Does Solar Activity Effect Radioactive Decay Rates On Earth?

While browsing ATS tonight, I came across this article linked by user Kdial1:

The Strange Case Of Solar Flares And Radioactive Elements

Excerpt:

It’s a mystery that presented itself unexpectedly: The radioactive decay of some elements sitting quietly in laboratories on Earth seemed to be influenced by activities inside the sun, 93 million miles away.

Is this possible?

Researchers from Stanford and Purdue universities believe it is. But their explanation of how it happens opens the door to yet another mystery.

There is even an outside chance that this unexpected effect is brought about by a previously unknown particle emitted by the sun. “That would be truly remarkable,” said Peter Sturrock, Stanford professor emeritus of applied physics and an expert on the inner workings of the sun.

The story begins, in a sense, in classrooms around the world, where students are taught that the rate of decay of a specific radioactive material is a constant. This concept is relied upon, for example, when anthropologists use carbon-14 to date ancient artifacts and when doctors determine the proper dose of radioactivity to treat a cancer patient.

It bears mentioning that in the CNN “UFO” press conference the other day, it was alleged that the US Government was “covering up” evidence of ancient nuclear war.  While not entirely related here, it is interesting and if true would muddy the picture that much more.   As well, with how plentiful uranium is in the Earth, vast increases in decay rates might present evidence of some level of nuclear activity (for an example of a “natural” reactor, see “Oklo”).

But the  point is this:  we have a proven mechanism that makes radio isotope dating wholly unreliable.    And it carries a cumulative and varying degree of effect.  11 year cycles, over millenia, would create a rather vast gap between prediction and reality.

The following quote from the above linked article sums it all up perfectly for me:

“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.”

And this is the real problem.  Humanity is blind to its own compound ignorance (we don’t know what it is that we don’t know).

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