This is a crazy overhead view of a giant intake vortex at Denison Dam in Lake Texoma, one of the largest reservoirs in the US on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. The water in the reservoir got a little bit too high, so it was drained like a bathtub. A giant bathtub, that is. I wouldn’t be surprised if the giant water…
My thoughts, in order, upon viewing this drone footage of a “giant intake vortex” in an Oklahoma waterway: Hey, cool, a vortex! Wow, it is, indeed, giant looking. Big enough to swallow a person, surely. What would that be like? Dreadful, I bet. Wait, why am I sweating? Oh god. Oh god, it’s looking at me.
You walk into an empty room by the sea, to find a perfectly circular hole punched out of the concrete floor where a vortex of water swirls and crashes with perfect rhythm. It sounds like an optical illusion, but it's real.
There's a mass of swirling gas and cloud located some 37 miles (60 km) above Venus's south pole. This image was captured by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) aboard ESA's Venus Express spacecraft.
It looks so effortless for him. And not only can freediver David Helderle blow underwater bubble rings as easily as you and I blink, he can control those mini vortexes to make fun designs and spin rings. It's like Aquaman decided to become an artist or something.
Vortices are beautiful and mysterious, found at every imaginable scale—from soap bubbles to black holes. They're so ubiquitous, in fact, that we tend to overlook them. But new research shows that studying the simplest vortices could glean surprising scientific insights.
No, this isn't the stormy surface of a remote gas giant, but rather a swirling vortex atop a heated soap bubble. Shot by a high-speed camera, the image is helping scientists understand how these spinning complex structures form, whether they be in a bubble, a tropical storm or Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Image: Hamid…
For decades, a small city in New York has been the subject of some very bizarre rumors. Locals have long whispered that if you visit at just the right time, a certain area in their neighborhood park will disappear you into thin air. Now the town has officially acknowledged the strange anomaly.
We've seen planes create a fiery vortex in the sky before, but here's a more peaceful version of it happening in real time. It's majestically beautiful. The wingtip vortices formed when an Airbus A340 landed at Zurich Airport on a foggy night. Though it looks gorgeous, vortices can be pretty dangerous.
In 1980, Texaco drilled down to look for oil beneath Lake Peigneur. A little too far down. The mistake drained the entire lake like a bathtub, creating an enormous whirlpool that consumed barges, drills, and 65 acres of land. Oops.
No, these aren't tunnels to alternate universes, or a path to your Sideways life: these are spillways, designed to prevent dam erosion.
The Vortex Fountain eschews gentle, soothing streams for a powerful water funnel. The illusion of a standing block of water is created by an acrylic case hidden by transparency and water cascading down the sides, and the vortex itself is formed through the combination of strong, alternate currents of water that…
Hey ladies, ever take a look at that big manly beast of a vacuum and get turned on? No longer will that vacuum be no more than a cocktease. The Vortex Vibrator is a small extension that attaches to the end of your vacuum and provides hours upon hours of tantalizing fun. It works by directing the flow of air around…