27 minutes | Sep 23, 2020

The Mother of Pulsars

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a student at Cambridge spending her waking hours analyzing radio signals from across the universe. The signals appeared as squiggly lines on rolls of chart paper and it was her job to analyze those markings to look for evidence of quasars from across the universe. She would eventually analyze more than three miles of this paper. But there was one quarter-inch squiggle that didn't look like anything she'd seen, and it was that reading that would go on to change her life -- it was the first ever evidence of a pulsar. The discovery would change the course of science, and would eventually result in a Nobel Prize... but not for Jocelyn.
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