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Big and bigger: New prime numbers claim top two spots

Yesterday we reported on the impending announcement of two newly discovered mammoth prime numbers, and the details, now out, do not disappoint. According to the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), the volunteer-powered distributed-computing group responsible for finding most of the largest known primes (a prime number is divisible only by 1 and itself), both are larger than any other known primes: one clocks in at nearly 13 million digits in length and the other at a slightly smaller 11.2 million digits...

September 16, 2008 — John Matson

We are the world: Web's designer launches foundation to bring invention to all

It’s a lofty goal: make the World Wide Web truly global. Now, the Web's inventor says he'll try to do just that.

The new World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Tim Berners-Lee, will launch next year to bring the Web to people who don’t have ready access to it, the organization announced today — an effort that reflects what Berners-Lee says is the inherent populist nature of the Web...

September 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite

It's twins! Two massive new primes (as in numbers) discovered

Prime numbers have long held a special appeal among the mathematically minded, from the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes, who devised a method for finding primes some 2,200 years ago, to the cryptographers who made them the foundation of today’s encryption protocols...

September 15, 2008 — John Matson

Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider computers to prove they're vulnerable

As the first particles began circulating in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week, a group of hackers calling themselves the "Greek Security Team" penetrated computer systems inside CERN's Geneva, Switzerland, facility, where the world's biggest particle accelerator is housed, the Telegraph.co.uk reported today...

September 12, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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