Science: Inventions Wanted

David Sarnoff, board chairman of Radio Corporation of America, celebrated his 45th anniversary in radio last week and told his research scientists what new inventions he would like to see them develop in the next five years: ¶ A device to amplify light the way a loudspeaker amplifies sound, to make television pictures both bigger and brighter without reducing their quality. Suggested name: "Magnalux." ¶ A way to record television programs on inexpensive tape. Suggested name: "Videograph." ¶ An electronic air conditioner with no motor, pump or other moving parts. Specifications: cheap, noiseless, and small enough to...

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