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    UCLA nerds find new prime #!!!

    I know this is not science related, as such, math really, but did you hear, the nerds at UCLA found a new prime number! Apparently, it has 13,000,000,000 digits and it was found by 70 some odd computers running XP. I wish I had a link, but it was only a paragraph in the paper.

    Okay science and math folks, what, if anything is the signifigance of this discovery (aside from the $100,000 grant they might get for the discovery)

    Thanks, Pete
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    Re: UCLA nerds find new prime #!!!

    Prime numbers do have plenty of practical applications. The RSA encryption system that allows you to communicate securely across the internet is based on prime numbers, and they have dozens of other applications as well.

    I'm not sure what use finding one with 13 billion digits is though. I think it's probably just a case of 'mine is bigger than yours', nerd style.

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