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LHCb observes an exceptionally large group of particles
21 March 2017 - The LHCb experiment at CERN is a hotbed of new and outstanding physics results. In just the last few months, the collaboration has announced the measurement of a very rare particle decay and evidence of a new manifestation of matter-antimatter asymmetry, to name just two examples. In a paper released today [16 March], the LHCb collaboration announced the discovery of a new system of five particles all in a single analysis. The exceptionality of this discovery is that observing five new states all at once is a rather unique event. The particles were found to be excited states -- a particle state that has a higher energy than the absolute minimum configuration (or ground state) -- of a particle called 'Omega-c-zero'. This (Omega-c-zero) is a baryon, a particle with three quarks, containing two 'strange' and one 'charm' quark. ... the discovery cannot be just a statistical fluke of data. The next step will be the determination of the quantum numbers of these new particles. (more)

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth
20 March 2017 - Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report...The World Happiness Report measures 'subjective well-being' -- how happy the people are, and why. It looks at factors including economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March. (more)

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue
20 March 2017 - The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had not been able to detect them -- until now. The discovery will shed light on the operation of the 'strong force', which glues the insides of atoms. (more)

In race to curb climate change, cities outpace governments
13 March 2017 - Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets . . . More than 2,500 cities have issued plans to cut carbon emissions to the United Nations since late 2014, setting an example to almost 200 nations that reached a Paris Agreement in December 2015 to fight global warming. Although there are no officially collated statistics available, many city targets are more ambitious than those set by governments under the Paris accord, which imposes no obligations on cities, regions, or companies to define goals. ... Mayors in 12 big U.S. cities including Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston this week reaffirmed a commitment to the Paris deal. (more)

International Women's Day spotlights impact of changing world of work
7 March 2017 - At a time when women's voices are rising around the world, International Women's Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March through a rich diversity of initiatives, celebrating women's achievements, opportunities and potential, while reflecting on this year's theme of ''Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030''. . . . A broad range of dynamic events will be organized by UN Women, ranging from film festivals, panels, solidarity marches, seminars and press conferences to arts, sports and academic activities. In more than 50 countries, from Thailand to Rwanda, Belgium, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Ecuador, UN Women will partner with governments, universities, civil society, youth organizations and other UN agencies to organize high-profile events. (more)

Middle East and North Africa region has more than 5.7 gigawatts of solar in pipeline
1 March 2017 - The Middle East and North Africa region [also known as MENA] remains a hotbed of solar power development with more than 5,700 megawatts [5.7 gigawatts] of capacity under development. The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) recently reported that eight countries in the region have more than 4,050 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power capacity under development. Adding concentrated solar power capacity increases the pipeline to 5,700 megawatts. MESIA notes that 885 megawatts of capacity is currently operational across the region. 3,618 megawatts capacity is under construction. Projects being executed in Morocco, Egypt, and United Arab EmiratesĀ (UAE) likely contribute the most in this segment. (more)

Bees learn new tricks from one another in world-first for insects
23 February 2017 - They may have tiny brains, but it turns out that bumblebees can not only learn to use tools by observing others, they can improvise and make the task even easier. We knew bees were smart, but this level of brain power has never before been seen in an insect, according to a team of UK scientists writing in the journal Science. (more)

Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life is possible
22 February 2017 - Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, research published on Wednesday (22 February) showed. The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius. (more)

Arctic Samis celebrate their national day centenary
6 February 2017 - With chants, poetry and traditional dress, the indigenous Sami people of Europe's Arctic north, formerly nomadic reindeer herders in Lapland, celebrated their national day Monday with hundreds of events across the Nordic lands. The Sami settled with their reindeer herds 9,000 years ago in Europe's Arctic and now number 70,000 people spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Monday's start to the weeklong festivities - attended by Norwegian King Harald and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Norway, and Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, in Finnish Lapland - marked the centenary of the Sami people's first congress in the Norwegian city of Trondheim in 1917. (more)

Where are the trees? New 'Green View Index' helps find answer
29 January 2017 - Where are the trees? More important, where aren't the trees? A lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States) is helping some of the world's cities answer both questions in an attempt to make them more pleasant places to live and work. In an effort to enhance the critical role trees play in urban environments -- providing cooling shade, alleviating air and noise pollution, and easing the effects of climate change -- the school's Senseable City Lab has developed an online platform that maps out the canopy in some major cities to make it easier for urban planners and ordinary citizens to see where more are needed. (more)


