Issue: 19850101

Tuesday, January 1, 1985
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R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO.: Winston
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R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO.
Winston
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Cincinnati Microwave, Inc.: PASSPORT RADAR-RECEIVER
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Cincinnati Microwave, Inc.
PASSPORT RADAR-RECEIVER
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Additional Features
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Readers Talk Back
Are we alone?
Solar pond
Free falling
Dish deals
Ceiling fans
Luxury sedans
Idle talk
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Address letters for this column to: Readers Talk Back, POPULAR SCIENCE, 380 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. Because of the large volume of mail, we are unable to acknowledge unpublished letters. “New Search for Life in Space” (Oct.
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Consolidated Dutchwest
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Consolidated Dutchwest
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Philip Morris Inc.: Marlbo
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Science and Technology
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Science Newsfront
Lighter shuttle
Speedy airplane de-icing
Ultrasound vs. insects
Classroom cockpit
Water—gasp—water!
Spinning parachute
Solar-powered fridge
Alcohol and birth weight
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ARTHUR FISHER
Modern materials technology is going to take a great weight off the space shuttle. Each of the spacecraft’s present solid rocket boosters has something called a motor case, now made of steel, which takes up most of the booster’s 150-foot length.
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Radio Shack: TANDY
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Radio Shack
TANDY
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POPULAR SCIENCE CAR TEST #190
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Detroit's hottest performance coupes
Total cars tested to date: 690
Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
Chrysler Laser XE turbo
Ford Mustang GT
Our picks
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JIM DUNNE
JACK KEEBLER
Domestic car makers have rediscovered what they knew all along: Performance sells. Result: There’s a new breed of muscular U.S. automobiles to challenge the autobahn blazers from Europe and the turbocharged cruisers from Japan. PS assembled the top three U.S. challengers and found them to be powerful and refined examples of the breed.
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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
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Philip Morris Inc.: MERIT
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MERIT
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Alternate-Energy Answers
Mirrors in winter
Solar information
Polystyrene vs. polyurethane
Evaporative cooler
Timed hot water
Microwave heating?
Insulating a wall
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JAN F. KREIDER
Jan F. Kreider is a consulting engineer specializing in the design and economic analysis of solar-energy and energy-conservation systems. He is the author of several books on solar technology and a lecturer at the University of Colorado.
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Nordic Track
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Nordic Track
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Cleveland Institute of Electronics
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Cars and Driving
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Detroit Report
Performance sells
Dial-a-ride
Big-car four-cylinder
Chrysler V6
Luxury VW for China
V6 Corvette?
Clearly less
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JIM DUNNE
That’s what Detroit forgot when it started its drive for better fuel economy a decade ago. But increased sales of sporty models such as Chevrolet’s IROC Camaro (photo above) have begun to jog Detroit’s collective memory. Look for faster zero-to-60-mph times with little loss in fuel efficiency from newer engines with fuel injection, turbocharging, overhead cams, and four valves per cylinder.
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What’s New
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Energy Systems and Design
Radar plane
Lockheed put a 24-ft. saucershaped rotating dome atop its P-3 Orion turboprop patrol aircraft that’s capable of tracking planes hundreds of miles away. It’s a less-expensive early-warning-and-control plane than the KC-135 jet now used, says Lockheed.
Energy Systems and Design
Euro hatchback
A re-skinned Renault 5 Le Car—the Superfive—has a longer and wider body, 20 percent more glass, and a lower drag coefficient (0.35). A transverse front drive offers more interior space and 57.4 mpg at 55 mph in economy models, says Renault. It’s not available here.
Energy Systems and Design
Wedge washers
Nord-Lock lock washers tighten the clamping load when vibration starts to loosen a nut or bolt. Paired washers have ramps on inner mating faces and radial teeth on outer faces. Vibrations make washers slide and tighten. Nord-Lock, S-83002 Mattmar, Sweden.
