Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in about a second

In April 2015, teenager Collin Burns finished solving a standard-sized 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in only 5.25 seconds, claiming a new world record for the feat from the 5.55-second time posted by previous record holder Mats Valk. In November 2015, however, Lucas Etter once again broke the record by finishing a Rubik’s Cube in just 4.904 seconds.

Apparently though, the ability of humans to solve the 3x3x3 puzzle does not hold a candle to the ability of robots to do the same, as a pair of software engineers have created a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in just over a second. The machine is built using 3D-printed frames, stepper motors, and four USB web cameras that are connected to a PC. The cameras scan the Rubik’s Cube to begin analyzing the puzzle through the Kociemba solving algorithm, and the solution is then carried out by the robot in lightning fast movements.

SOURCE – TechTimes.com

A New Largest Known Prime Number has been Discovered…

 

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If you didn’t hate Math already…  A university computer in Missouri has found the new largest prime number. It is made up of 22,338,618 digits, nearly 5 million more than the previous record. The figure was identified after 31 days of non-stop computing on a machine used by Curtis Cooper, a professor of computer science at the University of Central Missouri, who has now detected four of these record-breaking primes. The new prime number, also known as M74207281, is calculated by multiplying together 74,207,281 twos then subtracting one. It is almost 5 million digits larger than the previous record prime number, in a special class of extremely rare prime numbers known as Mersenne primes. It is only the 49th known Mersenne prime ever discovered, each increasingly difficult to find. Mersenne primes were named for the French monk Marin Mersenne, who studied these numbers more than 350 years ago. GIMPS, founded in 1996, has discovered all 15 of the largest known Mersenne primes. Volunteers can download a free program to search for these primes with a cash award offered to anyone lucky enough to compute a new prime.  Full Disclosure – The VooDoo is a GIMPS contributor.

SOURCE – Time.com / Mersenne.org

A brutally honest look at issues facing combat veterans today…

Friends, take a minute and watch this intense video.  Afterwards, please do whatever you can to support GallantFew.org.  If you’re a Veteran, sign up to assist a newly returning fellow Veteran to get on their feet.  Trust me, the experience is like nothing else…

Shooter makes mind-blowing 3600 yard shot…

The target: 36″ diameter steel plate, 3600 yards away. Piece of cake! Right? Let’s see – A 36-inch target at 3,600 yards is just under 1 MOA in diameter or 0.5 MOA in radius. this means if your aim is off by anything more the 1/120th of a degree, you would miss. Incredible…

SOURCE – BearingArms.com

UPDATE – 09/18/2015 – The 3800 yard shot…

UPDATE – 03/25/2016 – The 4210 yard shot…

Army Ranger Two-Fingered Message to Terrorists…

Tim Kennedy is a decorated Army Ranger, having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a Mixed Marshall Arts fighter.  He’s also got a very strong opinion about the Islamic terrorists who committed the attack in Paris.

Wearing a shirt that said, “Free Men Do Not Ask Permission To Bear Arms,” his Tweet was simple and clear:

I HATE terrorists. I HATE cowards. Ironically, they are one in the same. #ParisShooting #parisattack

Indeed.  Ranger on…

SOURCE: IJReview.com

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