Science: What the World Needs

Sir William Bell, of the British Institute of Patentees, has published a list of inventions which the world needs, including glass that will bend, a smooth road surface that will not be slippery in wet weather, unshrinkable flannel, a noiseless airplane, a motor of one pound weight per horsepower, methods of reducing friction, practical ways of utilizing the tides.

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