“SHAKEDOWN” LABORATORY for navy ordnance
ON HIS birthday, Rear Admiral Frank E. Beatty was given a crosscut saw by officers, bluejackets and civilian scientists of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Washington, D. C.
“What’s this for?” he asked. “A professional joke,” said a spokesman. “We figured that you’d need something to help cut up those knotty problems we’re going to run into at White Oak.” White Oak—938 acres of rolling Maryland countryside 12 miles north of Washington, D. C.—is one of the Navy Bureau of Ordnance’s newest research centers.
The Electric Blanket Is Tested By “Maggie”
THE delightful creature in the bed is “Maggie,” the engineer’s solution to General Electric’s search for a substitute for a human being to conduct continuous tests on the automatic electric blanket developed by G.E. to keep its users warm whatever the temperature. Stuffed with straw, “Maggie’s” underwear contains insulated copper wires which give off heat approximating the human body’s normal temperature.