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US: SamTrans prepares to roll out 10 electric buses in fleet-replacement program
21 October 2018 - A new battery-powered electric bus pulled out of the driveway at SamTrans' San Carlos headquarters Monday morning (15 October), its motor purring as it turned left onto El Camino Real. Designed by Burlingame manufacturer Proterra Inc., the bus is a replica of 10 that will roll out on the Peninsula next year, the first batch in the agency's effort to convert its entire fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2032. (more)

Lidija Sekaric is solar's jack of all trades
20 October 2018 - Bucking convention that someone could only be a generalist or a specialist, Dr. Lidija Sekaric is solar's jack of all trades. Sekaric earned her PhD in applied physics, holds thirty U.S. patents, and has over forty scientific publications. In response to climate change, Sekaric brought her research scientist background to focus on solar in 2009, and she has been working in renewable energy ever since. (more)

US: 10 states now get at least 20 per cent of their electricity from solar and wind
19 October 2018 - Solar and wind energy now generate more than 20 per cent of electricity in 10 states, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Iowa is at the top of the list, with 37 per cent of its electricity coming from wind and solar in 2017, followed by Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, all above 30 per cent, PV Magazine reported. (more)

Inside the 'Nicest Place in America,' a refugee-owned falafel shop in Tennessee
11 October 2018 - A falafel restaurant opened by a Syrian refugee in Tennessee has become a pillar in his community, and a gathering place for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come together over food. Yassin's Falafel House in Knoxville was the winner of this year's Reader's Digest Nicest Place in America accolade. The sign posted at the entrance to Terou's restaurant reads: 'All sizes, all colors, all ages, all sexes, all cultures, all religions, all types, all beliefs, all people, safe here at Yassin's Falafel House.' (more)

World: In two months, Ikea sold 1 million of its new veggie hot dogs
11 October 2018 - At the food counter past the checkout lanes at Ikea stores, where the company sells giant frozen yogurt cones for a dollar and other snacks to keep guests satiated and ready to buy more sofas, it's now possible to buy a hot dog for just 75 cents. And the hot dog has no meat in it at all. Made from a blend of kale, red lentils, carrots, and ginger, and served on a soft bun slathered in sweet and spicy mustard, pickled red cabbage, and crispy onions, the vegan dog (the bun makes it just vegetarian) is designed in part to appeal to a growing number of customers who want to eat healthier and plant-based food. But it's also part of Ikea's much larger ambition to cut its carbon footprint. (more)

The Magic Kingdom is going green
9 October 2018 - The Walt Disney Company is just months away from generating enough renewable solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida, USA. However, Disney's solar and renewable efforts are not limited to Florida. In Tokyo, Disneyland's electrical parade light show is fueled by solar panels from eight building rooftops, which generate more than 600 kilowatts of power. In Europe, Disneyland Paris uses geothermal energy to power two of its theme parks and a hotel. (more)

US economists win Nobel prize for work on climate and growth
8 October 2018 - The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said William Nordhaus and Paul Romer were being honoured for their research into two of the most 'basic and pressing' economic issues of the age. The academy said that the two men had won the prize, which is not one of those originally instigated by Alfred Nobel, because they had 'designed methods for addressing some of our time's most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable economic growth'. The two men, it continued, had 'significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge'. (more)

US: Soon, gas stations will also have electric vehicle chargers
8 October 2018 - In the not-too-distant future, your local gas station may have chargers for electric cars near the gas pumps. Gilbarco Veeder-Root -- one of the largest suppliers of fuel dispensers to gas stations -- just invested in Tritium, an electric vehicle charging company. More electric cars sold in the U.S. in 2017 than ever before, and 2018 is on track to break that record. Tesla's Model 3 is the best-selling car, by revenue, in the country. In China last year, drivers bought nearly four times more electric cars than U.S. drivers. In Norway, electric cars and hybrids made up more than half of all vehicle sales. Overall, 40 per cent of Europeans say their next car will be electric. (more)

2018 National Drive Electric Week was a huge success
4 October 2018 - Record-breaking 'National Drive Electric Week' drew over 180,000 attendees this year. According to Mary Lunetta (via Sierra Club's Compass), 'In its eighth annual celebration, National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) broke every record, with more than 180,000 people attending 321 events in three nations and all 50 states [in the United States].' (more)

Here are the winners of the 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants
4 October 2018 - What could possibly bring together a painter, an economist, a pastor, and a planetary scientist? If you ask the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the answer is simpler than you may think: They've all shown creativity, potential for future achievements -- and the likelihood that $625,000, meted out over five years, will help them complete their grand designs. (more)


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Italy: Wellness leaders look to evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique at Global Wellness Summit
20 October 2018 - Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, best-selling author, and veteran teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, was a keynote speaker at the recent 2018 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Italy, the world's leading conference on this topic. Citing the 'dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders' including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, he said, 'We desperately need to include into everyone's tool box more practical, evidence-based approaches' such as TM, that improve mental wellness and behaviour. Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO, said, 'There's so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress reduction, mental focus, and greater resilience. . . . it's the quickest way to reduce stress that I've ever experienced.' (more)

