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Inventions Take Drudgery out of Household Tasks
Using the new orange juicer shown above, only a few twirls of the handle are necessary to remove all liquid from fruit. When the job is done the cup is removed and the juice poured into the glass, ready for drinking. The mechanism may be cleaned with very little effort, and is operated as demonstrated above. With this new tie rack, any tie may be removed with utmost convenience, leaving others undisturbed. The rack lies fiat against the door and is lifted with handle.
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Four Things Science Doesn't Know
FOUR processes which industry has used for generations without really understanding any of them were listed by Sir Frank Smith, British scientist.
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Simple Tricks for April Fool Jokesters
Anything in the way of a joke is excusable on April Fool's day, but your tricks have to be original if they are to bring a laugh. The main thing is to take your unsuspecting victim by surprise, and for that these simple stunts sure fill the bill. Not only will they do duty on April first, but they will also liven up any party when things get dull.
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SUBMARINE SAFETY - An Insolvable Problem?
Must submarines, by their very nature, always be death traps for the men who operate them? No successful rescue device has yet been developed which can be depended on infallibly in all circumstances, and recent losses of life indicate that the problem of safety is no nearer solution now than it was 20 years ago.
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Lamp Shade in Football Motif
Lamp Shade in Football Motif SOMETHING distinctly unique in the way of desk lamps was introduced at a University of Southern California sorority house. The shade was cut from parchment and made to resemble a football helmet, while the upright, cast in metal, forms a football. The lamp attracted wide attention and gave a sportive […]
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Drug Said to Cause Clairvoyance
Drug Said to Cause Clairvoyance A SOUTH AMERICAN plant called Yage is believed by natives to have the magical property of enabling the drinker to see great distances or through obstacles. Before the drinker falls asleep everything seems to be filled with hazy bluish rings. As the stupor deepens the sleeper sees vivid visions of […]
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This Surf Board Can't Get Away
This Surf Board Can’t Get Away A NEW type surf board which cannot get away from the swimmer even if she should let go with the hands, has been recently introduced at Pacific coast bathing beaches. What secures the board is a cutaway section in the rear for the legs of the swimmer, thus permitting […]
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No More Wrinkles in Prunes
No More Wrinkles in Prunes THE prune, long famous for its corrugated complexion, is to have itself beautified by means of a new picking device which has recently been put to use in California. This new machine, which bears a striking resemblance to an enlarged lawn mower, has a cylinder studded with sharp spikes whose […]
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Long Distance Weather Forecasts Now Made By Machine
Long Distance Weather Forecasts Now Made By Machine COMPLICATED weather forecasting computations can now be calculated automatically on the marvelously intricate machine shown at the left, the invention of Dr. Charles G. Abbot, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. With it he expects to calculate such things as variations in solar radiation to determine if they […]
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Bill-Saving Lock for Dial Phones
Bill-Saving Lock for Dial Phones LONG distance and other expensive calls made over your telephone without your consent can be prevented by a dial lock now being marketed. The lock consists of a metal cover which fits snugly over the dial, and is equipped with a lock which holds it firmly in place, as illustrated […]
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Latest for Housewives—Radio in the Kitchen Cabinet
Latest for Housewives—Radio in the Kitchen Cabinet THE last word in modern equipment for the kitchen would make Old Mother Hubbard turn over in her grave. This modernity is nothing less than an all electric broadcast receiver built into a kitchen cabinet, as shown in the accompanying photo. Concealed neatly just behind the table, and […]
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Heat Waves Set Off New Thief Alarm
THE heat from a burglar's body, even the gentle warmth of his breath, may now be detected by science's latest contribution to crime prevention, the "heat radio." The heart of the "heat radio" is a very tiny and very delicate thermocouple, which is mounted at the focal point of a large metallic reflector. This reflector, shown in the accompanying illustration, collects the feeble heat waves and concentrates them on the super-sensitive thermocouple.
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Huge Vacuum Cleaner Sweeps Golf Links to Find Balls
Huge Vacuum Cleaner Sweeps Golf Links to Find Balls SEARCH for golf balls lost in dried cut grass may no longer be a bugbear to golfers, thanks to a giant vacuum sweeper, recently invented, that picks up leaves, grass, paper, etc., from fairways. Utilizing the principles of the ordinary household cleaner the unique machine, shown […]
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U.S. Navy Inventions Build Great Industries
by John Edwin Hogg, Lieut., U.S.N.R. An amazing scientific workshop afloat —that is the peace-time function of Uncle Sam's Navy. The discoveries made by navy engineers and scientists have been responsible for the creation of vast new industries, from which you benefit in many ways, as told here. TO THE average person, perhaps, the American navy is a tremendous engine of destruction draining the Federal treasury of approximately $350,000,000 every year, and serving no useful purpose to the nation except in time of 'war. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The American navy in times of peace is a great progressive institution that extends its ramifications into many fields—scientific, mechanical, social, and diplomatic.
