• 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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  • Classes of Stellar engines

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Apr 26, 2021
    Stellar engines are a conceptual class of observatories that use a star's emission to generate useful energy. Cathcart and  Badescu were the first to propose the idea.  Some variations have been using this power to generate momentum, accelerating a star and anything orbiting it in a specific direction.  The design of such a structure will result in the architects being classified as a Type-II community on the Kardashev level.
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  • Sga Senate Meeting Recap (April 21, 2021)

    Joel Kelsey
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    Apr 26, 2021
    On Wednesday, April 23, 2021 at 9:30 p.m. CST, the Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly Senate meeting. SGA Executive Vice President Keru Omad led the session. This was the first Senate meeting under the newly elected SGA executive board for 2020-21. For a recording of the meeting, go to https://bit.ly/32GuzBO.
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  • The Emu War

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Apr 26, 2021
    The Emu War, also regarded as the Greatest Emu War, was a disturbance nature wildlife control military campaign conducted in Australia in the late 1932 to counter public outrage about the volume of emus said to have been wreaking havoc in Western Australia's Campion region. The failed ability to influence the community of emus, a huge wingless bird native to Australia, used armies armed with Stewart guns, prompting the press to relate to the event as the "Emu War." Even though many of the species were destroyed, the emu population thrived and proceeded to destroy crops.
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  • Ethics in tech: Illinois Tech alum Vinesh Kannan quits Google

    Dan Marten
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    Apr 26, 2021
    In a Tweet authored on February 3, Kannan stated that “Yesterday was my last day at Google. I left because Google's mistreatment of [Gebru] and [Curley] crossed a personal red line I wrote down when I started the job. I know I gained a lot from Google, but I also gained a lot from both of their work, and they were wronged.” David Baker, a company director, also resigned over these dismissals. 
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  • The new edition of the Surface laptop

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Apr 26, 2021
    The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15-inch model provides among the most sophisticated operating interfaces of any Windows laptop.  It's an unique large size laptop with dual color choices and outstanding reliability quality. Latest for the year 2021, processors choices from Intel and Amd improve the efficiency of this fourth-generation laptop. The Surface Laptop 4 has been named Editors' Choice as the preferred target between luxurious 15-inch versions. It's great for cloud computing based on a large computer.
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