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September 1964 Popular Electronics[Table of Contents]
People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Popular Electronics.
Hobnobbing with Harbaugh was a regular comic feature in Popular Electronics in the 1960s. Creator Dave Harbaugh chose topics ranging from husband-wife relationships where the husband is a technophile of some sort and the wife either purposely or unknowingly challenges his efforts to participate in his hobby, to contemporary (at the time) subjects such as this month's treatment of biocells. Like electronics, bioengineering was a mysterious field few understood that received a great deal of attention by comedians and sci-fi film makers.
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With the help of the biocell, space ships will generate electric power through the use of their own waste material.
Here are a few mutations of common electronic components after attachment to a biocell.
As the bacteria in biocells become more sophisticated, they may eventually begin to look like this.
Biocells are hungry little devils. Here is a flashlight with fuel to run it for a week (20,000 calories).
|HOW THE BIOCELL OPERATES
1 Fill left side of container with either sewage or garbage.
2 Feed hydrogen to electrode "A."
3 Hydrogen molecule "M" is unable to stand smell and rushes to oxygen electrode "B."
4 Movement of molecule "M" causes ion exchange paddle wheel "C" to revolve.
"5 Paddle wheel is" gear connected to electric generator "D" and the output wired to oxygen electrode "B."
Note: For best results, fill to level "L."
Posted August 14, 2013