MHS Student Sets National Record for Solving Rubik's Cube Blindfolded

On Saturday, MHS junior Sreeram Venkatarao crushed the U.S. national record for solving the 3x3 Rubik's Cube - and he did it blindolded! It took him only 26.07 seconds - more than a second faster than the previous national record. And that less-than-a-minute time includes the seconds he memorized the puzzle before putting on the eye mask required in the blind solve category of competition. A YouTube video capturing his joy (and spectators' glee) after he broke the record at the national competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is captivating. 
Watch Sreeram solve the 3X3 at the MSF Open 2015.
Sreeram says he doesn't have a photographic memory. While he does memorize cube puzzles, he also understands the mathematics behind how they work. 
In May, Venkatarao presented scientific research at the INTEL science fair that connected his passion for mathematics and computer science - and that was sparked by his love for the Rubik's Cube's patterns. His research used image-processing techniques and computers to identify patterns that differentiate normal tissue from cancerous tissue - a time-consuming process he sped up by buildinga pattern-recognition algorithm.