Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Evidence for Correlations Between Nuclear Decay Rates and Earth-Sun Distance?

Put THIS in your pipe and smoke it!

Unexplained periodic fluctuations in the decay rates of Si-32 and Ra-226 have been reported by groups at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Si-32), and at the Physikalisch-Technische-Bundesandstalt in Germany (Ra-226). We show from an analysis of the raw data in these experiments that the observed fluctuations are strongly correlated in time, not only with each other, but also with the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Some implications of these results are also discussed, including the suggestion that discrepancies in published half-life determinations for these and other nuclides may be attributable in part to differences in solar activity during the course of the various experiments, or to seasonal variations in fundamental constants.
The bottom line is strange enough, constants variable with changes from A.U. of Earth to the Solar System's barycenter? "Unexplained" just doesn't do this justice. Read all about it, if you dare, HERE.

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