An anonymous member of Ars distributed computing Team Prime Rib has found the fourth-largest prime number discovered to date as part of the Seventeen or Bust effort. The number, 28433 * 2^7830457 + 1, was found after over two days of processing by the computer that found it.
Califoria-based biotech firm Genetic Savings & Clone (GSC) has made its first sale: a cloned male kitten, for $50,000.
There's a 1-in-300 chance that a recently discovered asteroid, believed to be about 1,300 feet (396 meters) long, could hit Earth in 2029, a NASA Latest News about NASA scientist said Thursday, but he added that the perceived risk probably will be eliminated once astronomers get more detail about its orbit.
In January, the space agency will launch Deep Impact, a rocket that will fire a projectile into Comet Tempel 1. If all goes well, a collision will take place on July 4 that will raise a dust cloud that astronomers will use to study the chemical composition of the comet, said officials at NASA officials and researchers at the American Geophysical Union, a conference taking place in San Francisco this week.
Given the wealth of evidence that smoking damages your health, you would have to be stupid not to kick the habit. Now a study suggests this could be a self-fulfilling prophecy, because smoking reduces your IQ.