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The Black Hole is an elevated whirlpool built by Michael Yates. Visitors at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 climbed up the stairs to witness the balance of gravity and centripetal force as they stared down into the vortex.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • One Fuzzy Guy

    Fill a 2 liter bottle 90% full of water. Cover the mouth with your hand and invert the bottle. Move the bottle quickly in a tight circle to get the water swirling in the bottle. Move your hand. You’ll get the exact same effect.

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