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New Record Set

Saturday, January 13, 2007 was an important day. The Exploratorium's Palace of Fine Arts was the place to be....to watch some of the world's greatest Rubik's Cube puzzle-solvers compete before a live audience at the International Rubik Cube Competition!

A new world record was set, when Leyan Lo, a member of Caltech's Rubik's Cube Club, unscrambled (or solved) the cube in 11.13 seconds. He broke the previous record of 11.75 seconds, set by France's Jean Pons at the Dutch Open Rubik's Cube Competition in 2006.

But, Lo is not the world champion, which is determined by the best average in three of five solution times. That title was won by Shotaro "Macky" Makisumi, a 15-year-old high school sophomore from Pasadena, who is "widely considered the fastest Rubik's Cube solver on the planet." His average: 14.91 seconds! And his prize...a Rubik's Snake puzzle that sells for about $13.

Finally, at this same competition, Dan Dzoan set the record for solving the cube using only one hand. You can watch a video of his performance, or watch videos of other performers speedcubing throughout the world.