THE dreaded "hydrophobia skunk" of the southwestern states is both an affectionate pet and a valuable helper in keeping down field mice, insects and other harmful creatures.
Does that mean the hurricane is not really Obama’s fault? Freak Weather Caused by Sunlight RECENT abnormal weather in Europe and North America has been matched in the Southern Hemisphere by record rains and floods in South Africa and unprecedented heat in Australia. Weather experts claim the experiences of both continents are related to the [...]
What I find interesting about this is, was this just a test sign? Or did people really used to go into a gas station and shop for gasoline by brand? Simple Device Makes Signs Instantly Interchangeable WITH the price of gasoline changing almost daily, station attendants will welcome the new metal sign system, shown on [...]
Life Guard Speeds to Drowning Swimmer on Motorized Surfboard SURFBOARD riders won’t have to depend on outboard motors or speed boats to pull them over the water in the future. Below is shown a motorized surfboard scooter recently invented in Australia. The small motor in the rear furnishes the power and also sets the board [...]
EVEN an unborn chick can have no secrets from the all-seeing eye of the photoelectric cell. Now an egg may be placed in front of one of these electric eyes, and an electrical meter, calculated in "chicken life" units, will indicate just how far the embryo chick has grown and how long it will be before the youngster will pick his way to the light.
Rough Riding Autos Injure Health SCIENTIFIC support for the popular idea that traveling in a rough riding automobile may injure health was supplied in a recent scientific address. Long or frequently repeated automobile trips are likely to affect the kidneys by causing congestion of these organs with blood, often followed by actual bleeding, which is [...]
New Sun Glasses for Outfielders HERE is what the up and coming outfielders are going to wear this season. These trick sun glasses fasten on the visor of the cap so that the player can follow the ball’s flight even when looking into the sun. There’ll be no pop flies falling safe in the sun [...]
Bad Liquor Causes Liver Disease A DANGEROUS liver disease accompanied by the deposit of iron compounds in the skin is believed to be caused by drinking liquor containing copper from the stills used by incompetent distillers. Physicians have long recognized a condition called hemochromatosis in which the cells of the liver are killed or damaged; [...]
Water Glider Floats on Rollers POWERED by a 9 horsepower motor, the novel water glider shown in the photo below attained a speed of 140 kilometers an hour in a recent test at Suresnes, near Paris. The boat is buoyed on three barrel-shaped floats which revolve when craft is in motion. Propeller attachment mounted in [...]
World’s Smallest Talking Machine HERE is a portable talking machine that is thoroughly “portable.” Reputed to be the world’s smallest, the miniature, shown on the right, is constructed of steel and leather, and looks like a folding camera. The horn is carried inside the machine and the same screw that is used for fixing the [...]
Cellophane Blanket for Sun Tans CALIFORNIA sun bathers are now getting their tans “wrapped in cellophane.” A specially dyed cellophane blanket, shown in use in the photo below, prevents the sun from burning or blistering the skin, but allows the ultra-violet rays to give it a healthy tan. The new “tanner” is large enough to [...]
by JAY EARLE MILLER Where in the universe does the mysterious cosmic ray originate? Science is now conducting extensive research to solve that mystery, for the answer may disclose the destiny of the earth we live on. ON MOUNTAIN tops in Hawaii, Alaska, Peru and at other isolated points around the worldâ€”eighteen stations in allâ€”an answer is being sought this summer to the most perplexing question in modern science â€”what is a cosmic ray? First discovered nearly thirty years ago, and made famous in 1925 when Dr. Millikan of California Tech confirmed their existence, and, much to his embarrassment, the press named them "Millikan's rays," the cosmic emanation continues to be the baffling enigma on which scientists throughout the world are divided.
HAVE you ever stretched the drawings on a rubber apron to make them take various shapes and proportions? Or blown up a balloon on which was a design and watched it grow more and more distorted? This same effect is achieved from a drawing by means of distorting lenses in a new projection machine, shown above, recently invented by Maurice E. Morris, Ogden, Utah. When turning the crank, which revolves the lenses, the object is made to appear in various animated shapes due to the action of convex and concave mirrors.
Do you have to sit like that? Or are they just having a bomb drill? Electrically Heated Screen and Foot Pad Take Chill From Cold Room CHILLING surfaces, cold, damp walls and frosty windows need no longer bring discomfort to the home or office. All their icy darts are robbed of their sting by a [...]
Can someone please explain to me how this is in anyway can be described as “electric”, even with the quotes. Opening, Closing Hand Operates Tropical “Electric” Fan INHABITANTS of the tropical countries where electricity is an expensive luxury have developed the little hand-propelled fan which Tallulah Bankhead, movie actress, is seen operating in the photo [...]
Model Dynasphere Seats 5 Persons FOLLOWING the successful trials of his Dynasphereâ€”a huge wheel with a seat insideâ€”Dr. Purves, English inventor, has now designed a Dynasphere de luxe, the model of which is shown in the photo below. The enlarged version of the model seats five persons comfortably in a glassed-in cabin, which remains in [...]