Why am I so anxious? Dr Norman Rosenthal talks about anxiety in women and how TM helps prevent it
16 October 2018 - World-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author Norman E Rosenthal discusses many factors that contribute to increased anxiety in women. Describing his experience treating anxiety in his own practice, he cites research on the Transcendental Meditation technique showing reduced blood pressure and improvement on other physiological measures demonstrating TM's role in 'buffering your response to stress'. He recommends TM to his patients, including many women who have noted its benefits in promoting 'more clear-headedness . . . . things go easier, they don't hassle as much, and they're not upset as easily or anxious as readily.' (more)

New reference guide summarizes 227 books by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
12 October 2018 - Maharishi University of Management PhD alumnus Lee Fergusson has recently published a book that summarizes each of 227 books by, or attributable to, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi published between 1955 and the present. 'The purpose of this guide is to provide the reader-researcher with information and background material on the published works of Maharishi and to furnish an appropriate context in which this significant body of work can systematically be accessed and comprehended for future scholarly benefit' and for the advancement of Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology, Dr Fergusson said. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation gives me mental clarity like nothing else
9 October 2018 - After Tara Gardner moved from London to Chicago - 'forging a new career as a freelance editor with a bazillion deadlines', and seeking 'a break from the cranial quicksand of daily life' - she tried diets and various meditation techniques, and finally discovered a video of filmmaker David Lynch talking about Transcendental Meditation. After learning TM, she found 'the fog lifting, the clarity coming through, and my thoughts becoming more ordered. The daily juggling act began to feel smoother and more efficient.' (more)

Live on Facebook: 'What Is Consciousness Really?' - Dr Tony Nader, Sunday 7 October
6 October 2018 - How would you answer the question, 'What is consciousness?' Join Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, this Sunday, 7 October, in an interactive Facebook Live event - for an insightful discussion on the origins and structure of human consciousness. Dr. Nader is an MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist, one of the world's great Vedic scholars, and head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations. He has spent the last 40 years probing the deepest truths of life - both as a world-renowned medical doctor and brain researcher and as an expert in meditation, yoga, and consciousness. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. US Eastern Daylight Time, 3:00 pm Central Europe Time. (more)

In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi presents the key to successful relationships
5 October 2018 - In one chapter of his book Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains how practising Transcendental Meditation forms a basis for fulfilling relationships. Featuring an extended quote from this section, 'The Art of Behaviour', Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA, highlights the role of anxiety-free, stress-free relationships for well-being and happiness. Maharishi writes, 'The fundamental of good social behaviour is the strong, clear, and contented mind of the individual, which . . . easily develop through the simple system of Transcendental Meditation.' Maharishi's book gives the key to good health, right action, clear, effective thinking and speaking, and life in freedom, Hoffman says - 'all based on the experience of the transcendent field of Being located within you during the practice of the TM technique'. (more)

Watch Live, 4 October: 'Silence the Violence' Town Hall - TM to reduce stress, heal trauma, build community
3 October 2018 - You are invited to view 'Silence the Violence', a compelling Town Hall meeting to be webcast live - Thursday, 4 October, 10:00 am-12 noon US EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) from Washington, D.C. Leading doctors, researchers, educators and community leaders will discuss the impact of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and curbing the rise of violence in America today. The event will be livestreamed from the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Theater in Southeast Washington. The David Lynch Foundation is a resident partner on THEARC's campus and operates The Meditation Center @ THEARC. (more)

Sunday, 30 September: Live-streaming Transcendental Meditation Introductory talk, Q and A with TM teacher Bob Roth
29 September 2018 - This Sunday, 30 September, attend a live-streaming Transcendental Meditation introductory talk with Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation and author of the best-selling book Strength in Stillness. The TM 'intro' talk, usually given in person, is the first step toward learning the TM technique. This is a special opportunity to do this online, from the comfort of your own home. Over the past 45 years, Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation to thousands of people, including corporate CEOs, entertainment personalities, combat veterans, and inner-city youth. After a 15-20 minute talk including how TM reduces stress and anxiety, improves brain function, and is different from other meditations, he will remain online to answer questions. (more)

