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2011-06-30 06:45:00

Researchers from MIT, the University of Waterloo and Tufts University have established the relationship between the number of squares in a Rubik's-cube-type puzzle and the maximum number of moves required to solve it. The team's evidence provides an efficient algorithm for solving a cube that is in its worst-case state. The researchers showed the maximum number of moves required to solve a Rubik's cube with N squares per row is proportional to N2/log N. "That that's the answer, and not N2,...

2010-09-14 07:08:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program, back for its second full school year, has students across the country determined to unlock this iconic puzzle's secret. Designed to foster life lessons such as problem-solving, negotiation, and teamwork, the program provides teachers fun, hands-on educational activities that are aligned with national and state curriculum frameworks, major math text books, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and support...

2010-06-09 09:11:00

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will host the first ever "You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube" competition in Central Park, where 30 students from all five boroughs will compete for the fastest time to solve the Rubik's Cube. As the Rubik's Cube turns 30 years old this year, the famous puzzle is reinventing itself as a math and science tool in classrooms and afterschool programs across the country. The new "You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube"...

2009-01-12 16:02:40

A Rubik's Cube enthusiast in Britain said he has finally solved his puzzle after struggling with it for 26 years. Graham Parker of Portchester, England, said he first bought his Rubik's Cube in 1983 and has since spent more than 27,400 hours struggling with the colored cube puzzle, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it. It has driven me mad over the years -- it felt like it had taken over my life, Parker said. I have missed important...

2008-12-25 11:59:42

The Irish inventor of a Rubik's cube-solving robot said he is planning to have his creation attempt a world record by solving the puzzle in about 60 seconds. Pete Redmond said his invention, the RuBot 2, can usually solve the puzzle in about 35 seconds after scanning it with cameras in its eyes and his goal is to have the robot solve the puzzle in one minute including scanning time at the record attempt Jan. 8 in Dublin, The Sun reported Thursday. There are cameras in RuBot 2's eyes that scan...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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