Spaces mysterious fast radio bursts What the heck are they

first_img “That’s weird isn’t it? You’d expect to find FRBs where there are more stars … more stars means more neutron stars,” Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University and the discovery team said at the time. Burstin’ We’re already picking up more signals from deep space. Danielle Futselaar Comment “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” Avi Loeb, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics theorist, said in a press release back in 2017. At least one case of an FRB was later explained by someone at an observatory opening a microwave oven door while it was running. At this rate, we might soon be able to stream FRBs live as they arrive at our planet. Podcasts are fun, but I now look forward to a golden age of (tiny) bite-sized alien radio broadcasts. It should really be no surprise that, as with most space stuff that can’t yet be explained without a doubt by some natural phenomenon, aliens have been proposed as a possibility, including by Loeb himself. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” he says. 26 Photos Notably, one of the repeating FRBs picked up by the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) appears to be much closer than the first couple observed. While those came from somewhere billions of light years away on the other side of the universe, this newly heard one could come from the edge of our own galaxy. Space FRBs are essentially just what they sound like — radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds. In addition to neutron stars, there’s also exploding black holes, magnetars and hypothetical blitzars that could be throwing off radio emissions that eventually make it to us. Originally published May 26, 2017. Updated Aug. 20, 2019, with additional information. Best places in space to search for alien life But after the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia came online in late 2017, scientists had a new and highly valuable stream of FRB observations at their disposal. As of August 2019, a total of a dozen repeating fast radio bursts have now been confirmed or are in the process of being confirmed. An (extraterrestrial) intelligent explanation? center_img Tags Since then, an “FRB Theory Wiki” hosted by the McGill Space Institute has grown to include over four dozen possible explanations ranging from “annihilating mini black holes” to “alien light sails,” although most explanations at this point have something to do with pulsars or neutron stars.  1 One aspect of FRBs that has made them so hard to trace back to a source is that they rarely seem to repeat. For the first decade of FRB research, they were all just detected and never heard from again. Then, in January 2017, researchers announced they’d finally identified that FRB 121102 repeats. But new radio telescopes in Australia and Canada are already making it much easier to detect fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and here’s a look at what we’ve learned so far. Few encores Sci-Tech Researchers have also been able to integrate artificial intelligence with one telescope in Australia to detect FRBs in real-time as they arrive at Earth. That could rapidly speed up the work of studying the odd signals, which previously required combing through past observations taken months or even years previous. Loeb and his colleagues worked out how much power would be needed to send such signals across the universe. Turns out it would require covering two Earth-size planets with energy collectors, leading Loeb to theorize that such a massive project might be used not to communicate, but to propel starships using high-energy beams. As more new observing equipment comes online, our understanding of FRBs could begin to crystallize very soon.  Share your voice This allowed them to trace the blinking signal to a surprising source: a distant dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years beyond the Milky Way. Fast radio bursts from space are a uniquely 21st-century mystery. They were first identified just 12 years ago and, up until very recently, almost nothing was known about them and where they come from. While aliens might be the most exciting possible explanation, that doesn’t mean they’re the most probable. There are, after all, natural phenomena in the cosmos that could generate such signals and are known to actually exist, which is more than we can say for extraterrestrials. Or maybe there are different types of FRBs out there or different explanations we haven’t even thought of yet. The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled Mysterious deep-space signals can now be picked up in real time More mysterious signals from deep space detectedlast_img read more

2 women slaughtered at Munshiganj shrine

first_imgTwo women, including a khadem (caretaker) of a mazar (shrine), were found dead at a mazar(shrine) in Sadar upazila of Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased are Taijul Begum, 48, and Amena Begum, 60, a khadem of a shrine of Shilmandir area and hailed from Bakchar village in Sadar Upazila.On information, police recovered the throat-slit bodies of the two women, who might have been slaughtered sometime at night, around 9:30 am, said additional police super Mustafizur Rahman.Law enforcers collected some evidences, including a wallet, from the crime scene, he added.None has been arrested yet in this connection.last_img

