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Australia can breathe easy after 17th century map restored
7 November 2017 - A 17th century map of Australia, predating British settlement, has gone on display for the first time after suffering extensive damage while purportedly housed for hundreds of years in a Swedish warehouse. The map, which was once so fragile restoration experts refrained from even breathing on it, is one of just two known wall maps of Australia to have survived the 350 years since being created during the period of Dutch exploration and mapping.The map is known as the 'Birth certificate of New Holland' and is on display at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. (more)

Australian birds can detect rain 100s of miles away
1 November 2017 - How can a bird know that it has rained 100 or maybe even 600 miles away? Somehow the banded stilt -- a long-legged, long-beaked Australian shore bird -- knows when it rains inland and desert salt lakes are flooded. That's important to the birds' survival because they flock to these flooded lakes by the hundreds to lay their eggs. Another odd thing is that the lakes only flood every 10 to 20 years. (more)

South Australia goes all out on renewables
13 October 2017 - Recently, South Australia's state government has announced not one but two record-breaking renewable energy projects: the world's largest solar thermal power plant and the world's largest lithium ion battery installation. Together, these projects will help the state surge well ahead of its already ambitious renewable energy targets while delivering a clear challenge to its coal-obsessed federal counterpart. (more)

Solar cars begin race across Australian desert
8 October 2017 - The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia's tropical north to its southern shores, a grueling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the outback. The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun. Race director Chris Selwood said the biennial event has attracted one of the best fields ever, with teams from more than 40 countries. (more)

Renewable energy generates enough power to run 70% of Australian homes
27 August 2017 - Australia's renewable energy sector is within striking distance of matching national household power consumption, cranking out enough electricity to run 70 per cent of homes last financial year, new figures show. The first Australian Renewable Energy Index, produced by Green Energy Markets, finds the sector will generate enough power to run 90 per cent of homes once wind and solar projects under construction in 2016-17 are completed. (more)

Australia to build superhighway for electric vehicles beside Great Barrier Reef
27 July 2017 - Australia is building a superhighway offering free charging stations in a bid to boost use of electric vehicles, the northeastern state of Queensland said on Thursday (27 JULY), most of its route fringed by the Great Barrier Reef tourist attraction. The move comes as governments around the world regulate to cut emissions by boosting the use of electric vehicles. (more)

Australian firm looks to bring cheap, green energy to the poor
30 June 2017 - A small Australian solar and wave energy firm aims to spearhead an effort to bring cheap, clean power to the poor by 2030, targeting hundreds of millions of dollars of projects, one microgrid at a time. Carnegie Clean Energy was chosen by a team called the Unreasonable Group over at least 10 other firms, from countries including Brazil, the Netherlands, and the United States, for its flexible approach using a mix of renewable energy. (more)

Family, air quality, and a strong business case: the coal executives defecting to green energy
22 May 2017 - Australian clean energy activists might have recognised some strangely familiar faces joining their ranks of late -- those of their greatest adversaries in the coal industry. Coal sector executives have been quietly switching sides . . . and the experience they bring could prove vital to the increasingly desperate race to avert cataclysmic climate change. (more)

Australia: Large-scale solar industry takes off as 12 new plants secure finance
15 May 2017 - Australia's large-scale solar industry now appears to be on solid ground, with all 12 plants recently awarded grant funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency reaching 'financial close' this month. That means they are fully financed and have locked in engineering, construction, and grid connection agreements, as well as council and environmental approvals. (more)

Hate mathematics? Eddie Woo's WooTube might just be what you are looking for to make maths fun
2 May 2017 - Not everyone is fond of Mathematics. But Eddie Woo, a teacher at the Sydney Cherrybrook Technology High School in Australia, might just change your opinion about the subject. WooTube, the brainchild of Woo, has over 45,000 subscribers and almost 4 million views and through the channel, the 31-year-old maths teacher intends to create an interest in the subject. (more)


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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)

