A Circular Wave Tank Generating Water Spouts and Other Impressive Aquatic Phenomena

The FloWave wave and current research tank demonstrates the wide variety of waves it can generate in this fascinating short video from 2014–the water spouts are particularly impressive. Located at the University of Edinburgh, the 82-foot diameter tank features an unusual circular design that allows waves and currents to be directed in any direction. A ring of 168 wave generators line the edge of the tank, while 28 flow-drive units can generate currents of over 13 MPH. The tank is primarily used to test scale models of devices intended for use in water.

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‘Abandoned NYC’, Photos of New York City’s Abandoned Spaces by Photographer Will Ellis

Abandoned NYC Photos of New York City

Since 2012 Brooklyn-based photographer Will Ellis has been documenting eerie abandoned locales in New York City in his ongoing photo series Abandoned NYC. The series has taken Ellis to all five boroughs, including a decaying mental hospital in Queens and an abandoned dormitory in Staten Island. Ellis has distilled 150 photos from the series into a photo book (available from the author and from Amazon). Ellis will be discussing New York City’s abandoned spaces in a lecture at the New York Public Library on May 7, 2015.

Abandoned NYC Photos of New York City

Abandoned NYC Photos of New York City

Abandoned NYC Photos of New York City

Abandoned NYC Photos of New York City

Abandoned NYC Photos of New York City

photos by Will Ellis

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Japanese Father Who Created a Remarkable Seven-Year Hand-Drawn Maze Creates New Maze for His Daughter

Super Detailed Maze Drawing

Back in 2013 we posted about an extraordinarily detailed hand-drawn maze that Japanese father Kazuo Nomura completed for his daughter in 1983 (after seven years of work!). Nomura’s daughter recently asked her father to make another maze, and after initially refusing, Nomura created a new beautifully detailed maze drawing. While the new drawing “only” took two months to make, it is still strikingly intricate. And what’s more, it can be purchased as a print.

Super Detailed Maze Drawing

New Super Detailed Maze Drawing

photos via Spoon & Tamago

via Spoon & Tamago

A Portable Pizza Oven Cleverly Designed to Look Like a Pizza Delivery Box

Open Pizza Box

The Pizza Box Oven by CuiZen is a cleverly designed portable two-sided oven that looks like a pizza delivery box and can cook a 12-inch pizza, whether fresh or frozen.

The Pizza Box combines top and bottom heating elements with a rotating, easy to clean non-stick pan. It cooks up to a 12-inch pizza, perfectly every time. Features include a stainless steel cool-touch handle, 1200 watts, adjustable thermostat with a maximum temperature of 525 degrees Fahrenheit and a 30 minute timer. Accepts fresh or frozen pizzas, including rising crust.

Pizza box

via This Is Why I’m Broke

‘Reflections from Uyuni’, A Breathtaking Time-Lapse of a Mirror-Like Lake on the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia

Enrique Pacheco‘s short time-lapse film “Reflections from Uyuni” records the breathtaking beauty of Salar de Uyuni, a Bolivian salt flat that, at 4,000 square miles, is the world’s largest salt flat. Pacheco shot the film during the rainy season, when the flat becomes a mirror-like lake. His time-lapses capture the beautiful symmetry of the sky perfectly mirrored against the water. We preivously posted about Pacheco’s desert time-lapse, “Shaped by Time.”

Reflections from Uyuni Time-Lapse

photo via Enrique Pacheco

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