Pasadena. Cal., May 11 - Aviation of the future may be based on the use of a newly discovered ray which "shuts off" the pull of gravity, if a theory propounded by Edgar L. Hollingshead, Pasadena inventor and experimenter in the field of electricity, is substantiated in practice.
Mr. Hollingshead calls the new ray, which he said he discovered, after 20 years of experimentation, the Odic ray.
Its most spectacular property, he says, is the power to increase atomic speed in matter upon which it is focused. When the speed of the whirling atoms reaches a certain point, he explains, the pull of gravity has no effect on them.
When the use of the Odic ray has been perfected, Hollingshead predicts, any solid object on which it may be focused will float in the air. Equipped with the proper apparatus for generating this powerful ray, he asserts, the air-ship of the future could be built of steel and yet rise with the ease of a gas filled dirigible.
Heat also accelerates the speed of the whirling atom composing any substance, Mr. Hollingshead points out, but heat freely applied eventually transforms the solid into a gas. The Odic ray, on the other hand, can increase the atomic speed tremendously without causing the disintegration of the solid, he says.
The action of a gyroscope furnishes an illustration of power of accelerated motion to offset gravity. The rapidly revolving gyroscope can not be toppled over by a blow; yet when it is not revolving it is pulled over by the force of gravity. A somewhat similar "speeding up" of atoms in any substance, according to Hollingshead, sets up a force which overcomes gravity.