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Kelly Oakes
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45 years ago today, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered the first pulsar, a fast rotating neutron star that emits a regular beam of radiation. 

A graduate student at the time, Jocelyn picked up this radiation as a regular blip in the data coming in to the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge, pictured below. Her supervisor Antony Hewish, along with Martin Ryle, went on to win a Nobel prize for the work.
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Twas the night before Christmas when all through the universe, not a creature was stirring... except a huge gamma-ray burst. My latest at SciAm:

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At some point in the near future I will make a proper stab at using Google+ for things other than self promotion. Until then, have my latest post at SciAmBlogs...

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My take on the faster-than-light neutrinos paper by the Opera experiment, and the surrounding commotion
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