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May, 1950
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Aug, 1950
Life-Saving Bomb
Here's the Navy's newest electronic weapon—it won't, kill a soul but its underwater sound waves will aid thousands. By Frank Tinsley AN electronic bomb which disperses sound instead of shrapnel may save the lives of many survivors of sea disasters.
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THE MAN WHO PLAYS GOD
Walter Favreau pushes the moon around and darkens the sun—all in his day's work at New York's Hoyden Planetarium. By Lester David WALTER Favreau is the only man in the world who literally moves heaven and earth to get what he wants. He spins the sun like a yo-yo on a string, unhinges the stars and sends the planets whirling crazily through the solar system.
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NEW for the ROAD
Vetmobile. constructed of obsolete airplane parts by Edward Adkins of Palo Alto, enables handicapped ex-GI's to drive. It uses either a gas engine or an electric motor. Built-in hydraulic jacks simplify wheel changing. It has a two-way radio and a key-making machine is mounted on the car's side (see photo).
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NEW in SCIENCE
Fit for King are some of the abodes illustrated above. Well, for a feathered one, anyway. The incentive for the building boom was the 14th annual Detroit News birdhouse contest and 1500 of them were displayed at the Travel and Sport Show in Detroit recently. With home styles ranging all the way from a football to a three-story pagoda, the birdies certainly can't complain of a housing shortage. Among the most unusual ones, shown here, were the little wooden locomotive, the boot topped by a roof and chimney, and the leather wigwam. Unfortunately no one has yet asked the birds how they feel about the whole idea.
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Public Lock-Picker Number One
Police are glad locksmith Barney Zion is on their side. He claims he can open any lock without a key—and constantly proves it. By Joseph P. Blank FOR 6000 years, locksmiths have been trying to produce a pick-proof lock. One of these days that marvel may come to pass but before the fortunate inventor can announce his claims his lock will have to confound America's Public Lock-Picker Number One-—Bernard Zion.
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Wrestler With a Million-Dollar Gadget
Here's the blow by blow story of how a wrestling genius-of-all-trades nursed a bright idea into a device worth a fortune— with the help of a crew of grunt-and-groaners. By Alfred Eris THE Mad Greek, also known as Prince Ilaki Ibn Ali Hassan, has invented a gadget which promises to revolutionize the speedometer of every automobile on the road today! In view of this, why people call wrestler Agisilaki Mihalakis the Mad Greek is a mystery. There's a long story behind his Glowmeter invention but, in telling it, let's call him Mike. Mike's gadget is a speedometer attachment that lets you know your exact speed without looking away from the road.
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WHEN BOLTS GO NUTS...
Some pretty fantastic things happen down on earth when lightning starts playing its practical jokes up in the heavens. By Irv Leiberman CHARLES Brown of Kenton, Ohio, is living proof that lightning can strike twice. As a matter of fact—ten times! Brown has been pursued by bolts for nearly 20 years during which time he has been struck again and again. Last time it happened in the Kenton library. A ball of flame came through the open window and, with a terrific noise, exploded in a shower of sparks right near where Brown was sitting absorbed in a book.
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It's a Dog-Gone STRANGE WORLD!
Here are some of the darnedest breeds of dogs you ever saw. They do everything from diving for fish to rooting up the fabulous truffle. By Douglas Kennedy THE fisherman teetered dangerously-on the slippery rock out in the surf. He had just latched onto a 30-pound bass. But in all the excitement of hooking the big fish he had gotten his line fouled up and nearly plunged headlong into the chilly sea. As he struggled for a footing, he yelled for his dog on the shore. The animal dashed into the water and dived under the surface. A moment later he came up with the escaping bass flopping helplessly in his jaws. Quickly the dog swam back and deposited his catch up on the beach, then helped tow his master safely ashore.
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New Toys for Junior
Atomic Lab Set. shown at the American Toy Fair in New York, has cloud chamber that makes visible the paths taken by speeding alpha particles, a Geiger counter, and a screen that shows the break-up of radio-active material. A. C. Gilbert Co., of New Haven, Conn.
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