AL to reshape villages if voted to power PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a public rally at Police Lines Ground in Pabna on Saturday. Photo: PIDUrging the countrymen to cast their votes for ‘boat’, the election symbol of Awami League, in the next general election, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said whatever pledges her party and government made will surely be fulfilled.“If you (people) cast your votes for ‘boat’, we’ll get another chance for serving you. Please raise your hands and say that you’ll cast your votes for us. Whatever pledges we’ve given to you, we’ll surely fulfill those … surely Bangladesh will turn into a prosperous and developed country,” she said.The Awami League president was addressing a mammoth public rally at the Pabna police lines ground organized by the district unit of ruling Awami League.Chaired by district AL president and land minster Shamsur Rahman Sherif, the rally was also addressed, among others, by agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, health minister Mohammed Nasim, AL presidium member M Abdur Razzaque, AL joint general secretaries Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and AL central leader SM Kamal Hossain.Referring to the general election to be held this December, the premier said if the countrymen voted AL to power again, they would turn every village of the country into a town.“We’ll ensure urban facilities for each and every community of each village and they’ll live a better life. We’ll turn every village into a town,” she pledged.Mentioning that Bangladesh has become a ‘developing country’ after graduating from the LDC status, the premier said: “We won’t beg from others. By the year 2041, we’ll make Bangladesh a prosperous and developed ‘Sonar Bangladesh’. No one was able to suppress Bengalees in the past and none will be able to do so in future. We’re moving ahead and we’ll continue to move forward,” she said.Referring to the arson attacks and mayhem unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat clique to foil the 5 January polls of 2014, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat hooligans during that time burnt some 3,500 innocent people, set afire some 70 government offices, and burned down 3,500 buses, 29 rail bogies and 6 land offices.“They (BNP-Jamaat) only know how to unleash havoc …. They only mean killing and destruction. Whenever they assumed office, they resorted to killings,” she alleged.The prime minister said on the other hand, AL wants and always works for ensuring development of the people. “We know better how to ensure development of the country and we’re doing that accordingly,” she said.She also said that her party assumed office to change the fate of the common people, not to resort to looting and let its party men make fortune.Turning to the jail-term of BNP chief Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case, Sheikh Hasina said Khaleda Zia had been convicted to jail term by the court since she embezzled the fund of the orphanage.Recalling the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with most of his family members on that fateful night on 15 August, the prime minister said her government has been working to turn Bangladesh into a hunger and poverty free ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.Renewing her pledge to free Bangladesh from terrorism, militancy and the clutch of drug, Sheikh Hasina said her government has been continuing drives against terrorism, militancy and drug to free the country from these menaces.In this connection, the prime minister sought cooperation and whole-hearted support from the guardians, teachers, freedom fighters and religious leaders to keep the youth-folk from the evil vices of terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.“Drug addiction destroys a family. Terrorism and militancy not only destroy a family, rather they ruin the whole country … I’ll urge all of you to keep special attention so the youth do not tread the path of terrorism, militancy and drug addiction. We’ll do whatever necessary in this regard,” she added.Listing various achievements in different socio-economic fields over the last nine and a half years of the Awami League government, Sheikh Hasina said her government has been distributing various allowances to different sections of people, providing stipends for students, building houses for the homeless from the Ashrayan project, giving subsidies to farmers through agri-input cards, turning post offices into e-post offices while some 100 special economic zones are being set up to spur economic development.Terming the inaugurations and laying of foundation stones of various development projects at the rally venue as a ‘gift’ from her to the people of Pabna, the prime minister said once the construction of the two units of the Rooppur nuclear power plant is completed, many employment opportunities would be created here.Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated 31 development projects and laid foundation stones of 18 development projects through unveiling plaques from the rally venue.last_img read more

