Is cosmic string the radio burst culprit?
By Marcus Chown LIKE a shout in the dark, a mysterious burst of radio waves from the depths of space has puzzled astronomers since it was discovered last year. Now one physicist is suggesting it came from the cosmic equivalent of a cracking whip. In 2001, a radio burst lasting about 1 millisecond was picked up by the 64-metre Parkes radio dish in Australia. The signal went unnoticed at first, but last year a team led by Duncan Lorimer of West Virginia University, Morgantown,