“Terraplaning” on Boards Hooked to Motorbike Proves Thrilling Sport SURFBOARDS, whose usual habitat is the ocean, have taken to the land in a new sport devised recently by Portland, Oregon, youngsters. The surfboards, made of ordinary planks, are pulled along over the ground at a neat clip by motorcycles, as shown below, and the participants [...]
by WILLIAM J. HARRIS Gigantic waterfalls cascading down the sides of buildingsâ€”huge towers of living flameâ€”buildings glowing in all the brilliantly flickering shades of the rainbowâ€”these are among the marvelous lighting effects created for the Chicago World's Fair, all produced by methods so simple that the amateur constructor can easily duplicate them as described here. WHEN the giant telescope at Yerkes Observatory picks up a flash of light from the star Arcturus on the night of June 1, 1933, and flashes it as an electrical impulse to Chicago to start the second Chicago World's Fair it will turn on, among other things, the most amazing collection of electrical effects the world has ever seen.
When horses clatter down the street on the talkie screen, you can wager that the sound of their hoof-beats has been registered by a machine like that shown above. Arms on the two crank-turned wheels strike against metal brackets. The device is used mainly in comedy work. Earthquakes must frequently be recorded in the talkies, and of course, nature can't be depended on to supply these sound effects for the director. On such occasions the huge drum shown above is brought into action. Bowling balls are placed inside the metal drum, which is then revolved by a hand crank.
New Metallic Collar Reflects Health Rays of Sun on Face A NEW apparatus for directing the health-giving rays of the sun to the face, known as the “Rivierasonne,” has recently been introduced in Berlin. The device is made out of a thin metal and shaped like a large collar. The metal collar collects the sun’s [...]
Identification Garter for Women IDENTIFICATION of women injured in accidents is often slowed up because purses, parcels and papers have been lost or stolen in the melee. This novel “tag,” shown on the left, is made of gold or silver and has the full description of the wearer engraved on the smooth plate.
WORKING with various intricate devices that record the effects of sound waves on the digestive processes, scientists have found that a lot of digestive troubles are directly attributable to noises. Dr. Donald A. Laird, of Colgate University, has discovered the effects of various noises on the digestive juices Using two different methods on a chosen group of healthy men, the experimenter measured the effect of discordant sounds upon the flow of saliva. It was immediately evident that many sounds had a distinct effect. For example, when the sounds increased in volume comparable to the noises in a quick lunch restaurant, the secretion of saliva decreased to almost half of the normal quantity.
Collapsible Umbrella Fits in Bag HERE is the um-brella that shoppers and travelers everywhere have been looking for. It can be folded up and packed neatly in a bag or grip when traveling, or tucked away into the shopping bag when venturing out on days when low hanging clouds forecast a shower. The collapsible umbrella [...]
Use Old Phonograph as Grindstone OLD phonographs can be made to do double duty by changing the turntable into a novel grindstone for sharpening knives, chisels and other small cutting tools. This home-made sharpener is rigged up by cutting a piece of emery cloth of the circumference of the turn-table and slipping it over the [...]
Have a Look at the New Eyelashes A NUMBER of people will undoubtedly question just what is meant by the word “beauty” after looking at the photo below showing the new eyelashes introduced to fashion at the recent national convention of hairdressers, cosmetologists and beauty culturists held in New York City. Two of the “specimens” [...]
Electric Typewriter Has 20 Parts GEORGES PALLATON, Swiss inventor, has designed an electric typewriter built from 20 parts, compared to approximately 2,000 used in the typewriters now on the market. The machine, shown below, has no keyboard or spacer, the advance and return of the carriage being electrically controlled by means of a small battery [...]
A UNIQUE news bulletin service, the first of its kind in America, is now in operation in Los Angeles. Local, state and national news in the form of short briefs is printed in 4' incandescent letters which move across an 80' bulletin board, broadcasting the late news flashes every evening from 7 o'clock until midnight.
Camouflaged Bat Bewilders the Pitcher, But Gets Banned THERE’S an old saying about necessity, being the mother of invention. “Goose” Goslin, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, was having a hard time hitting that old “apple” during the spring training so he adopted a black and white striped bat, shown at the right, and proceeded [...]
by Lew Hold Imagine those two formidable weapons of modern warfare, the airplane and the armored tank, combined into one terrible machine of destruction! Fantastic as the idea sounds, it is fast taking physical shape as a reality for Uncle Sam's army. The whole amazing story is presented to you in this important article. IS WAR, already made terrible to contemplate by the invention of too-efficient methods of destruction, on the verge of being banished forever by an amazing new weapon so horrible in its possibilities that nations of the world will not dare to risk its fury?
by Calvin Frazer Do you know what "black lightning" isâ€”how lightning creates fertilizer for the fieldsâ€”which legends about it are true and which ones false? This fascinating story of lightning's vagaries reveals it as playing odd pranks on human beings as well as causing fires and destruction. ACCORDING to a recent estimate, about 100 flashes of lightning occur each second, on an average, in the entire world. Except in some uninhabited parts of the polar regions, there is no place on earth where lightning is entirely unknown, and there are portions of tropical Africa where it is seen on more than two hundred days every year.
Glare-proof Glasses Aid Drivers HEADLIGHT glare from approaching cars is practically eliminated by the cup-shaped aluminum shields shown on the left, which fasten onto regular spectacle frames. Holes are cut a little to the right of the apex of the cones, which are one inch deep. When meeting a car, driver turns his head slightly [...]
Yup, global warming is a just a crazy, new theory. Carbon Dioxide Heats the Earth DR. E. O. HULBURT, physicist of the naval research laboratory, Washington, has found conclusive mathematical evidence that the earth’s temperature is being warmed by the increased amount of carbon dioxide present in the air. Smoke stacks emit huge volumes of [...]