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Is "discovered" the proper term for determining another number is prime? Was it behind the new 9th planet? Regardless, good week for science!
 
There's been a new discovery!

Mathematicians at the University of Central Missouri have discovered a new prime number that has over 22 MILLION digits. The new number discovered is a "Mersenne prime" and can be written as 2^(74,207,281) - 1.

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This post can also be found on my new math blog, All Things Math, right here on Google+. 
Researchers at the University of Central Michigan have discovered the largest prime number to date — and it's really big.
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I assumed you'd be along to verify. If discovered works for you, it works
for me!
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"One of these companies is a one-man operation in Japan run by an old man who produces the lacquers in his garage"

Fascinating article about the vinyl record industry. It's survived the last 20 years on ancient equipment and a small number of enthusiasts, but the recent surge in popularity might finish them off for good. 
A close examination of the problems facing the vinyl manufacturing industry in 2015.
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I got to watch a little of this game at work (the 0-0 part, naturally), and like everyone else I just assumed it would end otherwise. Excellent writing as usual from Paul Doyle at the Guardian.
After Ireland’s famous wins over Holland, Italy and England in years gone by, the manager has written his name into Irish folklore with a 1-0 victory over the world champions
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Feels like the days of Jack The Lad!!! 
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Bit by bit, self driving cars are going to take over the world. It can't come soon enough for me...I see so many drivers staring at their phones that it seems we've already abandoned the idea of piloting our cars...we just haven't stopped driving yet.
While some car makers and technology companies like Google are still somewhat scrambling to make self-driving private cars a reality on public roads, Netherlands might already be taking the next bi…
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I read somewhere (io9, I think) that Tokyo is planning to have a fleet of self-driving taxis during the Olympics there.
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Really interesting article about Iapetus, Saturn's "ying/yang" moon, by +Ethan Siegel. 
The most unusual looking moon has a dark side, all thanks to a failed comet that was captured by Saturn long ago.
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Amazing
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Comparing two of my favorite backyard plants from how they looked a couple of months ago. The dragonfruit is taking over, probably because it gets runoff from the surprising amount of dew that collects on the patio cover. The mulberry is really coming along, too. I want to replant it in a larger pot, but I'm afraid to stress it out while it's doing so well.
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Penguin PJs and a book = in for the rest of the day. I wonder if anyone rents cats for such an occasion?
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I would love to rent a cat or a dog.
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A documentary about a group of scientists trying to build a space elevator is being released to On Demand services tomorrow. Definitely going to find out how to watch this...
Going up? Attention space elevator button pushers! A feature-length documentary called Sky Line is being released this month, an impressive view that follows a group of scientists and entrepreneurs as egos collide in an attempt to reach for the stars.
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I hate that guy.
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The greatest European vacation vehicle of all time...
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We were out of town during the recent rains, and came back to sprouted grains in one of the feed bins. The chickens enjoyed it so much we've repurposed a few of the boy's old toy bins for sprouting on a regular basis.
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I like where this is heading!
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Excellent details about Kepler-452b, very clearly explained by +ScienceAlert 
As you're probably well aware, a few hours ago, NASA and SETI announced the discovery of Earth's "older, bigger cousin". Called Kepler-452b, it's the first almost-Earth-sized planet that's been found in the habitable zone of a star very similar to...
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As usual, +Ethan Siegel has the most interesting commentary on the astronomical events of the day
Now that New Horizons has flown by the Plutonian system, can it be considered a planet after all?
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Thanks, that was a good read.
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