Sun_in_X-Ray-300x217Cambridge MA (SPX) Dec 16, 2013 – First discovered in 2007, “fast radio bursts” continue to defy explanation. These cosmic chirps last for only a thousandth of a second. The characteristics of the radio pulses suggested that they came from galaxies billions of light-years away. However, new work points to a much closer origin – flaring stars within our own galaxy. “We propose that fast radio bursts aren’t as exotic as astr … more