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Carol Van Strum, crusader against Agent Orange, wins prestigious environmental award
18 March 2018 - Longtime environmental activist Carol Van Strum is now also the recipient of a prestigious environmental protection award for her decades of work. Strum was awarded the international David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding environmental and social justice work on the first of March 2018. Strum is the author of 'A Bitter Fog,' which tells the story of the fight she helped lead against aerial herbicide spraying in the Five Rivers area of Oregon, which led to a temporary ban on aerial pesticide spraying on federal forests. (more)

France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance
17 March 2018 - France will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday (11 March) at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European country's commitment to the alliance and clean energy. ISA is an inter-governmental organization that aims to mobilize $1 trillion in funds for future solar generation, storage, and technology across the world. It has 60 signatories, with 30 of those countries having ratified the agreement. (more)

US: Entering a 'rainforest' at the Philadelphia Flower Show
17 March 2018 - The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show's theme was 'Wonders of Water.' The PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) chief of shows explained, 'We want to capture all the sensory elements of the rainforest -- its fantastic colors, scents, and sounds -- and demonstrate its unique and vital role in purifying water and sustaining our environment.' (more)

ISA summit: French President Macron applauds India's efforts in promoting solar energy
15 March 2018 - As world leaders gathered here [New Delhi] to discuss ways to promote more efficient and feasible methods of harnessing solar energy for power generation, visiting French President Emmanuel Macron today [11 March] pledged over $860 million for solar projects in developing countries and lauded India's efforts in making International Solar Alliance (ISA) a reality. The French president in 2015 joined hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cobble together a solar alliance of over 120 nations, situated between the two tropics. On Sunday [11 March], the alliance held its first summit in Delhi, which was attended by heads of 23 nations and 10 ministerial representatives. (more)

US: The surprising state where solar energy is flourishing
15 March 2018 - Minnesota is on a hot streak in converting sunlight into usable power. The state tripled its solar energy capacity through the first quarter of this year [2017]. And, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, it has increased solar output twelve-fold since 2015. (more)

How Washington, DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival became a celebrated US annual spring tradition (+ video)
10 March 2018 - The more than a century-old tradition of commemorating the continued close relationship between the United States and Japan has flourished into one of America's most celebrated springtime festivals. The festival honors Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki's gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C., in 1912. The history of cherry trees in the nation's capital dates back to 1885, when Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, an American writer, photographer, and the first female board member of the National Geographic Society, returned with the idea following the first of her many trips to Japan. (more)

Solar power stations, made in Germany (+ video)
9 March 2018 - A German startup is converting containers into portable power stations -- which can provide clean, cheap electricity for a whole village. Communities in Mali and Niger are already benefitting -- Somaliland could be next. (more)

Australia's solar future bright as households install record 3.5m panels
6 March 2018 - The future of Australia's solar industry is looking bright after a record 3.5m panels were installed on rooftops last year, giving the equivalent output of a medium-sized coal-fired power station. The record 1,057 megawatts of capacity in small-scale systems installed across the country smashed the previous record set in 2012, figures from the Clean Energy Regulator showed on Tuesday (6 March). It equated to 9,500 installed every day. (more)

Nature's pageantry on display during Dutch tulip season
6 March 2018 - Nothing says springtime like the tulip season in the Netherlands. Tulip fields dot the countryside from Haarlem to The Hague. But the centerpiece of tulip-watching is Keukenhof park, located in Lisse, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. Here, the tulip hunter is rewarded with artistic compositions of tulips with their seasonal brethren, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and other springtime varieties. (more)

Nature calling: Crammed cities go green for climate, health
5 March 2018 - Cities are increasingly looking for ways to provide more greenery, as migration to urban areas rises and a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that being close to nature is good for people. Vegetation also sucks up planet-warming carbon dioxide, and is key to efforts to combat climate change. Some 750 climate scientists and urban planners are gathered in Canada this week at a U.N.-hosted conference to discuss how to help cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to extreme weather and rising seas. (more)

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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)

