Doors in the floor, portholes in the ceiling, tables bolted sideways
to walls, stairs leading to nowhere! What kind of a research lab
FLIP, a very strange piece of oceanographic equipment used by
scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. FLIP isn't
a ship, even though researchers live and work on it for weeks
at a time while they conduct scientific studies in the open ocean.
FLIP stands for Floating Instrument Platform: it is actually a
huge specialized buoy. One of its creators described it as looking
like a 355-foot long ( 108 m) baseball bat. If that isn't unusual
enough, it really flips!