Energy Systems and Design
Sleek coupe
Drag-reducing features—a one-piece plastic nose and wraparound bumper—on the 1985 Kadett from GM’s Adam Opel AG contribute to the GTE model’s ultra-low 0.30 drag coefficient and 29mpg average. It will be built in West Germany, Belgium, and Britain.
Energy Systems and Design
Letter guide
$740
Calligragraph lets you create professional-looking penand-ink lettering, says Richardson’s (143 Summit Ave., Berkeley Heights, N.J. 07922). A tracing arm moves through preset grooved type to create lettering for certificates, diplomas, and display signs. It’s priced at $740.
Energy Systems and Design
Water power
$350
Tiny turbines can capture water power and turn it into electricity. This $350 Dat-1 model has a 42-amp Delco alternator that delivers 400 W at maximum pressure. A load-matching field control is included. Energy Systems and Design, Box 1557, Sus sex, N. B., Canada EOE 1PO.
Energy Systems and Design
Sailing freighter
$20,000
Loaded with cargo, the 100ft.-long Atlantic Clipper sails from Britain for the Caribbean. The 140-ton all-steel vessel is the first sailing ship in 50 years to carry freight for the U.K. Clipper Cargoes Ltd. (Wiltshire, England) saves approximately $20,000 in fuel each trip.
Energy Systems and Design
Electric hatchback
Packing all its power train up front leaves Peugeot’s 205 research car with room for luggage and passengers. A baby hatchback is modified with compact nickel-iron batteries that have an estimated 120,000-mile service life. It has an 87-mile range and 62-mph top speed.
Energy Systems and Design
4WD sports car
An experimental Porsche 911 features electronic torque control to front and rear axles for variable traction on snow or loose gravel. Drive is optimized for maximum adhesion. The flat-six 400-hp engine has twin turbochargers. Acceleration to 62 mph takes 4.9 seconds.
Energy Systems and Design
Hot sedan
Subaru’s newest sedan will be radically different, with driveror computer-controlled air suspension, a turbocharged fuel-injection engine, and sleek (0.35 drag coefficient) sheet-metal styling. Turbo versions of the OHC 1.8-liter engine deliver 1ll hp. There’s also a 4WD.
Energy Systems and Design
Compact generator
$310
For campers, boating enthusiasts, or homeowners, Honda adds the EG650 to its portable-generator line. The 650-W unit has an electronicignition four-stroke engine with a noise-reduction muffler. American Honda Motor Co., 3055 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90010. $310.
Energy Systems and Design
Puncture-proof tire
$130
No more punctures—ever. That’s a British firm’s promise for its molded-plastic bicycle tire. The semi-pneumatic tire has a molded-in honeycomb pattern of air pockets. It looks and rides like a conventional bicycle tire. Sure-Trak Ltd., Lancashire, England. Price: $130.
Energy Systems and Design
Wankel two-seater
$20,000
A novel two-seater aircraft designed in Sweden is powered by a Duncan-Wankel 80-hp water-cooled rotary engine. The pusher-prop VLA-1 Sparrow will cost about $20,000 and may be built in the U.S. Ab Nyge-Aero, Box 321, S-611 27 Nyköping, Sweden.
Energy Systems and Design
Big rackets
$95-$275
Two new Prince rackets flank the oversize original [PS, March ’77]. The 90-sq.-in. Series 90 (right) has a 38-percent-larger sweet spot than other mid-size rackets, says Prince (Box 2031, Princeton, N.J. 08540). The super-size Series 125 (left) is for doubles play. $95-$275.
Energy Systems and Design
Off-road van
Volkswagen’s Type 2 Vanagon has a rear-mounted 90hp engine that, under normal conditions, powers only the rear wheels. A hydraulic coupling engages the front wheels automatically if the rear wheels lose traction.
Energy Systems and Design
Compact camper
$16,000
With its top popped, the $16,000 Fiesta Mini Camper has just over six ft. of head room. A rack-and-pinion lift system permits one-hand operation, says Vehicle Concepts (Box 427, Bristol, Ind. 46507). Lowered, the top adds barely an inch to the Toyota mini-van’s height.
