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Video: In early February, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose’s Rubik’s Cube-solving machine set a new world record with an astonishing time of just 0.9 seconds. But just two days before that happened, a new contender, Adam Beer’s Sub1, managed to solve a cube in just 0.887 seconds.
It took Beer’s machine just 20 moves to solve a Rubik’s Cube that had been scrambled by a computer algorithm, but unlike Flatland and Rose’s attempt, there were no Guinness World Record officials in attendance when it happened. That’s not to say the Sub1 didn’t shatter the world record, the attempt will just have to be verified by Guinness before it’s considered to officially be the fastest solve ever — for now.
With his 2017 budget heading to Congress this week, US President Obama has been busy making policy announcements. While an oil tax and autonomous vehicle plan are getting all the attention, a smaller element of the budget will have much greater impact: a proposal to make sure all Americans have access to clean, safe water.
After Flint’s water crisis — where the news just gets worse and worse — the US has been faced with the alarming realisation that one of their most critical infrastructural systems are in jeopardy. But this is not just a matter of replacing old pipes that deliver our drinking water. A long-term plan for conservation and management of that resource is also needed.
A new law passed unanimously by the French Senate makes it illegal for supermarkets to throw away or destroy unsold food. Opponents of food waste say other countries should follow suit, but it’s not that simple.
Under the new law, French grocery stores and supermarkets will no longer be able to trash items approaching their best-before date. Instead of tossing these unused foods into back alley dumpsters, these shops will be expected to donate the items to charity. In turn, these charities will distribute these foods — amounting to millions of meals annually — to those who cannot afford to eat.