Hunger Stone

Hunger Stone : The recent droughts in Europe once again made visible the “Hunger Stones” in some Czech and German rivers. These stones were used to mark desperately low river levels that would forecast famines.

One such stone is on the banks of the Elbe River, which begins in the Czech Republic and flows through Germany. The boulder dates back to 1616 and is etched with a warning in German: “Wenn du mich seehst, dann weine” — “If you see me, then weep,” according to a Google translation of the phrase.

“Before 1900, the following droughts are commemorated on the stone: 1417, 1616, 1707, 1746, 1790, 1800, 1811, 1830, 1842, 1868, 1892, and 1893.”

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

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6-pole Virtual Radio Telescope

This animation shows six SunRISE SmallSats tracing out a virtual space telescope as they detect a solar radio burst…then transmit their data…to the Deep Space Network on Earth: NASA

Constructing a 6-mile-wide (10-kilometer-wide) telescope in space may sound like science fiction. However, through the combined power of six toaster-size satellites, that’s what NASA’s SunRISE will be: a gigantic radio telescope in orbit that will help deepen scientists’ understanding of explosive space weather events. These phenomena generate hazardous particle radiation that can endanger astronauts and technology in space while also threatening communications and power grids on Earth.

Each small satellite, or SmallSat, will act as a single antenna to detect bursts of radio waves from the Sun’s superheated atmosphere, known as the corona. Each is equipped with four telescoping antenna booms that extend about 10 feet (2.5 meters) to form an “X.” They will orbit Earth from about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) away, swarming together to trace out one huge virtual radio telescope.

After NASA’s Deep Space Network receives the signals from all six SmallSats, scientists will use the technique of interferometry to create a large-aperture radio telescope as wide as the distance between the SmallSats that are farthest apart – about 6 miles (10 kilometers).

This will be the equivalent of a radio telescope – larger than any ever constructed on Earth. Functioning in space, it won’t be affected by our atmosphere’s ionosphere layer which blocks reception of long radio wavelengths.

War Pigs

Want to know what this was all about – STILL IS all about? Watch the documentary about BLACK SABBATH’s hit album, PARANOID. That’s what it had to be named to get the American producer$ on board and releasing it in the states.

Ozzie and the band called the album WAR PIGS. In case you ever forgot the VietNam War, bubba.