Our generation is living in the days when we sleep at late hours of the night only after the battery of our phones and laptop drain and soon after opening our eyes in the morning, the first thing we check is our phone! Now imagine living in a place where there is no Facebook or WhatsApp. Not even a sign of internet. No WiFi, no Bluetooth, no cell phones and not even an electronic transmitter. Imagine living in a place where wireless signals are illegal. Horrible, right?
Green Bank town in West Virginia is a place where wireless signals are illegal because they cause too much interference. The remote town situated in the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile stretch of land designated by the FCC to protect two government radio telescopes from man-made interference. The rules, though, are most strict in Green Bank’s neck of the woods. There are people wandering around the streets to listen the verboten wireless signals.
The town is the home to the Green Bank telescope which is the largest steerable telescope in the world and the most powerful link to the cosmos. Scientists there are listening to the radio energy that has journeyed light years to unlock secrets that how the stars and galaxy were formed! Even the meekest radio signal there could prevent potential discoveries that could answer the big questions about the universe.
Surprisingly, the ban on electronic signals is not repelling the residents away from the town. Instead it has actually drawn people all across the United States to settle down. Sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity which is a disease caused by wireless signals, have moved into the electronic dead space.
This town could be a nightmare to the tech-savvies but is a blessing to the hypersensitivity sufferers and yes, could be a big treasure to unfold the universal mysteries!
Shhh, the scientists are listening to space!