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The thought of transitioning from the bitter cold of winter to the warm, welcoming temperature of spring, is a very comforting thought. When the weather is able to melt the away the snow, we will be able to hear the birds chirping, smell the aroma of daffodils blossoming, see the sun shine through the budding branches of trees, and taste the crisp light air that alleviates any dark mood. Unfortunately, the life that comes with warmth could potentially lead us to danger, specifically the warmth that comes from global warming.
Very recently in Siberia, scientist were able to discover a new/prehistoric virus which they have classified as a Pithovirus. This old virus has been considered abnormal due to its immense size (equaling to the size of common bacteria). What is stranger about this large pathogen is that it lacks the biological functions that other microorganism of that size possess. Despite the fact that human beings are not equipped with natural defenses to combat such an ancient pathogen, information surrounding the Pithovirus indicates that it does not present any immediate harm to humans. According to experimentation, this virus does not attack multicellular organisms and only targets unicellular beings like amoebas.
This recent discovery is fascinating in a historical context, but the repercussion of such a discovery can lead to a very hazardous future. While this new discovery can be considered harmless, it can also be seen as a bullet dodged for humanity. The fact that such organisms can survive frozen can open up the possibility that an unknown pathogen is awaiting in the snow that could bypass the human immune system and be lethal. With the threat of global warming increasing over the years, the melting of frigid environments (such as the permafrost ground in Siberia) can release potential problems for the future.
So while we might be happy with the fact that the wintertime ice will be dissolving soon, we must tread the future with caution in regards to global warming in general. It is always good to discover things that may have been around before the existence of humanity, but what good are these discoveries if it could put us in jeopardy?
During her trip, Michelle Obama, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and her daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, will visit several high schools and universities to talk to students about culture and education.
“My husband and I take the time to visit countries like China because we know that today, more than ever before, our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world,” said the first Lady in her blog.
Michelle Obama have been over the past five years to a significant number of countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, including Mexico, India, South Africa and Ireland, where she focused on the importance of education.
“No matter what country we live in, we’re all facing so many of the same challenges from ensuring that students get a good education; to fighting poverty, hunger and disease; to addressing threats to our planet like climate change,” said the First Lady.
“That’s why everywhere I go, whether it’s here in the U.S. or abroad, I meet with young people to hear about your challenges, hopes and dreams and that’s what I’ll be doing in China as well.”
Besides visiting a high school in Chengdu and a university and a high school in Beijing, Michelle Obama will stop at some important historical and cultural sites in China, sharing with the American students her stories from China and people she met there.
The First Lady is encouraging students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip by signing up for updates throughout the visit. View the First Lady’s message to students here, the White House reports.
“I’ll be posting a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos, and I’ll be taking and answering questions from kids across America as I go,” said Michelle Obama.
Spiders are extraordinary creatures that provide many benefits for the environment around us. These benefits can range from catching annoying insects that plague our homes to entertaining boyfriends by scaring their girlfriends. Despite having these bonuses, people do not tend to associate medicine and clothing as one of the wall-crawler’s many perks.
Though spider silk (the material found in their webbing) is nothing new to the scientific community, current research on the subject has shed light on new properties that can be used publicly rather than merely being research. The specific strain of spider silk that scientist have focused on is the silk that belongs to the golden orb spider, whose silk has high doses of vitamin K (fantastic for bone growth) and is a natural disinfectant. Many health related organizations have begun utilizing these properties to aid in joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or other afflictions.
While the healing wonders of spider silk is being focused on the knee, according to Dr. Nick Skaer, the potential for the silk of golden orb spiders is unlimited. He suggests that not only could it aid in the healing of joint pain in the hip, shoulder, or ankle, but one day can even help repair nerve damage (For his interview from CNN, Click Here).
Medicine is not the only frontier that spider silk commands. Many health orientated clothing companies have started to manufacture athletic clothing with spider silk fiber weaved into the fabric. This new trend is definitely worth the investment for these companies because the organic component of the weaved-in spider silk provides a very durable comfort (the silk from golden orb spiders is VERY strong) and the antiseptic properties provide constant skin care. For example, if you wished to exercise with some sort of cut, the spider fabric acts as a band-aid supplying constant relief and constantly cleaning the cut.