Energy Systems and Design
Curved file
$10
Magazines, legal-size forms, sales brochures—all stand straight without flopping in the Perky Filing Pocket. The curved shape of the wallmounted file keeps papers upright while displaying half the page. R&D Products, Box 2238, Rohnert Park, Calif. 94928. $10.
Energy Systems and Design
Plane frame
The skeleton of Gulfstream’s new fanjet stands exposed as engineers test equipment placement and design. The single-pilot Peregrine will be the first business jet to have the low-drag, laminar-flow wing developed by NASA [PS, Oct. ’80]. Production is scheduled for 1987.
Energy Systems and Design
Viewing system
$13
A 42-slide vertical SlideSorter and an ll-by-14-in. horizontal LightBox, illuminated by circular cool-white fluorescent lamps and held by a stand, make up the Evenlite system. Sorter and box are $50 each; the stand is $13. Sima Products, 4001 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, 111. 60646.
Energy Systems and Design
Versatile flash
$200
The creative versatility of a professional studio flash system—in one flash unit? Yes, says Cokin, the French filter maker. Three rotatable flash tubes set in reflectors offer a variety of possibilities. You can pivot them in for a ringlight effect; with low power (you have a choice of five power settings), the unit can be used for extreme closeups. Or color effects can be added through different filters in the reflectors—plus, even, a filter over the lens (far left). The unit offers five automatic aperture ranges. Availability: this spring. Estimated price: $200.
Energy Systems and Design
Quicker instants
$250
A new motorized processor and a lighted cutter-mounter speed the processing and mounting of Polaroid 35-mm instant slides. Film transport and processing are automatically controlled, and a tone and flashing LED signal when processing is done. Estimated price: $250.
Energy Systems and Design
New classic
$1,200
Build through-the-lens electronic exposure via spot (12mm) metering into the classic contours of the Leica M4 body, put LEDs in the viewfinder for precise control, and you have the new Leica M6 rangefinder 35. With f/2 lens, it’s about $1,200.
Energy Systems and Design
Multi-mode 645
$1,530
Now there’s a multi-mode medium-format SLR. The motorized Pentax 645 (it takes six-by-4.5-cm exposures on 120 film) offers seven modes, including programmed automatic and both apertureand shutterpriority auto. List price with 75-mm lens: $1,530.
Energy Systems and Design
Multi-mode SLR
The Contax 159MM offers not only a choice of programs (it selects both shutter speed and aperture, but you can bias the selection to capture action or improve depth of field) but also stepless speeds to Viooo sec. and flash synch to Vfeso sec. Its price is not yet set.
Energy Systems and Design
One-hand sander
$70
Its compact size and front-mounted on-off switch make the model 11601 Craftsman palm-grip orbital sander a one-hand machine. The $70 sander handles wood, metal, and concrete, says Sears, and the unit features a ⅙-hp, permanently lubricated ballbearing motor.
Energy Systems and Design
Little snow thrower
$700
If your driveway is of modest size and your winters of moderate fury, the compact two-stage model 555 from Simplicity (Port Washington, Wis. 53074) could fit your needs. A five-hp Tecumseh engine powers the $700 machine. Electric start and chains are optional.
Energy Systems and Design
Tiny 12-V tools
$155
High-speed (6,000-to-30,000rpm) tools from Black & Decker plug into adapters that convert line voltage to 12-V power. Thus the tools themselves are smaller and lighter. The deluxe tool kit shown ($155) comes with a 150-W rotary tool, adapter, and 40 accessories.
Energy Systems and Design
Quick-switch blade
$4.15
You can change the blade in Stanley’s new Swivel-Lock utility knife without a screwdriver. When you press the button on the handle the two sides of the aluminum case unlock, pivoting around the center rivet. You press the opposite side of the button to lock the case shut. $4.15.
Energy Systems and Design
Super-fence
$209
“You’ll get new accuracy with your table saw if you outfit it with the Super 40 T-Square saw-fence system,” says Biesemeyer (216 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, Ariz. 85202). The $209 rig includes a pointer, steel tape, and locking fence. It fits 10-in. or smaller home-shop saws.