South asian prize longlist out

The longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 was announced on Tuesday. This includes four debut novels and two works of translation from Hindi. The criteria for selection, as K Satchidanandan from the jury panel put it, was: ‘Novelty of theme, the contribution the work makes to the genre of novels and its educative and aesthetic experience.’ The selected works are Alice Albinia’s Leela’s Book, The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam, Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care, Roopa Farooki’s The Flying Man, Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s Between Clay and Dust, Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif, Jerry Pinto’s Em and the Big Hoom, Uday Prakash’s The Walls of Delhi, The Song Seekers by Saswati Sengupta and Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis among others. read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, November 29. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 20:58Tree falls onto slip road at Keele ServicesOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to fallen tree on M6 Northbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to Keele Services.A Tree has fallen on the slip road into Keele Services. As a result there is no access to Keele Services Northbound and a Lane one (of three) closure has been implemented on the main carriageway whilst the tree surgeon chops up the tree. 18:42Two lanes closed due to accident on M6 in West MidlandsA Highways England spokesman said: “Lanes 3 and 4 closed on M6 northbound btwn J8 (m5) and J9 Walsall due to a 2 car collision. Highways England and West Midlands Ambulance Service are on scene, long delays building on the approach.”18:38Knife seized after police stop man in Stoke-on-Trent streetPolice found the knife after using stop and search powers in Hanley today. More here.The knife police recovered earlier today (Image: Staffordshire Police)18:16Accident reported on A50 A50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).On the exit going towards Longton. (Image: Inrix)18:00Temporary traffic lights causing delays on Stone Queueing traffic on A520 Stafford Road in both directions near Stafford Close. Congestion to Christchurch Way beyond Morrison’s and back to the A34 The Fillybrooks. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights for water main works causing delays. 17:55’She’s left a massive hole in our family that will never be filled’ – loved-ones pay tribute as mum, 29, laid to rest Emma Pender, of Newcastle, died in ‘tragic circumstances’ while on holiday in Lanzarote. More here.17:03Trains delayed and cancelled due to windTrains serving railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire face disruption until the end of the day. More here.16:50Broken down car on A500One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on A500 D Road Southbound at A52 (Stoke Road Interchange).Officers on scene are directing traffic.16:42Accident on the M6M6 Southbound lane closed on slip road into the services due to accident at M6 (Stafford Services). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.One lane is closed heading into Stafford Services from the Southbound M6. 16:35’Despicable act’ – two puppies found dead near footpath after being ‘dumped like rubbish’The puppies were found on a footpath in Newcastle. More here.16:02Hospital issues alert to patients over A&E works tonightPeople are being asked to only attend A&E if absolutely necessary this evening. More here. People are advising people only to visit the Accident and Emergency Department if absolutely necessary 15:12Issues with credit card payments at railway stationsAn East Midlands Trains spokesman said:There is currently a nationwide fault with debit and credit card payments at all stations. We are working with suppliers to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Please seek the Train Manager on board your service if you are travelling with a booking reference only.” 15:07Good afternoonTom here, I’ll be bringing you the latest traffic and travel news throughout the afternoon.12:59Lorry fire causes five-mile tailbacksThe broken down truck on the M6 southbound between J20 and J19, has caught fire. The fire has now been extinguished, but two lanes are closed while the remains of the burnt-out vehicle is removed. There is about five miles of queuing traffic.12:43Flooding in HanleyThere might be beautiful blue skies at the moment over North Staffordshire, but this video shows the scene from this morning’s weather and flooding on Botteslow Street, in Hanley.12:29Long delays on the motorwayThere are now long delays on the M6 and two lanes are closed due to a broken down lorry on Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 45 minutes.Lanes one and two (of three) are now closed to aid with recovery. 12:07Fallen tree on the M6One lane of the M6 is closed and traffic is slow due to a fallen tree on Northbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).Lane one (of three) is closed. The sensors show a build up of traffic just prior to Keele Services.11:43There’s a place for banter but NOT violence (Image: Northcliffe Media Ltd.)Tuesday night will see Port Vale and Stoke City meet for the first time since 2002 and this should and can be an event that we can all look forward to. Read what Chief Supt Wayne Jones, of Staffordshire Police, says about planning for a game which has generated much interested in Stoke-on-Trent.Read the full story10:50Tyre changeOne lane of the M6 is closed due to a lorry having a tyre changed Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.10:10One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed due to an accident involving a lorry Northbound before M6 (Sandbach Services). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Sandbach services is located between J16 (Stoke-on-Trent / Crewe) and J17 (Sandbach / Crewe). 09:34Fire in CreweTwo crews from Crewe attended the fire just before 6.20am today at an outhouse of a property in Wood Street.When fire crews arrived smoke was seen issuing from the ground floor extension. Wearing two breathing apparatus, firefighters used one hose reel and had a covering jet in place to help bring the fire under control. A spokesman fore Cheshire Fire and rescue Service said firefighters will continue to monitor the temperature until it is safe.09:10Train informationDelays and some cancellations expected on West Midlands Railway due to adverse weather conditions.A 50 mph emergency speed restriction has been applied by Network Rail across the West Midlands this morning. Strong winds are expected which may blow debris onto the tracks. Passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling.08:49Motorcyclist suffers ‘life-changing injury’A motorcyclist has suffered what is believed to be a ‘life-changing injury’ following an accident on a busy road this morning.The man was involved in a collision with a car on Hartshill Road, Newcastle, just before 7.30am today.Read the full story here.08:24Traffic hotspotsWe have the usual traffic hotspots this morning, including:- Queueing traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is seven minutes. – A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). – Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. – Slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout.- Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is 13 minutes. – Usual slow traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. – Queueing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is 13 minutes. – Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. – Heavy traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 07:35Accident on A52Reports of an accident, on A52 Hartshill Road near Bombay Club in Newcastle. Traffic is coping well 06:55Today’s weatherToday is going to be a mild, wet and very windy day, with a risk of gales for many. The rain will clear to sunny spells and scattered blustery showers by midday, with the strong winds easing a little. The maximum temperature is set to be 14 °C. 06:53One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed this morning and traffic is heavy due to a broken down vehicle on Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). 06:50Good morning!Good morning everyone and welcome to today’s live blog. Stick with us for all the latest breaking news, traffic and travel and weather reports. Don;t forget, if you have a story for us, this is how you can get in touch – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. 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