The formation of spider silk products being introduced into the marketplace is definitely going to make an impact on the future and it would be wise to monitor the further benefits that can come from using this material. So, if you start to feel sudden joint pain or are seeking a better workout outfit, just go look for that web in the back of your kitchen cabinet.
Russian parliament approved on Saturday President’s Vladimir Putin demand to invade Crimea under the pretext of protecting the Russians from the Ukrainian peninsula.
In response, the Ukrainian National Security Council ordered the mobilization of its army on full combat alert and asked for help from NATO, this being the first confrontation between the West and Russia from the end of the Cold War.
The new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who is leading the new government after Vicktor Yanukovych fled, said that “this is the red alert, this is not a threat, this is actually a declaration of war”, BBC reports. He added that Russian military actions will mean the end of the relations between Ukraine and Russia and the beginning of war.
United States’ reaction
President Obama expressed his deep concern regarding the reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation towards Ukraine. Obama spoke several days ago with Putin, making clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of Ukrainian people and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.
“It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,“ said Obama.
While both the West and Russia declared to prefer avoiding war and solve the problem peacefully, Russia says that the newly formed Ukrainian government is far-right extremist with anti-Semitic, neo-fascist and xenophobic views, BBC reports.
Ukraine, former USSR member, has had a strong relationship with Russia, both economically and politically. As the result of a deal that was renewed by the former Ukrainian president in 2010, the Ukrainian Peninsula Crimea hosts a Russian naval base in return for cheap natural gas supplied by Russia.
The former President Yanukovych refused to sign in November 2013 a deal between the European Union and Ukraine which would have pushed forward the European integration for Ukraine and break down the ties with Russia. As a result, in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, peaceful protests transformed into violent riots, where the government used lethal forces to calm down the protesters. The clashes resulted in many deaths.
On Feb. 22, 2014, Yanukovych, fled the country to seek refuge in Russia. Meanwhile, the parliament voted a new pro-European president, Olexandr Turchinov.
As many Ukrainians from the eastern side of the country consider themselves Russians and speak Russian language, Russia announced that it is their duty to send troops to Crimea in order to protect its national interest in the area and Russian citizens living there.
An important detail is that the troops from Crimea have not been confirmed as being Russian, as they do not carry any identification insignia.
On Saturday Wichita State became the first men’s basketball team in 10 years to finish the regular season unbeaten. With their 68-45 win over Missouri State, the Shockers finished the regular season at 31-0. No matter what happens in their conference tournament the Shockers are almost assured a number one seed in the NCAA tournament.
Now the pressure will be squarely on the backs of the Shockers, who for the most part of the season, have flown under the radar. With a chance to become one of the smallest schools to ever win the NCAA tournament, many questions will be asked. Do they have the ability to hold up against tougher competition? Will they be able to play well down the stretch in a close game? Wichita State will have to overcome the media’s talk about them not being able go all the way. Last year they lost in the Final Four to Louisville. Recent history is also against the Shockers, as several small schools have come close to winning the tournament, but havent been able to finish the deal. Here’s a look at three teams who couldnt quite get the job done.
3. Virginia Commonwealth 2011
2. George Mason 2006
1. Butler 2010
On February 24th, the great comedic director Harold Ramis, passed away from his long bout with vasculitis. His passing is a terrible loss for the comedic world, for his contributions raised the bar for what a comedy film could truly be. He was one of the crucial members of the SCTV generation (Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Eugene Levy, contributing films such as Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Back to School (writing credits), Groundhog’s Day, Animal House (writing credits), Stripes, and Analyze This. These movies cemented his place as a directing legend, among the likes of Mel Brooks, John Landis, John Hughes, Carl Reiner, and Rob Reiner.Unfortunately, he became a deceased legend too soon.. He surely had more comedic magic to offer. So, to commemorate the life of this beloved director, here are five classic moments from a few of his classic movies.
5. “No! It can’t be!”- Ghostbusters
The most threatening non-threatening thing ever.
4. “Explain this you sadistic bum.”- National Lampoon’s Vacation (Writing)
3. Every morning- Groundhog’s Day
What we all want to do in the morning.
2. “0.0 GPA.”- National Lampoon’s Animal House (Writing)
My college career.
1. “It’s in the hole!”-Caddyshack
Murray at his finest.
It maybe sad that Harold Ramis passed away, but we will always remember his comedic accomplishments.