Science: Home Is Where the Gadget Is

Some day in the not-so-distant future, housewives may turn into ladies of leisure: they may have a trim, prefabricated power plant to do most of their house work. Dr. John J. Grebe, head physicist of Dow Chemical Co., has blueprinted a compact, 3,500-lb. unit which will cook, wash the dishes, wash, dry and iron clothes, freeze food and provide all bathroom facilities. The whole unit, says Grebe, is only a little bigger than an automobile and will sell for about the same price ($1,000).

Grebe's machine is a U-shaped room, 7 by 12 feet, which can be fitted some where into a...

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