A GIANT airplane that may make a nonstop trip around the world and large enough to carry 14 passengers has been built recently for Clyde Pangborn, noted aviator. The fuselage is so designed that its lifting ability is developed to the utmost, being actually part of the wing. Power is supplied by two Pratt and Whitney "hornet" engines.
Ice Men Receive New Style Tips ICE tongs and overalls will be distinctly out of style for the ice men of 1936, it was explained at the Chicago convention of the National Association of Ice Industries. Ice will be carried in leak proof canvas bags instead of with tongs, while the well dressed ice man [...]
IN the bell loft of the Rockefeller church in New York it suspended the first of the tuned carrillons, the smallest bells of which are shown above. The resonance of a bell, which lasts for several moments, has previously prevented accurate tuning of carrillons, but this age-old annoyance has been eliminated by a system of bell dampers invented by G. M. Giannini.
By Corley McDarment Imagine a ski-jumper, poised in mid-air, suddenly soaring off across the valley; or a high diver swooping to the surface of the water, and then up again. Thrills such as they would experience are yours with safety in a glider. AMERICA is filled with thousands of model airplane pilots. They know more than the rudiments of aviation. They have built their own ships, small though they are, and they have made them fly. The next logical step is to build actual working models and then "hit the air" with them. A fine start has already been made in this line. America has never gone into soaring flight like Germany, but if certain plans and the natural momentum together, get going, the sun may soon be obscured in the late afternoons by young men and boys up in the skyâ€”in gliders.
Cobwebs of rubber cement, ice cream from potatoes, candy windows, rain that is not wet, these and others movie chemists conjure. by EARL THEISEN IN THE motion picture world it is not possible to control nature. The movie-makers must fabricate artificial snow storms; glass that will not cut; fogs that can be controlled; bubbling, hot lava from volcanoes that are not erupting; and thousands of other things which are needed in creating movies. It is the chemist with his test tubes and laboratories who makes effects possible in great movie production. He is called upon to satisfy the various demands of the director at a moment's notice. To produce the effect of brisk coldness, such as vapor coming from the breath of an actor, dry ice, which is made from carbon dioxide, is placed in the mouth. Because of the extreme cold of this dry ice, the result is a mist coming from the mouth similar to the one seen in cold climates. So as not to freeze the mouth, the dry ice is placed in a container in the actor's mouth. This same chemical "dry ice" is used in scenes where steaming tea kettles and boiling water is seen. The dry ice makes the water seem to boil.
Blind Make Junk Auto Tires Into Useful Articles THE Minneapolis Society for the Blind in seeking ways of keeping the minds of its blind occupied struck upon a novel method of manufacturing rubber door mats from old automobile tires. Since the materials required cost practically nothing the workei receives a fair profit and produces a [...]
Through the doors of the Patent Office in Washington has passed all of the progress of America. Here came the first telephone, locomotive, automobile, wireless. The inventors of today will create the progress of tomorrow. What comes next? THIS article is addressed to the man with a new idea and who wishes to obtain a bullet-proof patent and who wishes to make money with that idea. It is to be borne in mind at the outset that a good idea covered by a weak patent will be practically worthless and that a poor idea covered by a strong patent will be equally worthless. It behooves the inventor, then, to make sure that these cardinal mistakes are avoided.
Neon Tubes Illuminate Drinks STIRRING rods of neon tube are the latest thing in restaurants. When placed in drinks the tubes, through a chemical reaction, produce unusual fluorescent rays which illuminate the liquid as soon as they are submerged. The tubes, which measure about six inches in length, are available in various colors to match [...]
Perambulating Press Prints On Paving THERE have been sandwich men, sound trucks, and sky-writers to carry advertising messages before, but it was left for a Spanish inventor to devise the perambulating printing press for making bill boards of the pavements. The entire press is no larger than a baby buggy, and is no more difficult [...]
Talking Paper Presents the News TALKING newspapers are here. No longer is it necessary to listen to the radio for verbal reports of the day’s news, following the invention of speaking paper by Fernando Crudo, of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ordinary ink is used to print the talking paper, but instead of words, sound symbols are [...]
Nix on Parties – with my crop of Pimples Don’t let Adolescent Pimples kill YOUR dates! AFTER the beginning of adolescenceâ€”from about 13 to 25, or even longerâ€”important glands develop and final growth takes place. This causes disturbances throughout the body. The skin becomes oversensitive. Waste poisons in the blood irritate this sensitive skin, causing [...]
HILL HOPPING A WORM DRIVE SLED FROM California comes a radical innovation in motor driven vehicles, a worm drive ski-sled. Powered by a 35 horsepower engine, it negotiates the steepest, roughest inclines with ease, and on level snowfields has attained speeds of twenty and more miles per hour. With a more powerful motor, considerably higher [...]