German Scientists Construct Huge “Atom Smasher” (Oct, 1937)

German Scientists Construct Huge “Atom Smasher”
IN THE unending battle to harness the energy within the atom scientists at the Emperor Wilhelm Institute in Berlin have constructed a mammoth machine designated as an “atom smasher.” Experiments are being conducted under the direction of Professor Peter Debye, world famous physicist.

The gigantic “atom smasher” machine stands 50 feet high and is located within the confines of a windowless tower 135 feet high. A three-million volt electric current is used during the course of the experiments.

The wall of the tower features several observation platforms from which the scientists can make studies of the working of the apparatus. The high voltage accelerates particles passing through the vacuum tubes of the gigantic machine.

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EXPERIMENT IN LONELINESS (May, 1962)

EXPERIMENT IN LONELINESS

IN an underground “sensory deprivation chamber” at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City sits an eight-foot-deep tank of water. It is part of a project designed to examine the mental stresses—especially hallucinations— that may afflict persons in environments of solitude, weightlessness, darkness and silence.

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VIOLET-RAY LAMP PROBES NOSE TO CURE HAY FEVER (Nov, 1931)

Yes, cure Hay Fever with a sun-burnt nostril. Sounds like it should work to me…

VIOLET-RAY LAMP PROBES NOSE TO CURE HAY FEVER
SUNBURNED backs, as all know, may now be had from a “health lamp”; but here we have a mercury-vapor lamp in a quartz rod, small enough to pass up the nose and sunburn its inside. Four out of five cases of “hay fever” are cured.

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LOUDSPEAKERS IN METAL “MAN” MAKE ROBOT MUSICAL (Sep, 1934)

LOUDSPEAKERS IN METAL “MAN” MAKE ROBOT MUSICAL
By connecting loudspeakers in a sheet-metal “man” to a radio receiver, a musical robot has been produced as an advertising stunt for a New York store. The metal figure, made of stovepipes, galvanized-iron cans and funnels, is installed on the roof. Wires from the loudspeakers located in the hollow arms of the robot are connected to the radio set in the store beneath, enabling the operator of the radio to make the man on the roof sing, deliver a lecture or perhaps tell a bedtime story to passersby on the street.

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Proposes Orientable Roof-Top Airports For Cities (Jul, 1938)

It sure would screw up your property value if someone tried to build a billion ton sky-darkening airport over your house. Also I’m not quite sure why it needs to rotate…. bonus feature?

Proposes Orientable Roof-Top Airports For Cities
PROPOSED as a solution to the problem of locating an airport in the heart of any big city, a design for a long orientable runway, which would be mounted on circular tracks atop tall buildings, as sketched above, has been conceived by a French engineer.

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Details on the NX2 – Our Atomic Plane (Jan, 1961)

Details on the NX2  – Our Atomic Plane

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.

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Automatic Lumberjack – 1958 (Mar, 1955)

NEW DEPARTURES OF TOMORROW

Automatic Lumberjack – 1958

Even Paul Bunyan couldn’t match the pace of this “automatic lumberjack” of the future. It fells, sections and loads trees—all at the push of a button!
The company that launches this wonder will probably look to New Departure for ball bearings. For New Departures have proved their ability to hold moving parts in perfect alignment, cut wear and friction, and work long hours without letup—or upkeep. Above all, New Departure has lived up to its name — being first with ball bearing advancements.

So, when improving or designing a product, count on New Departure for the finest ball bearings.
NEW DEPARTURE • DIVISION OF GENERAL MOTORS • BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT
NEW DEPARTURE BALL BEARINGS
NOTHING ROLLS LIKE A BALL

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Dr. Tesla Claims New Discoveries (Oct, 1935)

Dr. Tesla Claims New Discoveries
CLAIMING that the propositions of relativity are false, and asserting that he has discovered a new apparatus for transmitting mechanical energy without wires and to any distance, Dr. Nikola Tesla, world famous scientist made formal announcement of his discoveries on his 79th birthday recently.
Should his announced energy transmitter prove successful, it would become the most sought for device in the world.

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Spudnuts (Apr, 1952)

What a great name. I’d never heard of Spudnuts before reading this but now I’m curious to try them. They seem to still be around.

Their Potatoes Make Dough

Don’t say doughnuts to the Pelton brothers, say Spudnuts. They glamorized the lowly spud and made themselves a fortune in the process.

By H. W. Kellick

AL and Bob Pelton were suckers for sinkers—doughnuts, that is. They’d eaten glazed doughnuts, chocolate covered doughnuts and just plain doughnuts. They were also eager to make lots of money and doughnuts got them to thinking.

“Why can’t we invent a new kind of doughnut?” Al said one day over a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Just like that.

Today, the brothers Pelton never mention the word doughnut. Say Spudnut and you’ll draw a smile from them, though. For they’re out to supplant the common doughnut with their million-dollar idea—a delicious potato pastry.

As a matter of fact, the Peltons are now selling more than three-quarters of a million dozen Spudnuts per month. To date they’ve franchised 350 shops throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

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The New IBM Electronic Data Processing Machines (May, 1953)

Over 2000 multiplications per second!!! What could we ever do with such power?

The New IBM Electronic Data Processing Machines

For Science… Industry… Defense

Combining the great storage capacities and speeds of cathode ray tubes, magnetic drums, and magnetic tapes with the tremendous computing speeds of electronic tubes, IBM engineers and scientists have produced in these machines the most flexible and most productive calculating unit ever marketed.

Here is a computer that can add and subtract 16,666 times a second . . . that can multiply and divide 2,192 times a second . . . and can recall factors from storage, or “memory,” in as little as 12 millionths of a second.

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