20030711, 21:29  #12 
Aug 2002
2×101 Posts 
Has anybody checked to see if the exponent itself is prime?

20030711, 21:38  #13  
Aug 2002
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20030711, 21:40  #14  
Aug 2002
Richland, WA
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20030711, 21:53  #15 
Aug 2002
Richland, WA
2^{2}×3×11 Posts 
Factoris, http://wims.unice.fr/wims/wims.cgi?l...ctor.en&cm, is a bit more rigorous than the previous link I gave and it actually certifies that 395462042351 is prime.

20030711, 22:55  #16 
Aug 2002
202_{10} Posts 
Guess we got lucky that the bozo didn't check for trivial factors before perpetrating this hoax.

20030711, 22:59  #17  
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
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Here's the excerpt: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993895 Unfortunately, Gold's argument is faulty. He seems to have stepped into one of the many ways to misapply thermodynamical principles. Also, he evidently didn't do much of an Internet search for proper explanations of Crookes radiometer behavior. It might be entertaining to watch Gold, Cornell and New Scientist get mud on their faces over the next few months. There's going to be a solarsail test launch in September! 

20030712, 00:15  #18 
Aug 2002
2×101 Posts 
Given that there are many wrong explanations out on the Internet, that might not have done him any good. But he should have at least studied Maxwell's papers on the subject.
I wonder if hydrogen in outer space is of sufficient density to utilize the thermal edge effect that does power Crookes radiometers. Might be better to use sails made of of millions of small black discs, if you can keep the heat from becoming too much of a problem. 
20030712, 02:29  #19 
Aug 2002
7·1,223 Posts 
Is this solar sail project related to the manned space mission to the sun?
At first I was skeptical because they would get burned up long before they got close, but then I found out they are going at night... 
20030712, 03:18  #20  
Aug 2002
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20030712, 04:04  #21 
Jun 2003
3^{2}×17 Posts 
Texas A & M Aggie Joke
Fortunately or unfortunately, you just retold an old, old, old Aggie Joke.

20030712, 06:01  #22 
Aug 2002
10000101110001_{2} Posts 
I love silly jokes...
A guy has a cat he wants to get rid of, so he drives about five miles out of town and drops the cat off in some woods... When he returns home the cat is there sitting on the porch... The man is amazed and confused... The next day he drives the cat twenty five miles away and drops it off in some woods... Again, when he arrives home, he sees the cat sitting there... The man is bewildered... Finally, the next day he drives the cat one hundred miles away and drops it off in some woods, but on the way home he gets hopelessly lost so he stops at a pay phone and calls home... "Yeah, honey? Run outside and ask that cat for some directions to get me home!" 
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