclaiming underused space for parks. Its success led to the development of a network of projects across the country, including an elevated park in Philadelphia, a deck spanning a freeway in Dallas, and a multiuse trail around downtown Atlanta. (more)

EU agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks
19 February 2019 - The European Union agreed on Tuesday (19 February) to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases. The EU currently has no limits on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, unlike the United States, China, Japan, and Canada. Trucks account for almost one quarter of the bloc's transport-related emissions. (more)

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study
18 February 2019 - Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel, and tax costs of Europe's bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol, and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version was the cheapest in all places -- UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and Norway -- owing to a combination of lower taxes, fuel costs, and subsidies on the purchase price. (more)

French electric car market grew 138 percent in January - CleanTechnica Report
18 February 2019 - he French plug-in car market took home 4,210 registrations in January -- +78 percent year over year (YoY). Fully electric models jumped 138 percent, their highest growth rate in over 2 years, while plug-in hybrids remained in the positive as well -- +14 percent. (more)

US: Florida State University transitions to 100 percent electric bus fleet
17 February 2019 - Florida State University is going all-electric with a fleet of 27 EV buses. The deal is for 22 35-foot Proterra Catalyst FC (fast charge, short range) buses for Florida State University (FSU), which already has 5 electric buses. (more)

India: Agra-Mathura route to get 100 electric buses as UP plans to deploy 580 in total across 9 major cities
15 February 2019 - Lucknow recently saw its first electric bus being flagged off by urban development minister, Suresh Kumar Khanna as a part of a plan of 40 such buses to be run in the city within the next four months. ... Besides these, the plan extends to cover other cities in the state [Uttar Pradesh], including Kanpur, Prayagraj, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, and Saharanpur with the services of these electric buses. (more)

Renewable energy will be world's main power source by 2040, says BP
14 February 2019 - Renewable energy sources will be the world's main source of power within two decades and are establishing a foothold in the global energy system faster than any fuel in history, according to [UK-based oil company] BP. While oil took almost 45 years to go from 1% of global energy to 10%, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years in the report's central scenario. (more)

Cameras spot Kenya's rare black panther
13 February 2019 - Images of a rare African black leopard have been captured in Kenya, the first verifiable record of the animal for nearly 100 years, researchers have said. Using motion-sensitive cameras set up near water holes, researchers from San Diego Zoo Global and the Loisaba Conservancy captured video of the largely nocturnal cat after receiving reports of sightings from local pastoralists in Laikipia County in northern Kenya. (more)

Spain plans to close all nuclear plants by 2035
13 February 2019 - Spain aims to close all seven of its nuclear plants between 2025 and 2035 as part of plans to generate all the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2050. (more)

Balearic Islands chart green path with climate change law
12 February 2019 - Spain's Balearic Islands set a course for a greener future on Tuesday (12 February), approving a climate change law that commits the tourism hotspot to source all its energy from renewables by 2050. The law includes a phase-out of coal power produced at Es Murterar plant on the popular holiday island of Mallorca by 2025, starting in 2020. (more)


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Maharishi University of Management inaugurates massive solar array - MEG'Array lights up campus
28 January 2019 - One of the most advanced solar power arrays in the world is now active in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Last month Maharishi University of Management inaugurated a 1.1 million watt state-of-the-art solar power plant. The MEG'Array Solar Power Plant will provide about a third of all the electricity needed for the campus. The amount could be more as technology and expansion take place in years to come. Dr John Hagelin, President of MUM, said the solar array moves the school considerably closer to a commitment it made two years ago to achieve carbon-neutral status within 10 years, the Ottumwa Courier reported. Civic and government leaders at the local, state, and federal level attended the inauguration. (more)

