Recent puzzling observations of tiny variations in nuclear decay rates have led some to question the science behind carbon-14 dating and similar techniques.However scientists tested the hypothesis that solar radiation might affect the rate at which radioactive elements decay and found no detectable effect.The Bible gives us a much more reliable history of the earth as it was recorded by God.When someone mentions scientific dating methods, the first thing to come to mind for most people is carbon dating.Despite the fact that there are many scientific problems with radiometric dating, there is a more significant problem.The Bible gives a much different picture and explains that relying on man’s reasoning is foolishness.Atoms of radioactive isotopes are unstable and decay over time by shooting off particles at a fixed rate, transmuting the material into a more stable substance.
As discussed before, the assumptions influence the interpretation of the data.
This has led some to suggest that Earth's distance from the sun, which varies during the year and affects the planet's exposure to solar neutrinos, might be related to these anomalies.
Researchers from NIST and Purdue tested this by comparing radioactive gold-198 in two shapes, spheres and thin foils, with the same mass and activity. The team reasoned that if neutrinos are affecting the decay rate, the atoms in the spheres should decay more slowly than the atoms in the foil because the neutrinos emitted by the atoms in the spheres would have a greater chance of interacting with their neighboring atoms.
Recently, however, researchers at Purdue University observed a small (a fraction of a percent), transitory deviation in radioactive decay at the time of a huge solar flare.
Data from laboratories in New York and Germany also have shown similarly tiny deviations over the course of a year.