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More Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Detected, With Possible Answer in Sight


There are uncountable mysteries in the universe, some of which may require the work of future generations to solve. Others we might be able to unravel in the not-too-distant future. For example, scientists are zeroing in on fast radio bursts, or FRBs. These anomalous pulses of energy were discovered in 2007, and a new data set covering hundreds of FRBs is being made available. This could be the advancement that helps us understand FRBs once and for all. 

The first FRB was detected on Earth in 2001, but no one knew about it until the data was analyzed in 2007. FRBs are so intense they can outshine entire galaxies but only for a few milliseconds before the burst ends. For a long time, astronomers believed FRBs did not repeat, making it difficult to catch one in the act. There have been tantalizing clues that many FRBs repeat, making the phenomenon ...


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