Energy Systems and Design
Drill helper
$10
This Dutch-made drill guide ensures 90-deg. drilling, controls hole depth, and even catches the dust. Notches (under the dust-collector cover) center the drill bit on tubing. The David Drillboy is distributed by Themans Inc. (Box 1446, Mount Airy, N.C. 27030). Price: $10.
Energy Systems and Design
Electric jack
$79.95
Available in three models (stand-up, scissor, and bumper), the 12-V Electrojack raises and lowers the vehicle with the flick of a switch, says Electrojack, Inc. (8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90211). Its power source is a cigarette lighter. $79.95.
Energy Systems and Design
Fold-away crane
$469
Stow-A-Crane Jr. mounts on the rear corner of most compact, mid-size, and full-size pickups. With it, one person can lift up to 500 lbs., claims Accudyne (Box 2036, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895). A positive-lock brake prevents the winch from freewheeling. It’s priced at $469.
Energy Systems and Design
Tiny lug wrench
$9.95
Made of tempered steel, the Wonder Bar wrench can be stowed in a tool box or glove compartment, says JRJ Ind. (4617 S. Buckner, Suite B, Dallas, Texas 75227). With an extension capability of up to 31 in., even stubborn nuts should yield to this wrench’s extra leverage. Price: $9.95.
Energy Systems and Design
Automatic blind
$148
InnerLouvers keeps interiors cooler, eliminates upholstery fade, and conceals valuables, claims Chastain Inc. (521 Kodier Dr., Glendale, Calif. 91201). A dashmounted control allows precision adjustments from the driver’s seat. Available in black or beige, it costs $148.
Energy Systems and Design
Blow-up
$40
Position Backsaver behind you on the seat, and squeeze the inflation bulb. A small valve releases air pressure to adjust the bladder to the desired firmness, says Foremost Design (522 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio 44052). Its nylon cover can be cleaned with mild soap. Price: $40.
Energy Systems and Design
Mechanic’s helper
$72.95
Supporting a mechanic’s weight as he leans into an engine bay, Mechanics Backsaver prevents leg and back strain, says Backsaver Co. (40 Old Ranch Rd., Novato, Calif. 94947). A pivoting leg rests on an engine component, and a foam pad protects the fender. $72.95.
Energy Systems and Design
Manifold repair
$32.45
Broken exhaust-manifold studs can be a frustrating, time-consuming part of an exhaust-system replacement. Clamp-A-Stud offers a five-minute alternative to torches, drill bits, and taps, according to In-Mech Ind. (Box 5098, Tahoe City, Calif. 95730). Price: $32.45.
Energy Systems and Design
Car-call answerer
$500
Leave your car, and a message recorder takes your calls while you’re away. A synthesized voice gives callers the number you’re at or asks for theirs. Made by Audiotel (150 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge, N.Y. 11787), the cellular phone costs $3,000; the answer feature is $500.
Energy Systems and Design
TV with feeling
$930
Stereo from the new TVs or VCRs sounds better coming from speakers built into the headrest of this Pioneer Bodysonic chair. It will feel better, too: The seat, back cushion, and ottoman contain drivers that vibrate in time with the audio. It’s priced at $930.
Energy Systems and Design
Three-way power
$230
Sony’s ultra-thin (just ⅛-in.thick) microcassette recorder runs on any of three power sources: one AAA battery pack for normal dictation, one AA handgrip container for up to 17 hours of taping, or an AC adapter for those who always have something to say. The M-100 costs $230.
Energy Systems and Design
Data backup
$1,695
The IBM AT computer stores 20 megabytes of data on its hard disk—lots to lose when something goes wrong. But this tape-cartridge system lets you copy the data: It takes 10 minutes and costs $1,695. Made by Mountain Computer, 300 El Pueblo Rd., Scotts Valley, Calif. 95066.
