MIT robot solves Rubik's Cube in world record time: 0.38 seconds

This MIT robot solves it faster than any human ever could. It's a world record.

Technology & Innovation
  • A robot developed by MIT students Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo has set the world record for solving the Rubik's Cube.
  • The fastest human record is held by Australian Feliks Zemdegs, who solved it in 4.22 seconds in 2018.
  • The original-size Rubik's Cube (3x3x3) has 43 quintillion possible combinations – and one solution.
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In the future, will we acquire skills, not degrees?

Nontraditional education options are on the rise.

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Personal Growth
  • U.S. college enrollment has declined for the eighth consecutive year.
  • Recent survey found that a majority of freelancers found skills training to be more important than having a degree.
  • It's becoming harder for universities to keep up with a rapidly changing workforce.
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You weren't born just to be 'useful,’ Irish president tells students

Here's why the Irish president believes students need philosophy.

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Personal Growth
  • President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for students to be thought of as more than tools made to be useful.
  • Higgins believes that philosophy and history should be a basic requirement forming a core education.
  • The Irish Young Philosopher Awards is one such event that is celebrating this discipline among the youth.
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Mind & Brain
  • Study finds that children's use of social media has a trivial effect on them.
  • Satisfaction and happiness is not as connected to social media as originally thought.
  • Only girls reduced their use of social media when they felt discontented.
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