## Math Puts a New Twist on Solving a Rubik's Cube with the Fewest Moves

For this puzzle with over 43 quintillion permutations, author Ian Scheffler explains how players have found the most efficient route to resolving a Rubik’s cube.

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For this puzzle with over 43 quintillion permutations, author Ian Scheffler explains how players have found the most efficient route to resolving a Rubik’s cube.

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Learn how to use statistics to understand the significance of the latest political polling results and to keep yourself from being duped by misleading information

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Author and “Speedcuber” Ian Scheffler reveals some of the math behind how you could solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle.

October 24, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Research shows that an emphasis on memorization, rote procedures and speed impairs learning and achievement

October 24, 2016 — Jo Boaler and Pablo Zoido

Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people

October 13, 2016 — Erica Klarreich and Quanta Magazine

A top secret science project

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David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.

October 4, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

The modified version of the sieve of Eratosthenes could accelerate computer calculations

September 24, 2016 — Matías Loewy

It’s the last standard of measurement that is still based on a physical object—but it will soon be derived from a mathematical constant

September 4, 2016 — Knvul Sheikh

What are half-lives? And what do they have to do with measuring the age of the solar system and predicting the effects of a morning cup of coffee? Keep on reading to find out!

August 17, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

A centering science activity

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A rare appearance by enigmatic Shinichi Mochizuki brings faint optimism about his famously impenetrable work

July 29, 2016 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum

July 20, 2016 — Brendan Borrell and Nature magazine

Creators factor in “origin-of-life” events and available building blocks

July 11, 2016 — Sarah Lewin and SPACE.com

Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska recently figured out how spheres could be efficiently arranged in eight and 24 dimensions

June 30, 2016 — Evelyn Lamb

The mathematician Ken Ono believes that the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan—mathematical savant and two-time college dropout—holds valuable lessons for how we find and reward hidden genius

June 4, 2016 — John Pavlus and Quanta Magazine

Have you ever wondered how people figured out their latitude back in the days before the Internet? Did you know you can use the same math trick they used to pinpoint your latitude today? Keep on reading to find out how it works

May 25, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?

May 19, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book *The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself*. (Dutton, 2016)

May 12, 2016 — Sean M. Carroll and Steve Mirsky

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe.

May 11, 2016 — Steve Mirsky