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By 2040, more than half of new cars will be electric
15 May 2019 - Electric cars make up only a tiny fraction of the automobiles sold worldwide, but that will change quickly, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. By 2040, electric cars could make up 57 percent of all passenger car sales worldwide, the report found. Electric cars are coming close to matching gasoline- and diesel-powered cars in purchase price and they already cost less to operate. (more)

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills
14 May 2019 - If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, say new World Health Organization guidelines for preventing dementia, released on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (more)

IMO, Norway launch project to help shipping sector cut emissions
13 May 2019 - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a joint project with Norway to help the shipping industry cut emissions by at least 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050, the UN's shipping agency said on Monday [13 May]. More than 50 countries across the world are expected to participate, with eight countries from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific region taking pilot roles. (more)

Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive
2 May 2019 - Scientists working to detect gravitational waves switched on their instruments for a third time at the beginning of April and immediately began to register events that could be interpreted as cosmic collisions. All five trigger events still need confirmation. The BBC's Roland Pease examines how telescopes worldwide are helping. (more)

The universe is expanding faster than we thought
25 April 2019 - The universe is expanding 9 percent faster than scientists expected, according to a new study. And new physics may be required to understand why. Although scientists have suggested for years that this faster expansion rate was true, new measurements collected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope helped make the confirmation. (more)

Living in a country that thinks green
15 April 2019 - European countries dominate the top 10 on the Planet and Climate portion of the Good Countries Index, but nations around the world are making strides to reduce their negative impact on the environment. We [BBC] spoke to residents in five high-performing countries and asked what it's like to live in a place that's doing more to save the planet. (more)

Meet Katie Bouman, the young scientist who worked on the algorithm that helped create the image of the black hole
11 April 2019 - While the entire world was celebrating the first ever image released of the Supermassive Black Hole on Wednesday, a woman, MIT graduate Katie Bouman, among others in her team, was feted extensively on the internet for being the leading 'star' behind the image. Thursday's achievement is big not only for Bouman but also for women scientists all over the world. (more)

Thank this student for first black hole image
10 April 2019 - An international team of more than 200 researchers unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole on Wednesday (10 April). The effort wouldn't have been possible without Katie Bouman, who developed a crucial algorithm that helped devise imaging methods. Three years ago, Bouman led the creation of an algorithm that eventually helped capture this first-of-its-kind image: a supermassive black hole and its shadow at the center of a galaxy known as M87. She was then a graduate student in computer science and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (more)

This is the first photo of a black hole
10 April 2019 - In April 2017, scientists used a global network of telescopes to see and capture the first-ever picture of a black hole, according to an announcement by researchers at the National Science Foundation Wednesday morning (10 April). They captured an image of the supermassive black hole and its shadow at the center of a galaxy known as M87. This is the first direct visual evidence that black holes exist, the researchers said. (more)

Are we on the brink of a recycling revolution?
9 April 2019 - New innovations in recycling technology are making a more circular economy more likely: When an old plastic container can be used to make a new container or other product in a closed loop, and old plastic suddenly has more value. At least 60 companies are now trying to reinvent plastic recycling, and more than 40 of those already have commercial plants. (more)


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Welcome to DrTonyNader.com, a site for the exploration of higher states of consciousness
8 May 2019 - When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, planned for the future of the international TM organizations, he appointed Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR - a medical doctor, neuroscientist, and international scholar with mastery in both modern science and timeless Vedic wisdom. Dr Nader is the head of the international TM organizations in over one hundred countries, and guides the Transcendental Meditation programme and its practical applications to improve all areas of society. A new website - DrTonyNader.com - provides a platform to explore knowledge of the growth of human potential and the evidenced-based solutions introduced by Maharishi over the past 60 years, to address many of the intractable problems facing our world today. (more)

