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"I think we're still on that topic, still trying to figure out what computers are, how they change us, why we use them."
- Neal Stephenson

Ostler Insulation Beam  
  A beam of energy stretching from one planet to another that protects space craft from radiation.  

They're saying Korna Laboratories has discovered a new method of insulating light ships against the radiations of free space, a method that will make the Spatial Fleet independent of Earth's Ostler Beam.
From The Radium World, by Frank K. Kelly.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1932
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Here's a bit more explanation:

The stars burned coldly in a dark back-drop of absolute black that was tinged very faintly with the soft rose radiation of the Earth-Mars Insulation Beam; Earth was a round green ball in the infinite distances behind; Mars a study in scarlet swimming in the vast space ahead... He always wondered what might happen if that impervious Beam-Tunnel were to falter for an instant - and let the ship go driving blindly unprotected into the living maelstrom of free space.

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