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New process predicts solar flares over 1 day before event

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http://www.itwire.com – Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceA new system developed by researchers at Purdue University helps to predict solar flares over one day before they occur. Such a predictor could minimize the radiation risks to satellites, power grids, and astronauts when the Sun sends out a large solar flare. The new process works by measuring the differences in gamma radiation that is emitted when atoms in radioactive elements decay. American physicist Ephraim Fischback, one of the authors of the study and a professor at Purdue University, is paraphrased in the August 13, 2012 EurekAlert a (IT news)