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A burst of new ideas

Gigantic cosmological γ-ray bursts have fallen into a dichotomy of long and short bursts, each with a very different origin. The discovery of an oddball burst calls for a rethink of that classification.

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Figure 2: A classification scheme for γ-ray bursts.

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Zhang, B. A burst of new ideas. Nature 444, 1010–1011 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/4441010a

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