by Richard H. Parke ONE June night two years ago a fire was raging 85 feet beneath the surface of New York's East River. The blaze was near the head of the boring of the then partially -completed $58,000,000 Queens Midtown Tunnel. Twenty-eight pounds of air pressure plus double the normal amount of oxygen had whipped the flames into a white heat.
A very real bottle neck has occurred in industry. The millions of men going to work in the defense industry and business boom need thousands—hundreds of thousands—of supervisors and executives. Expanding Government agencies are calling for many specialists. Regular business needs experts to take care of expansion and to replace men called to military service.
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Airplane fatalities must be reduced. Moreover, they can be reduced! There is absolutely no sensible reason why all efforts toward this end should be confined solely to preventing the crashes! It is obvious that accidents are still happening. The job now is to make planes withstand them better. It can be done! by George Daniels Aviation Editor TOO many people are killed in airplane crashes. It's about time to realize that pilots aren't supermen. Accidents continue to happen and there's no sense in claiming they can be entirely prevented. The only intelligent thing to do is to build the planes to withstand as violent a smashup as Possible.
FLYING ON FILM! KNOWN as the “Aerostructor,” this newest of flight training devices teaches all the primary control functions by means of a special film and projector. The instructor sits at one “peek hole” and the student sits at the other. When the student moves the controls in any direction, the view projected on the [...]
Skeleton Gets A Shave AT LEAST this is how a skeleton would look if it did shave with an electric razor. Actually, it’s an X-ray photograph of a man shaving himself, taken at 1/1,000,000 of a second. The picture was taken by L. F. Ehrke, of the Westinghouse Research Lamp Laboratories, Bloomfield, N. J.
Doodler’s Paradise THIS telephone booth, in West Orange, N. J., is made especially for doodlers. Its walls are lined with blackboards on which the person telephoning can make weird signs to his heart’s content, jot down telephone numbers, and generally enjoy himself at the fine art of “doodling.”
by Marshall Perham IF ON some black, moonless night, you chanced to be winding arduously up the mountains back of Altadena, California, you might think you were seeing ghosts-—and hearing them, too. For there in a little draw, branching off the main canyon, you would see light from a non-existent moon bathing the landscape, and hear the mighty music of symphonies drifting down from the mountain tops But there is no cause for alarm, for the mysterious light and music have natural explanations.
Should the United States be attacked, these new ships will supply light, heat and power to cities whose power plants have been bombed or sabotaged. THE armada of floating "stand-by" electrical power barges which the United States plans to station along our waterways adjacent to important production centers, is the direct result of lessons being learned by American observers in the present war in Europe.
One Horse Power Model THIS mechanical horse, built by Roy Sheldon of Redmond, Oregon, pulls a wagon at ten miles an hour, and carries a rider at fifteen. An eccentric cam on the front wheels causes Dobbin to “gallop” like a real horse, and a gallon of gas is enough for the one horse power [...]
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The greatest scientists of the world's most powerful nations have searched in vain for what a Bulgarian refugee, without fanfare or hullabaloo, has found after years of patient and painstaking experiment in his laboratory. The secret is now America's!
Cluster Bomb For Uncle Sam JACOB BAKER, inventor of Cleveland, Ohio, holds a quarter-size model of his “cluster bomb,” blueprints and plans of which he has sent to Washington to offer for his country’s defense. Baker says the six small bombs are released from the larger bombs, thus creating more widespread damage.
by Kip Blair EVER spend a night in a haunted house? Well I did! While cold chills ran up my spine and the hair on my scalp seemed to rise and curl, I saw and heard things which only a ghost could explain. I saw doors open and close without a touch from human hands. I stood frozen in my tracks as a cut-glass humming bird raised its voice in macabre song. My hat and coat were hung on a hall rack which vanished into nothing the moment I turned my back. And, as I stood alone before a statue in the gloomy drawing room, I heard and saw that statue play, on a zither, any tune I chose to name!
Hollywood's "juke box" movies open a brand new field for the amateur movie cameraman 1 THE lowly "juke box" is a thing to be despised no longer. In the best American tradition, it has gone from rags to riches all in one leap.
SUPPOSE magicians could be stationed at strategic points along the borders or coast of a country at war. Then when enemy battleships, submarines or bombers came within five miles, the magicians could mumble a few magic words, and presto!— the invaders would be blown to bits by their own explosives!