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Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, more commonly referred to as GIMPS (not to be mistaken with the image editing software), has announced the discovery of the largest known prime number. That number is a huge 2^77,232,917-1, which contains 23,249,425 digits. To more easily refer to it, the number is also being called M77232917. Dozens of hours have gone into verifying the number.

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Toyota’s new autonomous car hides the sensor halo

Toyota’s new autonomous car hides the sensor halo

Toyota is bringing a new, next-generation autonomous car to CES 2018 next week, further underscoring the annual tech show's evolution as automakers get geekier with their rides. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Platform 3.0 may have a dull name, but it's hardly a boring car. Based on the Lexus LS 600 hL, the long-wheelbase version of the luxury hybrid sedan, it's a showcase of more than just the cutting-edge in driverless hardware.

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Arcades to get mind-controlled VR game this year

Arcades to get mind-controlled VR game this year

Arcades are going to get something new and cool this year with a game called "Awakening." The game is a virtual reality title that has players wearing a headset. There are no controls, the entire game is controlled with your mind. Yes, a mind-controlled virtual reality video game.

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Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google has revealed its Project Zero findings on the "speculative execution" security flaws that have sent processor-makers into a tailspin today. The issue - which had initially been circulating as an Intel processor flaw, but which it now appears affects chips from multiple manufacturers - is, in fact, a number of vulnerabilities that exploit critical aspects of many processors since 1995. They're generally being known as Meltdown and Spectre.

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Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Researchers reported this week that cacao plants are on the decline thanks to dryer weather and warming temperatures worldwide. To battle the oncoming nightmare of a world without chocolate, researchers and scientists at UC California and UC Berkeley teamed up with the Mars company and IGI. Together, the've begun to modify the genes of cacao crops to allow them to survive this planet's changing climate.

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Tinnitus treatment device could silence the ringing

Tinnitus treatment device could silence the ringing

University of Michigan researchers have developed a device that may one day offer a solution to tinnitus, a condition that causes someone to hear a persistent ringing sound. The device has been tested on animals and humans, the latter of which report decreases in tinnitus severity after four weeks of daily use. This is compared to the placebo group, which didn't experience any improvements to their condition.

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Nissan brain-reading car tech can control driverless vehicles

Nissan brain-reading car tech can control driverless vehicles

Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind, promising brain-scanning technology that could make performance cars more responsive and autonomous cars more relaxing. The technology, dubbed Brain-to-Vehicle or B2V, is the handiwork of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility lab, the project within the Japanese automaker exploring next-generation transportation.

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Diabetes drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s

Diabetes drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s

Researchers have discovered an unintended benefit to a drug that was originally developed to treat diabetes. The medication has been found to have potential use as a treatment for Alzheimer's. The scientists say that the drug "significantly reversed memory loss" in mice through a triple method of action.

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Speed breeding crops inspired by NASA grow ultra-fast

Speed breeding crops inspired by NASA grow ultra-fast

More than ten years ago, NASA research looked into the idea of increasing the rate of crop production, and now researchers have used that as inspiration for technology that achieves such a goal. Called "speed breeding," the research involves a method for causing crops to grow at a much faster rate than they would out in a field, bringing food to the market more quickly...or to astronauts that rely on it on a far away planet.

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This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive, replacing complex displays with a revolutionary alternative. Rather than stacking multiple traditional lenses to focus different colors of light, metalenses rely on nanostructures to do so on a single, flat surface. However, until now their potential has been more theoretical than practical.

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30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

Construction workers in China discovered a cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs on Christmas day. The eggs, which were found in what appears to be a dinosaur nest, are described as being in great condition, a fortunate reality considering the use of explosives in the area during the construction process. The preserved nest and egg cache is located on a site that will ultimately be a middle school.

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CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report indicating that the flu is off to a strong start in the US this year. Influenza-like activity has been reported as widespread across 36 states, with 21 of those states having a large number of flu-related cases. The reason for the widespread presence, according to the CDC, is this year's flu vaccine having a low effectiveness rate.

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