Energy Systems and Design
Wireless doorbell
$88
No wires. The push button contains a battery and transmitter; the chime has a battery and receiver. That makes the Marconi Door Chime from NuTone (Cincinnati, Ohio) easy to install. You can take the chime unit with you—up to 100 ft. away —to the pool or garden. $88.
Energy Systems and Design
Stereo silencer
$62.50
One end of the box connects to your stereo, the other to the telephone line. Result: Lift the phone to make or answer a call, and the stereo’s volume lowers. Hang up, and the volume returns to normal. Hammacher Schlemmer, 147 E. 57th St., New York, N.Y. 10022. $62.50.
Energy Systems and Design
Shower skylight
$396
Steamy mirrors and mildewed tiles become plagues of the past when you install Showerdome, says Showerdome Corp. (Box 547, Dayton, Ohio 45449). Steam trapped inside the $396 clear acrylic dome condenses after a shower, washing down the walls to deter mildew growth.
Energy Systems and Design
Translucent shades
$7—$8
Insulating shades often block out light as well as cold. The translucent Window Quilt ($7—$8 a sq. ft.) admits diffuse light thanks to a clear plastic film sandwiched between four fabric layers. Appropriate Technology (Box 975, Brattleboro, Vt. 05301) makes it in four colors.
Energy Systems and Design
Crack fixer
$13
For invisible tile repairs you need more than a crack patcher, says Loctite (4450 Cranwood Ct., Cleveland, Ohio 44128). Its $13 Duro Perfect Match Marble, Tile, and Fiberglass Repair Kit has seven tubes of mixable colors to match the epoxy filler to the original tile color.
Energy Systems and Design
Fire snuffer
$27
Flaming fat is dangerous, but using a fire extinguisher may be overkill. The fiberglass Home Fire Blanket safely smothers cooking fires without ruining the rest of the meal. The $27 blanket is washable and lasts indefinitely, says Chubb (Box 1121, Clifton, N.J. 07014).
Energy Systems and Design
Switch timer
$20
Forget to turn off that upstairs light again? The Electronic Light Switch Timer shuts off lights after a preset period ranging from 10 minutes to 12 hours. The $20 switch plate has a setting wheel on its inside face. Maker: AMF Paragon (Box 28, Two Rivers, Wis. 54241).
Energy Systems and Design
Self-charging light
$20
Forget the bracket. To recharge Ready-Lite, slide the switch back to release the concealed prongs, and plug into an outlet. The $20 light retains power for six months and shines for an hour and a half on a charge, says First Alert (780 McClure Rd., Aurora, 111. 60504).
EVERETT H. ORTNER
V. ELAINE SMAY
JACK KEEBLER
WILLIAM J. HAWKINS
SUSAN RENNER-SMITH
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Duracell Inc.: BREAK FREE
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BREAK FREE
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McGraw-Hill Continuing Education Center
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What’s News
Underground debate—take 3
Windmill wars
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The naval mine, you may be as surprised as I was to learn, was invented and demonstrated in 1843 by Sam Colt, the same guy who invented the famous Colt six shooter, thus making possible today’s cowboy movies. But a lot has happened since then, particularly in recent years.
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Science and Technology
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Super sweepers vs. smart mines
—engineering stroy behind the secret war
What’s in a mine
Unmining the waters
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BEN KOCIVAR, V. ELAINE SMAY
RICHARD LAYNE
Today’s mines, controlled by advanced electronics, are “smarter” and deadlier than ever. Those who design antimine gear are building strange machines that also embody the latest technology to detect and explode mines harmlessly. But the deck is stacked against them: Mines are cheap and quick to plant; getting rid of them is slow and costly.
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Energy News
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How Canada is tapping the tides for power
Straflo turbine with rim generator
Double-effect bulb turbine
Turbine tour
Mega-project
Mega-problems?
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PETER BRITTON
For years power-company officials have talked of harnessing the phenomenal tides of the Bay of Fundy, which lies between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in southeastern Canada, to generate electricity Now a 20-megawatt demonstration tidal plant —North America’s first—is up and working.
