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"Mechanical MOTHER" SAVES Lives of INFANTS
"Baby incubators" which manufacture ideal conditions of heat, moisture, and atmosphere, save the lives of thousands of prematurely born infants every year who otherwise could not survive. MAN-MADE machines have again triumphed over the seemingly unconquerable forces of Nature with the invention of the mechanical mother.
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This Roller Safety Device Sweeps Away Fallen Pedestrian
TRUCKS equipped with the new safety device shown in the photo at the left will literally sweep a fallen pedestrian before it and thus save him from being crushed to almost certain death beneath the heavy wheels.
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London Bobbies Broadcast Crime News With Five-Pound Portable Radio
RADIO is fast becoming one of the most dangerous foes of the modern criminal. Often before he has fairly finished committing his crime, the news has gone out to all the police, broadcast over a powerful central radio station and picked up by squad cars cruising the streets.
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Metal Skins for AIRPLANES
by MAJOR H. H. ARNOLD In the Plane Talk department this month Major Arnold discusses several important developments in aviation, several of which are of British origin. EVERY day that passes sees more airplanes in which cloth and wood construction has been discarded and metal substituted. At first the metal was used in wing and fuselage truss construction only but recently metal sheets have found great favor as wing and fuselage covering.
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Broadcasting from a Submarine
By William J. Harris Millions of radio listeners recently experienced for the first time in history the vicarious thrill of diving in a submarine and cruising along the ocean floor when announcers, stationed before a mike placed aboard the Submarine 0-8, gave a word picture of the boat's maneuvers. This amazing feat was made possible by use of short wave radio, which also provides a means for transmitting from airplanes, autos and trains.
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Newspaper Pages Photographed to Save "Morgue" Space
INSTEAD of filing away a copy of the newspaper every day for future reference, morgue keepers can now merely make a photograph of the sheets of the paper and file the negative of the photo away in the morgue. This is achieved by means of an extremely sensitive camera recently invented which reproduces the entire sheet on a film the size of a postage stamp, solving storage problems.
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Billiards and Miniature Golf Combined in Table Game
Billiards and Miniature Golf Combined in Table Game BILLIARDS and miniature golf are combined in a new table game recently introduced. Regular golf balls are used, but billiard cues are used instead of clubs. To enjoy the game the player need not be expert at billiards nor proficient at golf, although the atmosphere of both […]
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Latest Developments in Automotive Field
Above is shown a new type auto wheel fitted with curved, spring-steel spokes, which is designed to cushion the unsprung weight of the car. Broken spokes may be replaced without removing the wheel. Leo Bazin, of Paris, France, standing beside the new car which he designed. This car boasts of a body which can be opened by means of hinges to facilitate repairs of the chassis and transmission. At the left is a detail of the new English Daimler which embodies the liquid clutch and self-changing gear shift.
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New Bike Seat Adjusted En Route by Handle Bar Lever
Why would you want this? New Bike Seat Adjusted En Route by Handle Bar Lever USING a new bicycle saddle which was recently displayed at the International Exhibition of Inventions in London, cyclists can now raise or lower their seats while on the move. This change of altitude is achieved by simply operating a hand […]
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Germany Is Going Modernistic in Designing Unique Eating Places
Germany Is Going Modernistic in Designing Unique Eating Places GERMANY, one of the homes of modernism, is setting a rapid pace for architects and designers everywhere, this odd, mushroom shaped building being but one example of their efforts to attain the novel and unique in architecture. This building, which houses a restaurant overlooking the Rhine […]
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Oil Men Sink Curved Wells to Undersea Oil Deposits
I drink your milkshake! Oil Men Sink Curved Wells to Undersea Oil Deposits INSTEAD of erecting wharves out over the water to drill for oil beneath the ocean floor, operators are now setting up their derricks on the shore and drilling out to the submarine deposits. When the vertical hole reaches the depth at which […]
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Thrilling Methods of Fighting Big Fires
To many people, the fireman is a fellow who sits around the engine house playing checkers until the gong calls him to a thrilling dash through the streets. But in reality, the modern fireman must be a skilled technician in various trades. by DICK HUNTER IN THE big cities the chief of a fire department has to be a navigator, an inventor, an electrical and mechanical engineer, and a practical marine constructor, ever prepared to risk his own life and safeguard the lives of his men.
