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'People seem happier': how planting trees changed lives in a former coal community in the UK
9 December 2017 - The National Forest has not only transformed an industrial landscape, it has given people a new sense of belonging and wellbeing, created jobs, and boosted wildlife -- benefits that could be replicated across the country. The first tree in the National Forest was planted more than 25 years ago and now much of the land that spans Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Staffordshire is unrecognizable. (more)

Ocean meeting raises over $7 billion for marine protection
9 December 2017 - ... The European Union, which organized the Our Ocean conference in the Maltese capital of Valletta, its 28 member states, and its EIB investment bank gave almost half those financial commitments, about $3.4 billion. Representatives from businesses, almost 100 countries and others pushed the total up to the unprecedented level. [The conference was held on 5 and 6 October.] (more)

More than 200 nations promise to stop ocean plastic waste
6 December 2017 - More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday (6 December) to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding treaty. Eight million tonnes of plastic ... are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, said the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which organized the meeting. (more)

Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies
6 December 2017 - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island ... In early October, Digital Journal began reporting on the number of entrepreneurs, volunteers solar energy companies, and tech companies that had stepped up to aid Puerto Rico in restoring the power grid and cell phone access. And the efforts have not stopped. For example, OHorizons is sending 25,000 solar lights with batteries and charging systems that generate up to 15 hours of power per charge, as well as 75 solar refrigeration units ... (more)

US: Tucson airport marks completion of 'iconic' solar array
6 December 2017 - The Tucson (Arizona) Airport Authority on Wednesday (6 December) the completion of a solar-energy array over its hourly and daily parking lots. The solar array will offset upwards of 50 percent of energy needs for Tucson International Airport's terminal. The project was started in 2013 with a first phase of 1 megawatt (AC) of photovoltaic panels going up in an arced array that shades hundreds of hourly and daily parking spaces in from of the terminal. (more)

Some of the UK's trains could be running on solar power by 2020
5 December 2017 - If you live south of London, chances are your train journey could soon be powered by solar energy. ... New research by Imperial College and green energy charity 10:10, has found that solar energy could supply ten per cent of the power needed to fuel the UK's DC-powered rail routes. On top of this, six per cent of the London Underground's energy demand could also be supplied by solar-power. (more)

Solarcentury and the chocolate factory; company to build 2.35MWp of solar in Nigeria
4 December 2017 - UK based developer Solarcentury is constructing a 2.35MWp solar project for a Tulip Cocoa Processing (TCP) chocolate factory in Nigeria, North East of Lagos. The project is under a turnkey contract where Solarcentury will also take responsibility for maintenance and operations. The project will consist of solar installations part of which will be roof-mounted and partly ground-mounted, within TCP's operational factories. Solarcentury's Nigeria project is unique as there are very few MW-scale distributed generation and energy storage projects in sub-Sahara Africa. (more)

Spanish and Indian solar associations collaborate
4 December 2017 - Spanish solar association UNEF has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) to support each other in promoting solar energy and defending the interests of the sector in both countries. The collaboration agreement includes cooperation in commercial missions as well as exchange of good practice and technical and regulatory information. (more)

US: New York Governor announces $3.5 million in funding for EV adoption support initiatives
3 December 2017 - The Governor of New York State, Andrew M Cuomo, has announced the availability of $3.5 million in new funding for those pursuing means of increasing the rate at which plug-in electric vehicles are adopted; those pursuing the price reduction of electric vehicle charging station installation and operation; and those pursuing ways of using electric vehicles to improve the resiliency of the grid. The new funding is intended to help in the achievement of the New York State governor's goals to slash the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 (as compared to 1990 levels). (more)

US: New York claims country's largest solar project dedicated to a ski resort
1 December 2017 - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), and Borrego Solar have announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort's 5.3 MW solar array in Washington County, New York. According to NYSERDA, the state-backed project represents the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation and supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal to have 50 percent of New York's electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. (more)


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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)

Physicist Amanda Weltman: Using knowledge for good
14 November 2017 - Award-winning physicist Amanda Wellman first learned Transcendental Meditation as a child, then returned to the practice in 2008: 'It was a time in my life when TM was really most welcomed and I found that it helped me to settle my mind at times when it can feel overfull or harried. A settled calm mind is of extraordinary value to anyone but especially for me as a mother and a scientist.' In a recent interview Dr Weltman explored the many ways physics benefits society, especially through technology - plus her love of mathematics, problem-solving, and 'understanding the world around me. Physics is the most precise way to do this.' The Next Einstein Forum Fellow promotes science education and is actively engaged in organizations in several countries to implement programmes for girls. She says, 'we should all be finding ways to improve ourselves. That is the only place we can start, and, in that way, we can slowly change the world.' (more)

Log home in Australia built according to principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture
25 October 2017 - The unique construction of a log home in Australia is featured in the current newsletter of Maharishi Vastu Architecture -- building in according with ancient principles of Natural Law. The construction company, Estonia Log Homes, first built the house in Estonia for quality control of precise Vedic measurements, then dis-assembled and shipped the home to New South Wales. The owner and a local builder worked alongside four Estonians who travelled to Australia especially for the project. After a few days the workmen returned to Estonia and the owner said, 'I was left alone to enjoy the quiet and the very strong feeling of silence in the new house even though it still had no roof. It is very simple, ingenious process and a joy to be able to see and appreciate how it is all connected and constructed.' View photos and links to more Maharishi Vastu projects. (more)

