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Our picks for the week of Jan. 6-12: 

• This week, Michelle Obama celebrated the first anniversary of her Let's Move campaign to help fight childhood obesity. Food blogger Robin Shreeves offers two videos of Obama, including how the first lady tries to find balance in her family's diet. 
• You think it's cold where you are? Check out seven of the coldest inhabited places in the world. (We promise you'll feel better about where you live.)

• When you think of large-scale recyclers, thrift stores, the banking industry and Cirque du Soleil probably don't come to mind.

• Here at MNN, we've been gearing up for a green Valentine's Day. You'll find advice on how to green your Valentine's Day and a look at animals embracing the holiday of love. For a truly odd way to express your love, nothing says "Be Mine" like naming a cockroach after your sweetie.

'Gnomeo & Juliet'• Shakespeare's tragic love story gets the cartoon treatment in "Gnomeo & Juliet." Our Ecollywood reporter catches up with the voice stars, including Elton John.

• In "The Death and Life of Monterey Bay," authors Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka track down the history and heroes of the now-magnificent body of water.

• Our family blogger follows up on the story of an elementary school boy in Quebec who was excluded from a school contest because he brought a sandwich bag to school. Should a kid be punished for that?

• And speaking of things that leave you speechless, this ought to do the trick: The city of Austin, seeking input for a new name for its solid waste department, gets an odd response. Apparently, when most residents think of garbage, musician Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit comes to mind.

Star Wars figurines on ice• True or false? There are more trees today than there were 100 years ago.        

• And since we are all about sharing unusual stories that you probably haven't seen elsewhere, here are seven unusual insect courting rituals. 

Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, including the funny story behind these stormtrooper figurines (at right.)  

MNN week in review: Michelle Obama and the world's chilliest places
Catch up on the environmental headlines from Mother Nature Network for the week of Jan. 6-12.