by Edgar M. Jones SHUTTLING across the sands of the Syrian desert, between Damascus and Bagdad, are two shiny, new trailer-busses, fresh from the shops of Philadelphia. Built by Budd for the Nairn Transport Company of Syria, with the same technique of welded, lightweight, stainless-steel that made the now famous Zephyr trains, the new busses are a close approach to the luxury of a deluxe railroad car. As in any public carrier, passenger comfort is of prime importance. Accordingly, the plans incorporated Budd experience in making railroad streamliners and auto bodies, with the Nairn need for an economical, speedy, lightweight, rugged bus which could travel the rough terrain with a minimum of trouble.
by Robert H. Rankin HIS name is Donald Willis Douglas. Sixteen years ago he was working as an engineer for Glenn Martin, builder of the now famous Martin bombers. Today, as head of his own firm, he is rated one of the world's foremost designers and constructors. In July, 1936, President Roosevelt officially awarded him the Collier Trophy for 1935 in recognition of his outstanding work in the development of twin-engined commercial transport planes. Douglas was born on April 6, 1892, in Brooklyn, N. Y., and as a youth attended the Trinity Chapel School in New York City. In 1909, having successfully passed the difficult entrance examinations in good style, he entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Soviet Tots Try Parachutes AIR-MINDED Soviet children are provided with the thrills of parachute jumping through use of special towers erected in many city parks. Equipped with small parachutes, the youngsters slide down a chute atop the 14-foot towers and settle slowly to the ground. Metal guide rings keep the parachutes open.
by Donald G. Cooley YOU thought all glass was invisible? Wrong. Go to the foot of the class. Take a look at a plate glass display window the next time you pass a large department store. Observe street traffic and passers-by reflected in the glass. If the light strikes at the right angle the glass, far from being transparent, becomes a mirror efficient enough to enable you to adjust your tie or powder your nose from your reflected image. A young Londoner named Gerald Brown took note of these obvious facts, realized that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of window displays were handicapped, and invented an invisible glass window which gives the shopper the sensation that he can actually reach out and touch the articles on display. In the case of diamond necklaces, this is a beguiling illusion.
German Scientists Construct Huge “Atom Smasher” IN THE unending battle to harness the energy within the atom scientists at the Emperor Wilhelm Institute in Berlin have constructed a mammoth machine designated as an “atom smasher.” Experiments are being conducted under the direction of Professor Peter Debye, world famous physicist. The gigantic “atom smasher” machine stands [...]
Model Aids Anatomy Study “MISS ANATOMY,” a life-size female figure sculptored from actual life and featuring internal organs that can be removed for lecture purposes, has been placed on exhibition at the New York Museum of Science and Industry in Rockefeller Center, N. Y. C.
“Rocket” Car Goes 40 M.P.H. EQUIPPED with a one-cylinder motor that provides propulsion based on the theory of the fluid rocket, a novel midget car has been developed by Millet, famous Paris engineer. On its trial runs, the three-wheeler car is said to have attained speeds exceeding 40 m.p.h. The all-metal car is bullet-like in [...]