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Figuring Out FRBs

The Arecibo Observatory picked up 10 new fast radio bursts.

RELATED TAGS: FAST RADIO BURSTS
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The enigmatic signals known as fast radio bursts (FRBs) finally got a little less mysterious this year. True, astronomers still don’t know the origins of these extragalactic milliseconds-long radio pulses, and until this year fewer than 20 had ever been detected. But starting in December 2015, new FRB detections came in from observatories around the world, including the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope in Australia. The most import...
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