Last Wednesday. NASA scientists announced the discovery of 715 new exoplanets by the Kepler space observatory. To put that in context, the total number of exoplanets discovered prior to the new megafind was 1000.
Related: Distant Earths
Veritaserum’s Derek Muller guests on this week’s Mental Floss list show about accidental discoveries including Viagra, Post-It notes and the cardiac pacemaker.
Dr Curtis Cooper of the University of Central Missouri has discovered the largest known Mersenne prime number. It has 17,425,170 digits.
Above is a mere snippet of its full glory.
Want to see what it looks like in abbreviated form?
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360vr.com has an excellent hi-def 360° scrollable panorama of the flight deck of the Discovery, currently being decommissioned and soon to be donated to the Smithsonian.
Get your shuttle on here.