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Students + LittleBigPlanet + 24 Hours = Amazing

What can a team of design students create in just 24 hours? How about a complete video game level, crammed with animation, danger, and innovative art?

Last weekend, students from New York City's slightly awkwardly-named Parsons The New School for Design divided themselves into teams to design levels for an upcoming PlayStation 3 game called LittleBigPlanet. In the game, the player controls a little "sackboy" (with what appears to be a hacky sack for a head) as he runs around levels that are designed from within the game itself. The Parsons students were given access to an early copy of the game and had just 24 hours to figure out how to build their own levels. One team, calling itself "Team Sportsmanship," made a masterpiece, a hugely complex level in which the sackboy has to run and jump through the inside of a monster's body to reach its head. It's crazy and beautiful. Check it out:

LittleBigPlanet comes out next month, and you'll be able to access the Parsons levels (and other user-generated content) from within the game.

(Via Waxy.org.)

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

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