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Saving vanishing words: Why Queens is the 'Noah's Ark of languages'
5 July 2019 - Saving the world's rarest words means travel -- hopping a subway to Queens. Jackson Heights is the perfect place to pursue such preservation efforts. Over the past decade, in fact, linguistics scholars have begun to focus more of their research on such urban immigrant communities, where in many cases there are more speakers of a rare language than in the region where it first evolved. (more)

Scientists repurposed the EEG to detect brain activity in comatose patients
28 June 2019 - Electroencephalogram tests, or EEGs, are commonly used to diagnose epilepsy and sleep disorders. But researchers may have found a new application for the widely used technology: detecting brain activity in comatose patients. (more)

Asian firms with women leaders deliver better financial results
27 June 2019 - Firms whose boards were at least 30 percent female generated more income from their assets than those with all-male boards. Companies with female directors outperform those with only men at the top, according to a study of more than 1,000 Asian firms released on Thursday [27 June]. (more)

Dazzling new views of the Whirlpool galaxy captured by NASA
27 June 2019 - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope [has] captured stunning views of the Whirlpool galaxy in infrared light ... The Whirlpool galaxy is really two galaxies that are pulling on each other, causing distortion through gravity. The pair is in the constellation Canes Venatici, 23 million light-years away. Spitzer is an infrared detective and by illuminating dust, the telescope also allows astronomers to see dense gaseous areas between stars that are normally difficult to detect. (more)

California, Canada sign memorandum to advance cleaner vehicles, fuels
26 June 2019 - Canada and California on Wednesday [26 June] said they had signed a memorandum of understanding to advance cleaner vehicles and fuels. The most populous U.S. state and Canada said they will work together 'to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles like electric cars' and share technical information and best practices in regulating cleaner fuels, as California does today though its Low-Carbon Fuel Standard. (more)

Hubble Space Telescope spots 'soccer balls' in space
25 June 2019 - The Hubble Space Telescope has identified soccer ball-shaped molecules amid the gas and dust that fills the space beyond our solar system and between other star systems. That space is known as the interstellar medium or ISM, and Hubble is exposing some of the mysterious electrically charged molecules within it. A recently published study in the Astrophysical Journal Letters explores the soccer ball molecules. (more)

San Francisco passes ban on e-cigarette sales, a US first
25 June 2019 - San Francisco will become the first US city to effectively ban e-cigarette sales, after the city's board of supervisors unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday [25 June]. The ordinance says 'no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco' unless that product has undergone premarket review by the US Food and Drug Administration. To date, none have. (more)

US: Juul loses home turf as San Francisco bans e-cigarette sales
25 June 2019 - San Francisco will become the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes as officials look to control the rapid uptick in teenage use of nicotine devices made by companies such as Juul Labs Inc. (more)

Teens with strong connections at home and school may become healthier adults - US study
24 June 2019 - Teens who feel understood by their parents and teachers may grow up to be healthier adults, a U.S. study suggests. Higher levels of family connectedness were linked to lower odds of emotional distress, all exposures to violence ... [and] drug abuse, the study also found. (more)

International Yoga Day: 'Surya Namaskar' poses light up UN Headquarters
21 June 2019 - The United Nations headquarters [New York City] was lit up with postures of 'Surya Namaskar' and the message of 'Yoga for Climate Action' as India's Permanent Mission to the UN kick-started its celebrations for the 5th International Day of Yoga [on Wednesday, 19 June]. The North Facade of the UN Secretariat building was awash with 'Surya Namaskar' or 'Sun Salutation' postures projected against a colourful background. (more)

