Amazing plan to descend flaming crater hanging in cage from a derrick! LOWERED to a depth of a thousand feet in the boiling, fume-filled crater of Mt. Mihara, near Tokio, Japan, scientists who are now carrying out an amazing program of volcanic investigations will hang in a tiny metal cage over a bubbling flood of molten lava, suspended only by a thin steel cable. Details of the device are given in the accompanying drawing. A live monkey, guinea pigs and rabbits were used in testing the toxicity of the volcano's gases. Mt. Mikara is a favorite spot for suicides, 50 people having leaped to their death since January first.
New Beer Truck Speeds Delivery THE heavy demand for 3.2 per cent beer has been responsible for the development of a new type of beer truck which is expected to cut in half the time of loading and delivering the beer. Shown below, the truck carries 56 barrels. In the unloading process, when one barrel [...]
Movie Mechanics Rebuild 13 -year-old Car Into Ultra-Modern Limousine HOLLYWOOD was set agog recently when an automobile of startling, ultra-modernistic design appeared on the streets. The creation, shown below, was the work of Hollywood carriage-makers, who built it from an old bus that had been prowling the streets since 1920. The “chariot on wheels,” as [...]
FUGITIVE criminals stand little chance of escape when the Oregon State police take out after them. They are hunted down from the air by a plane that takes off from the top of an automobile, which then goes after the felons on the ground.
Stove Pipe Armorplates Legs Against Rattlesnake’s Fangs SOMETHING new in fishing equipment is armor-plated legs. The armor plate in the case illustrated in the accompanying photo is not exactly bullet-proof, but it does stay the deadly fangs of rattlesnakes that lurk among the rocks on the edge of the fishing stream. The stunt was introduced [...]
Making Odd Masks Is New Hobby MAKING masks of celebrities from unique materials is a new hobby for the artistically inclined. Below are shown two of the masks, one of George Bernard Shaw, the famous Irish author, and the other of Greta Garbo, movie star. Mr. Shaw’s face is made from tin, his whiskers from [...]
Coils in Soles Give Springy Step THE springiness provided in the soles of a new type of shoe on the market greatly reduces the shock of walking on hard sidewalks. As shown at the right, the coil springs are fastened to a metal plate that is inserted between the inner and outer soles. In actual [...]
Electric Violin Has No Sounding Board A VIOLIN that has no sounding board has made its appearance in the musical world. Instead of the usual tone chamber, this violin has only a light skeleton frame, but concealed under the bridge is a small pick-up of the electro-magnetic type. When the violin is being played, the [...]
By Calvin Frazer IT IS unwise to dogmatize about the future, and hence a cautious man of science "would hardly make the positive assertion that human beings will never visit the moon, though the difficulties involved in such a journey now appear insuperable. On the other hand it is quite safe to assert that, without leaving his own planet, man will learn much more about the earth's satellite in days to come than he knows today. This expectation is based upon the remarkable progress accomplished in the study of the moon in recent years.
Motorized Eyebrow Tweezer Works Rapidly, Painlessly THE painful yanking of eyebrows with tweezers in order to obtain the high-arched brow, the fashion now prevailing among the feminine sex, is a thing of the past, thanks to the development of the machine shown in the photo at the left. The instrument, inventors claim, not only pulls [...]
by BENNETT LINCOLN Treasure long lost under ocean waters is the golden loot which is luring half a dozen expeditions to recover it, spurred on by the urgent need for gold developing out of the present economic conditions. Charles Courtney, master locksmith who battled death to recover $60,000 from a sunken treasure ship, tells his story of high adventure in this fascinating article. GOLD, down through the ages a symbol of wealth, has now become so doubly priceless that we in this country may not even legally possess it! Beyond a doubt that is one reason why so many expeditions are at work today recovering the gold of other agesâ€”gold which went down weeks or years or centuries ago, and since that time has been resting uselessly in the mud-filled hulks of ancient galleons.
by EARLE R. BUELL Cheer up, have faithâ€”it's good for your health. That's the verdict of scientists who have been experimenting to determine effectiveness of remedies employed by ancient medicine men, astrologers, and modern faith healers. This article explains why some people actually do get well when they have a strong belief they are going to get well. OPTIMISM is better than apples for keeping the doctor away. There is a scientific basis for faith healing. Even some ancient superstitions had healing power and the hocus-pocus of the tribal medicine man may have saved many lives. These are some of the conclusions arrived at by a group of experimenters who have been endeavoring to test out the effect of states of mind upon the general health.
Odd Device Makes Music From Air A FRENCH engineer, Rene Bertrand, has developed an instrument which, he claims, will produce music through electrical transcription from the air. How the apparatus operates has not been divulged by the promoters, save for the information that it is far superior to the instrument devised by the Russian scientist, [...]
Once merely a device for transmitting conversations, the microphone has grown today to an instrument of the most diverse uses. Read here how this amazingly simple, yet amazingly sensitive, electric "ear" can guard our coasts from surprise naval attacks, how it warns of perilous pressures at mighty damsâ€”and how it serves with equal efficiency the surgeon and auto mechanic.
Finally, after countless lives lost and ruined, the Grapefruit wars are over. Grapefruit Conquered at Last AT LAST the grapefruit has heen conquered. The weapon employed in the conquest is an “umbrella spoon” shown at left, which automatically opens into a large shield when you gouge down into the meat of the fruit. When you [...]