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Patricia Schady, England

British scientist Patricia Schady works at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. Her specialist area is gamma ray bursts. They mark the death of a star and the creation of a black hole.

These celestial events release huge amounts of energy within a few seconds, and glow for weeks afterwards. But around of a third of gamma ray bursts do not continue to glow in this way. Schady is studying this fascinating phenomenon from her lab in Garching and from high in the Bavarian Alps.