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Title    Scientists Find Patterns in Unusual Radio Bursts From Space - Strange Physics or Alien Civilization?
Date    Thursday April 02 2015, @08:19AM
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from the leave-a-message-after-the-beep dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=15/04/01/1628204

AnonTechie writes in with an astronomical conundrum. Scientists from Hawaii and Germany have characterized [Abstract;Full paper] a series of radio signals known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and theorize that they may originate from a group of objects within the Milky Way. The New Scientist discusses the phenomenon and addresses some of the group's findings:

BURSTS of radio waves flashing across the sky seem to follow a mathematical pattern. If the pattern is real, either some strange celestial physics is going on, or the bursts are artificial, produced by human – or alien – technology.

Telescopes have been picking up so-called fast radio bursts (FRBs) since 2001. They last just a few milliseconds and erupt with about as much energy as the sun releases in a month. Ten have been detected so far, most recently in 2014, when the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia, caught a burst in action for the first time. The others were found by sifting through data after the bursts had arrived at Earth. No one knows what causes them, but the brevity of the bursts means their source has to be small – hundreds of kilometers across at most – so they can't be from ordinary stars. And they seem to come from far outside the galaxy.

The weird part is that they all fit a pattern that doesn't match what we know about cosmic physics.

Links

  1. "AnonTechie" - https://soylentnews.org/~AnonTechie/
  2. "characterized" - http://arxiv.org/abs/1503.05245
  3. "Fast Radio Bursts" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_radio_burst
  4. "discusses" - http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630153.600-is-this-et-mystery-of-strange-radio-bursts-from-space.html?full=true

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