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First view of a newborn millisecond pulsar?
Combining Hubble Space Telescope images with radio observations has revealed a highly unusual system consisting of a fast spinning pulsar and a bloated red companion star. The existence of the system is something of a mystery - the best explanation so far is that we have our first view of a millisecond pulsar just after it has been `spun up` by its red companion star. View News Article (2002-02-13)

Rocks around the clock: asteroids pound tiny star
Scientists using CSIRO's Parkes telescope and another telescope in South Africa have found evidence that a tiny star called PSR J0738-4042 is being pounded by asteroids - large lumps of rock from space. View News Article (2014-02-20)

Astronomers find cause of "dicky tickers"
In today's issue of Science, CSIRO astronomer George Hobbs and colleagues in the UK, Germany and Canada report that they have taken a big step towards solving a 30-year-old puzzle: why the "cosmic clocks" called pulsars aren't perfect. View News Article (2010-06-29)

Researchers using Arecibo Telescope discover never-before-seen pulsar blasts in Crab Nebula
Astronomers and physicists using the Cornell-managed Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico have discovered radio interpulses from the Crab Nebula pulsar that feature never-before-seen radio emission spectra. This leads scientists to speculate this could be the first cosmic object with a third magnetic pole. View News Article (2007-01-09)

Part-time pulsar yields new insight into inner workings of cosmic clocks
Astronomers using the 76-m Lovell radio telescope at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a very strange pulsar that helps explain how pulsars act as 'cosmic clocks' and confirms theories put forward 37 years ago to explain the way in which pulsars emit their regular beams of radio waves-considered to be one of the hardest problems in astrophysics. View News Article (2006-03-03)

First gamma-ray-only pulsar observation opens new window on stellar evolution
About three times a second, a 10,000-year-old stellar corpse sweeps a beam of gamma-rays toward Earth. View News Article (2008-10-17)

The cosmos is green: Researchers catch nature in the act of 'recycling' a star
For the first time, researchers have observed a singular cosmic act of rebirth: the transformation of an ordinary, slow-rotating pulsar into a superfast millisecond pulsar with an almost infinitely extended lifespan.  View News Article (2009-05-22)

Southampton researchers find a glitch' in pulsar 'glitch' theory
Researchers from the University of Southampton have called in to question a 40 year-old theory explaining the periodic speeding up or 'glitching' of pulsars. View News Article (2012-12-19)

Astronomers catch a star being revved-up
Researchers have witnessed a star being transformed into an object that spins at almost 600 times a second using telescopes in the USA and the Netherlands, and CSIRO's Parkes telescope in Australia. View News Article (2009-05-22)

Has the speediest pulsar been found?
Researchers using three different telescopes -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in space, and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia -- may have found the fastest moving pulsar ever seen. View News Article (2012-06-29)

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