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Ruined UK castles spring back to life
19 November 2018 - Exploring one of the UK's many abandoned castles, you might find yourself imagining what the fortress looked like back when its turrets were intact and its moat was filled with water. Content marketing agency NeoMam Studios took this idea and digitally restored six abandoned castles to their former glory . . . NeoNam chose six derelict castles across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They chose castles that hadn't really been restored for tourist purposes, were pretty dilapidated and weather beaten, in an array of styles, and with plenty of archaeological research available to recreate the structures accurately. (more)

Invasive trees targeted by new South Africa anti-drought fund
16 November 2018 - Big business is backing a South African fund to eradicate invasive trees around Cape Town and yield billions of liters of water as the city emerges from its worst drought in a century, officials said on Friday (16 November). Alien species, such as eucalyptus trees which are largely native to Australia, are thirstier than indigenous vegetation and draw more groundwater through their roots. Preliminary studies estimate 1.8 billion liters of water is lost each year due to alien plants on one aquifer north of Cape Town. (more)

A slew of electric truck plans may deliver the goods for China's EV ambitions
15 November 2018 - For a growing number of automakers operating in the world's biggest vehicle market, it's time to invest in electric vans and trucks. They're convinced by increasingly stringent restrictions aimed at reining in pollution, generous subsidies, as well as robust demand for light-duty trucks as e-commerce flourishes. (more)

India: Union minister inaugurates the Global Cooling Prize Innovation summit
13 November 2018 - Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated 'The Global Cooling Innovation Summit' on November 12, 2018, in New Delhi. The Global Cooling Prize is an international competition to encourage the development of a residential cooling technology which impacts the environment five times lesser than the standard Room Air Conditioning (RAC). (more)

Branson backs $3 million cooling challenge
12 November 2018 - British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is backing a new $3 million initiative to find a more efficient residential cooling technology. 'Air conditioning needs to become acceptable to all. It should not be a luxury as it is today,' Sir Richard Branson said at the competition's launch. 'If we carry on using the same outdated air conditioning technology the temperature of the planet will rise by 0.5 degrees by air conditioning use alone.' (more)

France: Greater Paris to ban old diesel cars from summer 2019
12 November 2018 - The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided on Monday (12 November). The council plans to gradually tighten regulations in order to allow only electric or hydrogen-fueled cars on Greater Paris roads by 2030. In central Paris, pre-2000 diesels have been banned since July 2017. (more)

Germany: Stuttgart to ban older diesel engined cars after court ruling
12 November 2018 - Stuttgart will enforce a ban on older diesel vehicles by 2019 following a local German court ruling on Monday (12 November), the latest German city to fall into line with moves to cut pollution. Diesel bans have now been allowed in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Berlin. (more)

Richard Branson just launched a $3 million prize for a better air conditioner
11 November 2018 - When people move out of poverty, one of the first things they buy is an air conditioner -- and the world can't handle the emissions that are going to come from an air conditioning boom. 'The increase in energy consumption for cooling represents a massive risk to meeting our climate goals,' says Richard Branson, who today helped launch both the report and the Global Cooling Prize, a $3 million competition to spur new technology. ... It's supported in part by the Indian government, as that country alone will add around 1 billion room air conditioners by the middle of the century. (more)

Electric bus orders more than doubled last year in Europe
10 November 2018 - According to Transport and Environment, the number of orders for electric buses in Europe more than doubled from roughly 400 in 2016 to 1,031 in 2017. The market is expected to double in 2018 as the number of buses ordered during the first half of this year (including trolleybuses with batteries) almost exceed the number for all of 2017. (more)

Construction starts on 220-megawatt solar park in Mexico
8 November 2018 - The Enel Group has commenced construction of a 220 megawatt solar photovoltaic park in Mexico via its subsidiary, Enel Green Power Mexico. The Magdalena II facility is located in the state of Tlaxcala and is slated to commence operations in the second half of 2019. The solar power facility will produce around 600 gigawatt hours of energy per year. (more)


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TM and Mindfulness - What's the difference? A mindfulness teacher/clinical psychologist explains
8 July 2018 - Ever wondered about the difference between mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation? In a recent article, clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher Donna Rockwell explains her experience learning TM. 'While I think mindfulness is ''mind training'', TM is more like taking the mind to an amazing spa,' she says. 'From the very first time, it felt like my brain was settling into a nice warm bath. My brain calms down and gets back to a state of homeostasis. And then after twenty minutes, I return to my life with greater peace and wellbeing.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: New solar array will provide a third of campus power
7 July 2018 - At Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, construction begins this summer on a five-acre field of solar panels on the west side of campus. The 1.1-megawatt solar array, one of Iowa's largest, will provide approximately one-third of the electricity used on campus. The battery energy storage system will be the largest of its kind in the Midwest. The project is the culmination of years of design, engineering, and planning work by Ideal Energy, a leading solar company headed by MUM alumni Troy and Amy Van Beek, together with university trustee Tom Factor. MUM continues to progress toward the goal of being a carbon-neutral campus and meeting the commitments the university has made to The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and to the Paris Climate Initiative. (more)

