A DOG that adopted twin mice, a cat that mothers a bloodhound, and a parrot that is chummy with a St. Bernard—these are the strange animal relationships pictured on this page
Inflated Owl Decoys Crows Crow hunters have been supplied with an unusual accessory in the form of an eighteen-inch pneumatic decoy owl, which can be carried rolled up in a coat pocket and inflated when needed. Crows are hereditary enemies of owls, and attack them whenever they find them in daylight. Hence, the decoy placed [...]
A VETERAN NAVY PILOT DESCRIBES LIFE ON OUR AIRCRAFT CARRIERS By Lieut. Comdr. DON F. SMITH THE author, at present in command of the Floyd Bennett Field Naval Reserve Base in New York City, has had more than 5,000 hours of flying in every type of Naval aviation squadron. Of his twenty-three years in the Navy, nine have been spent piloting swift pursuit ships and powerful dive-bombers from the decks of Uncle Sam's giant floating airports, the aircraft carriers.
Bookkeeping on wheels is the odd and profitable business that makes a good living for C. M. Harris, of Los Angeles, Calif. Harris owns a fleet of light trucks, each manned by an expert accountant and outfitted as a rolling office with a typewriter, calculator, bookkeeping machine, and other necessary office equipment.
Vacuum Cleaner for the Skin Vacuum-cleaning the skin is the task said to be performed by a new beauty accessory. Cone-shaped, the molded-plastic device has a base covered by a pliable-rubber massage brush, while its small end is perforated with tiny holes. To create a vacuum designed to loosen dust and dirt particles in the [...]
EVERY tenant has an outside apart ment in a pyramid-shaped house de signed by Edwin A. Koch, New York architect. Some time ago, Koch planned a bank of apartments for a steeply sloping hillside. Then the bold idea occurred to him of joining four of the dwellings, back to back in a pattern like a cross, with the result shown above.
New Dry Shaver Uses No Electricity Small enough to be carried in a vest pocket, a dry shaver just introduced operates without electricity. The shaving element consists of a perforated cylinder free to turn on a grooved core, within which a narrow, replaceable blade is held in contact with the inside of the cylinder. In [...]
Science Matches Humans Against Rats Comparing the learning ability of rats and men is the purpose of new apparatus recently demonstrated at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The rodents averaged fifty trials before they learned to navigate a wooden maze perfectly. They had to make thirty-six right decisions in order [...]
Pigeon Fancier Equips His Birds for Sound Birds that play music while they fly are the pride and joy of George Spiegel, Elizabeth, N. J., pigeon fancier. Spiegel attaches special lightweight reed pipes, obtained from China, to the tail feathers of his pigeons. When they fly, a musical whistling flows from their feathers.
TO CHECK the value of the new frozen-sleep method of treating cancer (P.S.M., Sept. '39, p. 43), a refrigerated hibernation room has been set up at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Mechanical refrigeration equipment maintains the treatment room at a temperature of about sixty-five degrees F., so that the body temperature of the patient may be kept between eighty-eight and ninety degrees
Pickles Put in Packages of Transparent Rubber Pickles, packaged in envelopes of a transparent rubber product, have been introduced by a leading American food packer. The water-tight container, which is protected by a cardboard box, holds neatly arranged sweet pickles which are packed in fluid just as when they are sold in glass bottles. Besides [...]
Giant Suction Cups Stimulate Heart Action and Breathing TO stimulate both heart and lung action in victims of suffocation by gas, smoke, or drowning, Dr. Dewell Gann, Jr., of Little Rock, Ark., has devised novel “rubber lungs.” Two large vacuum cups are placed just below the shoulder blades of the victim and pressure is applied [...]
Built-Up Shoes Make Short Men Taller Short men no longer need be at a disadvantage in watching parades, or in reaching for something on the top shelf. To their rescue comes a New York shoe designer, whose footwear is said to produce an “invisible lift” of one to two inches without sacrifice in stylishness. Forestalling [...]
