Archive for ‘Things Whose Existence Is Surprising’

October 1, 2013

3D printed bee colour spaces

by Lucas Wilkins

Think3DPrint3D has generously donated 3D printer time and plastic filament to the unusual task of rendering the usually intangible concept of honeybee colour spaces into real, physical, matter!

Both Spaces

The Spaces

The first two spaces we printed were chosen by me, in part because I think they are theoretically interesting, and in other part, because unlike some other colour spaces they are finite sized, 3D objects.

December 11, 2011

Things whose existence is surprising. 3: Long egg machine

by Nathaniel Virgo

While we’re on the subject of Things Whose Existence is Surprising, here’s a another one. The reason this particular thing’s existence is surprising is that this machine solves a problem that most people would never have imagined was a problem.

That problem is this: imagine you’re in a cafeteria of some kind, eating some kind of egg salad.  This salad contains many slices of delicious hard-boiled egg. But, oh no, these egg slices are inconsistently sized. Worse, some of them don’t even contain any of the yolk.  If only there was some way to make every slice perfect, just like the ones that go right through the centre of the egg.

Click through for the solution…

December 11, 2011

Things whose existence is surprising. 2: Water slide simulator

by Joshaniel Cooper

The real life waterslide simulator:

May 12, 2011

Things whose existence is surprising. 1: FLIP

by Nathaniel Virgo

Sometimes you come across something which you never would have thought would exist.  I thought it would be fun to blog about such things as I come across them.  The first example in this series is this:

It’s a ship called FLIP.  The acronym stands for “Floating Instrument Platform”, but it also rather neatly describes what it’s designed to do: its entire 108m hull flips 90˚ in the water so that it’s standing on one end.  It does this because it’s a research vessel designed to study waves, and this gives it the vertical stability it needs in order to make its measurements, as well as being able to survive enormous waves.  Perhaps the coolest thing about it is the way everything is designed so that it can be used in both orientations – rooms have horizontal and vertical doors, and all the kitchen stuff rotates so that nothing gets spilt. It’s real Tracy Island stuff. More information about the boat can be found here.  (I came across this on this BBC programme about waves, which is intersting-ish.)


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