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Mysterious Intergalactic Radio Bursts Come From a Truly Strange Place

First detected in 2002, Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are quick, high-energy pulses originating from galaxies billions of light years away. Scientists still don’t know the true nature of these bursts or what’s causing them, but new observations of the only known repeating FRBs are providing details about the extreme environments in which these pulses are born. Read More >>

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More Than a Dozen New Cosmic Radio Bursts Detected From Deep Space

Scientists on the hunt for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence have detected 15 Fast Radio Bursts from a dwarf galaxy located three billion light-years away. Though likely not produced by aliens, the new observations could tell us more about these mysterious and powerful cosmic pulses. Read More >>

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Wild New Theory Suggests Radio Bursts Beyond Our Galaxy Are Powering Alien Starships

Since their discovery ten years ago, fast radio bursts have confounded astronomers. These intergalactic pulses of radio energy have defied explanation, but a new theory suggests a technological origin, whereby aliens use these beams to propel their ships through space. Extremely speculative stuff, to be sure, but it’s an idea worth pursuing given just how weird these pulses are. Read More >>

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Astronomers Pinpointed the Location of Multiple Weird Radio Bursts Beyond Our Galaxy

Fast radio bursts, powerful pulses of radio energy of unknown cosmic origin, are a source of endless fascination to astronomers and alien conspiracy theory fodder to everybody else. But while most FRBs discovered to date are one-off events — a single chirp in the interstellar void, if you will — these phenomena got more interesting last year when astronomers discovered the very first FRB signal that repeats. Now, they’ve pinpointed its location. Read More >>

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That Mysterious Radio Burst from Space Isn’t So Mysterious After All

Two months ago, astronomers picked up and then pinpointed a location of a weird burst of radio waves from space, prompting heated debate about the possible source of the signals. Now, new data has finally revealed that source—and it’s not such a big mystery after all. Move along, nothing to see here: Just a star-gobbling supermassive black hole burping out some excess radio waves. Read More >>

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Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts Just Got Even More Interesting

Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are a source of endless fascination. But despite a decade of observations, not all astronomers are sure that they’re real. In light of a study out in Nature today, which reports the very first recurring FRB, some of that lingering scepticism is evaporating. Read More >>

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Astronomers Finally Pinpoint the Location of Mysterious Radio Bursts in Space

For years, astronomers have puzzled over “fast radio bursts” (FRBs), mysterious cosmic beats that may come from pulsars. Now, for the first time, researchers have pinpointed the location of one such burst — and the discovery hints at an even more epic origin story. Read More >>

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No One Knows What’s Causing These Mysterious Radio Bursts From Space

Back in 2007, astronomers detected an incredibly brief, incredibly strong radio wave burst in Australia. And now, on the opposite side of the world, astronomers have detected a second blast of similar proportions. Meaning that A) the first one wasn't a fluke, and B) we have absolutely no idea what's causing them. Read More >>