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World media on Transcendental Meditation
5 March 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)

Silence and dynamism - The basis of progress
21 August 2014 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains that Transcendental Meditation is a process to 'bring the mind back to silence, and from there release the thought. Bring the mind back to silence, and then you have a lively basis for the projection of a thought, lively basis for the sprouting of a thought. Then the thought will be promoted by the infinite creative intelligence of Natural Law. That is the theme. Let the thought be promoted from a lively field at the basis of all evolutionary process, which is the field of silence.' (more)


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Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time
18 January 2017 - Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone. Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday (18 January) that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from minuscule to what top American climate scientists described as substantial. (more)

World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming
5 January 2017 - Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by almost 200 nations for limiting global warming, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Thursday. The Arctic was the region showing the sharpest rise in temperatures, while many other areas of the globe, including parts of Africa and Asia, also suffered unusual heat, it said. (more)

World: Illegal logging shows little sign of slowing
30 December 2016 - A report released in December presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis of illegal logging ever published. Its findings indicate a third of the tropical timber traded globally comes from illegal deforestation, and that regulation loopholes along with an uptick in organized criminal networks are bolstering the illicit activity. (more)

Temperatures around North Pole leap close to melting point
22 December 2016 - Temperatures around the North Pole surged close to melting point on Thursday [December 22] as a freak blast of warm air blanketed an Arctic region usually deep frozen in mid-winter darkness, scientists said. Such spikes in Arctic temperatures 'are becoming more frequent because we have a declining sea ice cover -- the water below is warmer,' said Jesper Eriksen, a forecaster at the Danish Meteorological Institute. Arctic sea ice is at a record low for the time of year, according to December 20 measurements by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. The Arctic region is warming at twice the global average . . . (more)

Global warming's fingerprints seen in 24 weird weather cases
15 December 2016 - A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some role in two dozen extreme weather events last year but not in a few other weird weather instances around the world. An annual report released Thursday [15 October] by the [US] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found climate change was a factor, however small or large, in 24 of 30 strange weather events. They include 11 cases of high heat, as well as unusual winter sunshine in the United Kingdom, Alaskan wildfires, and odd 'sunny day' flooding in Miami [Florida]. (more)

Arctic's year of crazy extremes as warming hits overdrive
13 December 2016 - Warming at the top of the world has gone into overdrive, happening twice as fast as the rest of the globe, and extending unnatural heating into fall and winter, according to a new federal report. In its annual Arctic Report Card, the [US] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday [December 13] tallied record after record of high temperatures, low sea ice, shrinking ice sheets and glaciers. . . . it shows long-term Arctic warming trends deepening and becoming more obvious . . . Scientists have long said man-made climate change would hit the Arctic fastest. Mathis and others said the data is showing that is what's now happening. Other extremes the report detailed: (more)

Arctic's year of crazy extremes as warming hits overdrive
13 December 2016 - Warming at the top of the world has gone into overdrive, happening twice as fast as the rest of the globe, and extending unnatural heating into fall and winter, according to a new federal report. In its annual Arctic Report Card , the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday tallied record after record of high temperatures, low sea ice, shrinking ice sheets and glaciers. (more)

Smoking boosts heart attack risk 8-fold for younger adults
29 November 2016 - For young adults who smoke, the risk of a major heart attack is 8 times higher than for their peers who never smoked or who gave it up, a UK study found. Older adults who smoke are also more likely than non-smokers their age to end up with heart attacks, researchers say. (more)

Babies exposed to Zika developed microcephaly after birth: study
23 November 2016 - Thirteen babies in Brazil born with normal head circumference have been diagnosed with congenital Zika syndrome, with brain scans showing extensive malformations, inflammation, and reduced brain volume, researchers reported on Tuesday, 22 November. Of the 13 infants, 11 gradually developed the birth defect microcephaly, or abnormally small head size, in the months following birth. The findings raise new concerns about the hidden effects of pre-natal exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been shown to cause birth defects when women become infected during pregnancy. (more)

Planned early births tied to developmental problems in kids
7 November 2016 - Children born in deliveries planned just a week before the end of a typical pregnancy may be more likely to experience health, learning and behavior issues by the time they're ready for school than kids born at full term, a study suggests. Plenty of previous research has found premature infants often have difficulty breathing and digesting food. Some preemies also encounter longer-term challenges such as impaired vision, hearing, and cognitive skills as well as social and behavioral problems. Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks, and babies born after 37 weeks are considered full term. (more)

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