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Huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia
10 September 2018 - Miners in Western Australia say they have discovered two huge gold-encrusted rocks that are each estimated to be worth millions of dollars. One mining engineer described the finds as 'exceedingly rare'. The mining company valued the largest rock at about C$4m. It said the second-largest -- a 63kg specimen with an estimated 1,600 ounces of gold -- was worth C$2.6m. (more)

Refugees integrate well in Australia, survey finds
14 August 2018 - A new study from Australian researchers shows that refugees and new immigrants integrate well in Australia -- especially in regional areas. The research found that refugees were welcomed by their new communities, found it 'easy' to get along, and felt a strong sense of belonging to their new homes. (more)

Australians install record 3 million small-scale renewable energy systems - CER
21 June 2018 - Looking to have better control over their energy costs, Australian homes and businesses have now installed more than three million small-scale renewable energy systems, show the latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). The new record comes on the back of a strong solar PV uptake, which gained momentum in 2017 with a record 1057 MW of small-scale rooftop PV registered under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. (more)

Honeybees zero in on nothing - RMIT University (+ video)
8 June 2018 - Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing. In research published in the journal Science, Australian and French researchers tested whether honey bees can rank numerical quantities and understand that zero belongs at the lower end of a sequence of numbers. (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)

Organic growth: Australian industry tops $2.4bn with exports to China and Japan skyrocketing
1 May 2018 - The Australian organic industry has been 'conservatively' estimated to stand at $2.4bn this year, an 88% increase from 2012, with exports to Asia -- most notably China and Japan -- enjoying strong growth. (more)

The growth of Australia's organic market
30 April 2018 - More than 35 million hectares (10 per cent) of all of Australia's agricultural land is under certified organic management. Number of certified organic operators in Australia was about 4028 in 2017, a seven per cent increase on 2016. (Data from the Australian Organic 2018 market report.) (more)

Australia: Renewables generated more electricity than brown coal over summer, report finds
26 March 2018 - Renewable energy generated more electricity than brown coal during Australia's summer for the first time in 2017-18, according to a new report by Green Energy Markets. Continued growth in solar pushed renewable generation in Australia to just under 10,000 gigawatt hours between December 2017 and February 2018. (more)

Australia's solar future bright as households install record 3.5m panels
6 March 2018 - The future of Australia's solar industry is looking bright after a record 3.5m panels were installed on rooftops last year, giving the equivalent output of a medium-sized coal-fired power station. The record 1,057 megawatts of capacity in small-scale systems installed across the country smashed the previous record set in 2012, figures from the Clean Energy Regulator showed on Tuesday (6 March). It equated to 9,500 installed every day. (more)

Australia's solar power boom could almost double capacity in a year, analysts say
11 February 2018 - A record-breaking month of rooftop installations and a flood of large-scale solar farms could almost double Australia's solar power capacity in a single year, industry analysts say. A massive solar energy boom is being predicted for 2018, after an unprecedented number of industrial solar farms were approved by the New South Wales and Queensland governments last year. (more)


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Australia: Transcendental Meditation effective tool against 'stress epidemic' in the world
16 May 2018 - Oprah sings its praises. Jerry Seinfeld swears by it. So do Nicole Kidman, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness even do it with their kids. It seems everyone in Hollywood is practising Transcendental Meditation - and Bob Roth, who brought the technique to the stars, says Australians need it just as much, The West Australian reports. Roth says eight million people have already benefited from incorporating TM into their lives, but he is still concerned about the 'stress epidemic' gripping the world. He recently released his book Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation to clarify what it is and how it can transform how we respond to stress. (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)

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)


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Australian drought intensifies over past five months: weather bureau
5 September 2018 - A drought across Australia's east coast has intensified after near record-low levels of rain across much of the region over the past five months, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday (5 September). The bureau last week said the east coast will continue to experience dry weather for at least the next three months, offering little relief for farmers struggling to stay in business. (more)

Flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' hits parts of Australia. Scientists don't have answers.
17 April 2018 - The spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in parts of Australia is being described as a 'rapidly worsening epidemic' and, to make matters worse, researchers say they don't know exactly where it comes from or how it is transmitted. (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)

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)

Bushfires destroy buildings in Australia as heatwave melts highway surface
6 January 2018 - Bushfires in Australia destroyed buildings and threatened lives on Saturday (6 January) as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway. A fire raging out of control set several structures ablaze on the outskirts of Melbourne, the country's second largest city, and the capital of the southeastern state of Victoria. (more)

Starfish eating Australia's Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists
5 January 2018 - A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia's world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday [5 January], prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The reef is still recovering from damage wrought by the worst-ever coral bleaching on record, which in 2016 killed two-thirds of a 700km stretch of reef. On Friday a report published in the journal Science found that high ocean temperatures are harming tropical corals much more often than a generation ago, putting reefs under pressure. (more)

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)

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