Amplifies Current Ten Thousand Million Million Times (Jan, 1932)

Amplifies Current Ten Thousand Million Million Times

QUADRILLIONS do not mean much to the reader, even though he remembers the meaning of the term, expressed by seventeen figures in a row. However, a quadrillion is about the number of drops of water in a cubic mile.

With this introduction, it may be said that the screen-grid tube, pictured on an amplifier box in the center of the picture at the left, is used to amplify an electric current ten quadrillion times.

Teach Young Russians Science of Building Model Airplanes (Jul, 1929)

Is it just me, or does the kid on the right look like he has a wire plugged into the back of his head?

Teach Young Russians Science of Building Model Airplanes

SOVIET RUSSIA is not going to be “left on the ground” in the future. Youths of tomorrow are being trained in construction and operation of airplanes. Pupils of the Raditchew school for Technical Science in Moscow are shown in the photo below learning how to build model planes of different types.

When Rivers Run Wild (May, 1929)

When Rivers Run Wild

by Howard Kegley

California, subject to periodic rainfall and melting of snows in the mountains, has been victimized by rampant rivers in the score of months just past. Told here, the story of the San Gabriel Dam shows the gigantic size of this water impounding monster, and how two rivers will be controlled with one dam.

Speed Kills – Drugs That Even Scare Hippies (Oct, 1967)

The drugs they are talking about here are all prescription amphetamines, not crystal meth.

Speed Kills – Drugs That Even Scare Hippies


Hippies, as a warning to other hippies, sometimes wear buttons that say SPEED KILLS. The words of caution have nothing to do with traffic safety. They warn against a powerful drug popularly called “speed”—methamphetamine hydrochloride, best known by one of its trade names, Methedrine. Methedrine belongs to the amphetamine family of drugs which work speedily and strikingly on the human nervous system and which, in terms of their potential dangers, may be the most underestimated drugs used by teen-agers today.

First gas-operated semi-automatic pistol (Apr, 1980)

First gas-operated semi-automatic pistol

Self-loading handguns are usually either blowback-or recoil-operated. The new Wildey is unique—the world’s first production-model gas-operated semi-automatic pistol. In the patented Wildey system, a portion of the powder gases is exhausted from the barrel through six ports, where it impinges on the operating piston, driving it rearward to operate the slide and rotary bolt action.

Fifty Switzerlands Thrown into One (Oct, 1921)

Fifty Switzerlands Thrown into One


IT is easy to imagine old Dame Nature as having been on one glorious spree, millions of years ago, when she threw up the hundreds of silent sentinels of the Canadian Rockies. Any number of remote places in this series of peaks, stretching from the bitter Arctic to the American boundary, not even as yet visited by more than half a dozen explorers, provide ample space to place all of the Swiss Alps—and never notice the difference.

He Found a Lobster-Pot of Gold (Jul, 1952)

He Found a Lobster-Pot of Gold

Ed Myers migrated from Princeton to Maine and he found it paid off to send live lobsters on long trips, too.

By H. W. Kellick

“YOU’RE crazy!” lobstermen told Ed Myers when he informed them he was going to ship live Maine lobsters direct to homes of seafood lovers all over the country.

“Who ever heard of selling live lobsters by mail!” friends chided.

“It’s utterly impossible,” the experts advised.

Science in Pictures (Sep, 1947)

Science in Pictures

Plastic rowboat is made of glass mat and plastic resin. Unaffected by saltwater, it can be stored in any climate. It is nine feet long, weighs 80 lbs. and holds five persons.

Folding Car at right was designed for transportation to and from airports. Here, co-inventor Dick Jenner of Wichita, Kans., pulls it out of his plane’s baggage compartment.

Metal Bar Floated in Air by Magnetic Repulsion (May, 1929)

Obviously this is a silly trick, but I posted the piece mainly so I’d have an excuse to link to this insane video of “quantum” levitating superconductors locked in a magnetic field. You need to see this, they can actually levitate upside down.

Metal Bar Floated in Air by Magnetic Repulsion

AN IRON bar which floats in the air in apparent defiance of the law of gravity was recently exhibited by the physics department of the University of California, but the professors made no claim to supernatural ability. The metal “wobbly bar” floated between two guide posts on either end of a wooden base in which they were mounted.

Science In Pictures (Sep, 1947)

Science In Pictures

Rubber Fenders are the answer to the dent problem of motorists according to Inventor (and Doctor) Clauss B. Strauch, of Hazel Green, Wis. He says it’s no gag. The rubber fenders are inflated.

Elephant on Plastic at left demonstrates strength of a new building material made of paper and cotton impregnated with phenolic resin. The panel weighs only 30 pounds (one-fortieth as much as standard building materials) while the elephant weighs four tons.