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Supergravity pioneers win $3m Special Breakthrough prize
6 August 2019 - The most lucrative prize in science has been awarded to three researchers for a landmark theory that married particle physics with Einstein's description of gravity, and proposed a candidate for the mysterious cosmic goo known as dark matter to boot. Daniel Freedman, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, and Sergio Ferrara, from the US, the Netherlands, and Italy respectively, developed 'supergravity' in the 1970s, a mathematical feat that wrapped Einstein's general relativity into a speculative theory of all the known particles in the universe. (more)

Summer Inspiration: 24 food and farming change-makers
5 August 2019 - These inspiring people are working to make the food system more just, sustainable, and equitable. For example: Art Cullen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman from Storm Lake, Iowa, has used his 'tenacious reporting, impressive expertise, and engaging writing' to get readers to look closer and think harder about the political, economic, and environmental challenges unfolding in the Midwest. And Haile Thomas, the Gen-Z CEO is the founder of HAPPY, which has brought a peer-to-peer education model to young people around the world. Based in New York state, she's empowering students to make healthy lifestyle choices and minimize the occurrence of preventable health issues. (more)

Electric buses continue expansion in Los Angeles and Seoul
29 July 2019 - Officials continue to adopt electric buses to serve transit needs in cities all over the world. In the latest news, Los Angeles and Seoul are the latest to jump aboard. Los Angeles is buying 40, while Seoul is buying 143. Sustainable-Bus reports that Seoul, South Korea just added 143 electric buses to its fleet. These buses will join 29 that are already in operation as part of a plan to replace natural gas buses with battery EV models. Ultimately, the plan is to put a total of 3,000 battery-electric buses in operation. (more)

These 'Solar Mamas' are trained as engineers to bring power and light to their villages
25 July 2019 - Solar energy is gradually becoming the go-to to power our world, inspiring many along the way. Barefoot College has been working on a program that trains mostly illiterate women [in many countries] to become solar engineers -- bringing clean power and light to their villages. Over the course of six months, [they] learn to build, install, and maintain solar panels and batteries to provide a renewable source of energy to their communities. (more)

Global solar installations to reach record high this year: research
24 July 2019 - New solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are set to reach a record high this year, driven by improving markets in Europe and the United States and fast growth in India and Vietnam, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Thursday. (more)

Stunning spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble more than 70 million light years away from our solar system
24 July 2019 - More than 70 million light years away from our solar system is a stunning spiral galaxy recently observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The spiral galaxy, known as NGC 2985, can be found in the Ursa Major, or Great Bear, constellation. The universe is full of spiral galaxies, comprising about 77 percent of those observed. ...In NGC 2985, there are multiple spiral arms full of stars. (more)

Healthy living may help offset genetic risk of dementia: study
14 July 2019 - Living healthily with a good diet and regular exercise may help people with a higher genetic susceptibility to dementia to offset the risk of developing it, according to recent research. The risk of dementia was reduced by 32 percent in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to those who had an unhealthy lifestyle, the study, published in the medical journal JAMA on Sunday [14 July], found. (more)

Refugees target global markets with luxury crafts
11 July 2019 - More than 1,500 refugees from 15 countries have been recruited to create a stylish collection of MADE51 products, from cashmere throws with crochet insets to hand-knotted sheep's wool rugs. The brand has already attracted some high profile players -- with Britain's Prince Charles purchasing MADE51 carpets crafted by Afghan refugees, and the exclusive store Harrods of London showcasing their throws by Syrian refugees. (more)

In pictures: New Unesco World Heritage Sites
6 July 2019 - Every year, natural and cultural landmarks from around the world are singled out for their 'outstanding universal value' to humanity. Unesco's World Heritage Committee has been meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan to decide which sites deserve special status and protection. The 43rd session meets until Wednesday 10 July, but here are some additions made to their list so far. (more)

Factbox: Coding to cooking - the businesses helping tackle the refugee crisis
19 June 2019 - From virtual banking to flower arranging, businesses seeking to help refugees are multiplying as the number of people forced from their homes around the world grows. There are now 25.9 million refugees globally, according to the United Nations, and some have found innovative ways to earn a living while helping their adopted communities or others like them. On World Refugee Day, here are 10 social enterprises -- businesses that seek to do good as well as turning a profit -- with refugee connections. (more)

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Welcome to, 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 - - 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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Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow
16 August 2019 - Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found. The scientists said they were shocked by the sheer number of particles they found: more than 10,000 of them per litre in the Arctic. A German-Swiss team of researchers has published the work in the journal Science Advances. (more)

'Punch in the gut' as scientists find micro plastic in Arctic ice
14 August 2019 - Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet. The researchers used a helicopter to land on ice floes and retrieve the samples during an 18-day icebreaker expedition through the Northwest Passage, the hazardous route linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. (more)

5 of the world's biggest economies are at risk of recession
14 August 2019 - Five big economies are at risk of recession. It won't take much to push them over the edge. The UK economy shrunk in the second quarter, and growth flat lined in Italy. Data published Wednesday show Germany's economy, the world's fourth largest, contracted in the three months to June. ... Mexico just dodged a recession -- usually defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction -- and its economy is expected to remain weak this year. Data suggest Brazil slipped into recession in the second quarter. Each economy ranks among the largest 20 in the world. Singapore and Hong Kong, which are smaller but still serve as vital hubs for finance and trade, are also suffering. (more)

June 2019 was the hottest June on record across the globe - NOAA
18 July 2019 - June 2019 was the hottest June in 140 years, setting a global record, according to the latest monthly global climate report released on Thursday [18 July] by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (more)

Recent cannabis use tied to memory deficits, slowed mental processing
18 July 2019 - People who have recently used cannabis may be more likely to experience memory deficits or difficulties with cognitive function than those who don't use the drug, a recent study suggests. 'This has implications for all cannabis users, but especially medical cannabis users who may be consuming daily or multiple times daily for symptom management,' said James MacKillop, senior author of the study and a researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. ... The findings also suggest that people in high-stakes professions that require split-second decisions like police and air traffic controllers might be impaired on the job even when they limit cannabis use to their time off, MacKillop said. (more)

Timeline: How a Congo Ebola outbreak became a global concern
18 July 2019 - The World Health Organization has declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighboring countries. The response has been hampered by frequent militia violence and low public trust. [This article] is a timeline of the latest Ebola epidemic. (more)

To end slavery, free 10,000 people a day for a decade, report says
17 July 2019 - Ten thousand people would need to be freed every day to eliminate modern slavery over the next decade, according to research on Wednesday [17 July] showing countries making little or no progress in efforts to end forced labor. (more)

Sargassum: The biggest seaweed bloom in the world
4 July 2019 - A floating mass of seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico is now the biggest seaweed bloom in the world, according to satellite observations. The algal explosion in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea could signify a new normal, say US scientists. Deforestation and fertilizer use are among the factors thought to be driving the growth. (more)

Global warming targets at risk from energy plants' CO2 emissions
1 July 2019 - Carbon emissions from existing and planned fossil fuel energy plants and projects will exceed the amount needed to curb global warming, jeopardizing a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature limit goal, scientists said in a study on Monday [1 July]. (more)

Commonly prescribed drugs are tied to nearly 50 percent higher dementia risk in older adults, study says
25 June 2019 - Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia. study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday [24 June] suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly antidepressants such as paroxetine or amitriptyline, bladder antimuscarinics such as oxybutynin or tolterodine, antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine or olanzapine, and antiepileptic drugs such as oxcarbazepine or carbamazepine. (more)


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