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Global insect decline may see 'plague of pests'
22 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)

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)

British start-up breeds high performance bugs for animal feed
19 February 2019 - British start-up Beta Bugs is breeding high performance strains of black soldier fly for the insect feed sector, and is selecting traits like growth rate, protein content, fat composition, and even temperature tolerance according to clients' needs. The company breeds certain strains of fly, resulting in highly optimized insects. The feed is made from fly maggots. (more)

Hot property: U.S. mobile homes' affordability slips as corporates move in
19 February 2019 - When Russ Watson decided to move to a mobile home community in Florida in 2011, it was to be near his father and in a space that was affordable. But over the next few years, ownership of Park Place -- which has about 475 homes -- changed hands, Watson said: first to an investment group and next to one of the country's largest owners of mobile home parks, Sun Communities. After that, Watson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, things changed. The company made improvements, but it also negotiated new five-year leases with residents that included a 4 percent annual rent hike, he said. And, he added, managers became less responsive. Watson eventually moved out -- as did others, he said. ... Watson's experience echoes a pattern seen across Florida and the country ... (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)

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says
15 February 2019 - Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical -- found in weed killers including Monsanto's popular Roundup -- and concluded that it significantly increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the immune system. (more)

U.N. warns of locust surge on both sides of Red Sea
15 February 2019 - A locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea is spreading rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday (15 February), flagging a possible threat to crops and food security. ... Adult locust swarms can fly up to 150 km a day with the wind and adult insects can consume roughly their own weight in fresh food per day. A very small swarm eats as much in one day as about 35,000 people, posing a devastating threat to crops and food security. (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)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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