US: Maharishi School student wins science fair awards
5 June 2018 - Shristi Sharma, a 9th-grader at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, won first place last month in the Computer Science category at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa with a project titled 'Phishing: Don't Take the Bait, Protect Your Sensitive Information.' She also won an Intel Excellence in Computer Science award, and was invited to attend the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (more)

Maharishi University of Management's International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness
25 May 2018 - Maharishi University of Management's online journal, the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness, was launched with the goal of examining consciousness from the point of view of mathematics. The inspiration for the journal came from Professor Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, who has written numerous books on the expression of Veda and the Vedic literature in the human physiology. Dr. Nader is both the founder and editor-in-chief of the journal. The journal's inaugural issue featured a paper by Dr. Nader, 'Consciousness Is All There Is: A Mathematical Approach with Applications' - the beginning of a series of papers aimed at solving the problem of how the physical universe emerges from consciousness. The journal welcomes articles from all mathematicians and scientists, presenting their theories of consciousness using the rigorous approach of mathematics. Maharishi University of Management is the journal's hosting institution. (more)

First ever neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation - British Psychological Society review
21 April 2018 - It is possible to pay attention effortlessly, your mind 'pulled by the inherent nature of the object of experience'. In fact, with practice, doing so can 'lead you to experience inner silence, tranquility, peace and transcendence'. That's according to a research team led by Michelle Mahone at the California School of Professional Psychology, who have published in Brain and Cognition what they describe as the first neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation (TM). (more)

New study highlights unique state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
4 April 2018 - Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain during Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice found that, like meditations that involve focused attention or open monitoring, there was increased activity in the areas of the prefrontal cortex related to attention - indicating alertness. However, unlike other meditations, during TM there was also decreased activity in the areas related to arousal - indicating deep rest. 'This restful alertness is the key to Transcendental Meditation,' said Dr Fred Travis, a coauthor of the study. 'It's a very different kind of rest than sleep. It's rejuvenating and healing, as evidenced by a wide range of clinical studies, while at the same time it allows the person to experience deeper mental states.' The new study is published in Brain and Cognition. (more)

Former Sony exec talks about Transcendental Meditation and the art of developing Emotional Intelligence
30 March 2018 - 'The evidence is mounting that for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a leader, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique can be a vital component in maximizing one's effectiveness. In my own career, my TM practice proved to be invaluable,' writes David Bishop, former president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Mr Bishop describes some of his experiences, 'including research that shows how TM helps develop the qualities one needs for leadership. . . . Studies on TM show improved intelligence, creativity, and learning ability, as well as higher levels of brain functioning, improved integration of personality, and greater efficiency and productivity.' (more)

Brain imaging confirms state of 'restful alertness' during Transcendental Meditation
27 March 2018 - Recent research, published in Brain and Cognition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging supports the assertion that Transcendental Meditation practice offers a state of 'restful alertness' - demonstrating that during TM, the mind is alert, but both the brain and body are in a deep state of rest. 'The restfully alert state gained during Transcendental Meditation is more than a concept,' said co-author Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA. 'These blood flow patterns give a physiological picture of the reality of restful alertness in the mind and body.' (more)

Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities: Maharishi Vastu Architecture conference announced
22 February 2018 - 'Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities - How Vedic Architecture, community design, and green building influence health, happiness, and lifestyle' is the title of a conference to be held 26-27 March in Washington, DC. This event will bring together real estate professionals from all over the world to explore the most cutting-edge ideas in real estate development and their impact on communities and inhabitants. The conference will integrate Maharishi Vastu - the ancient architectural and community planning science, also known as Vedic Architecture, holistic architecture in harmony with natural law - with the newest, hottest lifestyle trends, including sustainability, community-building, and wellness. (more)

A scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness
9 February 2018 - Scientific research in the 1970s found that the pattern of physiological changes during Transcendental Meditation was different from waking, dreaming, and sleep - indicating that Transcendental Consciousness, the state experienced during TM practice, is a major fourth state of consciousness. Of particular interest, writes Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the researchers, was increased alpha1 EEG during TM, which indicates a mind-body state of restful alertness. Subsequent research found that the alpha1 frequency during TM is coherent between all brain areas, which is correlated with a vast array of brain diversity underlying thought, behaviour, and feelings - creativity, intelligence, moral reasoning, and lower anxiety. (more)


