• Apple's New M1 Chip is a Big Deal

    Amogh Sondur
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    Nov 30, 2020
    Apple recently announced the latest Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air which now runs on Apple’s in-house chip that they call the M1. Since 2006, Apple has been using Intel for its Mac lineup but has been developing their own System on a Chip (SOCs) after the soaring success of their A-series mobile processors used in iPhones and iPads.
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  • The Eclipse: A short story

    Areej Siddiqui
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    Nov 30, 2020
    It was the day of. Everyone was anxious. Everyone was preparing. Kids were running around, their parents were running after them. A few people had gathered in the open space where everything had started. They had huge bundles of cloth in their hands. A man was tying one end of a jet black cloth to the top of a pole, while trying to balance himself on the ladder that he was standing on. Right next to him, an old woman was sitting on the ground. She had multiple beaded necklaces around her neck and her arms were filled with bangles, right up to her elbows. She had a needle in her hand with multi-coloured threads attached to it. She was stitching different patterns onto a deep maroon fabric. There were whorls and wavy lines, there were straight lines intersecting with squares and triangles. But the largest and most prominent were the circles with lines radiating from the center.
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  • Status of Smart Farming in India

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Nov 30, 2020
    NASSCOM report states that India has around 40 startups dealing with smart farming. But majority of them are research organizations and only a marginal number of solutions provided by them have been actually implemented in the farms. In India, small and medium-sized farmers are the future of Indian agriculture as large farmers constitute 1.5 percent of the population and contribute only to 35 percent of the food grain production. Thus, it is necessary for these research and development organizations to understand the requirements of small and medium sized farms so that it is easier for them to adopt innovations and techniques and increase the agricultural yield. The small and medium farmers produce for their families and a small portion is left for the market, giving farmers a small value for their products. Thus, introducing smart farming technologies should primarily aim at promising lower costs of production and guide them to get better value for their products.
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  • Is Facebook Dead?

    Amogh Sondur
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    Nov 30, 2020
    I had a strange moment last week that helped me realize that Facebook — the social media platform I’ve used for more than a decade — is about to go extinct. The platform is losing market share, fast, among young users.
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  • Is there really a middle ground?

    Akash Tanwani
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    Nov 30, 2020
    What possibly be the better option, being an introvert or an extrovert? I always say that I am an ambivert but is there such a thing? I do not intend to question the meaning of the word ambivert here. This thought has struck me several times because one cannot be inclined on both sides in this case. It gives me feelings of indecisiveness. One can be either an introvert or an extrovert. Yes, they might switch between the extremes but in my belief, one cannot hang in between.
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  • The unusual bond with my first pet

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
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    We all love pets, well at least we love playing with them, caressing them affectionately. There are diverse pet lovers such as dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, chickens, etc. Two years ago back home, I got an unusual pet from a friend. It was a parrot. It was just four months old and it was brought up at home so it rarely flies, just like the macaw from the movie "Rio." The bird I had was a pale yellow parrot with red spots on her neck. She was a cute little girl who was very shy. I named her Rosy since she was very tender and beautiful like a rose. Since she was not a bird in a cage, it was a wonderful chance for me to actually become friends with her. Unlike dogs, there's no specific way to become friends with them. So I made additional efforts to take care of her to gain her trust. She always stayed at a corner of my desk and gazes through the window. Whenever I try to reach her she nibbles me with her cute harmless beak and stares at me. I kept a variety of bird food in front of her and made a small pool for her to chill. She hardly ate anything for the first two days. But she gradually got accustomed to the place and started eating. I learned online that the first step in becoming close is making her climb your hands. So I usually placed a handful of bird food in one hand and placed my other hand for her to hop on. After many failed attempts she finally climbed my hand after three days. It was a magical moment, I was actually holding a bird for the first time. I called my whole family to show I made a new friend. Gradually she became comfortable around me. She used to hop on to my hand with more ease and always stared at me with love. It was a new special bond we both shared. Love is even better when you don't communicate it through words. I had pet dogs and cats before but this was entirely a different experience. Rosy was a fragile girl, she was not born to be a pet. Yet she became my pet. I have done so many crazy things to play with her. I slowly started caressing her and she didn't bite me this time. She loved being caressed and she gently leaned to the side of my hand asking for more. Next was to make her climb my shoulder. After five to six attempts she finally climbed at my shoulder. I still remember the first time she stroked her chin against mine and kept nibbling my cheeks. I consider them as kisses. 
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  • Acupuncture - An underrated Science

    Akash Tanwani
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    Nov 30, 2020
    Acupuncture, a Chinese medical philosophy and mode of therapy, is recognized around the globe. It is a rational method of therapy, a kind of natural science based on an inherent mechanism present in the human body by nature. Treatment is given by acupressure, acupuncture, or moxibation at defined locations in the human body called acupoints or shu-xue-xue points.
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  • Hawk Entrepreneurs: Resources for Illinois Tech students

    Dilum Meegoda
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    Nov 30, 2020
    Creating an environment with education about entrepreneurship is beneficial for students from all backgrounds because it teaches them to think outside the box and enhance their unconventional talents and skills. As a young Hawk, I would like to talk more about how Illinois Tech is providing unconditional love towards students’ entrepreneurial journey.
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