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Success: Transcendental Meditation helps get rid of stress: Seacoast Online reports

People worldwide are turning to Transcendental Meditation to alleviate stress, writes Anne M. Mozingo in, reporting on an introduction to TM given by teachers Bill and Joan Rist in New Hampshire, USA. Doctors routinely recommend the technique to patients, based on hundreds of scientific studies showing it reduces stress, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association conducted its own research on the effects of various forms of meditation and concluded that Transcendental Meditation is the only technique that works to reduce high blood pressure. While many learn for health reasons, said Bill Rist, 'some people learn TM because they want to realize more of who they are deep inside, they want to reach their full potential.'

Positive: NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a new exoplanet discovery: the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water - key to life as we know it - under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone. 'This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,' said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. 'Answering the question ''are we alone'' is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.'

Positive: - Interactive multimedia gallery highlights 'TRAPPIST-1' exoplanet discovery

News of an 'exoplanet' system called TRAPPIST-1 -- the most Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star outside our solar system, was announced yesterday at a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This system of seven rocky worlds -- all of them with the potential for water on their surface -- is an exciting discovery in the search for life on other worlds, expert panelists said. Coinciding with publication of the results in the journal Nature, NASA has made available on a wide range of online resources - including an extensive multimedia gallery of TRAPPIST-1 images, video, and interactive experiences.

African Farmer Delivers Water to Wild Animals During Drought

This pea farmer may not own the wild animals that he watches over, but he he has been praised as a hero for making sure that they don’t die of thirst. Patrick Kilonzo Mwala takes four trips across Kenya every week to refill a watering hole that nourishes the local
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New polar bear for Assiniboine Park Zoo

The Assiniboine Park Zoo's polar bear population
is set to grow by one.