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Brake-power buses
Two new Swedish buses-using different systems-harness normally wasted braking energy for acceleration. Two Scandinavian cities are testing the fuel-saving buses.
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DAVID SCOTT
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN As the light turned green, Lars Lonegren gently pressed the accelerator. The 39-foot-long bus glided ahead smartly, with barely a sound. He grinned up at me: "The engine's not running," he said. "We're on flywheel power.
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Sky-diving satellites
Coming: Small orbiting factories launched by the space shut tle return to Earth independently, as ground-controlled parachutes deliver their payloads directly to their owners.
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JIM SCHEFTER
Alone and untended in orbit, a stubby little spacecraft soars 300 miles above the California coast. The four-foot-long, 1,600-pound space factory was packed with raw materials when the space shuttle dropped it off six weeks earlier. Now it carries 800 pounds of semiconducting crystals of unprecedented size and purity, grown during the weeks of gravity-free drift.
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Cars and Driving
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Japanese-style continuously variable transmission
There are no low-speed jerks and jolts with its CVT, says Subaru. That's because a microcomputer controls the transmission's magnetic clutch electronically.
TOKYO
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WALTER MILLER
Most auto makers agree that the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the answer for more-efficient automatic transmissions. And one Japanese maker believes the answer for more-efficient CVTs is a computer-controlled clutch.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0036.xml
article
63
63,64,65,103
Cars and Driving
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Can brainy new cars outwit car thieves?
The application of microelectronics to the problem of vehicle security promises cars that will be more “intelligent” —and much harder to steal. Using improved sensors tied into their onboard computers, cars will be able to tell when they are being threatened —and refuse to cooperate. Future cars will even be able to radio for help.
Safety in numbers
Plucked from the streets
Sensors get smarter
Protecting auto sound systems
Tracking thieves through the airwaves
Security comes of age
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STUART F. BROWN
A police officer is piloting his cruiser slowly through a neighborhood of light industrial buildings and warehouses while his partner keeps an eye on an instrumented black box mounted on the dash. Suddenly a warning beep sounds. LEDs on a direction indicator light up in a display that points toward a garage that appears to be unused.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0037.xml
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66
66,67
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Build a storage wall for home electronics
You can set up different-width wall modules to hold your gear. Removable vertical strips hide interconnection wiring.
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NEIL SODERSTROM
Installing senarate components for hi-fi, video, and computer systems can clutter your home with hardware and interconnection cables. One solution is this modular storage center, custom designed for POPULAR SCIENCE by well-known furniture designer Geza Zambory.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0038.xml
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68
68
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Installing shapely shingles —indoor-outdoor cedar shakes
While covering a wall, inside or out, you can create custom designs by mixing different shapes of pre-cut red-cedar shingles.
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LEE RENNER
When yon think about the variety of materials that can be used as interior wall coverings, cedar shingles may not immediately come to mind. But there’s no reason they shouldn’t. Stained, painted, or left unfinished, the same shingles used on house exteriors can be applied to indoor walls, creating a striking accent.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0039.xml
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69
69,70,71
Computers and Electronics
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Emergency diaers get help in a hurry
Fire, burglary, a medical emergency-they're all situations that require help in a hurry. You'll get it with new home-monitoring emergency dialers that use your telephone line to call pre-programmed phone numbers and summon help. In choosing a system, you'll have to decide how it will be used and which features you'll need.
PS sampling: some typical emergency dialers
Detection
Help!
Before you buy—and after
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DAVID PETRAGLIA
At 3 a.m. the phone rang: "Your friend just called me," said my neighbor. "The temperature in your house has dropped to 52 degrees F. Something's wrong." Something was. The heating sys tem had stopped, and winter's chill had begun to set in. In a few hours the costly result could have been burst pipes.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0040.xml
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72
72,73,74
Cars and Driving
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PS EXCLUSIVE A peek at Detroit's future —1986 and beyond
PS Senior Automotive Editor and spy photographer Jim Dunne captures Detroit's tomorrow on film. A sampling of what's to come: smaller front-drive luxury coupes, a two-seat convertible Cadillac, a replacement for the Omni/Horizon, and slippery-looking wagons.
