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The Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts — 3 Comments

  1. I know it isn’t terribly insightful, but your reference to a microwave oven made me think of the episode of the Simpsons when Stephen Hawking comments on Homer Simpson’s “theory” of a doughnut shaped universe. I’m excited to see where this mother of all needle in a haystack leads us. However, there was a comical moment thinking of a grad student heating up a burrito in the middle of the night who suddenly thought, “What happens if I do this?” Thanks Brenda!

  2. Thank you for the comment. Another interesting tale which does have a mundane explanation happened when mysterious absorption features appeared in the spectra of stars by a research group in France that were entirely absent from the spectra of the same stars by a research group in California. An astute colleague on the California side thought for a moment and then devised a plan. He repeated the observation on the California side while lighting a cigarette and voila! The mysterious features were attributed to particulates in the cigarette smoke..

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