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Movies Aid Firemen's Efficiency
Movies Aid Firemen’s Efficiency FIREMEN of Paris, France, have devised a novel method of improving their fire fighting efficiency. They take movies of the various stages of the battle with the flames, and later study the films to see where they could have done better. The movies of the fire are made from a special […]
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Where TELEVISION Stands Today
by DAVID SARNOFF President, Radio Corporation of America What progress is being made in television? How far has it advanced today? What new developments lie in the immediate future? These pressing questions, about which the vast public waiting for television is wondering, are answered in this unusual article by Mr. Sarnoff, whose eminence in the field enables him to speak with unquestioned authority. IMPORTANT strides are being made with television. In our development work now proceeding at Camden, N. J., we are seeking to perfect television to a point where it is capable of rendering real service before offering it to the public.
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Thrills With New Type Balloon
Thrills With New Type Balloon BALLOON jumping, that spectacular and thrilling but highly dangerous sport, may receive new impetus from the successful demonstration of a new type of equipment invented by Jean Cambissa of Korfu, Greece. The balloon, of 100 cubic meters capacity, lifts a light metal frame upon which the pilot sits while he […]
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Music Sheet Has Radium Notes for Television Artists
Music Sheet Has Radium Notes for Television Artists TELEVISION performers, working in almost complete darkness, except for the flying spot, have found difficulty in reading music when they were broadcasting a program. To remedy this difficulty and enable the performers to see better the music manuscripts from which they are singing, Elliott Jaffee, a New […]
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Fever Machine Treats Rheumatism by Short Wave Radio
So basically, you’re microwaving your arm? Fever Machine Treats Rheumatism by Short Wave Radio THE treatment of rheumatism by short wave radio is among the benefits which radio engineers have bestowed upon modern medicine. An instrument which makes this possible was demonstrated before scientists recently in New York. Known as the “Radiotherm,” the device works […]
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What Tomorrow's Cars Will Look Like
By Donald Gray The automobile industry, always one of the country's most progressive, is today on the verge of astonishing changes in engineering design which are likely to make your next automobile so radically different in appearance that you'll hardly recognize it. Probable lines of development of tomorrow's car are here authoritatively presented. PROFILES of automobiles, like profiles of women's hats, have a habit of changing swiftly and drastically in response to the whims of fashion.
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Gasless DIRIGIBLE for Safe Air Travel
EVEN the most rabid enthusiast cannot defend the weakness of the hydrogen-fill dirigible. Death and destruction lurk in every cubic foot of it. Human ingenuity has failed to devise a means of making it safe and the prospect of riding the air with 2,000,000 cubic feet of a violent explosive over one's head is not alluring, at least to those who have had laboratory experience with the energetic hydrogen atom.
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Low Grade Coal Deposit Makes Natural "Boiler" to Generate Electricity
VISUALIZE two million straining horses lashed to a load that would be one-eighth the weight of Mount McKinley and you will have some idea of the tremendous power that will be generated in the low-grade coal districts by the super-power stations of the near future. In the new method devised by engineers to utilize the country's vast deposits of low-grade coal, unsuitable for factory or home furnaces, Mother Earth is to be used as a boiler and burn this coal without ever bringing it to the surface.
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New Sport Binoculars Worn Over Eyes Like Spectacles
New Sport Binoculars Worn Over Eyes Like Spectacles ANNOUNCERS at football and baseball games have long been in need of some instrument to give them a closer view of the playing field, and manufacturers have come to their rescue with a pair of binoculars which are adjusted to the eyes like ordinary spectacles. A special […]
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Electrical INDUSTRY Creates Mechanical Brains
The headline makes it sound like this article is about computers, but actually it’s about the birth of the electronics industry at a time when you couldn’t even get a degree in electrical engineering. Electrical INDUSTRY Creates Mechanical Brains by Robert Francis The electric eye, which functions as a virtual automatic brain, is working miracles […]
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Coaster Sled Rides Like Bike
Coaster Sled Rides Like Bike WHAT amounts to a cross between a bicycle and a coaster sled was recently introduced for the delectation of winter sports enthusiasts. Designed for rapid travel down an incline or on either ice or snow, the device has a single runner with handle bars and foot-brake, as shown in the […]
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New Device Converts Flame Into Electricity to Run Radio
A DEVICE which converts the heat of gasoline or kerosene directly into electric current has been invented by Dr. Otto Herman, of St. Louis, Mo., who claims that it is the first practical application of the phenomena of thermo-electricity to the commercial field of radio. The "Thermotron," as the inventor calls it, is built at present to operate any standard radio receiving set, using the new two-volt variety of tubes, for a period of 160 hours on a gallon of fuel.
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Hat Is Latest in Cigarette Cases
Hat Is Latest in Cigarette Cases AN “ammunition” hat designed with tuck in which are inserted twenty cigarettes, is proclaimed by stylists as the latest fad for co-eds. Wearing this hat, shown in the photo at right, the co-ed needs no longer go through the awkward motions of searching through a hand bag for her […]
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Automat Now Eliminates Bartender
Automat Now Eliminates Bartender BAR tenders are eliminated by a new automat bar recently introduced in London. By means of a slot and dial, the customer is enabled to procure himself any drink on the list. Dialing the drink number delivers a “shot” from a spigot. At left are soft drinks, while on right are […]
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