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They Invented What? (No. 85)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 7, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,260,639:  Method for remotely powering a device such as a lunar rover.

 powersat

What is claimed is:

1. A method of supplying power to a device located on the surface of a planet, comprising the steps of:

          orbiting at least one satellite around the planet, wherein the satellite comprises a nuclear reactor for generating electrical power;
          generating electrical power via the nuclear reactor;
          converting the generated electrical power into a GaAlAs laser beam;
          directing the GaAlAs laser beam from the at least one satellite to the device; and
converting the power of the GaAlAs laser beam into electrical power for use by the device, said converting step comprising directing the GaAlAs laser beam through a layer of n-GaAlAs semiconductor, through a layer of p-GaAlAs semiconductor, and then through a layer of p-GaAs semiconductor, whereby an electric current is generated.

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They Invented What? (No. 84)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 3, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,150,505:  Bird trap and cat feeder.

 catfeeder

I claim:

1. A bird trap and cat feeder for catching a bird and in particular, a sparrow, and feeding the bird to a cat, the trap comprising: 
          an enclosed bird housing having an upper portion, a tapered lower portion, a back, a front, a top, an open bottom, and sides;
          an entrance hole mounted in the side of the upper portion of said housing for receiving the bird therethrough;
          a glass window mounted in an opening in the tapered lower portion of the front of said housing;
          a balanced pivot tube pivotally mounted on a pivot pin inside said housing, a first end of said pivot tube is attached to a balance weight for balancing said tube in a horizontal position, a second end of said tube is disposed adjacent and below said entrance…

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