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Live Facebook event today - 'TM & Mindfulness: What's the Difference?' - Dr Tony Nader, Sunday 14 July
14 July 2019 - How do you pick which meditation to do? Are they all the same? Join Dr Tony Nader today - Sunday 14 July, on Facebook and Instagram Live - and find out how Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness work and what the difference is. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, is head of the international TM organizations. He is an MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist and a globally recognized scholar in the fields of meditation, yoga, and consciousness. The live event begins at 8 pm Paris time, 2 pm New York time. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation supports post-surgical relief and healing
29 June 2019 - 'Physicians and friends alike will remind you that a healthy diet of fresh food, compliance with therapy and prescriptions, and deep rest are important' in recovery from surgery, writes Amy Ruff, RN BSN WOCN, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Nurses in the USA. 'I've found in my own experience and with patients that the TM technique affords the body an unusually deep state of rest and reduces the time needed for healing.' Research shows that TM 'not only reduces the brain's perception of pain, but it increases resilience', she says. 'As a nurse, I'm happy to be able to save you some unnecessary discomfort, perhaps alleviate your pain, and speed up your recovery with the recommendation to add this simple tool to your post-surgical toolbox.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation 'gives me some time to just quiet my brain': Forbes
25 June 2019 - 'Every morning, I wake up and do Transcendental Meditation. It slows my mind and gives me some time to just quiet my brain before plunging full charge into the day,' writes business coach/executive advisor Jon Dwoskin in Forbes. TM is one of several key time-management habits Dwoskin practises and advises others to do. Research has found that 'subjects who practised Transcendental Meditation grew more in their expression of leadership skills. Maybe that's why business heavyweights like . . . Ray Dalio (Bridgewater Associates) all do it.' (more)

International Yoga Day: Why Transcendental Meditation continues to grow from strength to strength
21 June 2019 - It has been sixty years since Maharishi Mahesh Yogi left the Himalayas and travelled to the West to introduce a revolutionary form of meditation he named 'Transcendental Meditation' (TM). TM is based on the principles behind the creation of International Yoga Day - that yoga is not about exercise, but about discovering the sense of oneness within by uniting mind and body and the expansion of human consciousness. Today over 6 million people around the globe practise the Transcendental Meditation technique on a daily basis with tens of thousands more learning the technique every year. (more)

Maharishi University of Management to graduate 246 students: Ceremony will be streamed live - Saturday 22 June
17 June 2019 - Nearly 250 students from 53 different countries will receive a diploma from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA on Saturday, 22 June, during the 2019 commencement ceremony. The event will be streamed live, beginning at 1:00pm US Central Time [8:00pm Central Europe Time]. Chicago educator Nakisha Hobbs, who cofounded an innovative school in Chicago that aims to transform urban youth into global leaders, will give the commencement address. (more)

Maharishi University of Management art students win scholarships to top graduate schools
9 June 2019 - Three recent graduates of Maharishi University of Management's MA in Studio Art are all starting highly ranked MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programmes this fall. All received full tuition assistance - including a full tuition scholarship to attend Yale - and two have living expenses covered. Genevra Bell received a fellowship to study studio art at the University of California, Davis. Genevra praised her MUM professors, the MA programme, and the contribution of the Transcendental Meditation technique to her success. 'Coming to the studio clearheaded is essential for my ability to be productive. My TM practice is a critical tool for clearing out the stress and letting me get to work.' (more)

On the front lines: Social worker recommends Transcendental Meditation for burnout, compassion fatigue
5 June 2019 - The profession of social work loses many of its most dedicated workers to burnout. Social worker Katherine Steen has long experience with children and teens in Texas, Seattle, and Iowa. The work is rewarding, but the 'long hours, managing caseloads, and the emotional toll - your standard social work trifecta' are the most difficult aspects, she says. Practising Transcendental Meditation since last fall, Katherine finds the technique 'gives me resilience: the mental, emotional, and physical recovery in-between shifts that is so necessary.' TM is a 'game changer .... I'm learning to love social work all over again, but as if for the first time. TM has given me the ability to love my clients more deeply, while still detaching from the everyday chaos.' (more)

How to prioritize your meditation practice? Choose one you enjoy doing
1 June 2019 - Modern life is demanding and stressful, and in many ways meditation is the perfect antidote. But having the intention to meditate is one thing, establishing and maintaining a regular practice is another thing entirely. How to help prioritize your meditation practice? For starters, choose one that you enjoy doing. A common misunderstanding is that all meditation techniques are the same. In reality, 'meditation' is a generic term. Different techniques involve unique instructions, have their own goals, and produce a wide array of outcomes. The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple technique that's easy to learn, and truly enjoyable to practice. It allows your active mind to naturally settle inward, without any effort, until you experience the most silent level of your own awareness. (more)

