TOTS Try Toys Before trying to sell a new product toy maker Oliver Garfield (Toy Development Co.) tests child reactions to them. Garfield and physicist Arthur Pinker-ton assemble Geniac, a toy electronic brain that flashes replies to queries. TV WHIZ KID Steve Allen, 13, with color TV he designed and built. Atherton, Calif., boy has [...]
Musical Fists NEXT time you hear a favorite hymn breaking sweetly upon the evening stillness, have a thought for the busy carillonneur who is valiantly beating it out with his fists and feet. Playing tunes on bells that range from 12 pounds to 12 tons takes musicians who are willing to play unseen and can [...]
Each year Americans who choose to chew spend $265,000,000 on the sticky stuff. By Frank L. Remington AFTER a tough day at the office, a Los Angeles stenographer threaded her coupe through rush hour Wilshire Boulevard traffic. Suddenly her car smashed into a lamp post. Glimpsing the victim frantically clawing at her distorted features, a fainthearted pedestrian recoiled in horror. A more discerning traffic cop, however, calmly scribbled in his notebook: "Cause of collision—driver's vision obscured by -bubble gum bursting on her face."
OH, YOUR ACHING HEAD! Montefiore Hospital’s Headache Clinic is seeking to eliminate our head woe MONTEFIORE Hospital’s famous Headache Clinic in the Bronx, N. Y., is the largest in the nation and for the past ten years has been trying to find a cure for the head misery that plagues more than 12,000,000 Americans. Clinic [...]
Stand Up and Fly You’re a human hummingbird on the new de Lackner helicopter. LIKE the flying manhole cover, the new de Lackner helicopter carries only one man who hangs on to handlebars, controls pitch and roll by shifting his weight. Unlike the manhole cover, it is very light (a 125-lb. model is planned) and [...]
Are Closer Than You Think High-payload atom-powered jet flying-boats within the next five to ten years: that's MPs prediction, based on a study of design trends and necessities. By Frank Tinsley THE buckaroos of science are breaking the atom to harness at a fantastic rate. In just 15 short years, fission has grown from a super-secret equation whispered in a President's ear to a solidly established 14-billion dollar industry. The hectic stage of A-and H-bomb monopoly is fast giving way to a happier and less explosive phase of atomic development. Late last year Congress enacted the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; directing that the atom's neglected humanitarian potential be put to work "to promote world peace, promote the general welfare and increase the standard of living." Along with this, President Eisenhower launched his World Atoms-For-Peace Program to spur the exchange of knowledge and the rapid development of international atomic power projects of all kinds.
The Bi-Autogo's designer was only 24 when he conceived this sleek and powerful vehicle intended for early car connoisseurs. BACK in 1908, James Scripps Booth, well-known artist-engineer of Detroit, felt that the standard auto was somewhat prosaic. He believed something should be done toward instilling novelty and new sporting enthusiasm into motoring for hobbyists attracted by more costly cars.
Here are the 50 Golden Hammer-winning inventions for the world of 2055, selected from the thousands submitted by MI readers. Illustrated by Gurney Miller IF YOU future-minded MI readers can bear to cast a backward glance (just to the March 1955 issue) you'll recall a rosy forecast of the year 2055 A.D. entitled Amazing Marvels Of Tomorrow by that joyous prophet O. O. Binder. In connection with that article we announced that 50 Golden Hammers would be given for the 50 best ideas for inventions that would make the world of 2055 even jollier. From the thousands of suggestions that poured in from enthusiastic futurists we have selected the 50 below. Some of these ideas were sent in by as many as 20 different readers. In such cases, when the idea was a winner, we gave the award to the writer of the letter with the earliest postmark.
Not in the futureâ€”but right nowâ€”scientists are putting to work the limitless energy of the sun. By Lester David SOON, a native of East Punjab, India, will walk into the local version of the neighborhood hardware emporium, plunk down 80 rupees and buy a newfangled kind of stove. Back home, he'll proudly unwrap the shiny gadget, set it up and tell his wife to start dinner. Less than an hour later, she'll call out the Indian equivalent of "Come and get it!" and the family will sit down to a mealâ€”a meal cooked by sunshine in the world's first mass-produced solar stove! This initial Solar Cookerâ€”a device simple to operate, easy to maintain and economical to useâ€”is actually in production in India right now and is just about ready to go on the market.