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Switchyard for Air Liners
The Problem: The mess of string on a map (above, at right) at the Airborne Instruments Laboratory in Mineola, N. Y., shows New York City's air-traffic problem. There are almost 600 strands, representing that many scheduled air-line flights every 24 hours. In good weather, traffic control is no problem; when ceiling and visibility are low, it's a prime headache. What can be done to remedy it?
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They Still Cut Ice the Old Way
HARVEST time is approaching on the Black River at Carthage, N. Y., where the New York Central Railroad still cuts an annual crop of natural ice. It will cool next summer's milk cars, passengers' drinking water, and be used in cabooses for the convenience of freight-train crews.
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World's Biggest Plane Makes First Flight - Spruce Goose
World’s Biggest Plane Makes First Flight – Spruce Goose View forward on flight deck of 400,000-lb. flying boat shows upper level of nose. In back- ground Hughes discusses plans for taxi test with flight engineer and radio operator. The biggest airplane in the world, Howard Hughes’ huge flying boat, has taken to the air at […]
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Piccard's Submarine Balloon
A famous explorer of the stratosphere designs a remarkable undersea craft for a journey to ocean depths never before reached by man. By Charles Wright, Aneta News Agency Correspondent BRUSSELS, Belgium-(Special to Popular Science Monthly). By applying the lifting principle of a balloon to a diving chamber, Prof. Auguste Piccard, pioneer explorer of the stratosphere, has found a way to descend to greater depths of the ocean than man has ever reached before. He has embodied his idea in a submarine craft of extraordinary design, able to navigate more than two miles beneath the waves. As this is written, he and his Belgian assistant, Prof. Max Cosyns, of Brussels University, are preparing to entrust their lives to the invention in the Gulf of Guinea, off the Ivory Coast of Africa.
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Wow! Now Chemcraft has ATOMIC ENERGY!
Wow! Now Chemcraft has ATOMIC ENERGY! Safe! Exciting! Real! ATOMIC ENERGY Exclusive with CHEMCRAFT! Safe, exciting Atomic Energy Experiments make Chcmcraft more fun than ever before. And listen, fellows . . .Chemcraft’s Atomic Energy feature is the REAL THING! You actually conduct your own experiments with the awesome, mysterious and breath-taking force of Atomic Energy. […]
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Phono Runs on Spring or AC
Phono Runs on Spring or AC One drawback to the production of AC-DC-battery phonograph portables has been the lack of motors that would operate anywhere. Capitol Records, Inc., of Hollywood, combines an AC motor and a spring-drive mechanism with a three-way amplifier to get a truly portable record player.
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Chemistry Spins a Yarn
By Kenneth M. Swezey TRANSFORMATION of tree fibers or cotton linters into rayon fabrics is one of the greatest achievements of modern industrial chemistry. Chemically, rayon is almost pure cellulose, the same as cotton and linen. But instead of using cellulose as found in nature, the rayon chemist starts with cheap and plentiful spruce and hemlock trees, or the fuzz that clings to cotton seed after it has been ginned. He chops these up, dissolves them, and then causes the cellulose to reappear in silky filaments that may be spun, twisted, knit, or woven into forms that compete successfully with cotton, silk, linen, or wool.
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Runners Convert Wagon
Runners Convert Wagon Four small wheel runners quickly convert this child’s wagon into a steerable sled for use in winter. Patented by Emil Lersch, of Pensacola, Fla., the ski-like, turned-up metal runners are each clamped firmly to a wheel of the wagon by a pair of side plates shaped to conform closely to the wheel’s […]
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ADDOMETER ADDING MACHINE
Wow, this looks much easier than using a pencil and paper! Every Small Business Needs this ADDOMETER ADDING MACHINE No other adding machine can match all its advantages! Adds, subtracts direct, multiplies—quickly, accurately. So easy to operate—no practice necessary. The perfect portable— 11-1/2 x 2-1/2 in. size, weighs only 14 oz. Eight-column ($999,999.99) capacity models […]
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Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop
Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop ALTHOUGH metals for toys are more plentiful now, the war-born use of plastic substitutes is still enjoying a well-earned popularity with the toy makers— and the youngsters. Here are three new recruits to the growing ranks of plastic toys.
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How Your Automatic Toaster Works
How Your Automatic Toaster Works YOU push down the handle, wait . . . and the bread pops up all by itself, toasted to a turn. Ever stop to wonder how the toaster knows enough to brown your slice without burning it? Automatic toasters are mostly of two types—both ingenious. One has a thermostat that […]
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Even Necktie Designers Can Use Electrons
FABRIC designers in search of inspiration may well turn to a television receiver, General Electric engineers suggest. When they test cathode-ray tubes for modern sets by applying varying voltages, the engineers have found that the flying electron beam often sketches traceries of striking beauty upon the luminescent viewing screen. Ranging from random squig-gles to intricate geometrical lacework, the designs offer fascinating possibilities for dresses, scarves, ties and draperies.
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Funster
Sounds like a Web2.0 company to me. I’ll bet if we called it Funstr we could get it funded. “Funster” The New Amazing 20 way-play HOME GYM SET FOR INDOORS OR OUTDOORS BUILD IT YOURSELF OF WOOD The unit includes, besides these illustrations, a chairo-plane scoot-a-round, gym bar and various combinations of play thrills. ALL […]
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AMERICAN BOYS BILL OF RIGHTS
We... The Boys of America believe in these OURRIGHTS: the right to LIBERTY, hard-won by our forefathers ~ the right to HAPPINESS that comes with the growth of a healthy body and mind ~ the right to TRAINING, thoughtfully planned by parents, school and church ~ the right to OPPORTUNITY, to live, learn, play and grow up in the time-honored traditions of a free people ~ and the right to learn to SHOOT SAFELY. We recognize and accept the responsibility imposed by these Rights. But ~ until we are old enough to vote we expect YOU ~ our fathers, mothers and other citizens who elect America's city, county, state and federal officers ~ to be eternally vigilant that our RIGHTS be not abridged!
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