November 28th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

A photographic 'Street View' tour of America

By John D. Sutter, CNN

Part of me is surprised no one thought of this before.

Photographer Doug Rickard has created a beautiful collection of images of U.S. cities and towns pulled entirely from Street View - that project of Google Maps, started in 2007, which lets people "walk" the streets of the world through photographs taken from Google cars, tricycles and snowmobiles.

Called "A New American Picture," Rickard explains the project in the video interview above, which was filmed by a group called Pier 24 Photography. FULL POST

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November 28th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

LEGO + smartphone robot solves Rubik's cube in a flash

By John D. Sutter, CNN

File this in the "things machines do better than humans" category.

A robotic machine, controlled by an Android smartphone, claims it can solve a Rubik's cube faster than any human. Check out the video above for a proof of concept. It's pretty amazing to see.

More on how the contraption works from a post on YouTube: FULL POST

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