World media on Transcendental Meditation
20 February 2017 - A selection of recent news media reports about Transcendental Meditation includes the Danish magazine IN interviewing Dr Charlotte Bech, a medical doctor who has been teaching the technique in Denmark for over 20 years; Bridgewater Associates hedge fund founder Ray Dalio's comments to Business Insider about introducing TM to 735 employees; and New York Times articles about Saturday Night Live actress Vanessa Bayer, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC's Good Morning America, who starts his day with an early morning TM session. Forbes magazine reported, 'TM has been having a renaissance in recent years: Celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers.' (more)

On Veterans Day - Remembrance Day: Transcendental Meditation helps veterans overcome PTSD
11 November 2016 - Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation, offers the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program, a simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach to relieving symptoms of PTSD and major depression and developing greater resilience to stress. Since its launch in 2010 in the USA, the OWW initiative has partnered with leading veterans service organizations and VA medical centers to deliver the Resilient Warrior Program to veterans, active-duty personnel and military families in need. The initiative also partners with military colleges to create a new generation of more resilient officers. (more)

Principles of Vastu Planning in the Light of Group Theory: New book published
17 January 2016 - A new book--Principles of Vastu Planning in the Light of Group Theory--describes the principles that underlie the measurement system used in Maharishi Vedic architecture in the language of Group theory. The Vastu measurement system is based on the square and its eight levels of symmetry. Using the concepts of modern Group theory from mathematics, the author shows the deep principles at the foundation of the measurement system of Maharishi Vastu design in a way that explains their logical significance. (more)

Creating world peace on the International Day of Peace and every day
21 September 2015 - Today, 21 September, is the day designated by the United Nations and observed around the world as the 'International Day of Peace' or 'World Peace Day'. For this annual observance, the UN 'invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.' Organizations teaching Transcendental Meditation worldwide are upholding the ultimate value of this theme--simply by continuing what they've offered every day for many years: the TM programme. This natural, effective technology of consciousness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, violence and conflict and create peace for the individual and society. Creating world peace is not the reason most people give for why they want to learn to meditate. Yet this was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's goal when he first introduced Transcendental Meditation in 1958. (more)

Transcendental Meditation improves school performance
15 April 2015 - It seems common sense that happy, focused students learn more and feel better at school. Yet the idea that educational outcomes depend on the learner's state of mind, and not just on what is taught and how, usually gets far less attention than it deserves. Fortunately, there are schools in many countries where developing the 'knower' is considered an essential part of education--through incorporating Transcendental Meditation practice into the school day. Research has found that even in high-risk, low-performing districts, schools with curricularĀ TM practice show high academic achievements. Outcomes include reduced stress, improved brain functioning, increased intelligence, and higher graduation rates. (more)

Today - Conference call for women: 'Women transforming the world'
1 February 2015 - Today the 10,000 Women Initiative continues in 2015, with the first in a series of six phone conferences to be held throughout the year. Women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world, by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's conference call features a discussion on the topic of 'Women transforming the world'. (more)

New book features experiences of enlightenment throughout history, and how to culture them today
4 January 2015 - A new book, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time--and How You Can Cultivate Them, by Craig Pearson, PhD, features a wide range of sublime, exalted, transcendent experiences reported by great saints, sages, poets, scientists, political leaders, athletes, and others representing the world's cultures through history. The Supreme Awakening shows that what they described are experiences of advanced stages of human development, higher states of consciousness--experiences of enlightenment. Drawing on the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the book explains the origins of these experiences and categorizes them according to Maharishi's model of seven states of consciousness. Dr Pearson explains that ordinary men and women today are enjoying these same kinds of sublime experiences--how they can be cultivated systematically, naturally, and effortlessly through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

21 new Maharishi Vastu architects complete training
25 September 2014 - Earlier this summer 21 architects from 13 countries graduated from an intensive, two-month training programme as fully certified Maharishi Vastu architects. Their country affiliations, contact information, and pictures are featured on the Maharishi Vastu page on Facebook, organized according to their region of the world. (more)

