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Birds learn another 'language' by eavesdropping on neighbors
3 August 2018 - For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death. Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other species' chatter. Birds, for example, can learn to flee when neighbors cluck 'hawk!' -- or, more precisely, emit a distress call. (more)

Rare blue diamonds may be Earth's deepest secret
1 August 2018 - Blue diamonds comprise only about 0.02 percent of mined diamonds but include some of the world's most famous jewels. ... research published on Wednesday (1 August) in the journal Nature [examines] these exceptionally scarce and valuable gems. Scientists analyzed 46 blue diamonds ... and determined that they can form at depths of at least 410 miles (660 km), reaching into a part of the Earth's interior called the lower mantle. Tiny mineral fragments trapped inside them provided clues about the birthplace of the diamonds. (more)

The peculiar math that could underlie the laws of nature
28 July 2018 - New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called 'octonions.' Cohl Furey, a mathematical physicist at the University of Cambridge, is finding links between the Standard Model of particle physics and the octonions, numbers whose multiplication rules are encoded in a triangular diagram called the Fano plane. (more)

Einstein's theory of relativity passes yet another test
26 July 2018 - More than a century after Albert Einstein proposed it, his theory of general relativity has passed another test. With giant telescopes pointed at the center of our galaxy, a team of European researchers observed a fast-moving star that got close to a monstrous black hole. They saw that the black hole distorted the light waves from the star in a way that agrees with Einstein's theory. (more)

Five amazing female scientists you've probably never heard of
25 July 2018 - Jess Wade's work to add women in science to Wikipedia demonstrates the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) role models for young people. We know that, for example, role models play a crucial part in developing girls' and women's interests. Studies by Girlguiding UK have shown that girls value role models and that a lack of role models puts them off careers such as engineering. Here are five amazing and inspiring women in science whose work and achievements make them great role models for us all. (more)

Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years
24 July 2018 - Now's the time to catch Mars in the night sky. Next week, the red planet is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. The two planets will be just 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) apart next Tuesday (31 July). Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more -- and appear bigger -- as Tuesday nears. Astronomers expect good viewing through early August. (more)

Banks get tools to spot human traffickers moving illicit profits
19 July 2018 - A set of sophisticated tools will help financial institutions uncover profits from human trafficking -- estimated at $150 billion per year -- that are moving through their systems, an anti-trafficking coalition said on Thursday (19 July). Tools to detect suspicious transactions will allow companies to more easily spot traffickers using their banking or money-moving services to handle profits, said organizers of United States Banks Alliance. The United States Banks Alliance, which launched the initiative, was put together by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. (more)

U.N. pact offers hope to world's climate migrants
19 July 2018 - Be it by flood, drought, or hurricane, communities at risk of climate displacement have won vital protection after their plight was for the first time recognized in a global pact on migration, campaigners say. The United Nations agreed last Friday to draw up the migration compact to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country. Now campaigners want nations to follow up the new recognition with concrete action. (more)

Antarctic IceCube observatory tracks a single neutrino to solve cosmic ray puzzle (+video)
12 July 2018 - An array of detectors buried under a half-mile-wide stretch of Antarctic ice has traced the path of a single neutrino back to a supermassive black hole in a faraway galaxy, shedding light on a century-old cosmic ray mystery in the process. .... Neutrinos are different: They don't carry an electrical charge, have virtually no mass, and interact so weakly with other types of matter that they typically pass right through anything that gets in their way -- including stars and planets. That means they travel in a straight line from their source. (more)

Ghostly particles give scientists new understanding of universe
12 July 2018 - A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets, and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos. Researchers on Thursday (12 July) said they have for the first time located a deep-space source for these ubiquitous subatomic particles. They detected high-energy neutrinos in pristine ice deep below Antarctica's surface, then traced their source back to a giant elliptical galaxy with a massive, rapidly spinning black hole at its core, called a blazar, located 3.7 billion light years from Earth in the Orion constellation. (more)