General Motors
Ford
Chrysler
American Motors
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JIM DUNNE
If success is measured by the number of new models brought to market. then General Motors will be the most successful car manufacturer for the last half of the 1980s. The world’s largest auto maker is readying new cars through the 1988 model year in numbers that outstrip all other American producers combined.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0041.xml
article
75
75
Energy News
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Efficient stacking fireplace
Now tests on the unusual TESS fireplace, covered in POPULAR SCIENCE a year ago, confirm that this heat-storing unit is an efficiency champ—and very low on pollution.
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STUART F. BROWN
The results are in, and the Thermal Energy Storage Systems (TESS) heat-storing modular concrete fireplace [PS, Oct. '83] has proved to be a front-runner among fireplaces in overall energy efficiency. The original story on the TESS fireplace noted that the efficiency of traditional masonry fireplaces is usually 10 percent or less.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0042.xml
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76
76,77,78
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Strip paneling —it's the real thing
If photographic imitations of wood aren't your idea of paneling, consider solid-wood strips: Although real wood paneling is more costly, the look is pure luxury, with exotic woods such as black walnut, pecky cypress, and knotty western cedar available.
PS comparison table: shopping for strip paneling
It pays to shop around
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MACK PHILIPS
Those ubiquitous four-by-eight-foot sheets of simulated-wood-grain or veneer-faced plywood paneling are facing a growing competitor: strip, or plank, paneling. Why the shift to planks? Because they look so good. Why live with imitation wood when you can have a room—or an accent wall or bar alcove —paneled in genuine cedar or rich oak?
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0043.xml
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79
79
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Installing strip paneling
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Mack Philips
Before they go up, solid-wood planks need the right choice of finish. In some cases—such as areas exposed to heavy traffic or direct sunlight—no finish at all may be best, so a fading or scratched finish won’t be a problem later on. (For installation tips, see the drawings and caption below.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0044.xml
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80
80,81,82
Home, Shop, and Yard
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PS guide to curing preignition and detonation
These two combustion problems afflict many automobiles. Here's a guide to understanding and correcting them before knock or ping can damage or destroy your car's engine.
Normal combustion
Spark knock—causes and cures
Curing preignition and detonation
Spark-knock data from Detroit
Ping and engine oil?
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GEORGE SEARS
Known variously as engine spark knock, ping, detonation, and preignition, the rattling sounds emanating from your car's engine can sometimes be perfectly normal. At other times, however, they may signal the impending destruction of major engine parts, so it’s important to recognize the difference.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0045.xml
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83
83
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Fueltronics Corporation
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Fueltronics Corporation
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0046.xml
article
84
84
Computers and Electronics
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Bits & Bytes
Low-cost reader
Nibbles
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WILLIAM J. HAWKINS
She casually moved a plastic alignment bar over the first typed line on a sheet of paper. Then she slid the read head across the line of characters. Two seconds later the line of text from the paper appeared on the screen of an Apple Macintosh computer, ready for word processing.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0047.xml
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85
85
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Pace Products Inc.
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Pace Products Inc.
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0048.xml
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86
86
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0049.xml
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87
87
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C.O.M.B. CO.: SAVIN Model 755
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C.O.M.B. CO.
SAVIN Model 755
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0050.xml
article
88
88,89,91
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Popular Science leisure-home plan Phase-change solar wall
The first home in this series designed around modular solar panels you can buy is as gracious as it is energy-efficient.
