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More U.S. teens saying 'no' to smoking and drinking
20 July 2018 - High school students in the U.S. are a lot more sober than they used to be, a new study suggests. The proportion of high school students in their final year who have never tried alcohol or drugs increased fivefold from 1975 to 2014, and surged nearly as much for younger students between 1991 and 2014, the study found. (more)

Facebook goes solar to power Oregon data centers
18 July 2018 - Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday (18 July) they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon. The solar projects -- two near Prineville and four in Utah -- will generate 437 megawatts of power when completed by the end of 2020. (more)

US: North Carolina ranks near top nationally in solar power
18 July 2018 - North Carolina joined California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas in seeing the greatest total increases in solar energy generation from 2008 to 2017, according to a report released Tuesday (17 July) by Environment North Carolina Policy and Research Center. North Carolina ranks 3rd in solar energy growth. 'We've seen an 87,670 percent increase over the last decade in the amount of electricity we get from the sun,' said Drew Ball, director of Environment North Carolina Policy and Research Center. (more)

US: Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope
17 July 2018 - Here, in the City of Angels [Los Angeles], Homegirl Cafe offers a unique dining experience with food prepared by former gang members gaining new skills. It's a haven for them, to be sure. But the popular cafe in the city's Chinatown is a special place for visitors, too, providing carefully crafted meals along with inspiration from ex- inmates who willingly tell stories about how they are seeking a better life. The hip cafe is an offshoot of the Homeboy Industries social enterprises founded by Jesuit priest Greg Boyle. (more)

Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding?
12 July 2018 - An new study finds black holes and neutron stars are key to measuring our expanding universe. Since it first exploded into existence 13.8 billion years ago, the universe has been expanding, dragging along with it hundreds of billions of galaxies and stars, much like raisins in a rapidly rising dough. Astronomers have pointed telescopes to certain stars and other cosmic sources to measure their distance from Earth and how fast they are moving away from us -- two parameters that are essential to estimating the Hubble constant, a unit of measurement that describes the rate at which the universe is expanding. But to date, the most precise efforts have landed on very different values of the Hubble constant, offering no definitive resolution to exactly how fast the universe is growing. (more)

Source of cosmic 'ghost' particle revealed
12 July 2018 - Ghost-like particles known as neutrinos have been puzzling scientists for decades. Part of the family of fundamental particles that make up all known matter, neutrinos hurtle unimpeded through the Universe, interacting with almost nothing. The majority shoot right through the Earth as though it isn't even there, making them exceptionally difficult to detect and study. Despite this, researchers have worked out that many are created by the Sun and even in our own atmosphere. But the source of one high energy group, known as cosmic neutrinos, has remained particularly elusive. (more)

VERITAS supplies critical piece to neutrino discovery puzzle
12 July 2018 - The VERITAS array has confirmed the detection of gamma rays from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole. While these detections are relatively common for VERITAS, this black hole is potentially the first known astrophysical source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, a type of ghostly subatomic particle. (more)

US: California meets greenhouse gas reduction goal years early
11 July 2018 - Officials say California greenhouse gas emissions have fallen below 1990 levels, putting the state well on its way toward meeting long-term goals to fight climate change. The state Air Resources Board announced Wednesday (11 July) that pollution levels are down 13 percent since their 2004 peak -- as the economy grew 26 percent since that year. (more)

US: Pollution controls help red spruce rebound from acid rain
11 July 2018 - The gray trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Now those forests are mostly green, with the crowns of red spruce peeking out of the canopy and saplings thriving below. A main reason, scientists say, is a government-enforced reduction in the kind of air pollution that triggers acid rain. (more)

U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsanto's Roundup to proceed to trial
10 July 2018 - Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto Co by cancer survivors or families of those who died can proceed to trial, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday (10 July), finding there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases that blame the company's glyphosate-containing weed-killer for the disease. (more)

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Maharishi University of Management: Computer professionals student describes benefits of 'holistic life' at MUM
17 July 2018 - Carlton Ellis is the first student from Jamaica to attend the Computer Professionals programme at Maharishi University of Management. He had been looking for a scholarship abroad to earn a master's degree and gain international work experience. After researching about MUM and Transcendental Meditation, he decided to enrol at the university. 'Before coming here, my blood pressure was continuously climbing to new highs, but it is normal now,' said Carlton. 'I feel more refreshed when I meditate and more energetic. This is not just TM; it is the holistic life here at MUM.' Carlton feels his coursework and campus routine have helped him prepare for the demands of his new professional life, and recently found a position as a software developer with a company in Chicago, Illinois. (more)

The 'Dear Prudence' Story: The inspiration for the Beatles song in Rishikesh, India, 1968
14 July 2018 - After learning Transcendental Meditation at UCLA, Prudence Farrow attended a TM Teacher Training Course in India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968. John Lennon and George Harrison were her 'course buddies' during their studies with Maharishi. 'I was deeply immersed in my studies and meditation,' she says, explaining that the Beatles' song 'Dear Prudence' was written to encourage her to come out and sing with them. Over the last 50 years, Prudence has instructed thousands of people in TM. Author and filmmaker, she earned her doctorate in 2007, with a focus on South Asian Studies and Sanskrit. 'The years of meditating have enriched my life so much,' she says. 'We need a better world. We need people to be more conscious, to be more evolved. . . . If you can strengthen people inside, you've changed the world.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation is improving life for Zuni youth
9 July 2018 - The Zuni are one of many Southwest American Indian tribes. Most Zuni people live in an area called the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. The Zuni have largely remained self-contained, avoiding outside influences, and have greatly preserved their way of life. However, the tribe suffers from some of the same problems plaguing much of Indian Country, such as unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, crime, and insufficient education. In the last two years a number of Zuni youth have begun learning the Transcendental Meditation technique. Commenting on the positive influence of her TM practice, one young woman said, 'I feel more relaxed and confident of who I am.' Another said, 'I feel happier, less grudge in my soul, excited to create positive energy at home.' (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)

