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Michelle Obama Travels to China to Meet With Students

Michelle Obama at the National Craft Museum, Delhi 2010

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.




The Power of Spider Silk

Spider-Man has the right idea.

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.


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