March, 2007 Monthly archive
Camel Ad: WHAT! A girl training men to fly for Uncle Sam? (Apr, 1942)

WHAT! A girl training men to fly for Uncle Sam?

THE name is Lennox — Peggy Lennox. She may not look the part of a trainer of fighting men, but— She is one of the few women pilots qualified to give instruction in the CAA flight training program. And the records show she’s doing a man-sized job of it. She’s turned out pilots for the Army … for the Navy. Peggy is loyal to both arms of the service. Her only favorite is the favorite in every branch of the service—Camel cigarettes. She says: “It’s always Camels with me—they’re milder in every way.”

NEW in SCIENCE (Aug, 1949)


Mechanical Sleeve tests a new lightweight fabric called X-Cloth which is made from powdered aluminum with a vinylite plastic base. It reflects back the radiant heat of the body. James H. Rand, Bratenahl, Ohio.

Underwater Fireman can fight marine fires like the blazes with this new submergent fire-fighting suit. It’s specially equipped with a hose mask for helping the New York Fire Department quench difficult pier blazes.

Irradiation Man tests penetration of X-ray. Strips of film are placed inside the dummy (Mr. Cruik-shank by name), and then the four-million-volt generator is turned on him to see if the rays can reach them.

Skin Game (Apr, 1945)

Skin Game

AS YOUR senses must work together to convey an accurate impression to your mind, you’ll be surprised at the many ways you can fool yourself and others with a few simple experiments. If one of your senses is prevented from contributing its proper share to the mental picture, you may find the work of the others startlingly incomplete or fantastically incorrect. Try it for yourself by performing these amusing tests with everyday things. Your breakfast coffee and your favorite cigarette can become total strangers to you if you don’t watch out.

Home Steam Bath (Mar, 1952)

Home Steam Bath is a white enamel steam stool, inset, 17 inches high and 13-1/2 inches square. Vinyl plastic robe is stored in stool’s cover. One pint of water lasts 30 min. Home Accessories, Jacksonville, Ill.

How Radar Sentries Will Guard America (Feb, 1949)

How Radar Sentries Will Guard AmericaHow Radar Sentries Will Guard America

With a centrally controlled network like this, says the author, we could insure ourselves against an atom war Pearl Harbor.

By Frank Tinsley

ELECTRONIC watchdogs may save you from atomic destruction!

Just one sneak atom-bomb attack on a single target city would cost thousands of American lives and millions of dollars in vital property. Our only guarantee against such an atomic catastrophe is the creation of a system of overlapping search radars to warn us against approaching disaster.

The advent of 1000-mph raiders and long-range guided missiles cuts the margin of precious warning time. Our sentries must be posted far afield or the confusion caused by large numbers of missiles launched simultaneously could cause a breakdown just as the British spotting system was disrupted by V-2 attacks during World War II.

Modern Mechanix’s Cover from Painting to Magazine (Jan, 1935)

MM’S Cover from Painting to Magazine

Three photo negatives are made of 21″x30″ oil painting (below). At same time screen of 133 dots to inch is placed between plate and lens. On one negative all but blue color is filtered out, second all but red, and third yellow. Proof of type for the cover is photographed. Type on negative is masked for drawing.


Can Fish Hear?


“DUMB” animals are learning to talk. Not by ord of mouth, but in roundabout ways they are telling scientists how they feel, what they see and hear, and even what they think about. Age-old mysteries—always the source of controversy—are evaporating as research workers peer into the minds of inarticulate creatures.

Only recently have experimenters succeeded in hurdling what has long been an insurmountable obstacle— the fact that animals, unlike human laboratory subjects, cannot give verbal reports of their experiences and emotions. Through ingenious artifices that establish, in effect, a common language between the animals and their investigators, their innermost sensations are now being revealed.


This seems like a really, really bad idea, though in a pinch you can use your mushroom as a writing implement.

On a piece of ground 200 feet beneath the earth’s surface, Dick Wills of Miami, Okla., is growing regular crops of mushrooms. His unusual farm is the passageway of an abandoned lead and zinc mine, where he found a suitable temperature practically constant the year around. The farm hands wear regulation miners’ costumes, even to the small carbide lamps on their heads, for the mushrooms thrive best in darkness. Fifty pounds are harvested daily. A royalty is paid to the owner of the land, an Indian, who is delighted at the resumption of his income since the mine itself petered out.

Tiny Tube for Hearing Aids (Feb, 1947)

This tube is about the same size as an entire modern hearing aid.

Tiny Tube for Hearing Aids

Only 3/4-inch long and 3/8-inch wide, tubes like this powered such war devices as walkie-talkies and mine detectors. Now their maker, Sonotone, is using them in hearing devices. Three of them go into Sonotone’s latest instrument, which can be used for either low- or high-powered amplification.

How to Set Up Your Chemistry Laboratory (Feb, 1932)

CHEMISTRY: An Exciting and Profitable Hobby

How to Set Up Your Laboratory


WITH simple equipment requiring surprisingly little financial outlay, you can build in your home a small chemical laboratory that will provide a fascinating hobby. Here you may amaze your friends with seemingly magical chemical tricks, as by the manufacture of paint that shines in the dark or of writing inks that disappear unless the secret of bringing them back is known. You can manufacture useful things for the home, as soap or liquid court plaster. You can test gold rings and ivory piano keys to see whether they are genuine. If you wish, you can investigate the chemical processes used in industry, with the ever-present possibility of an important discovery. To the real dyed-in-the-wool experimenter, chemicals in themselves are intriguing, and a beautifully colored precipitate or a startling formation of crystals is its own reward for the trouble of preparation.