Manifest Your Great Ideas: Maharishi University of Management hosts next 'Changemakers' event 8 June
28 May 2019 - Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, is hosting a new 'Changemakers' event on 8 June, presented by MUM and the David Lynch Foundation. The theme is How to Manifest Your Great Ideas. In the morning session, 'Becoming a Transformative Entrepreneur', three cutting-edge speakers - business, artist, and social entrepreneurs - explore the keys to transforming a great idea into entrepreneurial success. In MUM's B.A. in Business: Specialization in Creative Entrepreneurship - students learn from successful business mentors and develop the knowledge, training, and skills to get their ventures started, and learn the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique as a tool for better mind performance. (more)

Transcendental Meditation offers relief to emotional teenagers
24 May 2019 - A spike in teenage depression underscores that more and more teens today need serious help dealing with the intense emotional pressures of their daily lives. 'How can we help?' asks health writer Linda Egenes. 'The answer lies deep inside your child's brain.' Transcendental Meditation reduces activity in the amygdala, which is active when the body senses danger - which a teen may perceive in the lunchroom, on the school bus, or on social media. EEG readings show that during TM brainwaves become more orderly, moving in phase with each other, which is called EEG coherence. The technique is easy, the mind feels charmed by the experience and quickly becomes more settled. Research shows that TM has a positive effect on grades and family relationships, and alleviates anxiety and depression. (more)

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US: Trust issues deepen as yet another FDA commissioner joins the pharmaceutical industry
17 July 2019 - Pharma-giant Pfizer announced on June 28 that the former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb would be joining its board of directors. The move fell in line with a troubling pattern: After their tenure at the FDA, commissioners tend to go on to advise private companies in the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, 9 out of the last 10 FDA commissioners -- representing nearly four decades of agency leadership -- have gone on to work for pharmaceutical companies. The lone exception, David Kessler [who served as the FDA Commissioner from 1990 to 1997 under past President George W. Bush], joined the ranks in academia before eventually settling in his current position as chair of the board of directors at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit nutritional science advocacy group. (more)

Indoor carbon dioxide levels could be a health hazard, scientists warn
8 July 2019 - CO2 [carbon dioxide] in bedrooms and offices may affect cognition and cause kidney and bone problems. Traditionally, the team say, it had been thought that CO2 levels would need to reach a very high concentration of at least 5,000 parts per million (ppm) before they would affect human health. But a growing body of research suggests CO2 levels as low as 1,000ppm could cause health problems, even if exposure only lasts for a few hours (more)

Rich get richer, everyone else not so much in record U.S. expansion
2 July 2019 - Welcome to the longest U.S. economic expansion in history, one perhaps best characterized by the excesses of extreme wealth and an ever-widening chasm between the unfathomably rich and everyone else. ... The wealthiest fifth of Americans hold 88 percent of the country's wealth, a share that has grown since before the crisis, Federal Reserve data through 2016 shows. (more)

Varied bedtimes tied to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure
2 July 2019 - People who don't consistently get the same amount of sleep or go to bed at the same time each night may be more likely to develop health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, a recent study suggests. (more)

Alaska's heat wave fuels dangerous smoke, melts glaciers
1 July 2019 - Alaska's heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state's biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. (more)

An oil spill that began 15 years ago may be 1,000 times worse than first thought
29 June 2019 - For 15 years, oil from one particular spill has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. A new [U.S.] federal study estimates that each day, about 380 to 4,500 gallons of oil are flowing at the site where a company's oil platform was damaged after a hurricane. That's about a hundred to a thousand times worse than the company's initial estimate, which put the amount of oil flowing into the ocean at less than three gallons a day. The report, released this past week and written by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] and one at Florida State University, also contradicted assertions from the Taylor Energy Company about where the oil was coming from. (more)

Teen vaping on the rise in U.S, Canada
28 June 2019 - More American and Canadian teens are vaping than ever before, according to a new study, and researchers say the availability of e-cigarettes with more nicotine may partly explain the trend. (more)

U.S wages lost to unpaid family care to hit $147 billion by 2050
28 June 2019 - As the U.S. population ages, the total annual cost of lost wages for unpaid family caregiving is on track to more than double, to reach $147 billion by 2050, a recent study suggests. The current economic cost of unpaid family care is about $67 billion and includes reduced work hours and foregone earnings for Americans 20 to 64 years old who take time off from their jobs to help a loved one manage serious medical issues. This is based on population demographics and wage data from 2013. (more)

Disrupted sleep in one's 50s, 60s raises risk of Alzheimer's disease
26 June 2019 - People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. (more)

Restaurants could be 1st to get genetically modified salmon
21 June 2019 - Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year. (more)


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