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The orchid whisperers: Rare blooms find an urban perch
16 June 2019 - Encyclia tampensis orchids once flourished unaided in South Florida. Today, they are extremely rare in the wild, due to shrinking habitat and rampant exploitation in the orchid trade of decades past. But conservationists are working to restore populations of native orchids to the region. ... The Million Orchid Project, as it is called, is part of a broader push to reintegrate native plants into urban environments. (more)

US: How Baltimore is saving urban forests - and its city
15 June 2019 - The words 'city' and 'forest' don't usually go together. But urban forests can bring striking benefits, from lower crime rates to higher home values. With concern growing about climate change and rapid worldwide urbanization, city forests have emerged as one widely touted solution to a host of social and environmental challenges. Municipalities from Barcelona, Spain; to Melbourne, Australia; to Chicago have put urban canopy coverage at the center of their long-term strategic plans. (more)

Cymru am byth! - How speaking Welsh became cool
13 June 2019 - 'Cymru am byth!' means 'Wales forever!' The number of speakers is growing fast, while bilingual TV thrillers and Welsh language rock songs are reaching a new audience. What's behind the resurgence? (more)

America's renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal
12 June 2019 - America's coal industry has already been left in the dust by natural gas. Now it's under immense pressure from the renewable energy boom. The renewable energy sector had slightly more installed capacity than coal in April, according to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report. US power plants can produce more energy from clean sources than coal for the first time in history, according to the SUN DAY Campaign, a nonprofit research group supporting sustainable energy. (more)

Charging an electric car in America is about to get a little less painful
11 June 2019 - ChargePoint and Electrify America have reached an agreement that aims to make it easier for drivers of electric vehicles to switch between EV charging networks. (more)

US: New York City sees extraordinary leap in humpback whale sightings
3 June 2019 - For most New Yorkers, wildlife spotting is confined to squirrels, the odd raccoon ... But in the waters surrounding the city a very different animal experience is quietly booming: sightings of whales. A total of 272 whales were spotted last year, compared with five in 2011, thanks to legislation mopping up pollution, experts say. The sightings [are] almost all of humpbacks ... (more)

US: Hungry goats are on the front lines of wildfire prevention in Southern California
31 May 2019 - For Southern California, using grazing goats is a solution spreading like wildfire. Non-native grasses flourished in Southern California, during the winter's soaking rains. ... because of their tendency to dry out quickly, these invasive grasses pose a greater risk of becoming fuel for spreading fires. And while the goats offer a greener solution than bulldozers and machines traditionally used to clear brush, they also offer a great cost benefit. (more)

US: This Chicago business trains former inmates to be beekeepers
28 May 2019 - On the West Side of Chicago, honey bees have become a beacon of hope for former inmates. James Jones was released from prison in February after serving three and a half years for selling drugs. ... Sweet Beginnings offers full-time, transitional jobs to previously incarcerated individuals like Jones, who need help reintegrating into society. The new hires are trained to become beekeepers and learn about harvesting honey, production, filling orders, packaging, shipping, and selling. (more)

Summer theater: Fireflies that synchronize light up two U.S. forests
24 May 2019 - Crowds of eco-tourists from around the world will gather in two remote Appalachian forests in Tennessee and Pennsylvania in coming weeks to see spectacular light shows created by a rare species of firefly that can synchronize its flashes. Synchronous fireflies are found only in a handful of places worldwide. ... Other synchronous firefly species are found in Southeast Asia in mangrove forests. (more)

US: Healthier wetlands could store more carbon, new study shows
23 May 2019 - In arid places like Wyoming, wetlands are rare, sometimes only two percent of the landscape. But the organic vegetation breaking down in wetland soils captures as much as 15 to 30 percent of the carbon on that landscape, and it could hold more if restored to better condition. (more)

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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)

Maharishi Vastu home 'provides a stable base for feeling happiness everywhere I go'
20 May 2019 - The beauty and grace of a Mid-Century Modern home on the prairie in southeast Iowa is featured in the current newsletter of Maharishi Vastu Architecture. Architect Jon Lipman, an expert in Vastu principles of design in harmony with natural law, commented that the owner was a dream client with great taste and clear vision. Her artistic attention to detail includes works by local artisans and family members, and a lofty central great room with clerestory windows that provide a rich play of light day and night - turning the house into 'moving art'. 'I feel protected in this house. It provides a stable base for feeling happiness everywhere I go,' the owner says. She urges anyone considering building to explore Maharishi Vastu: 'It makes a 100 per cent difference.' (more)

Meditate and create! Transcendental Meditation at the David Lynch Film School
16 May 2019 - 'The creative advice I've received from my mentors, instructors and David Lynch alone [on] my work is nothing short of pure gold,' writes Jesse Valencia, about the MFA in Screenwriting offered by the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts at Maharishi University of Management. He also gives great credit to Transcendental Meditation, practised by all MUM students: 'TM and its benefits have changed my entire perspective on art and creativity.... Meditation frees the mind of restrictions and constraints so that ideas can flow like a flood instead of a trickle.... After I learned TM, my writing, my art, and my music all became richer, and creating brought me so much more happiness.' (more)

The healthy brain solution to preventing and reversing memoryloss: 7 key ways to sharpen your memory
12 May 2019 - Do you ever worry about blanking out on a word or name? Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, renowned expert in the integrative health system of Maharishi AyurVeda, describes cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease, and a multifaceted breakthrough for maintaining brain health combining the best of ancient and modern approaches for a resilientmind. These include establishing 'a healthy diet, good sleep, balanced blood sugar, normal blood flow, exercise, and less stress' - and a key component, Transcendental Meditation. 'Results include improved ability to recall daily events, restoration of lost memories, happier mood, more social interaction', and regained abilities to enjoy the gym, shop for groceries, and remember people's names and faces 'all critical abilities whose restoration is tremendously heartening'. (more)

