The cube is a rock star among geometric shapes. These blocks can deliver medication, move independently, and allow people to meet intelligent dinosaurs. (Warning, some of them are grumpy.)
Cubes can not only be state of the art, they can also reveal more about the past. Some of the most intriguing cases involve war secrets and why Plato’s craziest theory is true.
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10th Seattle’s giant ice cube
When the Seattle Design Festival took place in 2016, the architectural firm Olson Kundig wanted to present his work. Instead of showing something that would put the Eiffel Tower to shame and make their brand famous, the company brought along a self-known “boring” item. It was a huge ice cube.
The frosty block was 2.1 meters high and weighed 10 tons. It was raised in Occidental Square by someone who was just stacking ice stones until the cube was done.
It was a hit. Selfie seekers flocked to the square. Both civilians and meteorologists bet on how quickly the block could melt. Even NASA scientists used the numbers to predict the life of the cube, which was about a month long.
9 This cube contains intelligent dinosaurs
In 2016, Queensland University invited dino addicts to step into a giant cube. It was called The Cube. The touchscreen walls moved with it Tyrannosaurus Rex, nine other dinosaur species and reptiles from the dinosaur era. Her movements, sizes and appearances were the most authentic so far.
The cube gave visitors the opportunity to read the latest information and virtually dig at archaeological sites. The main attraction, however, was the dinosaurs’ reactions to those who caught their attention. Not only could the creatures see visitors, artificial intelligence also allowed the animals to think about a person’s presence before deciding how to react.
Not all reactions were pleasant. In fact, the organizers asked that young children be accompanied by their parents in the event Quetzalcoatlus, the largest known pterodactyl in the world, had a tantrum (which he did a few times).
8th Every Rubik’s Cube can be solved
The Rubik’s Cube is a popular puzzle game. However, many people throw in the towel after a few tries. Some throw the cube out of the window. The puzzle can overwhelm a player with up to 43 trillion arrangements.
The good news?
Each Rubik’s Cube can be found in 20 steps or less. With enough speed and physical dexterity and if you think a few steps ahead, everyone can solve the most confused cube themselves. When SeungBeom Cho received a computer-controlled Rubik’s Cube in 2017, he broke the world record after aligning the squares in just 4.59 seconds.
7 The fastest Rubik record is under half a second
Rubik’s Cube fever is not just limited to children. (The last record holders were young teenagers.) Robotics and engineers also discovered the mistake. Some have done everything possible to build a robot that can solve the cube faster than any other person. In 2018, an MIT bot called Rubik’s Contraption smoothly placed human competitors on the shelf. It had just finished the cube in 0.38 seconds.
The speed of the machine was not the only remarkable thing. One might expect that only the finest upper crust technology was used. But the designers gathered their materials cheaply on eBay, poached PlayStation cameras, and used their own custom parts. After adding software to help the bot recognize the colors and pages, it took only 21 steps to solve the puzzle.
6 The Nakagin capsule tower
In 1972 Kisho Kurokawa was thrilled when a building he designed was built in Tokyo. He welcomed the tower as the beginning of a new era. But those who like space and builders who take their time may have some problems with the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
It was built in just 30 days. The apartments are claustrophobic cubes up to 13 stories high. Each is attached to one of two concrete cores with just four screws.
The shoebox houses should be replaced every 25 years. However, this turned out to be too expensive and the dice were never replaced. Those who could no longer stand the limited space, the miniature baths and the crumbling cement moved out. Today, however, there are several residents in the unique building, which looks like a stack of washing machines from the outside.
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5 The Nazi dice
A cube arrived at the University of Maryland a few years ago. The object was solid uranium. It weighed 2.3 kilograms and had a diameter of 5 centimeters. A note claimed that the cube had been removed from the nuclear reactor that Hitler was trying to build. When the Maryland physicists searched for more blocks, they found how close the Nazi regime was to a nuclear program.
German laboratories made hundreds of these cubes in the 1940s when the nations ran to turn the atom into a powerful force. A handful of these blocks were found, but each was made of benign uranium. The latter cannot be used as a weapon except to throw it at someone’s head. To take it to the next level, the researchers lacked something specific.
This “something” was as simple as teamwork. Together, the laboratories had what it takes to create a functioning nuclear program. Instead, they acted like rivals.
Germany’s defeat in the Second World War ultimately destroyed her nuclear dream. But if the scientists had come together, their work could have gone faster and lead to success. And today’s world could be a very different place.
4th Dust-sized cubes that deliver medicine
The future of medicine is a miniature miracle. One of the best is an invention by Johns Hopkins University. In 2005, they created metal cubes that were assembled during production. But something else makes these objects valuable. You can hold and dispense medication in a patient’s body.
While it sounds dangerous to shoot someone full of metal blocks, their size makes the dice relatively harmless. They are no bigger than dust spots, although they have six sides, hinges and a layer of gold.
When one or the other therapy is available, an implant filled with cubes treats everything from disorders and illnesses to injuries. A kind of trigger, maybe a remote frequency, tells the blocks when to release the medication.
3rd A clever swarm of cubes
In 2019, MIT shared a fascinating clip with the public. The footage showed tiny cubes with their own lives. The blocks moved independently of one another and rolled or jumped towards their destination. They looked for specific partners to hold on to and used them like bricks to build structures. The cubes even followed light sources.
The robots are called M-Blocks 2.0. Everyone has a rapidly rotating flywheel for a heart. On the outside, barcodes and magnets allow the blocks to recognize each other. This way, they can spin, shuffle, and climb other blocks to create what a program tells them to do.
But these are not lego blocks for the lazy. M-Blocks can save lives in the future. For example, they could hug each other in a bridge and allow stranded people to climb to safety.
2nd A cube calculated the strength of a villain
Thanos is one of the most powerful Marvel villains. In 2018, a professor from Northeastern University wanted to know how strong the purple terror was. But Steven Cranford needed something to measure Thanos’ physical performance. For this he turned to the Marvel film Avenger: Infinity War. In it, Thanos smashes a cube called Tesseract.
The cube may be fictional, but tesseras are not. This geometric shape has four dimensions, with one cube floating in the middle of another cube. Cranford had to build his own test file. Since this is too difficult in real life, he created several 4-D cubes with special software that he could use to assemble them. Atom by atom.
Cranford experimented with different materials and sizes before deciding on a carbon-based replica. When he tested the strength of the replica, it became clear that Thanos had to exert 42,000 tons of force to smash the fictional Tesseract. To put this in the right light, Thanos can raise the effective value Titanic how the Avengers can lift their teacups.
1 The earth consists of cubes
During the 5th century BC Chr. Plato believed that the universe consisted of five elements – air, water, earth, fire and cosmos. Plato gave each element a geometric shape. The element earth was a cube. It was more interesting that the world was made up of cubes.
Although we know today that the planet is a sphere, the Greek philosopher showed an uncanny awareness of something that researchers have only recently discovered. Inspired by Plato’s belief that the planet is a cube festival, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania looked for rocks. To their astonishment, they found that the average shape for stones, regardless of whether they were blown up or broken by nature, is the cube.
Plato was a master of geometry. Still, it’s boundlessly insane that he knew over 1,000 years ago that most of the earth is a collection of cubes.
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