“The Black Hole” Whirlpool by Michael Yates (video)


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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6 thoughts on ““The Black Hole” Whirlpool by Michael Yates (video)

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    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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  4. Sacha Greif says:

    Wow. I’ve had the same experience with Whirlpool. They are a joke.
    They’ve delivered two bad refrigerators, the first had a bad circuit
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    interminable wait times and often hangs up on the customer before you
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  5. James Adib says:

    I agree. I have bought whirlpool products and they suck. Rather buy AEG.
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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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