ODD “PINWHEEL CAMERA” CATCHES LIGHTNING Vagaries of lightning bolts are recorded with a “pinwheel camera” devised by Prof. John G. Albright of the Case School of Applied Science. At the height of an electrical storm, the shutters of the cameras mounted on a wheel are opened, and the wheel is rotated rapidly by hand. A […]
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The Story of a Strange Outpost of Science, Nearly Three Miles Above Sea Level, Where Man Seeks the Answer to a Riddle of Nature By John E. Lodge ON A lonely 14,000-foot mountain peak, fifty miles west of Denver, Colo., two scientists have just moved into the only house of its kind on earth. Shaped like a wedge tent and completely sheathed with copper, it stands among bare, wind-bitten bowlders, far above the timber line. It is the world's first permanent cosmic-ray laboratory. Here, Dr. Joyce B. Stearns and Dr. Fred D'Amour, of the University of Denver, are studying the mystery bullets which bombard the earth from outer space. With clicking, chattering instruments, they will seek answers to such teasing problems as the exact nature of the rays, where they are born, and how they affect human life.
By Gaylord Johnson WHEN we speak of the glacial period, or ice age, we are apt to think of it as over and done with for goodâ€”as unlikely to return on earth as the prehistoric dinosaur. When we see scratched and. grooved rocks showing the terrific grinding power of the mile-thick ice sheet that once covered the northern part of our temperate zone, we never think of what might happen to New York, Chicago, Boston, Leningrad, London, and all our other northern cities, if the conditions should return which produced the age of ice in the Northern Hemisphere.
MUSIC MADE VISIBLE IN WEIRD MOVIE Futuristic patterns of light and shadow are projected upon a movie screen to accompany the music of Wagner’s “Song to the Evening Star,” in a unique sound film recently completed for exhibition in a New York theater. Marching rhymically across the audience’s field of view, the odd designs were […]
ELEVEN-POUND MUSHROOM FOUND A single mushroom large enough to supply a banquet has been discovered and placed on exhibition in Switzerland. The phenomenal specimen tips the scales at eleven pounds, and measures more than a foot in diameter. In the illustration above, the giant mushroom is shown being weighed, while an observer checks its size […]
Physicians Must Turn Detectives To Find the Causes of Ailments Produced by Eating, Breathing, Or Touching Common Substances By Frederic Damrau, M. D. NOT long ago, a man arrived at the famous Mayo Clinic, at Rochester, Minn. This was his curious story: Every morning at eleven o'clock, no matter whether he was in a business conference or driving his car, he dropped asleep! Dr. Walter Alvarez, of the clinic, followed clew after clew. Finally, he traced the ailment back to the man's breakfast, to his cup of coffee, and even to the cream in his morning beverage. When the patient eliminated cream from his coffee, the trouble disappeared!
CAN SCIENCE restore hair to the bald? Startling results in the affirmative are reported in 500 cases treated with a new machine, developed by Dr. Andre A. Cueto, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Fourteen to twenty half-hour treatments are said in many cases, to produce the appearance of "fuzz," and from this point on the patient is declared to progress toward a normal growth of hair.
