VAUDEVILLE, opera and outdoor sports events are predicted to be among some of the feature programs which will be broadcast to British firesides this fall when the first national television network in the world swings into action in Great Britain.
WITH a skin as sensitive as a photographic film, Robert J. West sunburns severely after a few minutes exposure to sunlight. In an effort to diagnose his own ailment he has switched his studies in the University of California to a course of physiology. No part of his body is immune in its reaction to sunlight; exposed for a period of three minutes, his skin crisps and forms painful blisters. Consequently, when in the open, he either muffles himself in a heavy overcoat and pulls his hat low over his eyes, or he insulates himself with a covering of red, sun-resistant Cellophane.
"BOSS KET" Charles F. Kettering, known as "Boss Ket" to his fellow workers, is chiefly interested in finding the answers to unanswered questions. Two of the foremost that have puzzled him are: "Why is grass green?" and "Why can we see through a pane of glass?" Head of the General Motors Research Corporation, "Boss Ket" devotes practically all his time to research, to discovering how it can be done when experts and formulas say "It can't be done."
YES! by WING COMMANDER S. K. UHLER Royal Air Force, Great Britain, Retired Editor's Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of the armed forces of His Majesty, the King of England. SINCE Count Zeppelin built and flew the first large, rigid airship, approximately 150 such lighter-than-air craft have been built and flown. Practically all of them, built by Germany, Great Britain, France and America have exploded in mid-air, burned or crashed with disastrous loss of life. There have been 19 major, peacetime dirigible disasters during the past 23 years.
A SPECTACULAR "first time in history" â€”an automobile actually taken for a mile high joy rideâ€”recently astonished onlookers at Floyd Bennet Field, New York. The plane was a giant Uppercu-Burnelli transport. With a 12-foot wide cabin, there was more than enough room between the wheels of the landing gear to strap on a standard 1935 automobile.
Grasshopper Death Machine Fights Farmers’ Insect Menace FOR seven years Joseph Dillman, wheat farmer of Strasberg, N. D., stood by helplessly and watched huge swarms of grasshoppers descend upon his grain fields and lay waste to his crops. Then this practical-minded person set about to devise a death machine which would put an end to [...]
Whole Clock Moves As Pendulum AN UNIQUE eight-day clock which is about three feet high and swings bodily to act as its own pendulum has been built in the workshop of an Arkansas man. An escapement wire running from the central case is attached to a wire fork suspended from the window ledge of the [...]
I, for one, sleep soundly at night knowing that should we be attacked with chemical weapons, our brave typists will still be able to do their duty to their country. Gas Mask Designed for Typists ANEW type of gas mask, which slips over the head of an office typist in the event of an air [...]
Heavily Armored Police Car Is Immune To Bandit Bullets IT WOULD take the most daring bandit in the world to put a bullet through the new armored car built by an American manufacturer for police work in a foreign countryâ€” for in doing so, he would have to let the auto run over him and [...]
It's almost unbelievable how quickly you become popular once you can play the harmonica. Good harmonica players are always in demand for parties, outings, scout meetings and school Harmonica Bandsâ€”sure of a good time wherever they go. Thousands of boys and girls who once sat around at parties and watched others take the spotlight have discovered that the ability to play this fascinating instrument is all that is needed to win the admiration of friendsâ€”step out of the "wallflower" classâ€”and know the thrill of being a wonderful entertainer.
Inventors Patent Odd Designs for Safer Airplanes Unusual ships, straying away from accepted designs, are being tried in an effort to increase safety and simplify air travel. Some of the ideas are shown here.
New Plastic Masks Replace Sculpturing AS FAST as photography and almost as simple is a new process for making more accurate reproductions of head and bust than a sculptor can. Casts of heads can be made at low cost in 35 minutes. A new type of plastic material, invented by Miss Harriet Meyer, is the [...]
Daring Bird-Man Soars At 10,000 Ft. On Homemade Wings FOR three years Clem Sohn, parachute jumper of Lansing, Michigan, dreamed of the time when man might go aloft and soar like a bird. Recently his dream became a reality. Clad with foot-webbing and home-made wings of airplane canvas, he bailed out of a ship at [...]
NEW WAY TO SMOKE TOUCH A BUTTON! LIGHTED CIGARETTES COME OUT OF MAGIC CASE IMAGINE this! You take a beautiful case from your vest pocket! Automatically a cigarette and a flame appear. You puff . . . and a LIGHTED, ready-to-smoke cigarette is delivered right between your lips. Smokers crowd ’round when you use it [...]
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Unusual ships, straying away from accepted designs, are being tried in an effort to increase safety and simplify air travel. Some of thef ideas are shown here! The odd looking barrel shaped airplane above is based on the patent of Hans G. E. Roth, of New Rochelle. N. Y. It differs from the successful Stipa-Caproni barrel shaped ship, built some time ago in Italy, in that the propellers are not mounted within the tunnel itself and in the curious arrangement of vertical fins above and below the main wing. These fins aid in lateral and directional control. Passenger accommodations would probably be located in the thickened portion of die barrel about the main wing, while die crew would be in the lower fin as shown above.
This is possibly the most difficult method of typing I’ve ever seen. Type Keyboard Worn On Fingers A MINIATURE typewriter, novel because the keyboard characters are attached to a pair of gloves, was recently invented by a Tyrolian merchant. The apparatus, which threatens to revo-lutionize the present office typewriter, consists of two parallel rails between [...]
Trapeze, Shower Bath, Punching Bag Feature Gym Bed A COMPLETELY equipped gymnasium, a turkish bath, a shower bathâ€”all these have been combined into a single colonial-style bed by J. S. Embree, Los Angeles inventor. The bed is a “four-poster” with an awning top. Parallel bars are set between the end posts, and they are removable [...]
Fire Alarm Talks Over Telephone A PERFECT fire alarm, when heated, lifts a telephone receiver, dials the operator, informs her as to the exact location of the fire, and rings a guiding alarm. The device is ingeniously controlled by a thermostat. When heated to the danger point, the thermostat sets the machinery in motion. A [...]