Talk:2886: Fast Radio Bursts

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(2) microwave ovens in the observation break room:

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The detection of radiation from the tower microwave would be very surprising as the tower is shielded on the windows and in the walls and the dish surface blocks the line of sight to the receiver in the cabin at the prime focus. However it was later determined that the Woolshed microwave was also in use at the time, unrelated to these tests, and might potentially have been the source of the peryton. 04:57, 27 January 2024 (UTC)

Clearly, one of the LIGO observations was a real gravitational wave while the other was just the microwave door slamming ;) Solomon (talk) 07:01, 27 January 2024 (UTC)

I like that the comic is both a story in four pictures and a 2x2 grid of combinations. -- 07:52, 27 January 2024 (UTC)

the grad student inside joke - emily petroff did not get her phd until november 2015, the paper was published in april 2015, so the "grad student" figured it out. check out her graph: (via: )

The microwaving grapes/plasma phenomenon was previously referenced in the What If post on microwaving frozen food. The black hole/bagel may well be a reference to the film Everything Everywhere All At Once, where a character put “everything” (in the multiverse) on a bagel and created a devouring vortex. —-

I liked Michael Lynch's comment on the XKCD Facebook page - "We tried removing the microwave however when we did that, no researchers were willing to spend enough time at the observatory to take any observations." - how true. (talk) 19:14, 29 January 2024 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

We traced the FRB. It's coming from inside the observatory! 20:54, 29 January 2024 (UTC)

I'm wondering if we need a citation for the statement "Energetic stellar-sized microwave ovens; this is unlikely since microwaves typically are not stellar-sized and all known microwave ovens originate on Earth rather than in space."... Probably just one of those "citation needed" (with link to 285) superscript thing that I don't know how to add. But also, what proof do we have that there are no stellar-sized microwave ovens, either human-made or otherwise? And what are the odds that the grad student was sent to a break room that contains one of those? CaTastrophy427 (talk) 21:00, 29 January 2024 (UTC)

Well, to answer your "how you do it", the template is {{Citation needed}}. There are other templates/redirecting templates, {{cn}}, {{citation needed}}, {{Citation Needed}}, {{fact}}, etc, and an {{Actual citation needed}}/etc for the more non-joke version, but the first one is the prime one). Now you know, do use it if you think you need to. (But no need to overuse it.)
There is, however, a linked citation about the one noted microwave oven in space (which came originated from Earth, an almost undeniable fact I think you'd have a hard time ignoring...) and various microwave sources in space (some stellar-sized - maybe you could argue the 'citationable' status of none of them being ovens).
In my head, if there's a link that covers any reasonable amount of the 'doubt' about a fact then it tends to make the "Citation needed" joke not really as funny as it might have been. (And removing useful links to bring the CN back into usefulness is retrograde as far as explaining.) So think hard about it. Editors who disagree (either way) are inclined to edit out (or in) these things as they see fit. You have the power, but so does everyone else, ok? 21:42, 29 January 2024 (UTC)

Grad students are the redshirts of scientific research. Psychoticpotato (talk) 21:28, 6 May 2024 (UTC)