New World Record for Fastest Time to Solve a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube Set at 5.253 Seconds

At a competition held at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2014 U.S. National Champion Collin Burns set the new world record for fastest time solving a 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube with an incredible 5.253 seconds.

This beats the previous world record of 5.55 seconds set by Mats Valk at the Zonhoven Open in 2013. A YouTube video shows the record-breaking effort, but the official results from the event have not yet been posted.

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‘Reactions’ Explains the Science Behind the Armor, Weapons, and Abilities of Marvel’s Avengers

Chemist Raychelle Burks starred in a recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions to help explain the science behind the armor, weapons, and abilities of Marvel‘s powerful Avengers superhero team.

Science fans, assemble! The world’s top superhero team is back to save the world in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” And these superheroes use some super science to help them keep the bad guys in check. This week, Reactions looks at the chemistry of the Avengers, including Tony Stark’s suit, Captain America’s shield and Black Widow’s super-fast healing.

A Stunning Short Film Featuring Incredibly Serene Footage of Antarctica

Filmmaker Kalle Ljung shot a stunning short film while visiting Antarctica for 20 days this past December and January. The film, which features incredibly serene footage of the cold and wet natural surroundings, was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 drone with an attached GoPro HERO3+ Black.

We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica. We spent 16 days in the Antarctic and got to experience the most amazing scenery and wildlife before we returned back to Ushuaia.

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An Amusing Compilation of the Many Loser Roles Played by William H. Macy Throughout His Career

Oliver Noble and Ben Craw of The Huffington Post have edited together an amusing compilation of the inept, underdog, and loser roles that the phenomenal actor William H. Macy has played throughout his career, making him appear to be the most unfortunate person who ever lived. But of course, looks can be deceiving.

After watching the video, it may be tempting to feel sorry for Macy. But remember, while he seems like a hopeless sad sack on the silver screen, in reality the actor has one of Hollywood’s happiest marriages, three children, an Emmy and way more money than you.

Jimmy Fallon Introduces Three New Young Inventors Who Share Their Clever ‘Fallonventions’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

On a recent episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon introduced three new young inventors during the show’s ongoing “Fallonventions” segment. Sean Violette, Sahar Khashayar, and Brooke Boyer shared their clever inventions which included a paper airplane launcher, a wildfire warning system, and a handy “Tissue Time 3000″ belt for blowing your nose and easily disposing of the waste. Fallon also showed off a couple of the inventions that he made like a two-sided toothpaste tube, and a mini squeegee for cleaning smartphone screens.

At the end of the segment, The Tonight Show partnered with GE and gave all three inventors $5,000 towards their education.

New ‘Urban Geode’ Faux Crystal Street Art Installations by Paige Smith

Urban Geode Street Art by Paige Smith

Back in 2012 we first posted about Urban Geode, charming faux crystal street art installations created by artist Paige Smith in Los Angeles. In the intervening years Smith has taken her crystals–crafted mainly from paper or resin–to other locales, including Istanbul and San Francisco. She has also invited artists, from as afar afield as Amman, Jordan and Seoul, South Korea, to install geodes in their cities. Some of Smith’s most recent installations can be viewed on her Instagram account.

Urban Geode Street Art by Paige Smith

Urban Geode Street Art by Paige Smith

Urban Geode Street Art by Paige Smith

Urban Geode Street Art by Paige Smith

photos via Paige Smith

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