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Are Your Job Search Tactics Out of Date?

Searching for a job using outdated tactics can make the job hunting process an uphill battle. Job search methods have changed dramatically, especially in the last few years. With social media, applicant tracking systems and search engines playing a crucial role in recruitment, it is essential for you to update your job search methods. This will increase your chances of getting a job and open up new networking opportunities.

You Are Overprotective of Your Privacy

When you search Google for your name, what results do you see? If nothing comes up or the results show other people, you may think that you are doing the right thing by protecting your privacy. In reality, you are actually hurting your prospects of being hired. If employers are unable to find any information about you on the Internet, they may view that as a sign that you don’t know how to use the Internet to search for a job.

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‘Moving’ Towards the Future

A man paralyzed from the waist down wiggling his toes.A man paralyzed from the waist down is wiggling his toes.

Movement is one thing that the majority of people seem to take for granted every day. Sure there is a plentiful amount of reasons for one to be grateful, such as being happy, receiving that promotion, or scoring a date with your crush. But what about your ability to move your arms, adjust your legs, snap your fingers, or wiggle your toes? These things are so common place to most of us that we rarely give these gifts a second-thought. Sadly, there are individuals in the world who do not have the ability to move their limbs due to unfortunate circumstances. These are the people that never take what they have for granted and these are the people who may be fortunate enough to gain movement through advancements in modern technology.

Three years ago, Claudia Angeli from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center and her team were able help a man paralyzed from the neck down experience movement through sending electricity through the man’s spinal cord (by having a device surgically implanted into the lower back). The man was able to wiggle his toes and stand. Now in the present, this team’s study has proven to be far from a fluke. Angeli and her colleagues have implemented the same electrical technique to three other paralyzed men and they all were able to demonstrate a certain amount of movement. Besides from providing movement to four different cases of paralyzed individuals, the true benchmark for this study is that electricity has been able to allow these patients to move parts of their limbs that experts theorized would never be able to move.

While this study has received praise, experts have warned that this treatment should not be considered a cure, since the movement is only temporary. But the mere possibility that a paralyzed individual could actually have a chance to move is certainly a notion to behold. While this may be the first baby-step in the right direction of research, the joy that Angeli and her team provide is astounding. One of the handicapped individuals, Dustin Shillcox, experienced a horrific car crash in 2010 that left him paralyzed. But the hope that he felt when the electrical device implanted in him allowed him to move made him experience a great deal of emotion, giving him the chance to believe that moving again would be a very plausible future. Even though this not an immediate cure, let’s keep our fingers crossed that we may live to see the handicapped receive the gift of movement.

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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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