Twenty-one architects, newly trained in Maharishi Vastu architecture, practising in 13 countries
27 August 2014 - Maharishi Vastu Architecture News is featuring more information about the recent international professional training course on Maharishi Vastu architecture in the Netherlands. Twenty-one architects from 13 countries graduated from the recent comprehensive, two-month training course at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland. The news post includes photos of the 21 architects, grouped according to country and region of the world, and their contact information, for those wishing to pursue Maharishi Vastu building projects in their areas. (more)


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Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes
17 May 2019 - Smokers who have a stroke are much more likely to have another one if they don't quit or at least cut back, a Chinese study suggests. Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and serious cardiac events like heart attacks and strokes. But the new study sheds light on how smoking influences the risk of a second stroke in patients who already had one. (more)

LED lights damage eyes and disturb sleep, European health authority warns
16 May 2019 - The blue light in LED lighting that is increasingly used in our homes can damage the eye's retina while disturbing our biological and sleep rhythms, a French health authority warned in a new report. New scientific evidence confirms the 'phototoxic effects' of short-term exposures to high-intensity blue light, as well as an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration after chronic exposure to lower-intensity sources, according to the French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health & Safety, known as ANSES. (more)

Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction
6 May 2019 - One million animal and plant species are at imminent risk of extinction due to humankind's relentless pursuit of economic growth, scientists said on Monday [6 May] in a landmark report on the devastating impact of modern civilization on the natural world. (more)

UN report: Humans accelerating extinction of other species
6 May 2019 - People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday [6 May]. ... Species loss is accelerating to a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past, the report said. More than half a million species on land 'have insufficient habitat for long-term survival' and are likely to go extinct, many within decades, unless their habitats are restored. The oceans are not any better off. (more)

Microplastics found in 'pristine' Pyrenees mountains
16 April 2019 - Scientists have found that a secluded region in the Pyrenees mountains -- previously considered pristine wilderness -- is covered with airborne microplastics. A team from Strathclyde and Toulouse universities spent five months in the area, which straddles France and Spain. They estimate that each day an average of 365 tiny plastic fragments or fibres settled on every square metre of land. The nearest major city -- Toulouse -- is about 75 miles away. (more)

Climate, conflicts set to plunge millions into food crisis
2 April 2019 - War, extreme weather, and economic woes in 2018 left more than 113 million in dire need of help. Food crises will affect tens of millions of people across the world this year, researchers warned on Tuesday (2 April). Conflict and insecurity were responsible for the desperate situation faced by 74 million people, or two-thirds of those affected, in 2018, said the the Global Network against Food Crises in its annual report. (more)

Global investors 'wreaking havoc' on low-income renters, U.N. says
26 March 2019 - Large investment firms are worsening global housing shortages by forcing vulnerable out of low-income homes and upgrading them for higher rents, said United Nations human rights experts, who appealed to countries to tighten up regulation. (more)

Childhood anxiety tied to school absences
22 March 2019 - Kids with school attendance or truancy problems might be suffering from anxiety, a research review suggests. Chronic physical problems like asthma and diabetes have long been linked to an increased risk of school absences, poor grades and test scores, and lower odds of obtaining a college degree or a high-paying job. ... 'We were surprised to find evidence that anxiety is associated with unexcused absences, or truancy, which is often assumed to be related to behavioral difficulties rather than emotional difficulties like anxiety or depression, as well as authorized absences,' lead study author Katie Finning of the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK said by email. (more)

'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world
12 March 2019 - More than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and 'will almost certainly face extinction' without conservation intervention, according to new research. ... The project is from the same team of researchers that found just five countries are responsible for 70% of the world's remaining wilderness. (more)

More marine heat waves threaten fish and corals: study
4 March 2019 - The frequency of ocean heat waves has surged more than 50 percent since the early 20th century in a threat to fish, corals and other marine life stoked by global warming, an international study showed on Monday (4 March). (more)

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