Foolproof your New Year's resolutions with Transcendental Meditation
8 January 2015 - Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to go beyond the experience of the surroundings, the physical body, and even thought itself. Transcending is like lifting the individual out of the maze of past experience and habitual behaviour to experience a sea of all possibilities. Experiencing unbounded awareness regularly during meditation allows this state to become integrated into daily life. The feelings of freedom and invincibility become a permanent part of our reality. Brain imaging shows that latent parts of the brain are awakened. Meditators report that they feel mentally clearer, procrastinate less, have more energy, and experience greater emotional stability. In this state it is much easier to implement any positive changes in to your life and let go of negative habits. (more)

Australia: Maharishi Honey offers new pollination service
16 August 2014 - Maharishi Honey is expanding its honey production throughout South Australia and Victoria, and in the process is offering a unique pollination service, the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) announced in its August newsletter. NASAA is Australia's first organic certification organization. (more)

Australia: New Maharishi Vastu buildings for school in Melbourne
12 May 2014 - Maharishi School in Melbourne, Australia, offers primary education to boys and girls up to the age of 12. The school's Consciousness-Based Education approach, including the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, offers a unique means of integrating all aspects of the curriculum, providing for the whole development of the student. The school has recently completed two new Maharishi Vastu buildings--constructed according to Vedic architecture in tune with natural law. The buildings are environmentally sustainable and have six large classrooms and three offices. (more)

Australia: Black Dog Institute researches effects of Transcendental Meditation on depression
18 April 2014 - The Black Dog Institute in Sydney, Australia has embarked on a research programme to assess the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on depression, led by Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot. Noting hundreds of peer-reviewed, published scientific research studies on Transcendental Meditation, the article on the Australian medical website '6minutes' quotes Dr Proudfoot: 'Already TM looks as if it is showing strong results in treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder with a positive impact on physical health, so our hypothesis is that it will have a positive impact on depression but nevertheless we are going into it with an open mind and will be evaluating it very rigorously.' (more)

Australia: 'How to heal your emotional and physical heart with Maharishi Ayurveda' - Expert gives workshop
12 October 2013 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, internationally renowned research cardiologist and one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, gave a workshop today in Sydney, Australia, on Total Heart Health. Dr Schneider is director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in Iowa, USA. He is visiting Australia this month, meeting with doctors and researchers to encourage collaborative research on non-drug approaches to heart disease. (more)

Australia: American brain research expert speaks on improving mental health with Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Centre for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition in the USA, visited Sydney as part of his recent tour of Australia. There he spoke at the Black Dog Institute and on a national news show about research and clinical applications of Transcendental Meditation to improve mental health concerns ranging from depression to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (more)

Australia: EEG demonstrations show audiences profound effect of transcending
16 August 2013 - In the majority of his recent lectures in Australia, Dr Fred Travis used EEG demonstrations to show audiences the measurable effects on the brain of the mind settling down to a state of deep inner silence (transcending) during Transcendental Meditation. The demonstrations are very effective, he said, because they show the clear distinction between brain activity during daily life and the silence and coherence that immediately begin with transcending. (more)

Australia: In Melbourne, schools discover benefits of Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - Continuing his recent lecture tour of Australia in Melbourne, Dr Fred Travis, a neuroscientist at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, focused on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in education. He started his lecture tour at Maharishi School in Melbourne and spoke of the growing and successful school as providing the ideal education to develop the brain to its full potential. (more)

Australia: In Perth, Dr Fred Travis presents on brain activity during Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - During his tour of Australia, Dr Fred Travis presented a live demonstration of the effects of meditation on brain activity at Curtin University in Perth. A young Transcendental Meditation practitioner volunteered to have her brain waves monitored via EEG and shown to the audience both in normal eyes-open activity and also while meditating. Her meditating brain waves showed a high level of coherence, said Dr Travis, adding that the audience could see a clear difference between the two activities. (more)


