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Solar Flares May Have Influenced London Olympic Results

Posted: Apr. 17th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Since August's massive solar flares have now been reported to have affected the way many timepieces worked, the Olympic committee might overturn some significant broken records that occurred during the London Olympics. I can't imagine how terrible those people are going to feel when they're told they really didn't break a record due to the sun.

(ATR) Solar storms last August during the London Olympics may have disrupted timing of some events – perhaps invalidating records set during the Games.

A study by a pair of Swiss and German physicists published today in the journal Tempus says that three extraordinary blasts of solar energy during the Games disrupted timing mechanisms around the globe, not just in London.

“We made this discovery for the Olympics by accident, while we were conducting experiments on the effect of solar storms on digital timing devices for a client, one of the major timekeepers in Europe,” says Dr. Heinrich Uhr of AF Laboratories in Erstenaprilburg, Germany.

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