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Tesla, 75, Predicts New Power Source

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July 5th, 1931
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Intimates Discovery Soon to Be Announced Has to Do With Harnessing Sun Rays. "Solved Cosmic Puzzle" Scientist, Whose Theory Is Based on 36 Years' Study, Calls Atomic Energy Idea "Illusionary." Nikola Tesla, the inventor, who will celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday Friday, said in an interview yesterday that he soon would announce what he regards as "by far the most important discovery" at any he has made during his long career. "It will throw light on many puzzling phenomena of the cosmos," he remarked, "and may prove also of great industrial value, particularly in creating a new and... continue reading »

Tesla on Marconi's Feat

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April 13th, 1930
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To the Editor of The World, The World editorial March 28 must have instilled a holy fear in the minds of some of your readers. Of course Marconi could not help astounding people, but surely it was wrong of him at this critical time to scare the United States Navy by the statement that he could halt the progress of electrically driven dreadnoughts, which would mean certain doom in an engagement with the enemy. The thought that my beautiful induction motors used in their propulsion might be consigned to Davy Jones's locker in this easy manner caused me some anxiety until I satisfied myself by a... continue reading »

Tesla Sees Gain in Electricity

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March 27th, 1930
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Predicts Baby Planes and Daylight Television. Do you use an alternating current induction motor? A high frequency coil? A filamentless vacuum lamp (such as the neon lamp)? asks H. Winfield Secor, E.E., in Science and Invention. Not only these but many other modern electrical methods and appliances are conceptions of the brain of Dr. Nikola Tesla. For practically half a century Dr. Tesla has occupied himself with the roots and essences of his chosen subject. How essentially necessary to modern industry, offices and homes is alternating current! For most industrial requirements direct current... continue reading »

Great Scientific Discovery Impends

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May 17th, 1931
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“I Positively Expect That Within the Next Decade New Sources of Energy Will Be Opened Up Which Will Put at the Disposal of Mankind Everywhere Power in Unlimited Amounts,” Says Nikola Tesla, Noted Inventor — “I Have Made a Discovery Which I Expect to Announce Soon.” Nikola Tesla,the noted inventor, is preparing to make public within the near future the announcement of a discovery which will make available to the world new sources of energy. As this discovery will make it possible to tap inexhaustible streams of power at any point on the globe, great changes will follow in social life... continue reading »

Tesla: Inventor of Radio and Modern-Day AC

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April, 2002
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(Marconi and Edison notwithstanding.) Popular beliefs in history are often not factual and cannot bear scrutiny. Such is the case for the history of electricity, which ultimately led to radio. From the time man started his upward march toward an advanced technological society, only a few exceptional scientists have left indelible marks. Nikola Tesla was one of those few. Born in 1856 of Serbian parents in what was once the great Austro-Hungarian Empire, and educated at the Austrian Polytechnic School in Graz, he emigrated to the United States in 1884 and became an American citizen. Tesla... continue reading »

Nikola Tesla's Bold Adventure

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March, 1971
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Strange experiments conducted by an electronic wizard at the turn of the century On the afternoon of May 17, 1899, inventor Nikola Tesla stepped from the train at Colorado Springs obsessed with electrifying the earth. The elite of Little London turned out to welcome the stranger from New York City and they were not disappointed — Tesla was a striking figure. His tall slenderness, wavy black hair, piercing gray eyes, and European mannerisms never failed to capture the emotions of those about him. Of the several dignitaries who made it their business to be on hand, few were able to comprehend... continue reading »

Tesla Certain of His New Power

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July 10th, 1933
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Inventor Says Only Details Remain to Be Checked. The closing of experiments which reveal the availability of a hitherto untapped reservoir of energy, to be developed through simple machines which will last 500 years was announced today by Nikola Tesla, inventor and physicist. Mr. Tesla chose his seventy-seventh birthday for his announcement, which was in reality an amplification of an announcement first made on his seventy-fifth. Even now, however, details remain to be checked before the findings may be published and the source of the power revealed. Mr. Tesla has, however completed and... continue reading »

Tesla, at 78, Bares New 'Death-Beam'

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July 11th, 1934
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Invention Powerful Enough to Destroy 10,000 Planes at 250 Miles Away, He Asserts. DEFENSIVE WEAPON ONLY Scientist, in Interview, Tells of Apparatus That He Says Will Kill Without Trace. Nikola Tesla, father of modern methods of generation and distribution of electrical energy, who was 78 years old yesterday, announced a new invention, or inventions, which he said, he considered the most important of the 700 made by him so far. He has perfected a method and apparatus, Dr. Tesla said yesterday in an interview at the Hotel New Yorker, which will send concentrated beams of particles through the... continue reading »

Nicola Tesla, Noted Scientist, Celebrates His 79th Birthday; Made Tests Here 1899 to 1906

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July 10th, 1936
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News from New York that Nikola Tesla, famous inventor, today is observing his seventy-ninth birthday, brings to mind among old residents of the city a time when he conducted his scientific experiments in a large barn of a structure on Nob hill here. The experiments were shrouded in secrecy. In New York J. Pierpont Morgan gave the inventor financial assistance and his accomplishments with electricity since that time have startled the world. Tesla, a native of Jugoslavia, whose facial appearance resembles that of Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team, came to Colorado Springs... continue reading »

Making Ball Lightning to Order

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February, 2001
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The phenomenon of ball lightning has been a fascination over the centuries but remains a mysterious riddle to scientists, partly due to its transient and elusive nature. Typically although not exclusively occurring during thundery weather, this electrical artefact can take various forms — most commonly appearing as a globe of light, about the size of a grapefruit, which fades out harmlessly after a few minutes. However, historical records also report metre-wide fireballs which exploded like a bomb, wrecking houses and tearing off limbs from those caught in the blast. Consider, for example,... continue reading »

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