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Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers huge coral loss
30 May 2017 - Australia's Great Barrier Reef lost nearly a third of its corals in the past year, officials have said. Coral 'bleaching' has led to widespread coral decline and habitat loss on the world's largest coral reef system. Surveys show that 29 per cent of corals died in 2016, greater than the figure of 22 per cent projected in mid-2016. Bleaching occurs when the algae living on coral is expelled due to stress caused by extreme, sustained changes in temperature. This turns the coral white. Researchers say that climate change is a significant driver behind the coral loss and experts have said the window is closing fast to cut the greenhouse gas emissions pushing up temperatures and harming the reef. (more)

Australia: Chickens with lead poisoning expose backyard pollution risk
8 April 2017 - Concentration of lead in the air in major cities is now largely below limits of detection. But scientists warn contaminated soil and dust is causing problems in backyards. The soil is proving to be the latest culprit with vets saying they are treating more and more animals, mainly chickens, for lead poisoning. (more)

Great Barrier Reef will never be as pristine as it once was: scientists
16 March 2017 - Parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef will never recover from the impact of unseasonably warm waters, scientists said on Thursday [16 March], as more of the World Heritage Site comes under renewed threat from a recent spike in sea temperatures. Warm seas around the reef killed some two-thirds of a 700 kilometer (496.4 miles) stretch of coral last year after warm water caused the coral to expel living algae, triggering it to calcify and turn white, a process known as bleaching. That was the worst die-off of coral ever recorded at the reef. (more)

'Outrageous': Coal mine gets expansion nod despite secret, incomplete studies
26 December 2016 - The Baird government has approved the expansion of the most aggressive coal mine in the Special Areas of Greater Sydney's catchment despite not knowing the compounding impact it will have on water supplies. Approval was granted despite South32 commissioning a report on groundwater impacts in 2012 -- when it was seeking the go-ahead for the five excavation lines -- but then declining to make the findings available even to the government. (more)

Great Barrier Reef sees record coral deaths this year
29 November 2016 - Warming oceans this year have caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Tuesday. The worst-affected area is a 700-kilometer (400-mile) swath in the north of the World Heritage-listed 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) chain of reefs off Australia's northeast coast, said the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. (more)

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
29 November 2016 - Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday, 29 November. Their finding of the die-off in the reef's north is a major blow for tourism at reef which, according to a 2013 Deloitte Access Economics report, attracts about A$5.2 billion ($3.9 billion) in spending each year. Bleaching occurs when the water is too warm, forcing coral to expel living algae and causing it to calcify and turn white. (more)

Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (more)

Australia: Mass coral bleaching cast shadow over future of Great Barrier Reef
30 May 2016 - Mass coral bleaching has destroyed at least 35 percent of the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists said on Monday, a major blow to the World Heritage Site that attracts about A$5 billion ($3.59 billion) in tourism each year. Australian scientists said the coral mortality figure will likely rise as some of the remaining 65 percent of coral in the northern and central reefs fails to recover from bleaching. The report casts a shadow over the long-term prospects of the Great Barrier Reef against a backdrop of climate change. (more)

Australia: Crucial koala habitats lost in mass land clearing in Queensland
16 February 2016 - More than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat in Queensland has disappeared since the state's land-clearing controls were weakened, a conservation group says. WWF Australia has warned the vulnerable species will continue to decline unless the controls are strengthened as soon as possible. The group's scientist, Dr. Martin Taylor, said his mapping of koala habitat loss illustrated what was a 'cruel blow' for the species. (more)

Antarctica's Totten Glacier, twice the size of Victoria, 'melting from below'
26 January 2015 - Warm ocean water is melting one of the world's biggest glaciers from below, potentially leading to a rise in sea levels, Australian scientists have discovered. A team of 23 scientists used new technology to collect the first water samples near Antarctica's Totten Glacier. At 538,000 square kilometres, Totten holds enough water to raise sea levels by six metres. (more)

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