The strange case of solar flares and radioactive elements
Very interesting article implying a correlation between solar flares and the rate of decay of some radioactive elements.
Here are a few quotes, I would like to hear the experts' take on this article ( looking at you AIG ) :
On Dec 13, 2006, the sun itself provided a crucial clue, when a solar flare sent a stream of particles and radiation toward Earth. Purdue nuclear engineer Jere Jenkins, while measuring the decay rate of manganese-54, a short-lived isotope used in medical diagnostics, noticed that the rate dropped slightly during the flare, a decrease that started about a day and a half before the flare...
..."It doesn't make sense according to conventional ideas," Fischbach said. Jenkins whimsically added, "What we're suggesting is that something that doesn't really interact with anything is changing something that can't be changed."...
...If the mystery particle is not a neutrino, "It would have to be something we don't know about, an unknown particle that is also emitted by the sun and has this effect, and that would be even more remarkable," Sturrock said.
"Don't seek these laws to understand. Only the mad can comprehend..." -- George Cosbuc