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Strict curbs on global warming would buoy world economy: study
23 May 2018 - Stringent limits on global warming would bolster the world economy by averting tens of trillions of dollars in damage this century from heat waves, droughts and floods, a U.S. study said on Wednesday (23 May). The report, among the first to assess the economics of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, said the toughest temperature curbs would benefit 90 percent of the world's population, especially in poor nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. (more)

Australia: Solar power take-up accelerates throughout the New England North West
22 May 2018 - The take-up of solar power has accelerated throughout the New England North West region, with a local community bulk-buy program adding two per cent more installations in the last eighteen months alone. 'We've seen the level of community interest in solar power grow greatly over the ten years that we have been coordinating the Farming the Sun community collaboration', said project director, Adam Blakester. (more)

India now has a railway station that's fully powered by solar energy
22 May 2018 - After experimenting with solar-powered train coaches last year, India's diesel-guzzling railways now have an entire station that runs on renewable energy. The Guwahati railway station in the capital city of Assam is the first railway station in the country to be fully solar-powered. A major railway thoroughfare in India's northeastern region, the station handles around 20,000 passengers every day. (more)

US: Minnesota seeing explosive solar growth
22 May 2018 - Ben Butcher and his wife live on a small farm on the outskirts of Backus, Minnesota, where they raised their four kids. He used to work as an automotive mechanic, which is where he got his first experience working with direct current -- the kind of electricity that comes out of solar panels. These days, Butcher works with a lot more of it -- kilowatts, in fact -- as a solar installer. Like a growing number of people in the state, he makes his living directly from the sun. ... in Minnesota the sector is stronger than in most states. Last year solar jobs dropped 4 percent nationwide, while in Minnesota they rose 48.2 percent to a total of 4,256, according to the Solar Jobs Census. (more)

Gladys West - the 'hidden figure' of GPS
20 May 2018 - From the sat nav in your car, to the tags on your social media posts, many of us use global positioning systems, or GPS, every day. Gladys West is one of the people whose work was instrumental in developing the mathematics behind GPS. Until now, her story has remained untold. (more)

Canada launches $40 million electric bus trial
19 May 2018 - A fleet of electric buses are to be tested in the new Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial project with standardized and interoperable buses and chargers in mind. The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), a nonprofit consortium founded in 2014 with nearly 100 members representing public and private stakeholders across Canada, launched the $40 million CAD (nearly $32 million USD) project at TransLink in Vancouver. (more)

US: San Francisco moving to all-electric bus fleet by 2035
18 May 2018 - San Francisco is joining other world cities in moving toward a zero emissions public transportation fleet. Last week, the city and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced that all public buses operating in the city will be electric no later than 2035. To achieve that goal, new buses purchased in 2025 and thereafter will be battery operated. (more)

Pew Research finds broad bi-partisan support for solar power in US
17 May 2018 - The Pew Research Center has established a reputation for using high quality polling techniques that generate meaningful results. The latest Pew poll . . . found that large majorities of Americans favor expanding at least two types of renewable sources to provide energy: 89% favor solar panels . . . (more)

US: San Francisco seeks 100% electric bus fleet by 2035
17 May 2018 - On Tuesday (15 May), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SF Muni) Board of Directors passed a resolution to begin procuring zero emission battery buses to replace electric hybrid vehicles by 2025, with a goal of achieving a 100 percent electric bus fleet by 2035. The resolution allows SF Muni to catch up to other Californian transit agencies from Los Angeles to Stockton that have already started switching their bus fleets to zero-emissions electric buses. (more)

Canada protects largest coniferous forest in the world (+ BBC News video)
16 May 2018 - Canada will soon have the largest protected boreal forest -- an area twice the size of Belgium -- on the planet. Some 1.6m hectares of remote land in the province of Alberta are being made into new or extended provincial parks. A 6.7m hectare conservation zone will now be protected and free from logging or oil and gas exploration. Boreal (or coniferous) forests occur in northern climes with long, cold winters and short summers. They are among the world's densest forests. (more)


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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)

A scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness
9 February 2018 - Scientific research in the 1970s found that the pattern of physiological changes during Transcendental Meditation was different from waking, dreaming, and sleep - indicating that Transcendental Consciousness, the state experienced during TM practice, is a major fourth state of consciousness. Of particular interest, writes Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the researchers, was increased alpha1 EEG during TM, which indicates a mind-body state of restful alertness. Subsequent research found that the alpha1 frequency during TM is coherent between all brain areas, which is correlated with a vast array of brain diversity underlying thought, behaviour, and feelings - creativity, intelligence, moral reasoning, and lower anxiety. (more)

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)


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Disruption of daily rhythms linked to mental health problems
16 May 2018 - People who experience disrupted 24-hour cycles of rest and activity are more likely to have mood disorders, lower levels of happiness and greater feelings of loneliness, research suggests. Writing in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, a team of researchers from Scotland, Ireland, and Sweden report how they carried out the largest study of its kind to date by harnessing data from the UK BioBank, a research endeavour that has collected health information on 500,000 participants, aged between 37 and 73, since 2006. (more)

Emergency alerts loom as drought takes hold in war-torn Afghanistan
23 April 2018 - Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the winter, officials said on Monday (23 April), with at least 20 of 34 provinces already suffering badly. The 20 provinces in the war-torn country saw a 60 percent shortfall in rain and snowfall during the winter season. . . . snowfall in Afghanistan's last winter season was the lowest since 2002. Snowmelt is an important source of water for crops and irrigation in a country where food is scarce for many households. (more)

Australia's Northern Territory lifts fracking ban
16 April 2018 - Australia's Northern Territory on Tuesday (17 April) lifted a nearly two-year moratorium on fracking to extract gas, unlocking vast onshore reserves in the resource-rich region and raising the possibility of other provinces following suit. (more)

Snow emergency' as powerful spring storm pounds parts of U.S.
14 April 2018 - A powerful spring storm pummeled the U.S. Midwest and Plains on Saturday with blizzard conditions and high winds, while tornadoes and thunderstorms menaced some of the South. Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota were under warnings for blizzard-like conditions. The city of St. Paul, Minnesota, declared a snow emergency. (more)

Northern China ozone pollution getting worse: study
11 April 2018 - Concentrations of hazardous ground-level ozone have worsened in northern China despite country-wide efforts to tackle air pollution, according to a study published by Peking University on Tuesday (10 April). Also known as 'sunburn for the lungs', ozone is caused by the interaction of sunlight with nitrogen oxides and the vast amounts of uncontrolled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by burning fossil fuels. Traffic congestion is a major cause. (more)

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation
11 April 2018 - Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study. The slowdown in the circulation -- a crucial part of Earth's climate -- had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they can now observe it. It could make for more extreme weather across the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe, and could increase sea level rise along the U.S. East Coast, they said. The slowdown also raises the prospect of a complete circulation shutdown, which would be a dangerous 'tipping point', according to a study in Wednesday's (11 April) journal Nature. (more)

The oceans' circulation hasn't been this sluggish in 1,000 years. That's bad news.
11 April 2018 - The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere's high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday (11 April), suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to pass. (more)

US: Keystone pipeline leak in South Dakota about double previous estimate: paper
7 April 2018 - The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report on Saturday (7 April) said. Keystone has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than the company indicated to regulators in risk assessments before operations began in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. (more)

Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming
3 April 2018 - Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures. (more)

Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.
23 March 2018 - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water, and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday (23 March). Climate change will become a steadily bigger threat to biodiversity by 2050, adding to damage from pollution and forest clearance to make way for agriculture, according to more than 550 experts in a set of reports approved by 129 governments. (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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