Veterans who learn Transcendental Meditation find relief from PTSD, new study shows
14 January 2018 - Veterans of the war in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) found significant relief from their symptoms as a result of practising the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, according to a new study published in Military Medicine. After one month, 87% had a clinically significant decrease of more than 10 points, and 80% had their symptoms reduced to below the clinical level, meaning that they were no longer considered to have a disorder. The current study follows four previous studies on veterans practicing TM. 'Transcendental Meditation is very easy to do and results come quickly,' said James Grant, Director of Programs for TM for Veterans. 'TM promotes self sufficiency - it's a tool that the veteran can use for life, on his or her own.' (more)

Exploring science, consciousness, and the furthest reaches of human potential: Dr Tony Nader, neuroscientist and Vedic scholar
10 January 2018 - When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, planned for the future of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations, he named as his successor a scientist and scholar with mastery in both modern science and the ancient Vedic tradition -- Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R. -- an MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist and one of the world's great Vedic scholars. Dr. Nader guides the global supervision of the nonprofit TM organizations in over one hundred countries, advising the TM programme and its educational, health, and research programmes. Now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Dr Nader is creating an online space for engaging conversations about consciousness and all fields of life - from health, education, and science, to love, human relationships, and world peace. (more)

Brazil: Maharishi University of Management professor presents EEG research on Transcendental Meditation at conferences on consciousness
16 December 2017 - Experts from a variety of disciplines continue to try to understand consciousness. Recently Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA, was invited to present his perspective at two conferences in Brazil hosted at top universities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. At both conferences Dr Travis presented his EEG research on the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)

Discovering a bio-marker for the deeply silent state of Transcendental Consciousness during TM
6 December 2017 - Dr David Orme-Johnson continues his account of how research on Transcendental Meditation developed at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the 1970s. Working with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and MERU, a group of scientists, including Dr Orme-Johnson, identified EEG and other physiological markers of Transcendental Consciousness, the deeply silent state of awareness experienced during TM practice. (more)

Watch Live Today - 'A New Science for Peace' summit in Washington, DC - 5 December, 9:00AM (US EST)
5 December 2017 - Today's summit - A New Science for Peace: Research on Transcendental Meditation, the Brain, Trauma, and Peace - will be streamed live online starting at 9:00 a.m. (US Eastern Time). The summit is hosted by the David Lynch Foundation's Abramson Center for Peace, highlighting 40 years of research on the Transcendental Meditation technique as an intervention for reducing trauma and violence among individuals, and within society as a whole. The event is being held at American University in Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. (more)

Washington, DC: American University to host 'A New Science for Peace' - 5 December
3 December 2017 - This Tuesday morning, 5 December, the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, DC, will be the venue for 'A New Science for Peace: Research on Meditation, the Brain, Trauma, and Peace'. Hosted by the Abramson Center for Peace and the David Lynch Foundation, the panel will be moderated by Candy Crowley, former anchor, CNN's 'State of the Nation with Candy Crowley'. A select group of leaders in the Washington region will explore the impact of 40 years of published research and clinical applications of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique - for improving health and reducing PTSD symptoms among high-risk groups, and reducing trauma, crime, and violence in society as a whole. (more)

Iowa Public Television profiles Ideal Energy in Fairfield, founded by Maharishi University of Management grads
30 November 2017 - Iowa Public Television (IPTV) in the USA recently aired a profile of a local sustainability company in Fairfield - Ideal Energy, co-founded by two Maharishi University of Management graduates, Troy Van Beek and his wife Amy Van Beek. IPTV describes the show, 'Iowa Entrepreneur - Ideal Energy': 'After returning home from active duty, a Navy SEAL sought an education in sustainability at a small Iowa university. Now, he and his wife work together, using renewable energy to sow the seeds of peace.' (more)

Optimization of brain functioning: Correlates of EEG coherence
17 November 2017 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's insight that EEG synchrony and coherence are of fundamental importance to brain physiology and the evolution of consciousness is verified by the array of benefits associated with EEG coherence, discovered by scientists working at Maharishi European Research University in the 1970s. Researchers had shown that Transcendental Meditation increases EEG coherence. Dr David Orme-Johnson, one of the principal researchers on the Transcendental Meditation technique worldwide, discusses what increased EEG coherence through TM means in practical terms of leading a more creative, intelligent, moral life. (more)

