MONEY VAULT LIKE FORTRESS IS SURROUNDED BY MOAT
Surrounded by a deep moat and covered with a bomb-proof roof, a safety deposit vault, constructed on the lines of a medieval fortress and considered impregnable to raids from land or air, has been built for tlie Bank of France. Heavy steel girders, and concrete several feet in thickness, form the top, which is impervious to explosives that might be dropped from aircraft.
Wow. The Japanese have been quake testing buildings for a long time. Here’s a video of more recent, slightly larger test.
MAN-MADE QUAKES TEST BUILDING’S STABILITY
Tests to determine the type of building best adapted to withstand earthquakes are made on a machine which reproduces, with realistic intensity, the horizontal and vertical vibrations caused by a genuine tremor.
Heliport tops World’s Fair restaurant
Helicopters for visitors to the New York World’s Fair will land on and take oft from a foot heliport atop a two-level 1,000-seat restaurant and 400-seat cocktail lounge. The building, which covers the Port of New York Authority’s fair exhibit, is supported by columns at the four sides, two of them housing elevators.
Turn on the Windows-It’s Getting Dark
Homes of the future may have windows that provide light at night as well as during the day. Westinghouse scientists are experimenting with a transparent phosphor placed between two sheets of glass and having an electrical conducting charge. This allows the window to be used in the customary manner, but at night electricity is turned on and the transparent phosphors emit light. The process, called electroluminescence, also can be applied to glass ceilings, coffee-table tops, murals and in various architectural designs.
While they are great for tornadoes, storm cellars are about the worst place you can hide during a hurricane like the one that’s hitting now since they fill up with water and you’ll drown. Unless you’ve built your own diving gear that is.
Construction of Storm Caves Is a Profitable Profession
LOOKING around for a standardized construction job on which he could specialize, a Nebraska mason hit upon the idea of building underground storm caves for the protection of school children in his section of the Mid-West, where tornadoes are frequent.
The Improved Quiet SI-WEL-CLO Shaped to conform to Natures Laws
MEDICAL science influenced the unique shape of the Improved Quiet Si-wel-clo. Authorities have agreed that a seat should encourage a natural sitting position. It stands to reason that the organs and muscles of elimination are not easily stimulated to action if forced into a position never intended by nature.
Refrigeration and Your Health
Germs, some of which are dangerous, multiply fast in temperature above 50. So test your refrigerator.
By F. G. PRYOR
Secretary, Popular Science Institute
HOW to keep food from spoiling always has been a big problem. Drying, smoking, or pickling was the way it was solved in early days, but the trouble was these methods changed the taste and characteristics of the food. Finally, it was found that by removing heat, food could be kept for a long time without losing any of its natural qualities.
New Devices for the Home
• FOR THE EXECUTIVE OF THE KITCHEN •
BUSINESS methods in the household are the vogue today. Here we have a handsome metal kitchen cabinet in attractive enamels equipped with a modern radio set, above; and a desk space to hold a telephone, bill file, recipe books and card index, etc.
BARREL HOUSE READY FOR OCCUPANTS
A house in which steel hoops take the place of joists, rafters and studding, has just been completed at Dusseldorf, Germany. According to the architect who originated the odd design, it provides strength and stability at reduced cost by eliminating the need for thick outer walls.