In this rural speck of hyper-connected America, it’s easier to hear a cow moo than a cell phone ring. That’s because Green Bank is home to the world’s most sensitive radio telescope, a device that catches the birth and death of stars and signals so faint they are mere whispers from space.
And, since the electronics of mobile phones and WiFi grids would mess with that delicate task, here technology that’s taken for granted in much of the world is severely restricted or banned outright.
And a side effect of that radio silence is that Green Bank, population 143, has become a mecca for people who are sick—literally—of electromagnetic waves.
They claim the migraines and other ailments they blamed on cell phones go away.