FAST, ASTROLOGICAL RADIO BURST TRUTH TABLE

1-10-17

Greetings, Cornell Astronomer Shami Chatterjee; Duncan Lorimer, an astronomer at West Virginia University, and all--

A Washington Post article citing both of you and Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) was carried in the 1-7-17 Cedar Rapids Iowa Gazette newspaper  http://technewsgazette.com/2016/12/26/astronomers-detect-new-wave-of-fast-radio-bursts/

Iowalive   http://www.iowalive.net/ networkers found the article of sufficient interest to prepare the following Truth Table, using their proprietary algorithms, database and assessment methods. 

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But, no one ever does.  Especially not the typical experts or the editors at the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Des Moines Register.  So you could easily surpass all of them with your expertise and responsiveness!! 

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The FRB and the γ-ray signal detected by astronomer Duncan Lorimer, at West Virginia University, come from exactly the same source

TRUTH TABLE REVEALS THE ORIGIN OF FAST RADIO BURSTS.    Source:  Iowalive  1-10-17

ORIGIN OF FAST RADIO BURSTS

TRUTH LEVEL ON SCALE OF 0 TO 1,000 TOPS

The discovery allows researchers to rule out some proposed explanations for FRBs. They can't be cataclysmic, since their source needs to survive whatever causes them in order to repeat, and they definitely don't originate within our galaxy.

700

Observations from the European VLBI network - an array of telescopes spread all over the globe - offered an even more precise snapshot of the FRBs' origin point, which seems to coincide with another, more persistent source of radio waves. Those signals resemble the radio emissions that come from supermassive black holes.

760

But those types of black holes are typically found only in bright galaxies not small faint ones like that identified by the astronomers at Gemini.

850

Another possible explanation involves active galactic nuclei (bright compact regions at the centers of galaxies) emitting jets that vaporize blobs of plasma.

0

Chatterjee said he's inclined to believe FRBs are pulses emitted by magnetars - neutron stars with an especially strong magnetic field.

880

These stars are known to emit high-energy radiation, like gamma rays and X-rays. It would be unusual for a magnetar to flare as brightly as an FRB suggests it must. But Chatterjee said that blobs of plasma surrounding the star could act as a lens, coalescing in just the right manner to focus the light toward Earth.

0

'It's not a slam-dunk explanation,' Chatterjee said, noting that scientists usually are drawn to the simplest possible interpretations of their results. But for now, he thinks it's the most compelling theory.

0

Fast Radio Bursts have a single cause

860

One of  the existing theories of cause is correct and is cited on a website

860

FRBs have γ-ray counterparts

0

FRBs are flares from distant magnetars

0

FRBs are caused by a shock-wave blast from a supernova

0

FRBs caused by a surge in radiation from a supermassive black hole as it swallowed a star

0

Both the γ-radiation and radio burst came only from a collision between neutron stars

1,000

Colliding neutron stars are relatively rare

0

Colliding neutron stars are quite common

870

FRBs are common, occurring around once every ten seconds somewhere in the sky.

870

(Astronomers have so far detected only around 20 FRBs, largely because radio telescopes usually only look at small patches of sky).

870

FRBs could be generated by more than one type of source

0

The FRB and the γ-ray signal detected by astronomer Duncan Lorimer, at West Virginia University, come from exactly the same source

1,000

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Of what value is it to know the FRB and the γ-ray signal detected by astronomer Duncan Lorimer, at West Virginia University, come from exactly the same source?  The article reported, “Understanding these bursts may open up a new field in astronomy, added Lorimer, who was not involved in the new reports. Because they travel so far to reach Earth, FRBs could be a tool for studying the mostly empty space between galaxies and mapping the distribution of matter across the universe.”  Translation—FRB knowledge is expected to have little, if any, effect on mankind’s standard of living. 

For contrast, Iowalive expects FRB knowledge to have a 3% favorable impact on mankind’s standard of living within about 12 years—in the form of cheaper nuclear energy.  3% is a significant gain!

Sincerely,

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