September is Self-Improvement Month: How TM can help improve mind, body, emotions, and behaviour
13 September 2018 - 'There is a simple way to do one-stop shopping to accomplish self-improvement,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Her suggestion for 'how to improve your mind, body, emotional life, behaviour, and job performance in one stroke: learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. TM is an effortless method that allows your mind to settle inward to the most silent and peaceful level of experience, your authentic innermost Self. . . . Almost 400 peer-reviewed studies have shown that regular TM practice improves our life through a wide range of personal benefits - decreased anxiety and depression, improved memory and clearer thinking, reduced high blood pressure, decreased illness, longer lifespan and more harmonious relationships.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management graduate promotes innovation in education
10 September 2018 - 'Teaching is not what you do, it's who you are,' says Barbara Hays, who graduated this year as Valedictorian at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA and received the Outstanding Student Award in Education. Barbara moved to Fairfield in 1996, so that her three children could attend Maharishi School. After 14 years of teaching science and math there, she decided to obtain her education degree at MUM. She says, 'The number one thing I learned at Maharishi School and MUM is that if you are well-rested, children are delightful. . . . I don't know how public school teachers teach without being able to practise Transcendental Meditation. It's such an essential tool. Especially for teachers.' (more)


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China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers, report claims
4 October 2018 - A Chinese military unit has been inserting tiny microchips into computer servers used by companies including Apple and Amazon that give China unprecedented backdoor access to computers and data, according to a new Bloomberg report. The tiny chips, as small as the tip of a sharpened pencil and designed to be undetectable without specialist equipment, were implanted on to the motherboards of servers on the production line in China, the report in Bloomberg Businessweek said. (more)

The Big Hack: How China used a tiny chip to infiltrate U.S. companies
4 October 2018 - The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America's technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. ... Nested on the servers' motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn't part of the boards' original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental's servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA's drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers. (more)

Huge Facebook breach leaves thousands of other apps vulnerable
2 October 2018 - Remember the Facebook hack last week that compromised at least 50m accounts? It's worse than you think. Last Friday (28 September), the social media company revealed a vulnerability that allowed attackers to steal automated log-in credentials (or 'tokens'). The tokens make it easier for people to log into popular apps and services like Spotify, Pinterest, or Yelp. The flaw, which has been present since July 2017, was discovered last month after Facebook engineers noticed unusual login activity. (more)

While America wages war on opioids, meth makes its comeback
28 September 2018 - For Capt. Mark Wollmershauser Jr. and the Tulsa Police Department, the late-2000s and early 2010s were an extremely dangerous time. In Oklahoma, a state that is no stranger to the scourge of methamphetamine addiction, those years were the heyday of the 'shake and bake' method -- a rudimentary way of making meth . . . But Wollmershauser said that didn't spell the end of Tulsa's meth problem. In fact, officials across the state say they are seizing meth that is purer, cheaper, and in greater quantities than ever before, with most of it coming from south of the border. (more)

Almost one in 11 U.S. tweens and teens vape cannabis
17 September 2018 - Roughly one in 11 American middle and high school students have used cannabis in e-cigarettes, a study suggests. Nearly one in three young e-cigarette users said they had tried cannabis with e-cigarettes at least once, survey results showed. Overall, almost 9 percent of students had vaped marijuana, including 4.5 percent of students in middle school and 12.4 percent of students in high school. (more)

US: Rains from Hurricane Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill
16 September 2018 - Duke Energy said Saturday (15 September) night that heavy rains from Hurricane Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. ...The coal-fired Sutton plant was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating millions of tons of ash from old waste pits and removing it to safer lined landfills constructed on the property. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. There are at least two other coal-fired Duke plants in North Carolina that are likely to affected by the storm. (more)

US: Swollen North Carolina rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears
16 September 2018 - As rain from Hurricane Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday (16 September), raising pollution concerns. Such farms typically have large pits filled with hog urine and feces that can cause significant water contamination if breached or overtopped by floodwaters. State environmental regulators said Sunday they had not yet received any reports of spills. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an 'on-going situation,' with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with soil were inundated by the Neuse River. (more)

Documents: University deal with Foxconn largely confidential
13 September 2018 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Foxconn Technology Group will manage their new research partnership largely behind closed doors, documents detailing the agreement show. Foxconn and UW-Madison announced plans in August to create a technology institute on campus as well as a research facility in Mount Pleasant, where the Taiwanese electronics giant is constructing a massive flat-screen manufacturing facility with the help of up to $3.2 billion in state incentives. ... 'The UW is a public institution that is supposed to represent the public interest,' [Bill Leuders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council,] wrote in his email. 'Creating layers of secrecy over what it is doing under contract with Foxconn is contrary to that ideal.' (more)

Severe delivery complications on the rise among U.S. pregnant women
5 September 2018 - An increasing proportion of U.S. women are experiencing serious and potentially life-threatening complications while giving birth, government researchers report. Between 2006 and 2015, rates of severe complications rose by 45 percent overall, according to a report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). (more)

US: Children taking multiple medications at risk for severe reactions
28 August 2018 - Nearly one in five American children use at least one prescription medication, and roughly one in 13 kids takes more than one prescription drug, according to a new study. And among the children taking more than one medication, one in 12 is at risk of a harmful drug interaction, researchers report in Pediatrics. Adolescent girls are most at risk of adverse reactions, including a potentially deadly heart condition, the researchers found. (more)

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