AN INNOVATION in sound effects provides new realism for radio dramas. Heretofore, experts using standard artifices of the stage have had no difficulty in simulating such things as a knock on a door, a ringing telephone bell, or a revolver shot. But now, for the first time, they are going farther and creating appropriate "sound backgrounds" for each scene. A man's voice takes on a different quality over a bridge table, and across a room. A woman's voice indoors and outdoors doesn't sound the same. Close your eyes in a forest, and you still hear familiar forest sounds. The same "background" would startle you in a city apartment where you might expect to hear, instead, the rumble of a surface car or subway, the sound of a radio next door, or the hum of a refrigerator.
ONCE a hobby with an appeal only for men, the home workshop now is attracting an increasingly large number of women. In St. Joseph, Mich., for example, women form an active part of the membership in the St. Joseph Homework-shop Club. Under the supervision of B. L. Van Lente, of the local Y.W.C.A., they undertake all sorts of ambitious projects, and in some cases are more proficient than the men members.
Pedaling Peddler Sharpens Scissors Both transportation and power supply for his work are furnished by the bicycle of the British scissors grinder pictured at the left. For the rear wheel of the bicycle that rolls this sharp-witted grinder from house to house in search of jobs also whirls the grinding wheels on a shaft mounted [...]
Baby-Feeding Gadgets Form Odd Collection RANGING from crude clay cups used by the “mound builders” to the latest sanitary nursing bottle, baby-feeding gadgets collected as a hobby by Dr. D. Edward Overton, of Garden City, N.Y., record 500 years of history. Among the fifty or more items in Dr. Overton’s collection are early nursing bottles [...]
Helicopter Is Target in Shooting Game With rubber bands for ammunition and a spinning toy helicopter for a target, a new parlor shooting game provides both excitement and training in marksmanship. The pistol is capable of shooting six rubber bands in quick succession. The first is fired at the bullseye of a target. A hit [...]
This is so meta. Vacuum Cleaners Vacuum-Cleaned Because housewives generally hate to clean out vacuum-cleaner dust bags thoroughly, a Minneapolis, Minn., electrical shop does the job for them with a homemade machine. The bags are cleaned by a revolving brush set in an opening in a horizontal pipe, through which loosened dust is drawn off [...]
Static on Moving Object Forms Magnetic Field To the shaft of an electric motor, attach a disk of hard rubber, or an old phonograph record. Electrify the disk by rubbing it with a woolen cloth. Now start the motor. Place a small magnetic compass near the edge of the whirling disk, and the needle will [...]
WITH phonograph recordings, a new kind of lip training, and delicate electric brain-wave detectors, scientists are waging a winning war on stammering. Their researches mean new hope for the 1,000,000 or more Americans who suffer from the ailment. Do you stammer? Whether you do or not, you can join the nation-wide fight to end the personal suffering and the $1,000,000,000-a-year economic loss caused by disordered speech. Experts have now discovered such simple methods of treatment that nearly anyone can cure himself, or show a friend how to do it. These findings spring from the latest work in speech-correction clinics throughout the country, where every modern scientific weapon helps treat even the most refractory cases of stammering. Enter one of the most advanced of these institutions, headed by Dr. Lee Edward Travis at the University of Southern California, and you will see how research and actual treatment go hand in hand.
CAN a roaring, raging lion be permanently transformed into a tame and docile animal, by an amazing new drug treatment? Working under the supervision of Dr. Knight Dunlap and Dr. Howard Gilhousen, psychologists of the University of California at Los Angeles, Joseph Cooper is preparing to try the fascinating experiment. One of his subjects will be the most vicious of 155 lions and cubs that roam a five-acre enclosure at Gay's Lion Farm, El Monte, Calif. About two years ago, Cooper explains, a Hungarian anatomy professor discovered that some human mental disorders responded favorably to repeated injections of a drug called metrazol. After an initial shock to the nervous system, complete cures frequently resulted. Dr. C. C. Speidel, professor of anatomy at the University of Virginia, recently learned how such cures take place. Treating tadpoles under the microscope, he found that metrazol attacked certain nerve endings and junctions in the brain, so that they literally disappeared. New-ones soon grew in their places, and the sick brain became well once more. It was like breaking a poor telephone connection, and substituting a good one.
