By George H. Waltz, Jr. TWO opposite extremes in manufacturing —meticulous handwork by skilled craftsmen and high-speed mass production performed by automatic machines—provide the wide variety of household glassware we use each day. Up until 1903, all types of table glassware, ranging from tumblers to vases, were either hand-pressed or hand-blown by master artisans. Then came what is considered to be the greatest single advance in the 5,000-year history of glassmaking—the perfection of an automatic glass-blowing machine that put glassmaking on the production line.
Light Proved Even Faster than Previously Determined The speed of light, the magic number that affects nearly all laws of physics, is even faster than scientists thought. New experiments at Stanford University place it at 186,280 miles per second—eight miles per second higher than the old value. Even this small change may be important in [...]
You’ll always have lots of fun with a HARLEY-DAVIDSON Hydra-Glide Thrills and adventure are all around you, when you ride the exciting, super-smooth Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide! It’s your all-season ticket to endless good times, on delightful gypsy tours, sightseeing trips, at races, runs, and other motorcycling pleasure-events. Easy to buy on convenient terms, so why not [...]
Jet Noises Tried Out on Guinea Pigs Jet engines make a lot of noise—enough to pain or perhaps harm your ears. To find out more about the effect of very loud noise on human ears, Air Force scientists at the Wright-Patterson Base are learning what it does to guinea pigs’ ears. The anesthetized animals (below) [...]
THE automobiles you see pictured here will never be built. They are dream cars from the Advanced Styling Studio of the Ford Motor Co. The studio's artists drew them as a free exercise in imagination. A dozen artists and four clay modelers dream up cars like this day in and day out. They have one of the world's pleasantest chores. Their only assignment is to produce new styling ideas. And they do—some 300
Linemen Train on Grove of Junior Phone Poles This is how you learn to climb poles in the Air Force. The grove of stub poles makes an open-air classroom for future linemen at Warren Air Base in Wyoming. The poles last about a month—by then the students’ spikes gouge them so badly they must be [...]
By George H. Waltz, Jr. PS PHOTOS BY HUBERT LUCKETT COMPLEX problems can now be reduced to three-dimensional, easy-to-understand answers by "Typhoon," the latest thing in electronic brains. Built by the RCA Laboratories for the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, the new computer is showing naval experts just how theoretical guided missiles will react in actual flight. Up until the completion of the new $1,400,000 calculator a few months ago, the men whose job it is to create new and better guided missiles had to spend thousands of hours at complicated computations and many months at building full-size $100,000 test models. And when they were finished, there was no guarantee that the new missile would perform as expected.
Car Works Pushover Gate William Benke got tired of jumping in and out of his car to open the gate to his west Texas ranch. So he invented the automatic gate at left. The car pushes down the gate (top photo); rides over it (center); then, after hydraulic checks hold it down, it rises (bottom). [...]
What happens when you press the button? You'll see quickly if you make these simple working models. By Kenneth M. Swezey THE makers of auto horns have come as far from their early baa-DOO-gah! days as have their brother engine designers. So if the horn on your new car both sounds better and carries farther, it's no accident. Some horn developments have been purely technical, but others have turned upon the physics of sound. Designers have found, for instance, that pitch is more important than loudness (amplitude) in achieving carrying power, and that loud sounds aren't so unpleasant if they have a musical tone.