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Luxembourg will become the first country to offer free mass transit
15 December 2018 - The country is small, with a population of about 560,000, but more than 180,000 workers commute across the borders from Belgium, France, and Germany. Luxembourg also has the highest number of cars for its population in the European Union: 662 per 1,000 people. This can mean big traffic problems. Free mass transit will be available from the beginning of 2020, said Dany Frank, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Mobility. (more)

Tiny satellites represent the next phase of the space age
15 December 2018 - They're the size of a briefcase or a loaf of bread, and a group of them, operated by Planet Labs, helped firefighters monitor and contain the spread of the Camp Fire in California. Small satellites are less expensive than larger ones, and more accessible to a wider group of interests. They make it possible, among other advances, to observe Earth's environment more completely and regularly than before. (more)

US: California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators
15 December 2018 - California air quality regulators voted on Friday (14 December) to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the proposal to ramp up the use of battery electric or fuel-cell buses until 2029, at which point all new transit buses will have to be zero-emission vehicles. (more)

Kenya: Moi airport's solar system seeks to reduce plane emissions
14 December 2018 - Moi International Airport became the first airport in East Africa to install a solar system to power machines meant for reduction of carbon emissions by planes during take-off. The solar system will help reduce carbon emissions through providing pre-conditioned (bringing outside air to the plane) and compatible electricity through machines that run on solar energy to a plane during ground operations. (more)

Solar mini-grid solutions grow in Africa
14 December 2018 - The number of solar mini-grid projects on the continent of Africa is expected to increase significantly according to a recent report by clean energy consulting company Infinergia. According to the report . . . there are over 2,000 mini-grids in Africa, with 40 percent of those accounted for by solar power. The report further highlights that solar mini-grids are anticipated to scale to 16,000 sites in Africa by 2023. (more)

US: California first state to mandate solar power for new homes
14 December 2018 - California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission. The unanimous action on Wednesday (5 December) finalizes a previous vote by the Energy Commission and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner energy. (more)

Green power on track to overtake coal in Germany by year end
13 December 2018 - Green energy is on track to overtake coal as Germany's main power source this year, with renewables set to cover a record 38 percent of the country's electricity consumption, two percent up from 2017, two energy industry groups said on Thursday (13 December). (more)

How one humble English club is greening up soccer
13 December 2018 - Tucked away in the leafy Cotswold hills, English fourth-tier club Forest Green Rovers rarely make sporting headlines, but have become unlikely trailblazers for something more pressing than three points on a Saturday afternoon. At this week's major U.N. climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, the club's chairman Dale Vince received an award from the United Nations for his work in making Forest Green Rovers the world's greenest football club. (more)

Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs
10 December 2018 - In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are starting to show a trend: electric vehicles are selling well, especially in places where there are strong monetary and non-monetary incentives to buy them. 'Overall, this year has seen exponential growth in electric car sales,' Veloz wrote. (more)

India's Mahindra doubles down on electric vehicles with new factory
10 December 2018 - Mahindra's Electric Mobility group is taking a leap into electric vehicles with the inauguration of its first Electric Technology Manufacturing Hub in Karnataka, India. The new facility is a tangible step forward in support of Mahindra's Future of Mobility vision of providing Clean, Connected and Convenient vehicles for customers. (more)


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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)

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)


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Arctic posts second warmest year on record in 2018: U.S. NOAA
11 December 2018 - The Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018, part of a warming trend that may be dramatically changing earth's weather patterns, according to a report released on Tuesday (11 December) by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The study said the Arctic warming continues at about double the rate of the rest of the planet, and that the trend appears to be altering the shape and strength of the jet stream air current that influences weather in the Northern Hemisphere. (more)

East Antarctica glacial stronghold melting as seas warm
11 December 2018 - NASA has detected ice retreat probably linked to ocean changes in region once thought stable. A group of glaciers spanning an eighth of the East Antarctica coastline are being melted by the warming seas, scientists have discovered. This Antarctic region stores a vast amount of ice, which, if lost, would in the long-term raise global sea level by tens of metres and drown coastal settlements around the world. Freezing temperatures meant the East Antarctica region was until recently considered largely stable but the research indicates that the area is being affected by climate change. (more)

Global carbon emissions set to rise further this year: study
5 December 2018 - Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise nearly 3 percent this year due to continued fossil fuel use, scientists said on Wednesday (5 December), dashing hopes that an increase in 2017 was temporary after two years of slowdown. World emissions grew by 1.6 percent last year and will increase even more this year due to the sustained use of coal, oil, and natural gas, an annual report by the Global Carbon Project showed, a group of 76 scientists in 15 countries. (more)

Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts
1 December 2018 - Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water bacteria. ... And climate change has altered global politics. Numerous studies have said it was a factor in record-setting drought in Syria -- one of several causes of the country's civil war that triggered a massive refugee crisis. ... Conflict over climate change impacts is not confined to Syria. (more)

Climate change is more extensive and worse than once thought
29 November 2018 - Climate scientists missed a lot about a quarter century ago when they predicted how bad global warming would be. They missed how bad wildfires, droughts, downpours, and hurricanes would get. They missed how much ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland would melt and contribute to sea level rise. They missed much of the myriad public health problems and global security issues. Global warming is faster, more extensive and just plain worse than they once thought it would be, scientists say now. (more)

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline
28 November 2018 - Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal officials were meeting in Honolulu on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the decline in sightings of humpbacks that traditionally migrate each autumn from Alaska, where they feed during the summer months, to Hawaii, where they mate and give birth during the winter. (more)

World is woefully short of 2 degree goal for climate change, according to UN report
28 November 2018 - If there is one consistent message about climate change that has been made abundantly clear in a flurry of recent major assessments on the topic, it is that our planet's climate is already changing, and now is the time to act to avoid devastating impacts. According to a United Nations report released Tuesday, however, projected emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, from nations around the world fall woefully short of the 2 degree Celsius goal set in the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. (more)

Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years
27 November 2018 - Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years. The emissions gap report says that economic growth is responsible for a rise in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered. (more)

Drought drives desperate Afghans to marry off children for money - U.N.
27 November 2018 - Afghanistan's worst drought in decades has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and is pushing families to marry off their children in exchange for dowries in order to survive, the United Nations said on Tuesday (27 November). (more)

Scientists warn new Brazil President may smother rainforest
26 November 2018 - Scientists warn that Brazil's President-elect could push the Amazon rainforest past its tipping point -- with severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office January 1, claims a mandate to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, calling Brazil's rainforest protections an economic obstacle. (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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