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Fast radio bursts mystery 'close to being solved'

Fast radio bursts mystery 'close to being solved'

Technology
Astronomers are getting closer to solving one of the universe's biggest mysteries.Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are transient radio pulses that emit more energy in a single millisecond than the sun does all day.As many as 10,000 of them are thought to occur every day but so far astronomers have only spotted dozens and have struggled to pin down their origin.Fast radio bursts are extremely powerful but they are also very short, lasting only milliseconds.Making a researcher's task even more difficult, many of them only happen once.One, however, has been observed to repeat itself sporadically, allowing researchers to examine it more closely.FRB 121102 could have come from an extreme environment - "among the most highly-magnetised regions of space ever observed", researchers say in a report contain...
Light shed on mystery space radio pulses

Light shed on mystery space radio pulses

Science
Astronomers have shed more light on a mysterious source of recurring radio pulses from space.Fast radio bursts are one of the most persistent puzzles in astronomy; while usually short-lived, one source in the sky was sending out repeated flashes.Now, a team says the strange emission could be caused by a dead star with an exceptionally powerful magnetic field.Details were reported here at the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting.The first FRB was discovered in 2007, in archived data from the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. Astronomers were searching for new examples of magnetised neutron stars called pulsars, but found a new phenomenon - a radio burst from 2001. Since then, 18 FRBs - also referred to as "flashes" or "sizzles" - have been found in total.But only one of these sour...
Prince Harry edits Radio 4's Today: Obama and Charles interviewed

Prince Harry edits Radio 4's Today: Obama and Charles interviewed

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your devicePrince Harry says he will go on using his position to "shine a spotlight" on issues close to his heart.He was speaking as he guest edited BBC Radio 4's Today programme, which focused on the armed forces, mental health, youth crime and climate change.He interviewed former US president Barack Obama and his own father, Prince Charles, as part of the radio show.He also said his fiancee Meghan Markle had enjoyed spending Christmas with the family "she's never had".Ahead of his wedding in May, Prince Harry said he was determined 2018 would be a "fantastic year".He said: "Post-Christmas... I just hope everyone out there has had a chance to just think about the things that really matter and the difference that every single one of us can make."Part of my ...
Geri Horner cleared out BBC radio studio with mass evacuation – after her dog broke wind

Geri Horner cleared out BBC radio studio with mass evacuation – after her dog broke wind

Entertainment
WIREIMAGEUNHELPFUL: Geri's dog broke wind during a radio interviewThe pop singer was booked for an interview with Radio Two’s Ken Bruce.But he has now revealed how Ginger Spice turned it into a nightmare for him and his bosses.She turned up with a random girl she had just met on the streets outside BBC headquarters in London.BBCUPSET: Bruce says Geri turned the radio interview into a nightmare “She brought in somebody she had met on the street, and this was just after a major terrorism incident. And a dog that farted” Ken BruceAnd she brought a dog, expecting Bruce to interview the pooch but it ended up causing a stink.In an interview with Radio Times, when asked about his “highlights and lowlights”, Bruce named Geri as someone he would rather not have back.He revealed:
50 facts about Radio 1 & 2 as they turn 50

50 facts about Radio 1 & 2 as they turn 50

Entertainment
On 30 September, 1967, the BBC's Light Programme split in two. Younger listeners were given Radio 1, while the Light Programme itself morphed into Radio 2, continuing with its mix of big bands, record requests, sport and comedy.But do you know which DJ inspired the lyrics to I Am The Walrus? Or why Radio 1's first weather forecast prompted 12 complaints?Here are 50 facts to celebrate the stations' first 50 years. 1. The first voice on Radio 1 was Tony Blackburn, right? Wrong. Shortly after 5:30am on 30 September, broadcaster Paul Hollingdale was at the helm, with his Breakfast Special show broadcast simultaneously on both stations. 2. The opening announcement was not what you'd call dynamic...Media playback is unsupported on your device3. The two stations split at 7:00am. After a five-seco...