World-Class Brain - effortlessly developing greater brain integration: Book review
29 April 2019 - The brains of world-class performers - whether athletes, musicians, or CEOs - share one feature: more integrated functioning. A world-class brain works in a more coherent, relaxed, wakeful, and efficient way. In a new book, World-Class Brain, Harald Harung of Oslo Metropolitan University and Maharishi University of Management professor Fred Travis explore this defining characteristic of world-class performers. They describe studies on Olympic athletes, top managers, and symphony orchestra musicians, who were found to have high levels of brain integration according to EEG brain wave measurements. The book presents various ways to increase integrated brain functioning, including research showing that the Transcendental Meditation technique is the most effective and effortless way to develop high levels of brain integration. (more)

Marvel's top executives relieve the pressure with Transcendental Meditation: Variety
25 April 2019 - Executives at the Burbank, California studios of Marvel have found Transcendental Meditation a practical solution to handling the intense pressures of the industry and their escalating success, Variety reports. 'We even have a meditating room up here. Everyone got TM certified,' said Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito of the executive suite. TM, he says, 'helps relieve the pressure because it can get to you.' The technique was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has proliferated through Hollywood's A-list over the years. Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, George Lucas, David Lynch and many more are fans. Tech CEOs praise its effectiveness for entrepreneurs. Last year, Ellen DeGeneres devoted an entire segment of her talk show to TM. (more)

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Sleep habits linked with blood sugar control in diabetes and prediabetes
11 June 2019 - Too little sleep -- or too much -- can be tied to problems with blood sugar levels, not just in people with diabetes but also in people at high risk for developing the disease, a new study finds. Irregular sleep schedules and poor sleep quality are known to be associated with poor blood sugar control in people who already have diabetes. 'Don't let the 'pre' fool you -- prediabetes is a serious health condition,' public health officials warn on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.' (more)

US: Near-record 'dead zone' forecast off U.S. Gulf coast, threatening fish
11 June 2019 - A near record-sized 'dead zone' of oxygen-starved water could form in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, threatening its huge stocks of marine life, researchers said. ... Experts blamed unusually high rainfall across the U.S. Midwest this Spring that washed farm fertilizers along streams and rivers through the Mississippi River Basin out into the Gulf. (more)

Sleeping with lights or TV on tied to obesity
10 June 2019 - For middle-aged and older women, sleeping with the television or lights on has been linked with higher odds of becoming obese, in a recent U.S. study. While a high-calorie diet and sedentary behavior are the most commonly cited explanations for obesity, some previous research has also linked exposure to artificial light at night to an increased risk of weight gain, researchers note in JAMA Internal Medicine. (more)

US: Monterey Bay has higher density of microplastics than Great Pacific Garbage Patch, researchers say
6 June 2019 - A study published in Nature from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) reveals that there is more plastic pollution deep in the Monterey Bay than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The plastic pollution takes the form of microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic (less than 5 millimeters across) ... at depths between approximately 650 and 2,000 feet, there is a density of microplastics that's equal to or higher than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive concentration of garbage on the Pacific Ocean's surface between California and Hawaii. (more)

Irregular sleep patterns linked to metabolic disorders
5 June 2019 - A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wake up schedule -- and getting different amounts of sleep each night -- can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar, and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for every hour of variability in time to bed and time asleep, a person may have up to a 27 per cent greater chance of experiencing a metabolic abnormality. (more)

US: Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens
4 June 2019 - Los Angeles County's homeless population has swelled by 12 percent during the past year as a shortage of affordable housing deepens in and around America's second-largest city, pushing more people into poverty, a study released on Tuesday [4 June] found. Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles proper, meanwhile, jumped by 16 percent ... (more)

Even mild brain injuries tied to lasting functional deficits
3 June 2019 - People who have mild traumatic brain injuries may be more likely to have lasting functional deficits that get in the way of daily activities than patients who experience other types of injuries, a U.S. study suggests. (more)

How Monsanto manipulates journalists and academics
2 June 2019 - Monsanto's own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller's possible links to cancer. Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto's deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been laid bare for all to see. ... But these once-confidential Monsanto documents demonstrate that the deception has gone much deeper. In addition to the manipulation of science and of regulators, the company's most insidious deceit may be its strategic manipulation of the media, according to the records. (more)

Energy drinks may be linked to frightening side effects for your heart
29 May 2019 - Consuming 32 ounces of energy drinks ... in under an hour spiked the risk of electrical disturbances in the heart for as long as four hours after the drinks were consumed, according to a small study published in Journal of the American Heart Association. Last fall, another American Heart Association study found that drinking just one energy drink narrowed blood vessels 90 minutes later, which increases the risk of blockages that cause heart attacks and strokes. The U.S. military has also warned that energy drinks could do 'serious harm' to troops' bodies, and noted that soldiers in the field were more likely to fall asleep on duty if they consumed multiple beverages a day. (more)

Energy drinks may have unintended health risks
29 May 2019 - Energy drinks may promise a boost, but experts are increasingly concerned that their cocktails of ingredients could have unintended health risks. A study published Wednesday [29 May] in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that caffeinated energy drinks altered the heart's electrical activity and raised blood pressure. (more)


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