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The Cosmic Controversy Podcast featuring Duncan Lorimer

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) have hogged the headlines for the last decade or so; prompting many news organizations to question whether they are produced by far-flung alien civilizations in the midst of some sort of bizarre intergalactic transport mechanism.  The truth however is likely much more mundane; they could be flashes from Hawking’s storied evaporating black holes or colliding neutron stars or something we have simply failed to imagine.  But in this podcast episode, Duncan Lorimer, their co-discoverer, at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, gives us the straight scoop on what they most likely are and aren’t.
Duncan Lorimer


Signals from Deep Space

West Virginia University’s  Duncan Lorimer might be the godfather of the fast radio burst, but a pair of international students has taken exploring these mysterious cosmic flashes to a new level.

Devansh Agarwal and Kshitij Aggarwal, both  physics and astronomy graduate students from India, recognized this painstaking task so they developed a quicker, more efficient way to detect fast radio bursts. They created artificial intelligent, machine-learning software that sifts through the endless clutters of data.

Signals from deep space on WVU Weekly

Fast Radio Bursts: The Story So Far...

Professor Lorimer tells the story of Fast Radio Bursts’ discovery, summarize what we know so far, describe the science opportunities these bursts present, and make predictions for what we will learn in the next decade.

Screen capture FRB youtube video Lorimer with Arecibo and GBT

Watch the video on YouTube

Music of the Stars: The Sounds of Pulsars

Line of satellites pointed at the night sky.Radio telescopes detect the signals from pulsars, which we can then convert to audible sound.

Listen to Pulsars

Little Green Men

Little Green Men documentary logoLearn about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory through this feature length documentary that follows high-school students from Green Bank to their schools to WVU and includes interviews with WVU faculty and students. While not yet available to view or purchase online, you can request a showing of this documentary at your school or institution.

Little Green Men website

Teenage Radio Wave Hunters

Dark image of satellite silhouette and person backlit in front of a building with an open door. This short video captures a day in the life of Pulsar Search Collaboratory students at Green Bank.

Read the WVUtoday article

Celebrating Einstein

Celebrating Einstein stage captureWatch and listen to a danced lecture and orchestral concert about Einstein! This event was held at WVU in April 2017 and attended by over 1000 students and members of the community.

Visit the Einstein website

Strange Signals from Outer Space

BBC Horizon documentary screen shot White Hall Research by WVU professors Lorimer and McLaughlin is featured in this BBC documentary. Watch a spaceship hover over Morgantown! Learn about fast radio bursts!

Watch the BBC video