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Chris Hadfield Plays Games in Space

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Imagine you're on the International Space Station. You spend your day supervising science experiments, making sure the station is running properly, and doing your required two-hour-a-day workout routine. It's a busy day, but what happens in your spare time, when you're just chilling out in space? During his free time, Commander Chris Hadfield plays "Space Darts," a space-ified version of the game using non-pointy materials found on the ISS. (He also makes a lot of YouTube videos, and plays Space Scrabble...and I spotted a Space iPad velcroed to the wall of the ISS, which just might contain a game or two.) Hadfield's Space Darts game is a little slow, but the mere fact that it's happening in space makes it pretty rad.

So can Earth-bound humans make a better game for space, using only spare materials found on the ISS? If it's the MythBusters, you bet they're gonna try! In this video, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman talk to Hadfield about Space Darts -- and then devise a game of their own. It involves a duct tape ball with fins, and trying to put a little English on a ball thrown in space. Will this new game beat Space Darts? Watch and find out:

Note: this is from the Tested YouTube Channel, a must-subscribe if you like making things...or watching Adam Savage make things.

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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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