CLOSE
Original image
iStock

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube in Five Steps

Original image
iStock

Watching someone solve a Rubik’s Cube with a few twists and turns never stops being impressive. But it doesn’t take a genius to conquer the classic puzzle: All you need to do is memorize a handful of steps to join the ranks of the Rubik’s Cube masters.

This infographic, shared by Reddit user CitizenYellow, lays out the trick to solving a Rubik’s Cube step-by-step. The guide is broken into five parts, with a few moves and illustrations accompanying each section. To ensure you’re fully prepared before diving in, refer to the key of moves, layers, and essential information to know at the top of the page. After going through the process, the final result should be a cube with perfect solid blue, yellow, green, red, orange, and white squares on each side.

This is just one of the many algorithms that have been devised to make tackling a Rubik's Cube less of a headache. Once you have this one memorized, you can work on executing it as fast as possible. The current best time to beat is 4.69 seconds.

How To: Solve a Rubik

[h/t Visualistan]

Original image
iStock
arrow
Live Smarter
Beyond the Label: How to Pick the Right Medicines For Your Cold and Flu Symptoms
Original image
iStock

The average household spends an annual total of $338 on various over-the-counter medicines, with consumers making around 26 pharmacy runs each year, according to 2015 data from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. To save cash and minimize effort (here's why you'd rather be sleeping), the Cleveland Clinic recommends avoiding certain cold and flu products, and selecting products containing specific active ingredients.

Since medicine labels can be confusing (lots of people likely can’t remember—let alone spell—words like cetirizine, benzocaine, or dextromethorphan), the famous hospital created an interactive infographic to help patients select the right product for them. Click on your symptom, and you’ll see ingredients that have been clinically proven to relieve runny or stuffy noses, fevers, aches, and coughs. Since every medicine is different, you’ll also receive safety tips regarding dosage levels, side effects, and the average duration of effectiveness.

Next time you get sick, keep an eye out for these suggested elements while comparing products at the pharmacy. In the meantime, a few pro tips: To avoid annoying side effects, steer clear of multi-symptom products if you think just one ingredient will do it for you. And while you’re at it, avoid nasal sprays with phenylephrine and cough syrups with guaifenesin, as experts say they may not actually work. Cold and flu season is always annoying—but it shouldn’t be expensive to boot.

Original image
iStock
arrow
infographics
All the Plastic Ever Produced, Visualized
Original image
iStock

Humanity has a plastic problem. The cheap, durable material has become a vital part of our vehicles, food packaging, and even the inner structures of our homes. We’ve already produced 8.3 billion metric tons of the stuff, and most of it is sitting in landfills where it could take centuries to break down.

In early 2017, a study published in the journal Science Advances highlighted the literal weight of this growing issue. Researchers calculated that the bulk of all the plastic that’s been made by humans is equivalent to that of 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. Of that, only 9 percent has been recycled. The amount of plastic waste currently trashing our planet adds up to 6.3 billion metric tons, and the researchers don’t see our plastic addiction getting any less severe in the near future. By 2050, the plastic in our landfills is expected to hit 12 billion metric tons. You can see more alarming statistics from the study in the infographic below.

Infographic showing plastic production statistics.
University of Georgia, Janet A Beckley

Of all the trash we produce, plastic is some of the toughest to get rid of [PDF]. Scientists are looking into solutions, such as plastic-chomping caterpillars and germs, but for now consumers can do the planet a favor by investing in more reusable goods.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER