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20 December 2012

This post appears to use the word glitch in ways it was not intended – strangling a nuance or two. At http://phys.org/print275050837.html … 'Researchers find a glitch in pulsar glitch theory' is the headline. Again, it is the intrepid people at the University of Southampton that are pushing out the rowing boats on a fishing expedition, calling into question a 40 year old theory that purported to explain periodic speeding up or glitching of pulsars. These pulsars emit a rotating beam of electro-magnetic radiation – but occasionaly the rotating beams quicken and these are known as glitches. Apparently, the glitches are too large to be explained by the consensus, or accepted, theory. The paper was published in Physical Review Letters – see physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.241103

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