What is the latest progress in the research on Odd Perfect numbers? I may be wrong, but I found a little on Perfect numbers in the latest issues of SCI journals. Is it really so? I would like to have the latest update on Perfect numbers.

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I am not claiming that I do know the latest update about perfect numbers. However, I believe that still nobody has proved that there are no odd perfect numbers (despite of some doubtful papers on the web). There are heuristics (e.g., by C. Pomerance) that there should be no odd perfect numbers. People have proved a number of restrictive properties that odd perfect number must have, if there are any. Indeed, any odd perfect number $N$ must satisfy: 1.) $N> 10^{1500}$, 2.) $N$ is not divisible by 105. 3.) $N$ is of the form $N ≡ 1 (mod 12), N ≡ 117 (mod 468)$, or $N ≡ 81 (mod 324)$. and so on. For references see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_numbers#Odd_perfect_numbers. For relations the abc conjecture, see http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~carlp/LucaPomeranceNYJMstyle.pdf. Edit: And here is more discussion at MO: Algebraic Attacks on the Odd Perfect Number Problem. 