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France Builds World's Greatest Defense System
In spite of the recent peace treaties and disarmament conferences, Europe is preparing for war. This article describes the French reaction to current peace talk. NOT since the ancient Mongols erected the great Chinese wall more than two thousand years ago, has any nation conceived so gigantic a system of defensive fortifications as is now under construction on the eastern frontier of France and Belgium.
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Giant Flying Monsters Invade Broadway in Annual Children's Jamboree
Giant Flying Monsters Invade Broadway in Annual Children’s Jamboree ONCE every year, as regularly as clockwork, a group of giant monsters invade New York and take possession of its most famous thoroughfare, Broadway. However, they are perfectly harmless and are only part of a parade arranged for the pleasure of children by one of the […]
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Snowshoes For Auto Wheels Make Winter Travel Easy
WHEN the deep snow made ordinary auto travel impossible for a farmer living in an out-of-the-way district of the upper Snake River Valley in Idaho, he ingeniously overcame the difficulty by attaching what he terms "snowshoes" to the rear wheels of his car.
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Mechanical and Electrical Devices for the Housewife
Water is boiled in eight minutes and an oven heated in six minutes with this new electric stove, which delivers three degrees of heat. The heating element nestles in a bowl shaped reflector which directs all of the heat towards the utensil.
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Santa Fe ~ the Modern Pueblo
by E. DANA JOHNSON Travelers visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico, are astonished to find ibis modern city built in an architectural style centuries old! Hotels, postoffice, schools, and private residences are constructed in the pueblo style of architecture developed by the Indians indigenous to the great Southwest.
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New Golf Game Played Like Pool
New Golf Game Played Like Pool THERE seems to be no end to the contraptions devised to satisfy the golf lust in mankind. The latest device is a cross between miniature golf and pool, having features of both games. The links consists of an area of greensward arranged like a pool table, and the goal […]
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Streamline Shell PEPS UP Motorcycle
JOE SZAKACS, of Lincoln, Nebraska, has equipped his motorcycle with a 22 gauge aluminum shell which, besides improving the appearance of his machine, has increased the speed and reduced the weight by four pounds. Only two pieces of strap steel, shaped to fit, were needed. Access to the engine is gained through three round snap-shut doors, each using a single hinge and a small arrangement comprising a steel coil spring which is connected to the door inside the shell. This spring rides in a rounded metal groove and prevents binding.
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Snowshoes For Auto Wheels Make Winter Travel Easy
WHEN the deep snow made ordinary auto travel impossible for a farmer living in an out-of-the-way district of the upper Snake River Valley in Idaho, he ingeniously overcame the difficulty by attaching what he terms "snowshoes" to the rear wheels of his car.
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Uncanny Invention Startles Motorists
Protects Your Car From Thieves, Puzzles lour Friends! Here is something incredibly new and revolutionary. More mysterious than anything since the first discoveries of radio! As uncanny as electricity itself! Actually more useful and valuable than the self-starter on your car! As easily controlled as your headlights! Inexpensive! No wonder it has turned the motor world topsy-turvy overnight!
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Invention of Microwave Popcorn?
This powerful "Stroboglow light," synchronized with the revolving fan blades, makes them appear as if standing still. Airplane props are studied similarly. Above — Corn in the container between the two jars of ice was popped in two minutes by heat from high frequency radio waves directed at the kernels.
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Another English Robot Pilot
If I had a nickel for every English robot pilot I came across, I’d have… er… a nickel. Another English Robot Pilot PROFESSOR J. POPJIE, an English pilot and designer, has recently invented and tested an electrical robot pilot which has successfully piloted a plane on short flights. Although details of this invention have not […]
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207 Talk Across Ocean on Xmas
I’m pretty sure that there is enough bandwidth out there now that every single person on earth could be on the phone at the same time. Though, there’d probably be some seriously over saturated lines in more remote locales. Incidentally, those calls cost roughly $119 a minute in 2009 dollars. 207 Talk Across Ocean on […]
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A Fan Motor Television Receiver For Experimenters
by L. B. ROBBINS Here is a simple and easily-built type of television receiver with which you can pick up the television images now being transmitted over the air from a number of stations. THE time is now ripe for radio fans who build their own sets to construct a television receiver. Several broadcasting stations are on the air transmitting on both long and short waves, and have so perfected their apparatus that a simple receiver like that illustrated in the accompanying drawings will bring out the pictures with a fair degree of clarity and brilliancy.