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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)

Silence and dynamism - The basis of progress
21 August 2014 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains that Transcendental Meditation is a process to 'bring the mind back to silence, and from there release the thought. Bring the mind back to silence, and then you have a lively basis for the projection of a thought, lively basis for the sprouting of a thought. Then the thought will be promoted by the infinite creative intelligence of Natural Law. That is the theme. Let the thought be promoted from a lively field at the basis of all evolutionary process, which is the field of silence.' (more)


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E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells
15 August 2018 - The vapor from e-cigarettes may boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lungs, while disabling key cellular defenders against infection, a new study suggests. (more)

World at risk of heading toward irreversible 'hothouse' state
6 August 2018 - The world is at risk of entering 'hothouse' conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees Celsius higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists said in a study published on Monday (6 August). (more)

Marijuana smoking by parents tied to risk of psychotic episodes in children
2 August 2018 - Cannabis (marijuana) use by mothers or fathers during pregnancy, or even only before pregnancy, is associated with an increased risk of psychotic-like episodes in their children, a Dutch study suggests. ... pot use by mothers and fathers carried similar risk, and a mother's use before pregnancy had the same effect as use during pregnancy ... (more)

Rising heat will chill poor countries' economies, costing billions
2 August 2018 - Rising temperatures in a warming world will cost poor countries tens of billions of dollars annually as they are less able to keep their workers cool, analysts said on Thursday (2 August). ... By examining energy infrastructure with temperature data and projected urban population growth, researchers said workers in Africa and Asia would be most affected by rising heat. This drop in productivity equates to an annual loss of $78 billion a year in South East Asia, and nearly $10 billion in West Africa, the consultancy's report said. (more)

Superbugs now also becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants
1 August 2018 - Multidrug-resistant 'superbugs' that can cause dangerous infections in hospitals are becoming increasingly resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants designed to hold them at bay, scientists said. Their findings were published on Wednesday (1 August) in the journal Science Translational Medicine. (more)

Most people think world is more dangerous than two years ago - survey
11 July 2018 - Concerns have risen over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction. Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released on Tuesday (10 July). (more)

Air pollution contributes significantly to diabetes globally: Even low pollution levels can pose health risk
30 June 2018 - New research links outdoor air pollution -- even at levels deemed safe -- to an increased risk of diabetes globally, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. The findings raise the possibility that reducing pollution may lead to a drop in diabetes cases in heavily polluted countries such as India and less polluted ones such as the United States. (more)

Factbox: Which are the world's 10 most dangerous countries for women?
26 June 2018 - India was named as the world's most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts released on Tuesday (26 June). The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues ranked war-torn Afghanistan and Syria in second and third place, with Somalia, and Saudi Arabia next. The survey was a repeat of a similar poll in 2011 which ranked the most dangerous countries for women as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia. (more)

India the most dangerous country to be a woman, US ranks 10th in survey
26 June 2018 - India is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman . . . a new survey of experts shows. The Thomson Reuters Foundation released its results Tuesday (26 June) of a survey of 550 experts on women's issues . . . Nine of the 10 countries on the list were from Asia, the Middle East, or Africa. At number 10 was the United States, the only Western country to be included. In April, thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand better protection for women ... (more)

Democracies facing crisis of faith: survey
21 June 2018 - The world's democracies are facing a severe crisis of public faith, according to the conclusions of a large study published on Thursday (21 June). Index 2018, found that trust in governments appears even lower among people in democracies than in states deemed by the firm to be undemocratic. 'Right now the biggest risk for democracies is that the public no longer sees them as democratic,' said Nico Jaspers, CEO of Dalia Research. When asked 'do you feel that your government is acting in your interest?' 64 percent of respondents living in democracies said 'rarely' or 'never'. In non-democracies 41 percent said the same, according to the study, based on 125,000 respondents in 50 countries. (more)

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