TM and Mindfulness - What's the difference? A mindfulness teacher/clinical psychologist explains
8 July 2018 - Ever wondered about the difference between mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation? In a recent article, clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher Donna Rockwell explains her experience learning TM. 'While I think mindfulness is ''mind training'', TM is more like taking the mind to an amazing spa,' she says. 'From the very first time, it felt like my brain was settling into a nice warm bath. My brain calms down and gets back to a state of homeostasis. And then after twenty minutes, I return to my life with greater peace and wellbeing.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New solar array will provide a third of campus power
7 July 2018 - At Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, construction begins this summer on a five-acre field of solar panels on the west side of campus. The 1.1-megawatt solar array, one of Iowa's largest, will provide approximately one-third of the electricity used on campus. The battery energy storage system will be the largest of its kind in the Midwest. The project is the culmination of years of design, engineering, and planning work by Ideal Energy, a leading solar company headed by MUM alumni Troy and Amy Van Beek, together with university trustee Tom Factor. MUM continues to progress toward the goal of being a carbon-neutral campus and meeting the commitments the university has made to The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and to the Paris Climate Initiative. (more)

US: Maharishi School student wins science fair awards
5 June 2018 - Shristi Sharma, a 9th-grader at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, won first place last month in the Computer Science category at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa with a project titled 'Phishing: Don't Take the Bait, Protect Your Sensitive Information.' She also won an Intel Excellence in Computer Science award, and was invited to attend the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (more)

Maharishi University of Management's International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness
25 May 2018 - Maharishi University of Management's online journal, the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness, was launched with the goal of examining consciousness from the point of view of mathematics. The inspiration for the journal came from Professor Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, who has written numerous books on the expression of Veda and the Vedic literature in the human physiology. Dr. Nader is both the founder and editor-in-chief of the journal. The journal's inaugural issue featured a paper by Dr. Nader, 'Consciousness Is All There Is: A Mathematical Approach with Applications' - the beginning of a series of papers aimed at solving the problem of how the physical universe emerges from consciousness. The journal welcomes articles from all mathematicians and scientists, presenting their theories of consciousness using the rigorous approach of mathematics. Maharishi University of Management is the journal's hosting institution. (more)

First ever neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation - British Psychological Society review
21 April 2018 - It is possible to pay attention effortlessly, your mind 'pulled by the inherent nature of the object of experience'. In fact, with practice, doing so can 'lead you to experience inner silence, tranquility, peace and transcendence'. That's according to a research team led by Michelle Mahone at the California School of Professional Psychology, who have published in Brain and Cognition what they describe as the first neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation (TM). (more)

New study highlights unique state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
4 April 2018 - Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain during Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice found that, like meditations that involve focused attention or open monitoring, there was increased activity in the areas of the prefrontal cortex related to attention - indicating alertness. However, unlike other meditations, during TM there was also decreased activity in the areas related to arousal - indicating deep rest. 'This restful alertness is the key to Transcendental Meditation,' said Dr Fred Travis, a coauthor of the study. 'It's a very different kind of rest than sleep. It's rejuvenating and healing, as evidenced by a wide range of clinical studies, while at the same time it allows the person to experience deeper mental states.' The new study is published in Brain and Cognition. (more)

Former Sony exec talks about Transcendental Meditation and the art of developing Emotional Intelligence
30 March 2018 - 'The evidence is mounting that for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a leader, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique can be a vital component in maximizing one's effectiveness. In my own career, my TM practice proved to be invaluable,' writes David Bishop, former president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Mr Bishop describes some of his experiences, 'including research that shows how TM helps develop the qualities one needs for leadership. . . . Studies on TM show improved intelligence, creativity, and learning ability, as well as higher levels of brain functioning, improved integration of personality, and greater efficiency and productivity.' (more)

Brain imaging confirms state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
27 March 2018 - Recent research, published in Brain and Cognition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging supports the assertion that Transcendental Meditation practice offers a state of 'restful alertness' - demonstrating that during TM, the mind is alert, but both the brain and body are in a deep state of rest. 'The restfully alert state gained during Transcendental Meditation is more than a concept,' said co-author Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA. 'These blood flow patterns give a physiological picture of the reality of restful alertness in the mind and body.' (more)

Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities: Maharishi Vastu Architecture conference announced
22 February 2018 - 'Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities - How Vedic Architecture, community design, and green building influence health, happiness, and lifestyle' is the title of a conference to be held 26-27 March in Washington, DC. This event will bring together real estate professionals from all over the world to explore the most cutting-edge ideas in real estate development and their impact on communities and inhabitants. The conference will integrate Maharishi Vastu - the ancient architectural and community planning science, also known as Vedic Architecture, holistic architecture in harmony with natural law - with the newest, hottest lifestyle trends, including sustainability, community-building, and wellness. (more)


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British start-up breeds high performance bugs for animal feed
19 February 2019 - British start-up Beta Bugs is breeding high performance strains of black soldier fly for the insect feed sector, and is selecting traits like growth rate, protein content, fat composition, and even temperature tolerance according to clients' needs. The company breeds certain strains of fly, resulting in highly optimized insects. The feed is made from fly maggots. (more)

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
19 February 2019 - The world's insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a 'catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems'. according to the first global scientific review. ... insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are 'essential' for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators, and recyclers of nutrients. (more)

Machine learning 'causing science crisis'
18 February 2019 - Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. ...A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyze data that has already been collected. ... The 'reproducibility crisis' in science refers to the alarming number of research results that are not repeated when another group of scientists tries the same experiment. It means that the initial results were wrong. One analysis suggested that up to 85% of all biomedical research carried out in the world is wasted effort. (more)

U.N. warns of locust surge on both sides of Red Sea
15 February 2019 - A locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea is spreading rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday (15 February), flagging a possible threat to crops and food security. ... Adult locust swarms can fly up to 150 km a day with the wind and adult insects can consume roughly their own weight in fresh food per day. A very small swarm eats as much in one day as about 35,000 people, posing a devastating threat to crops and food security. (more)

New Zealand wildfires show no sign of easing, 3,000 flee
10 February 2019 - Strong winds on Sunday (10 February) are expected to fan forest fires that have been burning for a week through New Zealand's South Island, forcing thousands of people from their homes, with more residents expected to flee, officials said. New Zealand Red Cross Communications Manager Ellie van Baaren said evacuees were tired and frustrated. (more)

Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study
5 February 2019 - One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, an assessment warns. The five-year study looked at the effects of climate change on a region that cuts across Asia through Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The area, which includes the world's tallest mountain peaks, has glaciers that feed into river systems including the Indus, Ganges, Yangtze, Irrawaddy, and Mekong. (more)

Desperate Mongolians send children into countryside to escape choking winter smog
4 February 2019 - Mongolia has extended school winter holidays in the world's coldest capital and many families have sent children to live with relatives in the vast, windswept grasslands to escape choking smog and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. The temperature is expected to drop to minus 32 degrees Celsius (minus 26F) in Ulaanbaatar on Monday night, as residents burn coal and trash to try to keep warm and concentrations of smog particles known as PM2.5 routinely exceed 500 mg per cubic meter, 50 times the level considered safe by the WHO. (more)

Thaw of Himalayas set to disrupt Asia's rivers, crops: study
4 February 2019 - At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India, scientists said on Monday (4 February). 'This is the climate crisis you haven't heard of,' said Philippus Wester, who led the report. The report, by 210 authors, said that more than a third of the ice in the region will melt by 2100 even if governments take tough action to limit global warming under the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (more)

Deadly Brazil dam burst likely had same cause as previous one: official
1 February 2019 - The collapse of a Brazilian dam controlled by miner Vale a week ago likely happened because parts of the sand and dried-mud structure dissolved into liquid, a state regulator said in an interview, similar to what caused another deadly mining disaster less than four years ago. (more)

US: As polar vortex retreats, California readies for storm
1 February 2019 - As the U.S. Midwest and East Coast thawed out from days of bitter, deadly cold, Californians on Friday (1 February) battened down the hatches ahead of a fierce winter storm carrying heavy rains and high winds that could touch off urban flooding and mudslides. (more)


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Global Good News features science news indicative of a growing understanding Natural Law, and the application of that knowledge for life-enhancing benefits.

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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