A popular chess problem known as the Queen's Puzzle has captivated mathematicians and computer scientists for years, yet no one has been able to write a computer program that can solve the conundrum quickly and efficiently. Researchers from the UK now claim that computers will never be up to the task -- and they're offering a $US1 million ($1.3 million) to anyone who can prove them wrong.
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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our regular round up of the coolest toys we've seen all week. Although shiny San Diego Comic-Con exclusives might have already taken up most of this week's toy news, there's still a few more ways the world of action figures can drain your wallet.
Humans have been designing portable versions of chess for almost as long as the game itself has been played. But few designs are as elegant, or as compact, as this set from Raw Studio that rolls into a tube -- complete with 32 chess pieces -- that's just 40cm long.
Everyone just assumed that the Marvel Comics vs. DC Comics debate would rage on forever -- or at least until mankind became extinct. But Eaglemoss has finally come up with a way to figure out which company is better, Marvel or DC, with custom chess pieces featuring the most popular comic book characters from each side of the debate.
Staring at the Mona Lisa provides a few minutes of enjoyment and contemplation, but were the famous portrait on the wall of your living room, you'd soon find yourself wishing she did more than just sit there and smirk. Maybe that's what inspired the Artful Dodger to build this portrait chess set that lets you play against the computer.