LOU SENARENS developed many outlandish and queer vessels for Frank Reade, the hero of one of his groups of nickel novelettes. One of these mysterious vessels was an automobile which could travel on land, in the water, or under the water, under its own power, and, strange as it may seem, such a combination craft has actually been invented and constructed by Michel Andre of France.
Thankfully Mercury Vapor Turbines are now obsolete.
Mercury Turbine Now a Success
New Power Idea Proves Its Value in Practical Use As Quicksilver Vapor Spins Electric Generator
By EARL CHAPIN MAY
WHEN, in 1914, William LeRoy Emmet, General Electric Company research engineer, first proposed that mercury vapor instead of steam could be used to drive a turbine wheel, scientists and engineers scoffed at him.
I had an art teacher in high school who once explained how she loved sculpting with asbestos and how pissed off she was that she was no longer allowed to buy it, mesothelioma be damned.
Use Those Extra Asbestos Shingles
Who ever heard of the shingling job that ended in a perfect tie between the number bought and the number needed? Whether you like it or not, part of that last bundle will be left over. But you certainly ought to like it, because left-over shingles—both asbestos and asphalt—have countless uses around the house. A few are illustrated here, and you will think of others. Both types are good for friction uses, but stick to asbestos for jobs that call for heat resistance.— B. Halpern, Jackson Heights, N. Y.
Apparently if you use electricity to torture someone it’s “scientific”.
Electric Tortures Devised
TORTURE by electricity is reported to be tlie latest crime-detecting device of the new government police in China. Chinese courts have long recognized torture as a legitimate means of inducing reluctant witnesses to speak. The victim is stretched out full length on a frame of bamboo and tied there, with his hands crossed on his chest and fastened to the terminals of the electric machine.
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Wow, a Strontium 90 powered lamp doesn’t seem like the best idea.
Keeping Up With the Atom
LARGEST atomic power plant contracted for in the U.S. is the $45,000,000 installation General Electric will build for Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago. A scale model (right) of the dual-cycle boiling reactor plant, which will generate 180,000 kilowatts, was shown at the Geneva atomic conference and later taken to Chicago for public exhibition. Individual earphones connected with the model bring a description of the project to the listener in English, French, Spanish and Russian. The reactor will be built at the junction of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers, southwest of Chicago, with completion planned for 1960.
Healthful Sleep on Ultra-Violet Ray Bed
YOU grow healthy while you slumber and arise in the morning fresh and full of vitamines, if you sleep away the night in a special bed which has recently been devised by scientists.
What does the job of keeping the body of the sleeper fit is a battery of ultra-violet lights which bathe the flesh, as illustrated in the artist’s drawing above. An opaque screen covers the bed, thus shutting out the view and providing the occupants with the utmost privacy.
With cities growing constantly larger and sunlight becoming more and more scarce, these ultra-violet beds may be called upon to furnish all health rays in the future.
Portable Auto Jail Houses Fugitive
A NEW style in portable “hoosegows” was set by an Oklahoma police official when he built a steel cage on the back of his passenger auto. The “jail” was used to bring back a fugitive who had escaped from the McAlester, Okla., prison. He had been recaptured by Pittsburgh, Pa., police.
Alex Watson, transfer agent of the prison, drove 1,000 miles to bring back the prisoner. The “jail” was made by ripping off the lid of the luggage compartment of a regular coupe automobile and screwing down an sill-welded steel cage. An awning protected the prisoner from the sun, and a cushion provided the interior “comforts” of the jail. The prisoner was released from the cage for brief exercise periods throughout the trip.
For Not Crying Out Loud!
THE newest thing in baby carriage attachments is this mirror built into the hood. When mother must leave baby alone in his perambulator, she swings the mirror down in front of him. The child, seeing his reflection, believes he has company.
Strange Shapes for Play
Unconventional and modern playground equipment has been developed in Ulm, Germany, by architect Joachim Kimpel. A 10-year study of children’s methods and behavior at play by the architect, a gardener and a psychologist led to the redesigning of recreational equipment for climbing, spinning, balancing and swinging.