Slightly-intriguing study title of the month: “Damage to Seeds by Screw Working Bodies,” Mayya Sukhanova, Eduard Khasanov, Alexander Butenko, Shamil Fayzrakhmanov, and Rinat Fayzullin, Heliyon, 2023, article e18973. The authors explain: “The occurrence of mechanical damage to seeds caused by the operative components of agricultural machinery…” The image you see above is from the study.
The Olds elevator is a fairly simple machine that apparently no one thought up until recently. It’s a fairly new twist, by a man named Olds, on a screwy old idea: Archimedes lifting screw: Peter Olds has US patent #US7314131B2, which describes the invention. (Thanks to Mark Dionne for bringing this to our attention.)
When one has a screw loose, there can be medical implications. This study documents one such: “Spontaneous expulsion of a screw: An unusual complication 3 years after internal fixation of posterior acetabular wall fracture,” Francisco Chana-Rodríguez, José Matías Tabernero Fernández, Manuel Villanueva-Martínez, José Rojo-Manaute, Javier Vaquero-Martín, Injury Extra, vol. 43, no. 9, September 2012, Pages […]
New York based photographer David Friedman has just published a unique video profile of inventor Donald Scruggs – creator of the Easy Inter Burial Container – a.k.a. the Screw-in Coffin (profiled here last year). This is the most recent instalment of Friedman’s Inventors Portrait Project: Here’s a technical drawing from Mr. Scruggs’s patent:
Nowadays, space in cemeteries is at a premium. Therefore, if a method could be found to pack more of the deceased into a given area – money could be saved. The problem may have been resolved with the invention of the ‘Easy Inter Burial Container‘ recently patented by Californian inventor Donald Scruggs. The patent can […]