The Canadian Snowstorm Mask (1939)

The Canadian snowstorm mask was a plastic (not glass) cone purposed for face protection during snowstorms. The hounskull-like design is peculiar and eye-catching but was doubtless effective for short trips in girding against nature's savage increase (though, it strikes me as doubtful how useful it would be for extended low-temperature excursions, both because of the… Continue reading The Canadian Snowstorm Mask (1939)

Triton: R. B. Fuller’s Floating Tetrahedronal City

“The author’s city of the future consists of three triangular walls of 5000 living units apiece, the walls and base forming a tetrahedron; each unit faces the sky over a spacious terrace. The large cutaway drawing shows a huge public garden at the bottom of the interior of the superbuilding, which the sun pierces through… Continue reading Triton: R. B. Fuller’s Floating Tetrahedronal City

The Twin Frontiers: The New Space Race & Abyssal Colonization

The New Space Race Since 1972, no human manned space mission has proceeded beyond near Earth orbit. Now, numerous countries, including but not limited to the US, China, Japan, India and Israel, seek to change that. However, the most prominent efforts promoting space colonization are not coming from governments, but from industrialists. September 27, Space-X… Continue reading The Twin Frontiers: The New Space Race & Abyssal Colonization

Nuclear Reactor For A Railway Vehicle (1964)

The following document is a design filed in 1955 by the American physicist and inventor Lyle Benjamin Borst for a locomotive nuclear reactor, patented March 31st, 1964. I've condensed the document via omitting introductory title pages and three patent figures (images). A PDF of the complete original document may be read here. NUCLEAR REACTOR FOR A… Continue reading Nuclear Reactor For A Railway Vehicle (1964)

The Effects of Atomic Weapons (1950)

The Effects of Atomic Weapons was a joint project of the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission which sought a "quantitative approach to atomic bomb phenomenology." The book was published in 1950. A PDF of the book is provided below: The Effects of Atomic Weapons (1950)