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Speedy Sled From Wrecked Plane
WHERE do good airplanes go when they die? Here's one that was reincarnated in the form of an ice sled, and is now capable of making 75 miles an hour over frozen Lake St. Clair near Detroit.
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Radiophone Increases Safety
Thanks to the radio telephone developed for use by airplanes in experiments conducted by Herbert Hoover, Jr., pilots on all modern air lines can now learn every fifteen minutes the exact condition of the weather along their routes. by JOHN EDWIN HOGG IF YOU lived within range of the radio station at the Alhambra airport, the plane terminal for Los Angeles, you might tune down to 100 meters on your radio receiver and hear something like this: "Alhambra calling ship 55. Answer please." A voice that sounds considerably farther away, but easily audible and distinct, would next be heard.
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"Musiclite” Invention Plays Piano Notes in Color Tones
“Musiclite” Invention Plays Piano Notes in Color Tones A DISTINCTLY unique invention called the “Musicite,” an instrument which enables you to see sound waves of a note while you are listening to the same tone being played on the piano, has recently been perfected by Philip Grodon, world famous concert pianist. The device consists of […]
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From Jungle to Zoo on the Wild Animal Trail
as told by FRANK BUCK Famous Animal Collector One of the most thrilling jobs in the world is that of Frank Buck, who captures wild animals for zoos all over the globe. He tells of some of his perilous experiences in this article. With Edward Anthony, he is author of "Bring 'em Back Alive," a fascinating book of his animal collecting adventures. FOR eighteen exciting years I have been gathering live animals, reptiles and birds for the zoos, the circuses and dealers. I have brought back to America thousands of specimens. I have had more than my share of thrills, including narrow escapes from the fangs of venomous serpents and the claws of man-eating tigers.
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Smallest Safety Razor in World
Smallest Safety Razor in World THIS tiny gold-plated safety razor, which is complete in every respect, and in perfect working order, fits into a tiny snap case which is smaller than a half dollar. The set has been designed for ladies use.
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Staking out a Billion Dollar Canal
by Alfred Albelli Through tropical jungles, treacherous torrents, and mountain passes the United States army engineers have been fighting for over a year to stake out a new link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This Herculean engineering feat will take ten years to complete and will cost our country a billion dollars. This article gives you a picture of the difficulties now being surmounted in Nicaragua. FOR a little over a year a picked battalion of United States army engineers has been foraying through matted jungle regions and over perilous mountain passes in making a survey for the proposed Nicaraguan Canal, to link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans for a distance of 183 miles.
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Glass Eaten With Secret Fluid
Glass Eaten With Secret Fluid EATING light bulbs, bottles and tumblers with relish is the amazing feat performed by “Professor” Paul Owen, of New York City. The secret of his performance lies in a fluid which he swallows to render his intestines immune to cuts by the glass.
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Uncle Sam's Poison Squad Safeguards Your Food Supply
by C. MORAN Poisoned food epidemics are becoming increasingly rare, thanks to the eternal vigilance waged by government squads of "poison chasers" who relentlessly track down contaminated food shipments. This article tells you how to guard against poisoned food in your home. "TELEGRAM for the chief," sang out an office boy, dropping the message on the secretary's desk. It read: "Twenty people poisoned; two dead. Community fear running high. A fiend must be at work."
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Why Not Sleep in the Car This Summer?
SOME car manufacturers are turning out sedans arranged for the lowering of the back of the front seat and the rearrangement of the cushions to provide a very comfortable bed. However, there are many cars in the hands of owners who would like to have them provided with a similar arrangement.
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Will the Nautilus Freeze Under the North Pole?
by LEW HOLT Within a few weeks Sir Hubert Wilkins and his crew of 18 will set forth to burrow under the North Pole in a submarine. Have they any chance of success, or is the expedition foolhardy—are the daring adventurers doomed to die, frozen beneath Polar ice? Read the opinions of experts. THE most astonishing scientific expedition the world has ever known will get under way early this summer when the submarine Nautilus, under command of Sir Hubert Wilkins and Commander Sloan Danenhower, sets forth to burrow under the frozen Arctic seas which surround the North Pole
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Costly JEWELS from Butterfly Wings
by Bennett Lincoln Butterfly collecting is more than a hobby—it's an exceedingly profitable business. A unique jewelry shop in New York deals exclusively in articles fabricated from butterfly wings, sold for as much as $5000. It's the only one of its kind. USUALLY mention of the word "jewelry" conjures up mental pictures of flashing diamonds, blood-red rubies, or velvety strings of pearls around the throats of beautiful women. But in New York City there is a unique jewelry shop which never deals in precious stones. Its stock in trade is expensive jewelry fabricated out of butterfly wings—lamp shades, watch cases, pendants, and other articles ornamented with insect wings splashed in gorgeous shades of color which no living artist has ever matched.