Celebrating American Independence Day: Helping veterans heal from post-traumatic stress with Transcendental Meditation
4 July 2018 - 'As we celebrate American Independence Day, we think of those who have helped defend and preserve that freedom. We think of the cost those brave individuals have paid, and we work to bring them relief from the trauma and toxic stress that's followed them home,' says the David Lynch Foundation on this Fourth of July holiday. Learn more about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for post-traumatic stress and active military duty at 'Stand with us as we stand with our veterans.' (more)

US: More nurses learning Transcendental Meditation
3 July 2018 - More and more nurses in the US are learning the Transcendental Meditation technique as they become aware of its health-saving and career-saving results. Many nurses learn the technique and are awarded Continuing Education credits for the course. Some hospitals underwrite the TM course fee for their nursing staff. This news is among several recent developments regarding Transcendental Meditation and the nursing profession. (more)

The value of Transcendental Meditation for software engineers
2 July 2018 - Ali Alrahahleh, from Amman, Jordan, appreciated the value of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in his internship at Walmart Labs, Co. in Sunnyvale, California as a Senior Software Engineer (part of the graduate Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management). 'I have learned a simple mental technique at MUM, which I really have appreciated since coming to San Francisco. When my real life started, and my responsibilities accumulated, I really needed some moments of quietness in my daily routine,' he says. 'Stress is a major player in software programming; deadlines make people unstable, angry and desperate to finish on time. With the help of TM, I tend to be more focused and calm most of the time, and a high performer.' (more)

US: Maharishi University of Management's data science graduate programme named best in Iowa
29 June 2018 - The data science track in the MS in Computer Science at Maharishi University of Management was recently named the best master's programme of its kind in Iowa. In its first annual review of all 290 accredited schools in the U.S. offering similar graduate degrees, the website found MUM to be among the very best, giving the programme the #1 spot for Iowa in its list of Top Data Science Graduate Programs for 2018. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation makes great nurses even greater
28 June 2018 - Beth Batcher, an emergency department nurse and educator at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California is passionate about nursing. 'I'm grateful to work with someone who elevates our practice to such a high level,' says one of her colleagues. Chosen by her peers and leaders as Nurse of the Year 2017 for her hospital, Beth emphasizes that 'as nurses we also have to learn to give back to ourselves - to recharge and rebalance to be better in our personal life, for our family, for ourselves, and obviously for our colleagues and the patients that we care for.' Beth feels that Transcendental Meditation 'helps me handle stress, it helps me recharge, it helps me feel balanced.' After TM was introduced in their department, staff created a quiet place to meditate during breaks, 'so that we can come out and be better for our patients and be better for each other'. (more)

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Alcohol-related liver deaths have increased sharply in US
19 July 2018 - Deaths from liver disease have increased sharply in recent years in the United States, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the study said. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the report said. Over the past decade, people ages 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths -- an average of 10.5 percent per year -- of the demographic groups examined, researchers reported. (more)

Explainer: Drought creates a perfect storm for wildfires in U.S. West
12 July 2018 - Bigger and more 'explosive' wildfires are raging across the U.S. West, with the area burned in Colorado already four times the size of last year's total, as rising temperatures, drought, and a buildup of forest fuels supercharge blazes. (more)

Physician burnout a key driver of medical errors
10 July 2018 - Burned-out doctors are more likely to make major medical errors, regardless of workplace safety measures, new research shows. (more)

How bad is it in the countries these families are fleeing to come to the US? This bad
24 June 2018 - We've been bombarded by arguments about whether parents and children crossing the US-Mexican border without documentation should be separated. But we seldom hear how dire life is in these migrants' homelands. A snapshot of the countries they're fleeing [Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala] shows the nightmares they're trying to escape: (more)

Severe obesity rates surging in rural America
19 June 2018 - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest. In rural communities, severe obesity rates more than tripled for men and more than doubled for women during the study period [from 2001 to 2016], while climbing 29 percent among young people. Obesity rates in rural areas, meanwhile, rose about 9 percent among children and teens and about 36 percent for adults. (more)

Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases
19 June 2018 - People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don't, a Swedish study suggests. During the study, individuals with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to develop an autoimmune disorder, and more than twice as likely to develop at least three autoimmune disorders, compared to adults without stress disorders. (more)

For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren't just flat. They're falling.
15 June 2018 - The average hourly wage paid to a key group of American workers has fallen from last year when accounting for inflation, as an economy that appears strong by several measures continues to fail to create bigger paychecks, the federal government said Tuesday (12 June). This pool of workers includes those in manufacturing and construction jobs, as well as all 'nonsupervisory' workers in service industries such health care or fast food. The group accounts for about four-fifths of the privately employed workers in America, according to BLS [the Bureau of Labor Statistics]. (more)

American Indians fear U.S.-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
12 June 2018 - To the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians, the water of the Rio Grande that divides the United States and Mexico sanctifies religious rites and purifies their hunts. Indian communities living miles away use the river to send messages to fellow tribes downstream, tribal chief Jose Sierra told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ... But now tribal leaders fear a proposed border wall ... will sever access to the river, spoiling traditions and ruining ancient culture. (more)

US: Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says
8 June 2018 - Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday (7 June). While many cases of mental illness may have been diagnosed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted that relationship stress, financial troubles, and substance abuse were contributing to the trends. (more)

CDC finds rise in suicide rates across the U.S.
7 June 2018 - Suicide death rates have risen significantly in most states since the late 1990s, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. (more)


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