Science: Attention, Inventors!

Tremendous technical advances have been made since World War II, but the nation's soldiers, sailors and airmen are still dissatisfied with much of their combat equipment. To spur on U.S. industrialists, scientists and ordinary basement inventors, the U.S. Department of Commerce last week issued its periodic list of new gadgets and gimmicks needed by the armed forces. Sample items:

¶A new, puttylike material for oxygen masks that can be molded to fit the individual airman's face−for men who cannot fit standard rubber oxygen masks.

¶A mechanical device for quickly laying barbed wire on a battlefield. Using present hand...

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