Unique Bed Loom Gives Invalids Fun and Exercise Keeping young patients entertained while exercising their muscles at the same time is the purpose of the invalid’s weaving loom pictured at the left. The invention of Margaret Gleave, a nurse at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, in Indianapolis, Ind., the loom is operated by [...]
Camera Fan Lays Trap for Thief Set a camera to catch a thief. That is the revised version of the old proverb which Joseph Marques, of Plymouth, Mass., used to trap a “phantom burglar” who had eluded police in fifteen robberies. An amateur photographer employed by a local theater, Marques rigged up a homemade camera [...]
Big Russian Bomb Holds Sixty Little Ones Whirling down from the sky, a gigantic aerial bomb employed by Russian aircraft breaks open before it strikes the ground, to release and spread a deadly cargo of small incendiary bombs over a wide area. Nicknamed “Molotov’s bread basket,” after Viacheslav M. Molotov, Russian Commissar for Foreign Affairs, [...]
Miniature Motor Made of Paper Clips In a few minutes’ time, from several paper clips and some fine insulated wire, you can make a little electric motor that will illustrate the principle of the big fellows. The outer field magnets are wound with about twelve feet of wire, and the same length is used to [...]
SIMPLE RULES, OUTLINED BY A CHAMPION, WILL HELP YOU TO BE A BETTER DIVER By ALF PHILLIPS FAMOUS OLYMPIC DIVER AND STAR IN BILLY ROSE'S AQUACADE GLIDING along the springboard in easy strides, you bounce down onto the tip and feel the springy plank catapult you skyward. High over the water, your body under perfect control, you suddenly whirl in mid-air and knife down into the blue water below. Knowing you've made a perfect dive, you bob to the surface, your ears ringing to the applause of the crowd. That's the thrill of diving. But if your experience is limited to occasional bellyflops from the rim of a pool or swimming hole, you probably feel that springboard diving is a difficult sport to learn. Well, it isâ€” and it isn't. I've been at the game for sixteen years, and I know I still have plenty to learn. But picking up the fundamentals of basic dives such as the swan or the graceful back dive, is far from an impossible task even for a rank beginner. And once you've mastered the simpler dives, the more complicated ones are only a matter of determination and practice.
Designer Shapes Pens, Tools, and Glasses That Fit the Hands Designing fountain pens, screw drivers, razors, and other common articles so that they are not only pleasing in appearance but also better adapted to their specific uses, is the job of Angelo Bisenz, New York City designer who calls his work “formo-genic designing.” A screw [...]
Hand Pump Restores Breathing Life-giving air is forced into the lungs of a patient by a hand-powered pump developed by a Swiss doctor, who expects it to be useful in treating soldiers after poison-gas attacks. The plunger pump forces air or oxygen through a tube leading to a mask held over the mouth of the [...]
TO ENTERTAIN friends and neighbors in a New York apartment house, a group of professional radio performers operates a unique basement "broadcasting" station. Every Friday and Sunday evening, led by Les Paul and Earnie Newton, they go on the air from their homemade soundproof studio near the furnace room. Programs go to all the apartments through a two-wire ground and aerial system which had been built into the structure and previously never used.
Typewriter Spaces Words To Fill Lines Designed especially for use where correspondence or other typed material is to be reproduced, a new typewriter has an attachment which assures neat, perfectly aligned right-hand margins. The typewriter carriage is provided with a numbered metal bar and a sliding pointer. At the end of each line, the operator [...]
Car Pulls Up Its Wheels To Become a Boat RETRACTING its wheels as an airplane does, a proposed amphibian automobile transforms itself into a rakish water craft. The picture above shows a model of the machine which Paul Pankotan, its inventor, plans to build at Miami, Fla. On land, it uses the power of its [...]
I’m not quite sure why this poor kid has to put the candle on his head to prove some “scientific” point. It looks like it’s about to set his hair on fire. Novel Dry-Ice Gun Extinguishes Candle To within 1/4″ of the edge, cut out the top of a cardboard salt box, and tie a [...]