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'Corpse Flower'  Blooms In D.C. Spreading Its Stink And Drawing In Tourists To Botanical Gardens
Not the one at K-State, but similar
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Welcome to Thursday, Wildcats.

The only thing that happened after yesterday’s Slate here at BotC was BracketCat’s latest installment in the countdown, getting us to 66 with a profile of newcomer Aidan Mills, who will greyshirt the 2017 season as he continues to recover from a injury.

The only real sports talk we have today that relates to us is from The Deathstar ESPN. Jake Trotter takes a look at how much more stable the Big 12 is feeling this summer as compared to the sideshow that took place around expansion last summer. Also, college football celebrates it’s sesquicentennial in 2019, and as Heather Dinich reports there has been a committee formed to help commemorate the occasion. (h/t to Wildcats4Life for pointing these out yesterday).

In non-sports news (well, mostly non-sports), there have been big changes to K-State’s campus the last few years, and more are still to come (KSNT). In the last five years, K-State ill have added or renovated more than one million square feet of space, including the new business building and Wefald Hall dorm, and major renovations to Seaton Hall and the K-State athletics complex. Renovations coming up including Trotter Hall in the VetMed complex, as well as expansions at the K-State Office Park, now home to the K-State Foundation Building, related to the construction of NBAF.

There was also a rare event on campus yesterday, as a “corpse flower” in the K-State greenhouse bloomed for the first time (Manhattan Mercury). These flowers usually take 7-10 years for their first bloom, and can go at least as long between blooms. The K-State flower was cultivated in the early 2000’s, so it’s taken over 10 years for it’s first bloom, making this a highly anticipated event.

And a K-State professor made the Guinness Book of World Records for lightest 3-D printed material (Mercury). The record-breaking material is 3-D printed graphene aerogel and it was developed by Dong Lin, Kansas State University assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; Chi Zhou, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at University at Buffalo; and Qiangqiang Zhang, an associate professor at Lanzhou University in China.

Your discussion topic for today is: When was the last time you were on campus at K-State?