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US: Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing
15 November 2018 - Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. (more)

US: Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600
15 November 2018 - A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday (15 November), as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The Butte County disaster coincided with a flurry of smaller blazes in Southern California ... (more)

US: Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores
14 November 2018 - The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA 'edited' are expected to begin selling. It's a different technology than today's controversial 'genetically modified' foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer. (more)

Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people in Jordan: government
10 November 2018 - Twelve people died in heavy rains and flooding in parts of Jordan on Friday and authorities evacuated foreign tourists from the ancient city of Petra and other popular destinations, officials said on Saturday (10 November). The country has recently been hit by flash floods and heavy downpours. In the worst incident, 21 people -- mostly school children on an outing to the Dead Sea -- were killed as torrential rains poured through valleys and deep ravines. (more)

Displaced victims of worst Afghan drought in years fear harsh winter
9 November 2018 - Mahiuddin, a 35 year-old farmer from Badghis, a mountainous province in western Afghanistan, has been living in a camp outside the city of Herat for months, one of tens of thousands displaced by the worst drought the country has seen in years. ... With much of Afghanistan's agricultural land degraded, and many areas lawless after years of war, food insecurity has added to the suffering without generating the same headlines as the fighting. (more)

In Kyrgyzstan, warming brings less water - and more conflict
9 November 2018 - As the Kyrgyz village of Kok Tal's nominated murab, or water man, Mamatgapirov must ensure that all 200 of Kok Tal's farmers receive their fair share of water. But there is rarely enough for everyone. 'The problem is Uzbekistan' he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 'Our water flows through Uzbekistan and they do not give us enough.' Kok Tal's water begins its journey at the Papan reservoir in Kyrgyzstan -- 120 miles away from the village. It flows along a series of cracked and crooked canals -- built during the Soviet era -- until it is diverted, using hand-operated gates, to the various farms that line its route. The canal network stretches across the Fergana Valley -- a twisted knot of contested borders and enclaves that is acrimoniously shared between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Almost a quarter of Central Asia's population lives in the valley ... (more)

African islands call for help as climate change worsens health
8 November 2018 - African island states this week said they need more help to cope with the health impacts of climate change, from worsening nutrition to a resurgence in mosquito-borne disease. At least 23 percent of deaths in Africa are linked to the environment, the highest of any region worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (more)

India: As groundwater runs short, water battles grow in parched Chennai
8 November 2018 - India is suffering 'the worst water crisis in its history', according to a June report by government policy think tank NITI Aayog. Worsening water shortages -- for farmers, households, and industry -- threaten the lives and incomes of hundreds of millions of Indians, and the economic growth of the country, the report said. ... But what Raghavan [Shekhar Raghavan, director of the charity Rain Centre, which encourages rainwater harvesting and water conservation in urban areas] called 'indiscriminate' -- and in many cases unauthorized -- extraction of groundwater is creating growing problems as supplies run short. (more)

Mountain birds on 'escalator to extinction' as planet warms
29 October 2018 - A meticulous re-creation of a 3-decade-old study of birds on a mountainside in Peru has given scientists a rare chance to prove how the changing climate is pushing species out of the places they are best adapted to. Surveys of more than 400 species of birds in 1985 and then in 2017 have found that populations of almost all had declined, as many as eight had disappeared completely, and nearly all had moved to higher elevations in what scientists call 'an escalator to extinction.' (more)

Extreme Category 5 typhoon, the worst U.S. storm since 1935, leaves Northern Mariana Islands devastated
25 October 2018 - Super Typhoon Yutu rampaged through the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday (25 October), leaving behind storm damage that residents are calling the worst they have ever experienced. Tied for the strongest storm anywhere in the world this year, Yutu packed sustained winds of 180 mph, and its gigantic eye enveloped much of the island of Saipan and all of Tinian, leaving the Pacific islands 'mangled,' as one local official described it to The Washington Post. (more)


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Modern sciences examine the branches of Natural Law, expressed as the disciplines of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and physiology. The fulfilment of modern science is the discovery of the Unified Field of All the Laws of Nature, the unified basis of all streams of knowledge, and the unification of the fundamental force fields of Nature known to science - the electromagnetic, weak, strong, and gravitational fields.

The Unified Field of Natural Law is enlivened in individual awareness through the Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying. These are the technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science that make available to us the total potential of Natural Law and the total potential of human life.

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