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Union College competition draws LEGO-lovers

Wayne Fu, a junior biology economics major from Toronto, left, Mihir Patel, a sophomore biology economics major from Nashville, center, and Krishna Pakuri, a sophomore, right, build a cell nucleus during a LEGO building competition hosted by the Biology Club at Union College on Friday.
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Wayne Fu, a junior biology economics major from Toronto, left, Mihir Patel, a sophomore biology economics major from Nashville, center, and Krishna Pakuri, a sophomore, right, build a cell nucleus during a LEGO building competition hosted by the Biology Club at Union College on Friday.
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LEGO pieces are nearly all some variety of a cube shape. Nature, on the other hand, abhors straight edges and right angles. “There are a lot of shapes in nature,” said Union College Biology Club president Salman Syed. “Almost none of them are squares.” That’s why the Union College Biology Club’s second LEGO competition was such a challenge. Builders were charged with creating something biology-related out of geometric bricks. Imagine building a full-sized oak tree ...

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