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"FLIVVER" Expedition Crosses Dreaded Desert
Using three Ford cars with special truck bodies, an expedition headed by Maj. Ralph Bagnold of the British Army recently crossed the Libyan desert, stretching westward from the Nile River in Egypt. Members of the party are shown above. Note the tubes in the radiator tops, in which steam from boiling radiators is condensed and saved.
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Eight Wheeled Armored Car Is Equipped With Wireless
THE Tank Corps of the British army has recently adopted an armored car which is equipped with eight wheels and a long distance wireless sending and receiving set.
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Inventions for Convenience of Theatergoers
SCIENCE, with its ability to provide helpful inventions for every occasion, has now come to the assistance of theatergoers and furnished them with two new pieces of equipment for increased enjoyment of programs.
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New Toothbrush Has Rubber Disks
New Toothbrush Has Rubber Disks SANITARY rubber disks are now used in a new toothbrush which is very easy to keep clean. The disks are thin enough to enter easily between the teeth.
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Insulated Water Heater Cuts Costs
A NEW and highly efficient type of household hot water heater has recently been perfected which bids fair to revolutionize domestic water heating.
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Rocket Driven Ice Sled Speeds Over Lake at 75 M.P.H.
PROPELLED by the fiery explosions of eighteen rockets, a new torpedo shaped ice boat, designed and built by Harry W. Bull, 21-year-old Syracuse University student, proved itself in a recent test an extremely speedy vehicle, capable of acceleration at a rate of 110 feet per second, or about 75 miles per hour—four
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Sculptor Gets Pose in Half-Minute
Sculptor Gets Pose in Half-Minute THOSE who wish to have their classic profiles excavated from the ruins a thousand years from now, may now secure a sculptured portrait of themselves without posing for hours on end. Only thirty seconds of sitting are now necessary to enable Artist William Fred Engleman to turn out a portrait […]
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Quick! Lead Me Out!
And You May Have Me "Help—I'm caught in these terrible stockyards. I'm hungry! Starving! I don't know how to get to that big sack of oats on the outside. What boy or girl will lead me out?"
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Housewife Washes Clothes by Pedaling Bike Belted to Wash Machine
FEMININE ingenuity in the field of mechanics is demonstrated in the case of a Baltimore housewife who devised what might be called a novel bicycle-motor for turning her washing machine. She simply removed the rear tire from the bike, mounted the rear axle on a wooden upright, and belted the wheel to the pulley of her washer.
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Outboard Motor Powers Bicycle
Outboard Motor Powers Bicycle AT a recent automobile show an outboard motor was shown as a power plant for a bicycle. The motor is attached to the handlebars and delivers its power to the front wheel through a friction drive which operates directly on the tire.
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Thrill Makers of Coney Island
By Alfred Albelli When you take a hair-raising ride on one of Coney Island's roller coasters, the stunt isn't really half so dangerous as it seems to you. Mechanical geniuses behind the scenes have built safety devices into these thrill machines so that they're less dangerous than walking across a busy street.
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Cat Mothers White Mice
Cat Mothers White Mice “PATSY,” pet cat of Miss Madge Mahoney, of Brooklyn, must have read all about the peace talk in Washington and decided to take it to heart, for she has put aside all her feline hatred of her age-old enemies, rats, and is mothering four white rodents as if they were her […]
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Most Scientific Fiction Can't Come True
by WILLIAM J. HARRIS You've probably read scores of so-called scientific fiction stories, but the chances are you don't know why most of these tales can't possibly come true. Mr. Harris sets forth here the scientific objections to fantastic projects such as transporting a human being by radio and rocketing to Mars.
