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Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) have gone from mysterious to intriguing, intriguing to exciting, exciting to maybe-explained, and just took a jump back to mysterious. That's because the latest observations of the Fast Radio Burst (FRB) phenomenon, published in Nature, has turned up an FRB that repeats. That suggests either that the …

  1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away

    Ok, which moron forgot to to turn on the white noise jammer when test firing the microwave pulse cannons?

  2. Zimmer
    Joke

    Microwave radiation..

    ..so who forgot that you're not to use the microwave for a pot noodle while the radio telescope is running????

    1. AndrewV

      Re: Microwave radiation..

      If only it were a joke.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-05/scientists-discover-signals-being-sent-by-kitchen-microwave/6445570

      1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

        Re: Microwave radiation..

        That microwave would fail a CE test.

        The door relay should cut-out the emitter before the door opens - as you press the open button on the older ones or the moment the door separates on the newer ones which do not have the "open" button (it is usually a reed relay).

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nah ..

    .. it's just another civilisation trying to rickroll us.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nah ..

      .. it's just another civilisation trying to rickroll us.

      So that would be a URL (Universe Resource Locator)?

      1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

        Or spam

        Let's face it it's always spam.

        1. MrDamage

          Re: Or spam

          Bloody vikings!

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: Nah ..

      It's Dave Lister, playing pool with neutron stars this time - six billion years ago because they have once again messed up the timedrive.

  4. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Alien

    Damn, that's the holographic projector on the blink again

    Don't patch it this time, just shut the simulator down, fix it, and start over...

  5. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

    Shouldn't that read "repeating FRBs detected" instead of "regular FRBs detected"? "Regular" implies a pattern, and if I've read the article right so far no pattern has emerged. (Yet?) *

    Anyway, interesting! What was happening six billion years ago?

    * Yes, I like having a bit of pedantry with my 11 am coffee...

  6. hugo tyson

    Multipath?

    ...as it's not regular.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Multipath?

      "...as it's not regular."

      Well try multigrain then. That will fix you up.

  7. jake Silver badge

    Hmmm ...

    Three or five neutron stars rotating around each other?

  8. Graham Marsden

    eight bursts on one day, two bursts on another

    I'd wonder whether the source was "wobbling" such that it's not always pointing right in our direction.

    Still, it's always great to know that the universe has plenty more fascinating secrets to be discovered.

    1. DJV Silver badge

      Re: eight bursts on one day, two bursts on another

      Obviously, the Cheela have figured out how to steer the thing...

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wonder who won?

    Must have been some space battle...

    1. Fink-Nottle
      Mushroom

      Re: I wonder who won?

      No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.

      1. breakfast

        Re: I wonder who won?

        It did literally happen a long time ago in a galaxy far away.

  10. Tromos
    Joke

    Next thing you know...

    ...the BBC will be wanting a licence fee from anyone capable of receiving a Fast Radio Burst.

    1. BongoJoe
      Coat

      Re: Next thing you know...

      ...and Theresa May will be wanting to save the data

  11. Youngone Silver badge
    Pint

    It's how heavy?

    They should just lift up one corner and estimate the weight.

    It'll be close enough.

    1. Captain DaFt

      Re: It's how heavy?

      "They should just lift up one corner and estimate the weight.

      It'll be close enough."

      But if they do that, they'll discover that all the "missing mass" is just dust that was swept under it! :)

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