Science: Super-Power

Manageable enough over short distances, electricity is a hard horse to drive a great way. The higher its voltage, the more perverse are its paces. Yet the higher its voltage, the more work it can do at long distances from its source. Big rivers will generate millions of volts, but the highest voltage, carried for the longest distance, is the 220,000 volts carried by the 550-mile Big Creek system in California.

Last week the Westinghouse Electric Co. announced that it had acquired, from Engineer Frank G. Baum of San Francisco, the rights...

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