It looks like radioactive decay rates and solar flares go hand in hand

By | August 16, 2012
It's not confirmed yet and no one knows why such a linkage might exist, but it seems that the decay rate could speed up during solar storms. How and why this relation operates would indeed be an interesting puzzle to solve.

For the more practical-minded: if the connection is valid, it means that we can predict when to put up extra watch for satellite damage, take precautions on our power grids, etc. to prevent a perfect solar storm from causing major disruption on Earth. We haven't seen a really big solar storm in more than a century, and statistically one is expected every century – so it's time for another big one to hit. The sort that would send an unprotected transformer up in flames, cause Auroras around the equator, and do more than just knock out regional power grids and the occasional satellite.

/via +Jenny Winder 

System could warn of solar storms
A warning system with the potential to protect against the devastating and costly effects of a massive solar storm could be on the horizon.

2 thoughts on “It looks like radioactive decay rates and solar flares go hand in hand

  1. Jamie Mueller

    I had thought that this couldn't be replicated (it had been reported some time ago and nobody else could duplicate the research).

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