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Fake news spreads faster than true news on Twitter -- thanks to people, not bots
8 March 2018 - From Russian 'bots' to charges of fake news, headlines are awash in stories about dubious information going viral. You might think that bots -- automated systems that can share information online -- are to blame. But a new study shows that people are the prime culprits when it comes to the propagation of misinformation through social networks. And they're good at it, too: Tweets containing falsehoods reach 1,500 people on Twitter six times faster than truthful tweets, the research reveals. (more)

Scientists prove that truth is no match for fiction on Twitter
8 March 2018 - Researchers find fake news reaches users up to 20 times faster than factual content -- and real users are more likely to spread it than bots. 'Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it,' wrote Jonathan Swift in 1710. Now a group of scientists say they have found evidence Swift was right -- at least when it comes to Twitter. In the paper, published in the journal Science, three MIT researchers describe an analysis of a vast amount of Twitter data: more than 125,000 stories, tweeted more than 4.5 million times in total, all categorised as being true or false by at least one of six independent fact-checking organisations. (more)

Study finds false stories travel way faster than the truth
8 March 2018 - Twitter loves lies. A new study finds that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (more)

Monarch butterfly numbers off for 2nd year in Mexico
5 March 2018 - The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexican forests declined for a second consecutive year, a government official said Monday (5 March). The monarch butterflies' migration is measured by the area they cover in pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. Millions of the butterflies make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year. (more)

How America's clean coal dream unravelled
2 March 2018 - Kemper power plant promised to be a world leader in 'clean coal' technology but Guardian reporting found evidence top executives knew of construction problems and design flaws years before the scheme collapsed. High above the red dirt and evergreen trees of Kemper County, Mississippi, gleams a 15-story monolith of pipes surrounded by a town-sized array of steel towers and white buildings. The hi-tech industrial site juts out of the surrounding forest, its sharp silhouette out of place amid the gray crumbling roads, catfish stands, and trailer homes of nearby De Kalb, population: 1,164. The $7.5 billion Kemper power plant once drew officials from as far as Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Norway to marvel at a 21st-century power project so technologically complex its builder compared it to the moonshot of the 1960s. It's promise? Energy from 'clean coal'. .... It was a promise they wouldn't keep. (more)

Study: Snowpack has declined dramatically across U.S. West
2 March 2018 - Scientists have found dramatically declining snowpack across the American West over the past six decades that will likely cause water shortages in the region that cannot be managed by building new reservoirs, according to a study published Friday (2 March). Eastern Oregon and northern Nevada saw the worst decreases in snowpack over the span of the study. Individual sites in California, Montana, Idaho, Washington [state], and Arizona saw snowpack declines of more than 70 percent, the study found. (more)

US: Bosses at world's most ambitious clean coal plant kept problems secret for years
2 March 2018 - Disclosure regarding the $7.5 billion Kemper plant in Mississippi throws further cloud over promise of clean coal energy. Executives at the world's most ambitious 'clean coal' plant knew for years about serious design flaws and budget problems but sought to withhold key information from regulators before their plans collapsed, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. ... The documents show that Kemper's design faced what proved to be an insurmountable issue: it required vastly more maintenance downtime than originally predicted, and according to one 2014 report would be offline 45 per cent of its first five years rather than the 25 per cent the company had publicly projected. (more)

Drought inflicts mounting losses to crops in South Africa's Western Cape
1 March 2018 - A severe drought afflicting South Africa's Western Cape province is expected to cut agricultural output by 20 percent this year, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape, and pear exports to Europe, officials said on Thursday (1 March). Cape Town itself faces 'Day Zero' on July 9 when its taps could run dry. (more)

Siberian blizzards blast Britain and Ireland as Storm Emma approaches
1 March 2018 - Snow storms from Siberia blasted Britain and Ireland on Thursday with the worst weather since 1991, trapping several hundred motorists on roads in Scotland, closing thousands of schools, grounding planes, and halting trains. With up to 90 cm of snow and temperatures as low as minus 10.3 Celsius in Scotland, Britain, and Ireland issued their most severe red warnings which advise people to stay at home as travel is too dangerous. (more)

'Wacky' weather makes Arctic warmer than parts of Europe
26 February 2018 - A freak warming around the North Pole is sending a blast of Arctic cold over Europe in a sign of 'wacky' weather that may happen more often with man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday (26 February). Scientists say a long-term shrinking of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, linked to global warming, exposes warmer water below that releases more heat into the atmosphere. That in turn may be disrupting the high altitude jet stream. (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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