Science: March of Progress

In a world that was getting more comlicated every day, industrious inventors were doing their best to simplify things here & there. Items:

¶Dayton, the U.S. Air Forces Air Materiel Command produced a parachute with a built-in brain, which automatically goes into action even if an airman is inured bailing out of his plane or blacks out at high altitude. Designed for high-flying fighters and bombers, the release is tripped by a timer (to be set before take-off at from one to 26 seconds), includes an aneroid barometer which opens the chute above 5,000 ft. no matter what happens.

¶In Los Angeles,...

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