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Bridges for animals to safely cross freeways are popping up around the world
24 March 2019 - Wildlife crossings are more than simple road signs as you speed down the highway. Increasingly, animal bridges are being employed around the globe in order to preserve our ecosystems. (more)

Astronomers have found one of the universe's oldest star clusters in our own galaxy
22 March 2019 - After decades of research, an analysis of light has finally identified the age of an ancient star cluster in the Milky Way. It's called HP 1, and it's roughly 12.8 billion years old. That makes it one of the oldest ever found -- not just in the galaxy, but in the entire universe. HP 1 hangs out in the galactic bulge, and we've known about it for a while. But getting an accurate reading of its light signature -- its spectrum -- has proven complicated, due to the way our atmosphere distorts incoming light. (more)

CERN: Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries -- why there's more matter than antimatter
21 March 2019 - Why the universe we see today is made entirely out of matter is one of the greatest mysteries of modern physics. Had there ever been an equal amount of antimatter, everything in the universe would have been annihilated. Our research has unveiled a new source of this asymmetry between matter and antimatter. ... the LHCb [CERN's Large Hadron Collider beauty] experiment has now managed to observe such an asymmetry in particles called D-meson -- which are comprised of charm quarks -- for the first time. (more)

Physicists reveal why matter dominates our universe
21 March 2019 - Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University have confirmed that matter and antimatter decay differently for elementary particles containing charmed quarks. Distinguished Professor Sheldon Stone says the findings are a first, although matter-antimatter asymmetry has been observed before in particles with strange quarks or beauty quarks. (more)

Physicists see new difference between matter and antimatter
21 March 2019 - CERN discovery of a tiny effect in particles called D mesons provides fresh way to probe why matter exists. An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator, has seen a new difference in the way matter and antimatter behave differently -- one that physicists have been hunting for decades. (more)

Finland tops world's happiest countries list again: U.N. report
20 March 2019 - Finland topped the ranking of the world's happiest countries for the second year in a row, with the Nordic countries taking the leading spots, an annual survey issued on Wednesday (20 March) showed. It ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption. (more)

In a first, a woman wins math's most prestigious prize
19 March 2019 - Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and professor at the University of Texas, has been awarded this year's Abel Prize, a mathematics prize modeled after the Nobels. It's the first time the prize has gone to a woman. The Abel Prize is awarded by the King of Norway to mathematicians who have greatly influenced their field, and includes a cash award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (about $700,000). The first prize was awarded in 2003. (more)

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes in the early universe
13 March 2019 - Astronomers from Japan, Taiwan, and Princeton University have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes in the distant universe, from a time when the universe was less than 10 percent of its present age. (more)

Vienna waltzes to quality of living win for 10th year
12 March 2019 - The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Being medium-sized, safe, and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich ... as well as with Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver, which came joint third. (more)

How do you bring a forest back to life?
4 March 2019 - Even after a forest has been razed and cleared, it can return. With tech and patience, some projects are helping forests reclaim their old territories. (more)


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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)

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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Childhood anxiety tied to school absences
24 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)

Future of food under 'severe threat' as species diversity disappears - UN
22 February 2019 - The future of food supplies is under 'severe threat' because of the number of animal and plant species fast disappearing, a United Nations report said on Friday, as the world grapples with how to feed a growing population. By analyzing data from 91 countries, the FAO (U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization) said there was 'mounting evidence' the world's biodiversity was under 'severe threat'' due to pollution, badly managed water and land use, poor policies, over harvesting, and climate change. (more)

UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity
22 February 2019 - The plants, animals, and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study. The study says that land-use changes, pollution, and climate change are all causing biodiversity loss. ... it includes those organisms that provide essential services, such as bees and other pollinators, and worms, mangroves, sea grasses and fungi which work to keep soils fertile and purify the air and water. (more)

Machine learning 'causing science crisis'
16 February 2019 - Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. ...A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyze data that has already been collected. ... The 'reproducibility crisis' in science refers to the alarming number of research results that are not repeated when another group of scientists tries the same experiment. It means that the initial results were wrong. One analysis suggested that up to 85% of all biomedical research carried out in the world is wasted effort. (more)

Precious antibiotics still being used to boost animal growth: OIE
14 February 2019 - Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday (14 February) (more)

Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression
13 February 2019 - Teenagers who use cannabis have a higher risk of developing depression and suicidal thoughts as young adults and should be made aware of those risks by parents and doctors, scientists said on Wednesday (13 February). About 7 percent of cases of adolescent depression could be averted if cannabis use was eliminated, according to an analysis of data on mental illness among young people in the United States, Britain, and Canada who used cannabis in their teens. (more)

Global count finds cases of child soldiers more than doubling
12 February 2019 - The number of child soldiers, especially girls, found being recruited around the world has risen dramatically in recent years, as armed conflicts that target children have intensified, a leading agency said on Tuesday (12 February). They are particularly vulnerable in conflict-torn countries in the Middle East as well as in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. (more)

Global insect decline may see 'plague of pests'
11 February 2019 - A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40 percent of species are undergoing 'dramatic rates of decline' around the world. The study says that bees, ants, and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds, or reptiles. But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom. The general insect decline is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides, and climate change. Insects ... provide key benefits to many other species, including humans. They provide food for birds, bats, and small mammals; they pollinate around 75 percent of the crops in the world; they replenish soils and keep pest numbers in check. (more)

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