• Online chess is thriving through the pandemic

    Akhil Srinath
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    Apr 29, 2021
    As the global pandemic continues to define the new normal of staying at home and working in bed with your most comfy pajamas, tens of thousands of people have been turning to online chess as their “sporting escape.” Online chess streams have been one of the most influential in terms of bringing in more people into the game. For example, U.S. Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura has taken over the Twitch chess community, where he hosts streams that feature thrilling fast-paced chess along with his engaging commentary. Similarly, Magnus Carlsen, the current world chess champion uses Youtube to stream his games which have drawn thousands of people into watching his videos and eventually learning to play the game themselves. 
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  • Take a break - never be excluded

    Vishnu Nambiar
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    TechNews Writer
    Apr 26, 2021
    Just imagine your school days. Your school starts in mid-June. And it becomes your new normal waking up early, getting ready, carrying your lunch box and water bottle, and heading towards your school bus. Asking your friend to save the seat beside them on the bus so that you can enjoy the bus journey. Five days a week, four weeks a month, and 10 months for a year to complete. This cycle goes on till you reach your 10th grade.
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  • Why are people moving to being vegan?

    Vidhi Mittal
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    Apr 26, 2021
    Veganism is an ideology against cruelty and exploitation of animals. It excludes the use of animals in all areas like food, clothing, product testing and entertainment. Since our planet’s resources are finite and depleting at a rapid rate, people are finding alternatives to their diets and lifestyle to contribute to these unpredictable changes.
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  • TechNews: you were my best five years

    Quinn Castaneda
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    Assistant Editor
    Apr 26, 2021
    My time at Illinois Tech is finally drawing to a close. After five long years, I’m completing my undergraduate degree. It was a long journey that felt like it would never end, but here it is. It was not an easy time. I won’t elaborate too much on the difficulties, but I struggled a lot. My time here was filled with hardships and challenges but also easily some of my best memories. I can confidently say that TechNews was responsible for nearly all of the good parts. I wanted to write one more article before I head out, and yeah it’s cliche, but I want to give credit to the organization that truly changed my life.
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  • My favorite city: San Francisco

    Shivani Agrawal
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    TechNews Writer
    Apr 26, 2021
    I'm having a hard time figuring out why San Francisco (SF) is my favorite city in the United States. Would it be the climate, the palm trees, the well-known mountains and tramways, or the views of the crossings, bridges, and the Bay? When I arrived in San Francisco from Chicago, it hit me that, even though the major towns have almost the same surprise wow effect, San Francisco is far more laid-back. Many of the skylines in this city are so massive that your eye always keeps moving, questioning when it will hit the roof. They're much more spread apart because there was more sky. Presidio and Oceania Heights, for example, sound like different villages.
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  • Vermicelli Pulao Recipe

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Apr 26, 2021
    Vermicelli pulao is one of the easiest and tasty recipes. It requires some time to prepare and is best eaten on any day. There are a few other vermicelli recipes that create excellent tiffin products for youngsters, and I attempt to think outside the box every time specially for weekends lunch.  Nevertheless, some few vermicelli recipes, such as vermicelli Pulao, would always be my favorites. The method is very similar to that of making a carrot pulao or any kind of vegetable pulao, as just rice is replaced with fried roasted vermicelli.  Olive oil, ghee or  butter is used in the heat treatment process, alongside fresh curry and mint leaves and spices such as cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and fennel seeds, to offer the vermicelli pulao an enticing aroma and flavor.
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  • A farewell in five senses: goodbye to Lexi Detweiler and Quinn Castaneda

    Dan Marten
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    Apr 26, 2021
    Detweiler and Castaneda graduating marks the end of an entire generation of amazing TechNews writers before us. All of the late greats that introduced me to the organization — Spicknall, Castro, Zorn — are already gone, now with Detweiler and Castaneda joining them, too. 
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