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Electronic Highway of the Future
Some day in the future when you drive onto a superhighway, you'll reach over to your dashboard and push the button marked "Electronic Drive." Selecting your lane, you'll settle back to enjoy the ride as your car adjusts itself to the prescribed speed. You may prefer to read or carry on a conversation with your passengers—or even to catch up on your office work. It makes no difference for the next several hundred miles as far as the driving is concerned. Fantastic? Not at all. The first long step toward this automatic highway of the future was successfully illustrated recently by the Radio Corporation of America and the State of Nebraska on a 400-foot strip of public highway just outside Lincoln, Neb.
by Col. Robert Bruce White In my heart there is a soft spot for hippos. For this reason T have sought them out in the streams and rivers of Mozambique, British East Africa and the Congo—not to shoot them but to observe their fascinating family life. Early African explorers would have you believe they are vicious roaring monsters. To be sure, there are rogue hippos, but even in their violent moods they are amusing. And ordinarily hippos are peace-loving animals.
The Versatile Lead Pencil
Technically speaking, it is neither lead nor a pencil. But it is, by a margin of 9 to 1, still the most popular writing tool by Frank L. Remington Condensed from Think Doubtless the lead pencil qualifies as one of the most used, yet least appreciated, pieces of merchandise in the world. It is the simplest, most convenient and least expensive of all writing instruments. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the lead pencil is that technically it is not lead at all—nor is it a pencil. The "lead" is actually graphite (from the Greek graphein—"to write"), a pure carbon. The word "pencil" is from the Latin penicil-lum, meaning "a little tail," for the first pencils were fine brushes of hair or bristles.
Climate Control Is Coming
If Spain could have subdued the devastating storm that swept its Armada from the English Channel in July 1588. would all the Americas be speaking Spanish today? If Napoleon's proud legions could have neutralized Russia's secret ally, "General Snow" how would the map of Europe look now? If the Nazis could have ordered gales to batter Gen. Eisenhower's vast invasion force off Normandy on June 6, 1944, what would historians now be writing about World War II? Armchair strategists have long de- bated the tantalizing "ifs" introduced into history by the vagaries of weather. In military operations, weather is usually a potent foe or a mighty ally.
Girls Could Help Fill Science Need
In the hue and cry for more scientists America should look to its gifted girl students, a Michigan State University researcher has indicated. Girls have shown the same ability as boys to do high-level work of a scientific nature, according to Dr. Elizabeth Monroe Drews, who made a four-year study of gifted adolescents in Lansing. Mich.
Human Memory vs. Electronic Brains
Although the complex modern electronic computers are commonly referred to as electronic "brains/7 scientists are not yet able to duplicate the human brain or memory. By comparison, man-made memories are dead and unexciting, according to Dr. F. Joachim Weyl of the Office of Naval Research. Computer memories and such "brains" as airport traffic-control devices are what might be called set memories, Dr. Weyl explained. The totality of all information that could ever be stored in them is fixed and fully known.