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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Cider Press  
  Device used to make acceleration above 1 gravity more tolerable for groundhogs.  

This is a very early reference; Doc Smith has an earlier one - but Heinlein has more detail!

Against one bulkhead and flat to it were two bunks, or "cider presses," the bathtub-shaped hydraulic, pressure-distribution tanks used for high acceleration in torchships…

Two gravities is not bad, not when you are floating in a liquid bed. The skin over the top of the cider press pushed up around me, supporting me inch by inch; I simply felt heavy and found it hard to breathe.

From Double Star, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Doubleday in 1956
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Is this the invention of the waterbed? See the entry for hydraulic bed for the answer.

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