The discovery that EEG coherence increases during Transcendental Meditation
30 September 2017 - Dr David Orme-Johnson continues his review of groundbreaking research on brain activity during Transcendental Meditation in the EEG lab at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the early 1970s. This work 'laid the foundation for measuring brain orderliness during the experience of transcending, and greatly expanded our knowledge of Transcendental Consciousness,' Dr Orme-Johnson said. The pioneering application of computers to calculate a precise measure of brain wave synchrony called coherence showed that the alpha1 EEG brain waves, which research had found to increase during TM and to be synchronous, were highly coherent across the brain. This work 'allowed us, and scientific research in general, to remove subjective judgement, and to detect and explore more subtle changes in global brain dynamics'. (more)

How transcending optimizes your brain: Revolutionary TM research advanced the science of human potential
12 September 2017 - What happens to the brain when we practise Transcendental Meditation and transcend? Do we experience a new state of consciousness that's different from waking, dreaming, or sleeping? If so, how does that help us realize our highest human potential? 'These were some of the questions that our group of international researchers were trying to answer in the 1970s,' writes David Orme-Johnson, PhD, one of the principal researchers on the Transcendental Meditation technique worldwide, with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. 'Based at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Swiss and French Alps, we were on a quest to create a scientific portrait of Transcendental Consciousness' - the state experienced during practice of the TM technique. (more)

Enlightened buildings and communities for health and happiness: Groundbreaking conference to be held in Florida
3 August 2017 - The first annual conference on 'Developing Enlightened Buildings and Communities: How Vedic Architecture, Community Design, and Green Building Influence Health, Happiness, and Lifestyle,' will be held 8-10 September in Orlando, Florida. Real estate professionals from around the world will explore the most innovative ideas in real estate development and their impact on communities and inhabitants. The conference will integrate Maharishi Vastu - the architectural and community planning science of ancient India - with recent lifestyle trends such as sustainability, community building, and wellness. Speakers include prominent architects and award-winning real estate developers including Jeffrey Abramson, a partner in the Tower Companies, who developed the first 200,000 square-foot Maharishi Vastu, LEED Platinum office building in the world. (more)


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Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them
9 December 2017 - A relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean, and fisheries biologists in Idaho think they know why. The Department of Fish and Game in information released this week says water chemistry at the Springfield Hatchery in eastern Idaho is so different from that in the central region that the young fish can't adjust when released into the wild. (more)

US: 5 ruffed grouse test positive for West Nile Virus in Michigan
9 December 2017 - State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state's ruffed grouse population. West Nile Virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. (more)

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study
5 December 2017 - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday (5 December) said. As temperatures rise, the Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice-free within two or three decades, resulting in more of the sun's heat being stored in the Arctic Ocean, leading to atmospheric circulation changes and cloud formations in the tropical Pacific that move north. The recent five-year drought cost California's farmers billions of dollars in lost production, slashed seasonal agriculture jobs by the thousands, and spiked electricity bills for residents as hydroelectric systems failed. (more)

Somalia's Puntland region declares state of emergency over drought
5 December 2017 - Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland declared a state of emergency on Tuesday (5 December) and appealed for food and water because of shortages triggered by a severe drought. Drought has gripped large parts of the Horn of Africa country this year and the United Nations says children face acute malnutrition. The crisis is compounded by al Shabaab's Islamist insurgency that seeks to topple the central government that is backed by African Union peacekeepers and the West. (more)

US: California communities under siege from wind-driven fires
5 December 2017 - Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday (5 December) for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people. The most damaging fire was in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles ... The fires in Ventura County lit up hillsides and spread rapidly Monday evening ... As the sun rose Tuesday, the first of at least three additional Southern California fires broke out, fueled by stiff winds that prevented firefighting aircraft most of the day from dumping water to protect homes or attack the march of flames. The fires came just eight weeks after the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in state history burned through Northern California ... and destroyed 8,900 homes and other buildings. Fires are not typical in Southern California this time of year but can break out when dry vegetation and too little rain combine with the Santa Ana winds. Hardly any measurable rain has fallen in the region over the past six months. (more)

US: Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire
5 December 2017 - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday (5 December) as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames. The blaze, dubbed the Thomas Fire, broke out on Monday evening in the foothills above Ventura. Winds quickly drove it west into the city some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. By Tuesday evening it remained zero percent contained, and had charred more than 50,000 acres, fire officials said. (more)

Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows
29 November 2017 - The world's most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research. The work is significant because it is the first direct evidence that neonicotinoids can harm songbirds and their migration, and it adds to small but growing research suggesting the pesticides may damage wildlife far beyond bees and other insects. (more)

U.S. scientists take step toward creating artificial life
29 November 2017 - In a major step toward creating artificial life, U.S. researchers have developed a living organism that incorporates both natural and artificial DNA and is capable of creating entirely new, synthetic proteins. The work, published in the journal Nature, brings scientists closer to the development of designer proteins made to order in a laboratory. Previous work by Floyd Romesberg, a chemical biologist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, showed that it was possible to expand the genetic alphabet of natural DNA beyond its current four letters: adenine(A), cytosine(C), guanine (G) and thymine(T). 'This is the first time ever a cell has translated a protein using something other than G, C, A or T,' Romesberg said. 'It's the first change to life ever made.' (more)

Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries
22 November 2017 - A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year. Scientists say a 'loss of night' in many countries is having negative consequences for 'flora, fauna, and human well-being'. Since the satellite sensor does not 'see' the bluer light that humans can see, the increases in brightness that we experience will be even greater than what the researchers were able to measure. (more)

AP Explains: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague
16 November 2017 - Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. . . . The U.S. isn't alone. Many countries are experiencing 'disturbing trends of increasing bloom incidence' and growing economic losses, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. (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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