Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
42 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD January 19, 1975 Concrete abstracts Culverts stacked up at Consolidated Concrete Ltd., 5th Ave. and'28th Street N., create eye-appealing patterns caught by Herald photographer Bill Groenen. Chinese peasant hero bases weather predictions on frogs By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING China has a new peasant amateur weatherman who bases his forecasts on frog-croaking. The official Hsinhua news agency yesterday acclaimed Chang Chi-tsai, a peasant weather observer in the central China province of Ilonon, for finding "a new law governing the relationship between weather fluctuations and frog croaking." Chang, hewing to the Maoist dictum that all true knowledge derives from prac- tical experience, set out to test peasant lore about the weather against what actually happens, the agency said. "A local folk proverb had it that a downpour coincides with the agency reported. "Chang Chi- tsai, however, found that this was not always true." Chang's Law, as summariz- ed by the agency, is more complicated. "If frogs croak on a fine day it will rain in two days. If frogs croak after rain it will be fine weather it will continue to rain if frogs do not croak after successive over- cast days." Chang's accomplishment, publicized nationally by the state radio network and by the reprinting of the Hsinhua story in provincial new- spapers, promises to launch millions of peasants on a new frog-spotting fad. Curious as this might seem to westerners accustomed to getting their weather forecasts from radio and television, it makes sense enough in a country with more than 600 million peasants and an extraordinary variety of climate and terrain. Chang, a man in his late 50s, began his meteorological career in 1950 as the peasant weather observer" of an agricultural production brigade in his native Linhsein country, best known as the site of the Red Flag Canal, one of China's proudest engineering achievements. The Taihang mountains through which the canal weaves are renowned for their capricious effect on the local weather, but Chang, drawing on the "weather notes" he has kept for 15 years, helped his weather post to achieve 81 per cent accuracy in long-range forecasts and 79 per cent in short-range predictions in 1973, according to Hsinhua. The local authorities were so impressed that they ordered a book published about his experiences. Archaeologists fail in effort to find secret pyramid tomb CAIRO (AP) After baffling explorers and archeologists for years, King Chephren's giant pyramid at Giza has turned back man's most sophisticated attempt to find the king's burial chamber. An expedition of a dozen American and Egyptian physicists, hoping to use short-range radar waves to see through the pyramid's sides and spot the suspected hidden chamber, gave up the hunt before the expedition reached its halfway point. _ They found that the radar signals, transmitted by a disappeared after travelling only a few feet because of the pyramid's unexpectedly high moisture content, said an NATIONAL DEPARTMENT STORES Corner 3rd Ave. SIN SI S YEAR- END CHARGEX CLEARANCE SALE HOURS OPEN: Thurs.. Ffi. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. OUR INVENTORY IS TOO HIGH AND PRICES HAVE BEEN SLASHED TO MOVE OUT MERCHANDISE CHARGEX MEN'S Eiderdown SHIRTS Midi of cotton. 2 lirgi pockets.FHd or Blui cluck. Beg. S6.49. Sizi 18-18. 50% OFFI BOYS' GIRLS' Ski Jackets 100% nylon ortir sMI ind wira pili liiing. Sizw 10-18. Astl. colon. Dog. S12.88. SHOP EARLY. :44 Clearance Sale All WINTER FOOTWEAR REDUCED UP TO 20% MEN'S Felt Lined SHOE PACS dnidiin nidi with rubber bottom ind loitlwr lopt. 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Not all Egyptologists agree that Chephren's burial chamber is "missing." The Italian explorer Giovanni Belozoni in 1818 rediscovered a chamber and empty sarcophagus which many claim is Chephren's only burial vault. But others think it odd that Chephren would settle for a single easily accessible vault after his father, Cheops, had built several interconnected chambers inside his pyramid a few hundred yards away. The mystery is a tantalizing one, for if Chephren's tomb does exist and has not been robbed, its treasures would certainly sur- pass the rich and now famous treasures of Tutankhamen a far .less powerful king. Egyptian authorities are anxious to make use of advanced technology in hunting for and making sense of Egypt's Pharaonic, Greek and Islamic past. There is talk of using infra- red aerial photography to chart ancient sites and of using. remote-controlled minicameras to photograph Chephren's it is ever found. A team of physicists from the University of California at' Berkeley successfully used "nuclear fingerprinting" to deter- mine exactly where the Colossi of Memnon were quarried But they could only guess how the 1.5-million-ton hunks of stone were transported 420 miles from Cairo upstream to the ancient city of Thebes. A University of Pennsylvania Museum project is using a com- puter to help piece together some blocks from the temple of the "heretic Akhenaten. The temple was dismantled about years ago by Akhenaten's successors who hated the monotheism of the king and his queen, Nefertiti. Although the computer stores up to 50 bits of information about the parts of scenes depicted on each block, the project's workers say they depend more on their eyes in reassembling the temple from thumbnail-sized photographs of each stone. Nonetheless, the computer's store of information has al- ready provided grist for several scholarly articles and will keep the project in order as the remaining thousands of pieces in the giant jigsaw puzzle are discovered. Despite the Stanford-Ain Shams group's failure to make the new radar technique work, the head of the expedition, physicist Lambert Dolphin, is convinced his theory is sound. Dolphin envisions a more sophisticated model of his sig- nalling device, coupled to a computer and receiver and mounted on a golf cart, travelling over unexcavated sites hunting for the walls of ancient temples and tombs. "We're not competing with regular Dolphin said of his expedition's unorthodox plunge into Egyptology "but we might be able to tell them: 'We think you should dig here.' Streaking plagues Indian university By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY has invaded the troubled cam- pus of Bombay University and the main beneficiaries ap- pear to be the university au- thorities. Ever since a group of mask- ed streakers marched through the grounds of St. Xavier's College chanting "Down With Naked militant students have been debating whether the practice is a legitimate protest weapon. A violent strike for more student rights was stopped cold while the controversy raged. Streaking was denounced by many students, particularly women, as vulgar and un-In- dian. Communists and other leftists termed it a bourgeois weapon. "A dirty capitalist trick designed to divide the ranks of militant said Jimmy Bharucha, a Com- munist leader. "It is time to pause in our struggle for stu- dent rights and consider the means we are adopting." A survey indicated that 80 per cent of the student body opposed the practice but the prostreaking minority was equally vehement. "There is nothing wrong with said Thomas Fer- nandez, a bearded science student. "Those who oppose streaking are hypocrites, for they secretly enjoyed the spectacle. I know of half a dozen so called Maoists who cheered the streakers." INDIAN NAME The state of Alabama got its name from the Indian name for tribal town, later a tribe (Alabama or Alibamus) of the Creek confederacy.