Cloudflare provides security and domain name services for millions of the most prominent sites on the web. The company has built a solid reputation for its secure encryption and one of the key factors in its system is a wall of 100 lava lamps in the lobby of its San Francisco headquarters.
Staring at a lava lamp is a mesmerizing experience, even for those who haven’t taken anything to free their minds. But this Star Wars-themed lava lamp replaces those floating blobs of goo with glitter shaped like tiny X-wings and TIE Fighters, creating a never-ending space battle you can stare at forever.
As relaxing as a lava lamp is to watch from the outside, from the inside it’s a whole other level of mesmerizing. You’d assume that dropping a GoPro in a working lava lamp would be like diving into an active volcano, but the footage is more akin to peering inside a beating human heart as blood cells swirl all around…
QI, the BBC show about comedians coming to grips with trivia that's even funnier than they are, has added a regular science installment. This means we get to watch everyone's favorite Harry Potter audiobook narrator make a bargain-basement lava lamp.
Believe it or not, that beloved 1960s relic that once cast a warm, unnatural glow on hippies everywhere is officially 50 years old today. And even though you may still see lava lamps churning away in basements scattered across the country, they are a very much a product of their time.
When I say "yourself," I mean "whack a tealight candle underneath." It's certainly more DIY than plugging it into a wall socket and flicking the switch. One tealight is good for around three hours of '70s-style fun.
"A strong wind is produced as the centrifuge induces a cyclone...The smell of boiling insulation emanates from the overloaded 25 amp cables. If not perfectly adjusted and lubricated, it will shred the teeth off brass gears in under a second."