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A Tale of Two (Neutron) Stars

Posted: 25 Nov 2011

At the end of last week, one of our colleagues here in Oxford, Professor Philipp Podsiadlowski, told us that he and some others had discovered something really interesting about neutron stars: how fast they are spinning could be telling us how they were born. This discovery has already hit the blogosphere in quite a big way (here and here and probably elsewhere too). So what’s it all about? Why is it so important? I spoke to Philipp (who is one of three authors of a Nature paper about the discovery) on Monday; here’s what I found out.