A MAN-MADE ionosphereâ€”composed of millions of tiny metal needlesâ€”soon may replace the ionized layer of atmosphere presently used in radio communication. The artificial ionosphere, actually two narrow bands of needles, 3,000 to 6,000 miles from Earth, will make possible for the first time reliable, high-quality and low-cost, television, voice radio and teletype communication between any two points on Earth. Unlike the natural ionosphere, the bands will stay at the same distance from Earth, have a constant density and the same radio-reflecting qualities undisturbed by storms and sunspots. The system has been developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Air Force Air Research and Development Command.
Easy-Open Can FINDING yourself with a can of beans and no opener presents no problems if you have this new container for food and beverages. The can, made of low cost foil and rigid pa-perboard, has an easy-to-use quick opening feature. Just pull a tab with a loop finger opening and a thin scored strip […]
Only 15 feet in diameter, low-cost home offers all the conveniences of a larger one. And, it can be delivered by boat, truck or even helicopter. IT looks like a satellite that just fell out of orbit. But actually it is a down-to-Earth, low-cost portable homeâ€”with all the modern conveniences you would expect to find only in a more usual-looking (and usual-priced) house. Called the Kugelhaus (Kugel is German for "ball," and haus means just what it sounds like), it is nothing more than a 15-ft.-diameter hollow ball. Its eggshell-like construction is of either lightweight reinforced concrete, metal or plastic. Just one inch of concrete gives good results, says the inventor, Dr. Johann Ludowici. The house can be completely assembled in the factoryâ€”with whatever furniture or other equipment is wantedâ€”before delivery. As portable as a house could be, it can be flown to wherever you want it by helicopter, towed in by boat (it floats), or, more conventionally, carried on a truck.
When will our "hottest" bomber take to the skies? How will it perform? What about the radiation danger? Here are the answers By JAMES JOSEPH OUR long-awaited atomic-powered airplane - Convair's Model NX2 - is finally on the drawing boards, its components in various stages of construction and testing. After 14 years' research and an investment of close to 1 billion dollars, the plane's reactor is under test and two different engine systems, both slated for early flight testing, are in advanced development.
Tiny Drum With a Big Memory THIS 6 oz. stainless steel memory drum holds more than 10,000 bits of information recorded on its magnetic surface. Designed for airborne computers, it can hold as much information as larger, conventional drums. Because the drum is a thin shell, most of its mass is concentrated at the surface, […]