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Fraser
2013-Aug-16, 04:10 PM
The Universe is sizzling with undiscovered phenomena. Only last month astronomers heard four unexpected bumps in the night. These Fast Radio Bursts released torrents of energy, each occurred only once, and lasted a few thousandths of a second. Their origin has since mystified astronomers. Dismissing my first guess, which includes a feverish Jodie Foster verifying […]

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neilzero
2013-Aug-26, 02:20 AM
Several error flags arose as I read this article. Problems are in the following excerpts:

For all bursts, the short-wavelength component arrived at the telescope a fraction of a second before the longer wavelengths.
intergalactic space, which is teeming with electrons in clouds of cold plasma.
These Fast Radio Bursts are likely to have originated anywhere from 5 to 10 billion light years away.

In the final milliseconds before merging, the rotation periods of the two neutron stars synchronize – they become tidally locked to one another as the Moon is tidally locked to the Earth.

It’s likely that 100,000 Fast Radio Bursts occur each day. This matches the likely neutron star merger rate.

The Universe is bursting with energy – literally – every 10 seconds