Hi all,

Michael Shafer discovered the 40th known Mersenne prime, 2^20996011-1.
Congratulations Michael.  This prime is over 6.3 million digits, beating
the previous world record prime by over 2 million digits.

Scott has handed out the press release and already the first online article
of the discovery has appeared:


You can also read Scott's press release http://www.mersenne.org/20996011.htm

I'll try to add more links to the http://mersenne.org web page as they become

Well done everyone,

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