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If either case is true, we'll have to go back and re-write those textbooks.
It doesn't terrify me because there isn't anything I can do about it and we all will be going through it together. I do worry about cancer and illness though. This year has been a horrible one for colds, flu and strange sinus infections for my family, neighbors, and all the random people here on the Internet. It's hard to appreciate interesting changes in the world when you are
Originally posted by AnotherYOU
isn't this along the lines of what the tinfoil people said it would happen?
a change in the sun's frequency output would result and changes and mutation of dna?
it does not terrify me at all, as far as im concerned we are already mutants with a narcisistic nature.
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Originally posted by coquine
This got me thinking.....
If it is cyclic, or has at least happened before,
perhaps it could explain some the evolutionary leaps we observe in evidence? Moments when mutations happened rather suddenly, on a large scale?
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.
The decay-rate aberrations that Jenkins noticed occurred during the middle of the night in Indiana – meaning that something produced by the sun had traveled all the way through the Earth to reach Jenkins' detectors. What could the flare send forth that could have such an effect? Jenkins and Fischbach guessed that the culprits in this bit of decay-rate mischief were probably solar neutrinos, the almost weightless particles famous for flying at almost the speed of light through the physical world – humans, rocks, oceans or planets – with virtually no interaction with anything.
The swings seemed to be in synch with the Earth's elliptical orbit, with the decay rates oscillating as the Earth came closer to the sun (where it would be exposed to more neutrinos) and then moving away.
Originally posted by benrl
Article from discovery
This article talks about carbon 14 and how its always been assumed the decay rate was the same, thats how we date objects.
Wouldn't this mean we could no longer trust any date gained by this dating method?