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In honor of the toy's 40th anniversary, the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., is launching an exhibition devoted to the puzzle.
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The 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s cube is being celebrated with a $5 million exhibition at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
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Ever see the inside of a Groovik's Cube? No? We didn't think so!

Here's a peek inside what will be a major part of the Beyond Rubik's Cube exhibition coming to +Liberty Science Center in 2014. Photo and explanation courtesy of +Michael Tyka, one of the cube's creators.

"From this photo compilation, you can see the central wooden platform and the 'cube brain'.

The rectangular boxes with the rounded corners are custom control boxes that regulate the current for the LED lights. There are 11 of them, each driving 5 lights (15 channels, as each light has 3 color channels)."

The cube will be suspended in the Center's atrium and guests will be able to work together and solve the cube from separate control panels.

We can't wait to see it in action! 
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Exacycle Research Fellow @Google, Artist, Co-Founder of @groovikscube & @TheALTSpace
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Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington and has been studying the structure and dynamics of protein molecules. In particular, he has been interested in protein folding and has been writing computer simulation software to better understand this fascinating process. Protein folding is the way our genetic code is interpreted from an abstract sequence of data into the functional enzymes and nano machines that drive our bodies. Mike is currently a Visiting Scientist at Google in Seattle. 

Mike became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and construct Groovik's Cube, a 35ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik's cube. Since then he's co-founded ALTSpace, a shared art studio in Seattle, and started creating sculptures of protein folds. He hopes to capture some of the hidden beauty of these amazing molecules, make it accessible to the general public, and maybe act as inspiration for those who want to learn more about these fascinating molecules that make life possible.

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