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JULY 2020 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 93 today, giving manufacturing organizations the ability to select the right MES for their needs. An effective MES will make remote work a seamless transition. SMT007 Reference 1. Z. Greenbaum, "The Future of Remote Work," Ameri- can Psychological Association, October 1, 2019. Alfred Macha is the president of AMT Partners. He can be reached at To read past columns or contact Macha, click here. productive if a well-defined cadence of meet- ings and deliverables is not established. Supporting manufacturing operations also requires immediate corrective and preven- tive actions depending on events occurring in the production environment. Remote person- nel must be available at a minute's notice to address issues remotely during their assigned work schedules. Conclusion As we face a new reality in the workplace, manufacturing organizations can continue to operate effectively with the right platforms in place. Various software options are available A team of astronomers, including researchers at MIT, picked up on a curious, repeating rhythm of fast radio bursts emanating from an unknown source outside our galaxy, 500 million light-years away. Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are short, intense flashes of radio waves that are thought to be the product of small, distant, extremely dense objects, though exactly what those objects might be is a longstanding mystery in astro- physics. FRBs typically last a few milliseconds, during which time they can outshine entire galaxies. Since the first FRB was observed in 2007, astrono- mers have cataloged over 100 fast radio bursts from dis- tant sources scattered across the universe, outside our own galaxy. This new FRB source, which the team has cataloged as FRB 180916.J0158+65, is the first to pro- duce a periodic or cyclical pattern of fast radio bursts. The pattern begins with a noisy, four-day window, dur- ing which the source emits random bursts of radio waves, followed by a 12-day period of radio silence. The astronomers observed that this 16-day pattern of fast radio bursts reoccurred consistently over 500 days of observations. "This FRB we're reporting now is like clockwork," says Kiyoshi Masui, assistant professor of physics at MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. "It's the most definitive pattern we've seen from one of these sources." From September 2018 to February 2020, CHIME picked out 38 fast radio bursts from a single source, FRB 180916. J0158+65, which the astronomers traced to a star-churning region on the outskirts of a massive spiral galaxy, 500 million light-years from Earth. As the researchers plotted each of the 38 bursts over time, a pattern began to emerge: One or two bursts would occur over four days, followed by a 12-day period without any bursts, after which the pattern would repeat. This 16-day cycle occurred again and again over the 500 days that they observed the source. "These periodic bursts are something that we've never seen before, and it's a new phenomenon in astrophysics," Masui says. (Source: MIT News) Astronomers Detect Regular Rhythm of Radio Waves With Origins Unknown

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