The Green, Orange and Blue

By Emily Chen; Photo by Tyler Baldassone In 2016, the Marching Illini (MI) made a complete 180 turn regarding environmental sustainability. What once was an organization where paper was invaluable is now a completely digitalized, efficient system.  Known as “The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band”, the MI was founded in 1867 and has been performing …

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A Look into UIUC’s Ancient DNA Lab: having a blast looking into the past

By Alida de Flamingh If you’ve ever watched Jurassic Park you may have wondered, “Is it even possible to get genetic material from dinosaurs?”. The answer is not as straight-forward as you might think.. Most researchers agree that dinosaurs might have existed too long ago for DNA to be retrieved from bones or eggs, and …

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Green It Yourself! – Mosquito Repellent

By: Ana Mendoza Do you love being outside but hate all the mosquito bites that come with it? Although summer is coming to an end, autumn definitely does not fall short of outdoor activities.  From pumpkin patches to camping and hiking, this homemade mosquito repellent recipe will help you be bug-bite free this autumn without …

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Grad Interviews: This grad is getting her PhD Koalafication!

Grad Interviews: This grad is getting her PhD Koalafication! By Alida de Flamingh This issue’s Grad Interview is with Christina Ruiz-Rodriguez who studies Koala genetics. “Ultimately, the findings of my research will benefit both Zoo and wild koala populations” “One of the coolest things about koalas is that they are only found in Australia.” “Koalas …

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