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Dilemma for Vegetarians
Dilemma for Vegetarians THERE is no real difference between animals and plants, according to Professor Gottlieb Haberlandt, of Berlin. The conventional tests that only animals breathe and that only plants live on mineral food may apply to the majority of plants and animals, but there are many exceptions. There are numerous plants which do not […]
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Garage 'Without WALLS for Car Parking
A TYPE of garage built on entirely new lines has been designed and patented by Samuel Eliot, a real estate operator and building manager of Boston, Mass. Known as a "cage garage," it is an open-air parking space stepped up three or four stories, with no side-walls or windows, no heat, no elevators or electric lighting.
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Science Sets Pace for 1932 Olympic Games
Athletic sports are no longer merely a purely physical matter, for science and inventive ingenuity each year bring forth new equipment which enables the trained athlete to clip seconds or add inches to the world's records in all events, until now it is a rare athletic meet when one or more records fail to fall. by FREDERICK W. RUBIEN Secretary of American Olympic Committee - As told to ALFRED ALBELLI WILL sport records ever stop falling? When will human speed, endurance, prowess and ingenuity reach the saturation point in athletic events?
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Umbrella-Vender for Showers
Umbrella-Vender for Showers WHAT to do when caught in a shower without an umbrella—that is one of the world’s greatest problems that has just been solved by the recent invention of an automatic umbrella vending machine which delivers an umbrella by the insertion of a coin in a slot. Devised by a noted German inventor, […]
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"Fog-Drip" May Hold Key to Drought Relief
by CALVIN FRAZER Scientists, spurred on by last summer's disastrous drought, are still vainly seeking a method of controlling rainfall. In some parts of the world fog is a more important source of moisture than rain, and various methods, as described here by Mr. Frazer, have been proposed to make fog yield water during arid seasons.
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Prizes for Home-Built Baby Autos!
IT'S a safe bet to say that at one time or another practically every man in America has built himself a home-made vehicle embodying his own ideas in automotive construction. Maybe it was only a pushmobile made to imitate his favorite car; maybe, as he grew older, he turned out a race car job, or put a racing body on a chassis powered by a motorcycle engine.
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More Leisure for Man in the Automatic Age
by L. Warrington Chubb Director of Research, Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. As told to J. EARLE MILLER Mr. Chubb describes in this remarkable article a number of the amazing inventions recently developed which promise to free man from toil at machines, to better health, and to add greatly to the comforts of home life. IN A ROOM down the hall an electric eye is busy at a task that human eyes and hands have always performed. Nearby an electric organ fills the building with the deep, soft notes of a cathedral instrument. Across the way a facsimile machine receives and dispatches exact copies of written or printed pages, a cathode tube flickers with the moving picture of electricity in transit, and a beam of polarized light passing through a piece of celluloid is telling its master that railroad rails are being made with too much steel near their base and not enough just beneath the flange on which the car wheels glide.
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Mammoth Flying Swing to Give Bird's Eye Pyramid View
I’m sure this is just as the pharaohs intended. Mammoth Flying Swing to Give Bird’s Eye Pyramid View Mammoth flying swings erected atop the pyramids, when Egyptian government’s consent is obtained, is amazing project planned by engineers to give tourists a thrilling bird’s eye view of the huge desert structures.
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World's Smallest Complete Radio Broadcasting Station
The mystery constructor is wearing a mask? Huh? World’s Smallest Complete Radio Broadcasting Station THE City of Brotherly Love now boasts of the world’s smallest radio broadcasting station. Not much different in size and appearance from a household refrigerator, this station is accurate in all respects, operates entirely under its own power, and has a […]
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"Radio City" will be Marvel of Architecture
A glittering city within a city, covering three square blocks and costing the staggering total of $250,000,000—that's the "Radio City" which will begin next month to rise in New York, the project of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Details of this architectural marvel are set forth in this article.
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Washington Family Will Tour Nation in Hollow Log Placed on Wheels
CYRUS T. GATES of Deming, Washington, has just completed a novel home on wheels in which he and his family plan to tour the nation. This motor home consists of a large spruce log, hollowed out and mounted on the chassis of a large Chevrolet truck.
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Spokeless Air Wheels Coming Auto Style
LATEST rumors in Detroit and Akron indicate that there will be a radical change in tire styles before many more auto shows come and go, and that with this change will also come entirely new chassis and body designs.
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