BIGGEST GUITAR IS PLAYED LIKE A BASS FIDDLE Believed to be the world’s biggest guitar, this six-foot instrument, recently demonstrated in Chicago, combines the resonance of the bass fiddle and the tones of the guitar. The “Bassoguitar,” as the new instrument has been named, is played by slapping and plucking the strings like a bass […]
Poor dog. Do vets still do this? DOGS BARK TONED DOWN BY OPERATION Toning down the barking of noisy dogs is the reported accomplishment of an Atlanta, Ga., veterinarian, who has performed the feat upon the pets of a number of apartment dwellers. In the simple, painless operation that he has devised, a dog’s vocal […]
AUTOMOBILE SERVES AS STAMP ALBUM By making the exterior of his car serve as his album, E. Had-ley, of Casper, Wyo., has assembled one of the world’s strangest postage-stamp exhibits. Five girls worked for six weeks to plaster the machine with the 10,000-odd specimens, which are covered with a protective coat of varnish to shield […]
Just out of curiosity, what would be an example of a laxative that is habit forming? Constipation Made Husband Draggy HE just didn’t feel like work or play. Always draggy and worn outâ€”often cross and irritable. But like so many women, his wife knew about Nature’s Remedy (NR Tablets). She put him wise. He found […]
This seems like a poor design. Wouldn’t you want to put all the lock and bell mechanism on the inside of the door to prevent tampering? Also a combination lock with “dozens” of possible combinations does not exactly inspire confidence. ELECTRIC DOOR LOCK REQUIRES NO KEY No key is required to operate a novel electric […]
HOW TO MAKE A DANCING SKELETON, A JUGGLER, A DWARF THAT CHANGES INTO A GIANT, A PIANO PLAYER, A GHOST, AND OTHER AMUSING NOVELTIES By Florence Fetherston Drake MARIONETTES that will perform all sorts of amazing tricks can be made without difficulty, once the secret of their construction is understood. Ball tossing, for instance, is a simple trick. Then there is the skeleton that disjoints his limbs and throws his head into the air, and the dwarf who grows into a giant. Various adventures of Alice in Wonderland also can be portrayed. For ball tossing, drill a hole through a wooden ball and run both strings through it, passing the ends through the palms of the marionette's hands and knotting the ends, as in Fig. 1 of the drawings. Tie the other ends to an extra 12-in. stick. By tilting the ends of the stick alternately, the ball will fly up and down. There is less friction if the string is waxed and the hole in the ball is burned through with a red-hot wire, instead of being drilled.
HANDLE OF TOOTHBRUSH HOLDS DENTAL MIRROR Inspection of the teeth for tartar formation or possible decay is made easy by a new type of toothbrush which contains a dental mirror in its handle. By holding the highly polished reflector inside the mouth while facing a larger wall or cabinet mirror, the user can conveniently and […]
How Breeders Are Changing The Appearance and Nature Of Our Canine Population To Bring Out the Qualities That Are Made Desirable By Modern Living Conditions By Jesse F. Gelders DOGS are getting smaller. Subject to style trends, the same as clothing, automobiles, and houses, they are adapting themselvesâ€” or, rather, being adaptedâ€”to the changed conditions of modern life. People today are demanding dogs that can live in small homes or apartments, and ride in automobiles, without crowding out their human companions; dogs that can keep fit with a minimum of exercise; smart, good-natured dogs, andâ€”an important consideration, sometimesâ€”dogs that will not eat their masters out of house and home.
PEERING into a cylindrical cage eighty feet in diameter and equally tall, visitors to the international exposition at Paris, France, next summer, will see one of the world's most powerful high-voltage electric generators in action. Ten-foot-long sparks will snap between huge brass spheres mounted on insulating pillars, with a sound like the cracking of a giant whip. Should any of the sparks go astray, they will be harmlessly grounded by the metal cage, which safeguards the spectators from their terrific power. Operators will control the spectacular display from within the hollow spheres, where, strangely enough, they will be equally safe.
This is a pretty cool looking rail gun. ELECTRIC MACHINE GUN IS SILENT Electricity replaces gunpowder in a silent, smokeless, machine gun recently perfected for defense against hostile aircraft. Without betraying its location, this weapon is declared capable of firing 150 bullets or high-explosive shells a minute. Projectiles are hurled from its muzzle by a […]
MIDGET SETS GIVE DEPTH TO NEW MOVIE CARTOONS LIKE immense slices of pie on a twelve-foot plate, curious miniature movie sets made of clay, wood, sponges, plaster, and cardboard now add new realism to animated cartoons by creating an illusion of depth. In the New York studios where Popeye, Betty Boop, and other famous characters of the screen cartoons come to life, such sets are replacing the flat, sketched-in backgrounds familiar in the past.
HOBBYHORSE REALLY GETS SOMEWHERE When a child jumps up and down in the saddle of a hobbyhorse of new design, the mechanical steed carries him forward several feet with each bounce. The secret of the ingenious motion lies in a locking mechanism that enables the rubber-tired wheels to move frontward only. Each jounce compresses the […]
PROPELLER DRIVES NOVEL BICYCLE A whirling, three-bladed propeller provides the motive power for a bicycle of odd design recently exhibited in Paris by a French inventor. Mounted at the front, the propeller is attached to a driving rod in a gear box supported over the front wheel by a metal frame. The gear mechanism is […]