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My New Atlantic Air Liner
by HANS ROHRBACH Famous German Seaplane Designer The name of Rohrbach is well known in the aviation world because of the giant planes which he has designed. He built 5,500 airplanes for the German army during the World War, including four giant bombers with eight engines each. Since then he has designed most of the large European transport planes used on passenger lines.
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Robot With Mechanical Brain Thinks Up Story Plots
FORMERLY robots were merely mechanical devices that could perform a variety of stunts under the guidance of a human being, but now a robot has made its appearance that thinks, has a soul of a kind, creative imagination, and other qualities necessary for writing a modern stereotyped short story. This robot, the invention of Wycliffe Hill, a Los Angeles scenario writer, is declared to be able to build up millions of plots, no two alike, for magazine stories or movie plays.
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Mechanical Contraptions to Keep You Entertained
by JAY EARLE MILLER When the season opens for amusement parks this spring, you'll find a number of new mechanical fun-makers ready for your entertainment. Mr. Miller attended an exposition of carnival men recently, and he tells here of the ingenious contraptions which were on display there. HOW are you going to spend your money when you go to the amusement park next summer? What will they offer to entice your nickels, dimes and quarters? If you want the answer drop in with me at the winter exposition when the outdoor showmen of America—circus men, carnival men, and state and county fair executives—meet to transact business. Here are all the new things thought up to give you a thrill or a laugh.
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Mickey Mouse: CAN YOU FIND THE TWINS?
Of course, you've watched the funny screen capers of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse who has climbed the steps to "movie" fame in Columbia Pictures. Recently, Mickey Mouse was acclaimed one of the world's most popular movie features. His name and fame are spreading everywhere as more and more movie fans get to know him.
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Trapping the HARBOR Pirates
by ALFRED ALBELLI The swaggering buccaneer of the Spanish Main, who defiantly floated the Jolly Roger from his masthead as he preyed upon the high seas, has passed forever. The modern pirate uses up to date methods and must be combated with the latest weapons. IF YOU should sit of an evening in the eerie cabin of Captain Henry Malley's ship, pride of the New York Police Department's harbor flotilla, he would spin yarns of derring-do for you which would make your hair stand perpendicular. The subject would be harbor pirates.
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French Engineer Plans Huge Floating Mid-Ocean City
WHEN the continents of the world have become overcrowded and trans-oceanic airplane travel is as common as travel by steamers at present, we may see the establishment of huge mid-ocean cities such as is shown in the above drawing, which illustrates the plans recently made by Leon Feoquinos, a French engineer of Marseilles.
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Making Mickey Mouse Act for the Talkies
How do they make those animated movie cartoons of Mickey Mouse and his animal relatives which have proved so popular? In this article the author explains the tedious process by which cartoons are brought to life. by Gordon S. Mitchell Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Sound Department of Universal Pictures Corporation, and is well qualified to write on technical phases of movie production. THE next time you drop into your favorite theater and watch Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Rabbit, Krazy Kat, or any of their familiar cartooned brethren scamper across the screen in a series of animated musical episodes, stop and ponder for a moment on these weighty facts:
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Sea-Going Pleasure Parks
Outdoor Sports on German Floating Amusement Palace ONE of the most unique sea-going entertainment palaces in the world is the floating pleasure park being built by Louis Reinsch of Bad Reichenhall, Germany. As depicted on these pages and on the cover of this issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions, Mr. Reinsch's boat combines features of barge and ocean liner.
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"Kodatoy" Home Movie Projector Shows Finest Pictures
“Kodatoy” Home Movie Projector Shows Finest Pictures MANUFACTURERS nave recently introduced a new home movie projector, called a “Kodatoy,” that has all the optical and mechanical features found in the large costly machines. The machine, shown in the photo at the left, has a high grade condensing and projection lens, a three blade shutter, and […]
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Is Man Doomed by The Machine Age?
With thousands of men unemployed, many of them because machines have forced them out of their jobs, the old cry that man has created a Machine Age which will destroy him has been taken up again. Which is the true picture—is the Machine a destructive monster, or a means to leisure and wealth? Is our civilization doomed to destruction because of our dependence on machines? Read the opinions of eminent scientists and industrial leaders in this article.
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