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Princeton Pair Sets World Record in Packing Puzzle
August 12, 2009
Two Princeton University researchers have made a major advance in addressing a twist in the packing problem, jamming more tetrahedra--solid figures with four triangular faces--and other polyhedral solid objects than ever before into a space. The work could result in better ways to store data on compact discs as well as a better understanding of matter itself.
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