How to order plans—or an Enerphase brochure
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AL LEES
The south-facing wall of this handsome house is mostly glass, for solar gain. But six of those glazed panels aren't windows—they're built-in passive collectors using the latest in phase-change technology. Note in the rendering and on the floor plan that the panels flanking the windows and glass doors on both floors are scaled to take Enerphase Thermal Energy Panels, recently introduced by The Dow Chemical Co.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0051.xml
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90
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CRUTCHFIELD
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CRUTCHFIELD
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0052.xml
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90
90
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Acoustics Contest
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Acoustics Contest
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0053.xml
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91
91
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NRI SCHOOLS
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NRI SCHOOLS
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0054.xml
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92
92
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Advertisement
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0055.xml
article
92
92,93
Home, Shop, and Yard
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“Say, Smokey—”
A clinic on cars by Smokey Yunick, America’s most famous mechanic
Sub-zero starting woes
Stiff shift
The “magic” carburetor
Roaring transmission
Rattling brakes
Oil in the air cleaner
Downshift ping
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When the outside temperature drops below minus five degrees F, my 1982 Volkswagen diesel starts but then dies when I move the ignition switch back to the “on” position. Resetting the timing and changing the fuel injectors didn’t help. The engine also smokes like mad during a cold-weather start, even when the timing gadget is pulled. William A. Mac Gregor, Geneseo, N.Y.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0056.xml
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93
93
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LINDSAY PUBLICATIONS
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LINDSAY PUBLICATIONS
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0057.xml
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93
93
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G.E. Gear Motor
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G.E. Gear Motor
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0058.xml
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93
93
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Recreatives Industries, Inc.: MAX ATV
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Recreatives Industries, Inc.
MAX ATV
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0059.xml
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94
94
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C.O.M.B. CO.
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C.O.M.B. CO.
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0060.xml
article
94
94,95
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Taking Care of Your Car
Cowl-leak test
Lifting a lifter
Fuel-cap keeper
Steering-wheel pulls
Shock-removal shortcut
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STEVE MERCALDO
An auto’s cowling is a tough place to track down a water leak. First, determine whether the wetness is rainwater or antifreeze from a leaking heater core. Antifreeze has a distinct odor and feels slippery when rubbed between the fingertips.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0061.xml
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95
95
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Garden Way Mfg. Co.
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Garden Way Mfg. Co.
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0062.xml
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95
95
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FOLEY-BELSAW INSTITUTE
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FOLEY-BELSAW INSTITUTE
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0063.xml
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95
95
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Tempus Instrument Corporation: Clockwerkes
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Tempus Instrument Corporation
Clockwerkes
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0064.xml
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96
96
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Advertisement
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0065.xml
article
96
96,100
Home, Shop, and Yard
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Shop Talk
Two contests afoot
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AL LEES
Don’t confuse the final announcement in this issue of the Electronic Entertainment Center contest (involving Owens-Corning. acoustical panels) with another POPULAR SCIENCE contest that comes down to the wire every year about now. That one’s the Panel Project contest that PS co-sponsors annually with the American Plywood Assn.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0066.xml
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97
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TROY-BILT
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TROY-BILT
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0067.xml
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100
100
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Northern Hydraulics
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Northern Hydraulics
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0068.xml
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100
100
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Tri-Steel Structures
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Tri-Steel Structures
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0069.xml
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101
101
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FLUORAMICS, INC.
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FLUORAMICS, INC.
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0070.xml
article
102
102
Additional Features
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Wordless Workshop
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ROY DOTY
$50 to John Y. Yoon of Harvard University for this idea. Send yours (with Social Security No.) to Wordless, POPULAR SCIENCE, 380 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. Only purchased ideas are acknowledged.
PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0071.xml
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103
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0072.xml
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103
103
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MONTEREY DOMES
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MONTEREY DOMES
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0073.xml
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103
103
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0074.xml
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104
104,106,107,108
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Shoppers' Showcase
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0075.xml
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105
105
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DAX-OAX
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DAX-OAX
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0076.xml
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109
109,110,111,112,113
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Classified Opportunity Mart
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0077.xml
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114
114
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0078.xml
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115
115
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R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY: CAMEL LIGHTS
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R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
CAMEL LIGHTS
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0079.xml
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116
116
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Nissan
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Nissan
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PopularScience_19850101_0226_001_0080.xml