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August 17, 2016 153

GEL-BASED TOUCHPAD LETS YOU PLAY CHESS ON YOUR ARM

By SHALINI SAXENA Touchscreens have transformed the way we interact with electronics, enabling the development of elegant handheld devices. But currently, their screens are limited to a fixed size. As flexible and wearable electronics are in development, the touchscreens we'll need in the future will have to be both flexible and biocompatible. In an investigation recently published in Science, researchers have designed an ionic touchscreen that boasts stretchability and biocompatibility, allowing easy integration with the human body. The team selected a hydrogel-based material for their work. Hydrogels are soft, water-filled polymer networks; their mechanical properties are similar to those… Read More...
Jun 16, 2016 215

COMMUNITY CELEBRATES CHESS INSPIRATION FROM POLICE DETECTIVE

By Genna Martin You can't walk 20 feet through the Rainier Beach neighborhood along side Detective Denise Bouldin without someone yelling, "Hey, Detective Cookie!" Kids, adults, the guy who works at 7-Eleven, everyone knows her. Bouldin, who is usually sporting her signature red lipstick and nail polish, works on special projects for the Seattle Police Department's community police team. Her days… Read More...
Jun 07, 2016 232

VIKTOR KORCHNOI, SOVIET-BORN CHESS GRANDMASTER, DEAD AT 85

By Jamey Keaten and Naomi Koppel GENEVA — Chess grandmaster Victor Korchnoi, a former Soviet champion who defected to the West and was considered among the best players never to win a world championship, died Monday, his son said. He was 85. Korchnoi died near his home in Wohlen, northern Switzerland, where he had lived for decades, said Igor Korchnoi. He said his father had been ailing after a… Read More...
Jun 07, 2016 195

PRESIDENT LINKED TO FIRMS THAT CONTROL RIGHTS TO GAME

The president of world chess’s governing body is linked to a network of secret offshore companies that have obtained control of the lucrative commercial rights to the game since he took office, the Panama Papers cache of leaked documents reveal. An investigation by the Guardian and Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung found documents which raise fresh concerns about the administration of a sport which… Read More...
Jun 03, 2016 381

PRAGGNANANDHAA, WORLD'S YOUNGEST INTERNATIONAL MASTER

By Shadhid Judge Rameshbabu pictured his 10-year-old son bursting through the front door, running up to him, embracing him, and then sitting down to narrate the story about how he became the world’s youngest ever chess International Master (IM). But when R Praggnanandhaa did get home, he ran to his father, offered him a hurried hug and then plonked himself on his favourite spot on the couch to… Read More...
May 26, 2016 353

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHESS MASTERS MAKING MOVE TO NEXT LEVEL

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim Several years ago, Joshua Colas, Justus Williams and James Black Jr. all made history and headlines when they became the youngest African-American chess players to attain the rank of master—a feat they all achieved before the age of 13. “Masters of the Game and Leaders By Example,” proclaimed a 2011 article about the trio that appeared in The New York Times. Since then, all… Read More...