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  • 05:36 New Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

    Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

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    Wind turbines have emergency exits, but they might not be for the reason you think. Thanks to Octopus Energy: https://octopus.energy/octopus-fan-club/ (This video isn't sponsored, but obviously they did let me go up their wind turbine.)Drone camera: Tom F

  • 05:54 England's Oldest Attraction Turns Teddy Bears To Stone

    England's Oldest Attraction Turns Teddy Bears To Stone

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    In Knaresborough, in Yorkshire, sits Mother Shipton's Cave. Folks there have been charging admission for nearly 400 years, and the star of the show is a "petrifying well". A few folk legends do actually turn out to be true.Mother Shipton's Cave: https://w

  • 05:40 What Color Is My Hoodie?

    What Color Is My Hoodie?

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    Grey? Blue? Purple? It can look different, depending on the context. Let's talk about color perception, color temperature, and the history of laundry.Atmospheric opacity image from ESA/Hubble (F. Granato): https://www.eso.org/public/images/atm_opacity/ -

  • 03:15 Why 18th-Century Firefighters Let Some Buildings Burn

    Why 18th-Century Firefighters Let Some Buildings Burn

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    In the 18th century, firefighters weren't always meant to fight fires. If your building didn't have a fire mark, they might just let it burn. The reason: fire insurance, and fire insurance companies. [CORRECTION: the plaques on the wall at 1:10 are parish

  • 05:02 Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French

    Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French

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    Shakespeare sounds a certain way. Why? And why could it only work in English? Written with Gretchen McCulloch of Lingthusiasm! Her podcast has an episode about how translators approach texts: https://lingthusiasm.com/post/632086691477323776/lingthusiasm-e

  • 03:56 Why Real Explosions Don't Look Like Movie Explosions

    Why Real Explosions Don't Look Like Movie Explosions

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    Explosions on film are made to look good: fireballs and flame. In reality, though, they're a bit disappointing. Here's how Hollywood does it. Produced with an experienced, professional pyrotechnician. Do not attempt.Thanks to Steve from Live Action FX: ht

  • 02:57 Why No-One Will Save Covehithe, The Village That Will Soon Crumble Into The Sea

    Why No-One Will Save Covehithe, The Village That Will Soon Crumble Into The Sea

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    On the south-east coast of England sits Covehithe: a little Suffolk village going back at least a thousand years. By the end of the century, it'll likely have fallen into the sea. Here's why no-one's planning to save it.Filmed safely: https://www.tomscott

  • 05:11 Why Progress Bars Don't Move Smoothly

    Why Progress Bars Don't Move Smoothly

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    4 minutes remaining. Then 15 seconds. Then 5 hours. Why can't computers just tell you how long something's going to take? • MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written with Sean Elliott https://twitte

  • 07:23 Trying To Create an AI Tom Scott (on a $100 budget)

    Trying To Create an AI Tom Scott (on a $100 budget)

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    Check out Jordan's channel! https://youtube.com/jordanharrod - or start with her video on AI diagnosis of coughing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqXcLF8vVH4 or how deepfakes have fingerprints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lnEst2nojA And, please don

  • 07:42 Australia's Bushfire-Hunting Satellites

    Australia's Bushfire-Hunting Satellites

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    Check out Atomic Frontier! https://youtube.com/atomicfrontieronline - start with the video on a country-sized telescope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZVcWJ0pFTc or the world's deepest scuba dive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s65T7ZHZp14 Turns out tha

  • 04:32 The Radioactive Beach In New York

    The Radioactive Beach In New York

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    Check out BrainCraft! https://www.youtube.com/braincraft - start with the Growth Mindset https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxv_FHrRYQw or lucid dreaming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5qUr0enMGE Deep in Brooklyn there's a beach you definitely wouldn't swi

  • 04:19 The Pumps That Must Run Forever, Or Part Of Germany Floods

    The Pumps That Must Run Forever, Or Part Of Germany Floods

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    The Ruhr Valley, in north-west Germany, is an industrial coal-mining area. And because of that kilometre-deep mining, parts of it have sunk, the drainage patterns have changed: and now, if the pumps of Emschergenossenschaft ever stop, quite a few towns an

  • 06:07 I Almost Learned To Fly A Jetpack

    I Almost Learned To Fly A Jetpack

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    Gravity Industries make jetpacks. They're not practical. They're not meant for mass use. But they are a lot of fun. They asked if I wanted to try flying one. Thanks to https://gravity.co/ - this is not sponsored but, obviously, they did give me a flight i

  • 04:03 How Many Languages Are There?

    How Many Languages Are There?

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    The answer is, of course, a bit more complicated than you might think. Written with Molly Ruhl and Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen's podcast has an episode all about this: https://lingthusiasm.com/post/154520059101/lingthusiasm-episode-1-speaking-a-single-la

  • 02:46 The Never-Used Road Where The BBC Crash Cars

    The Never-Used Road Where The BBC Crash Cars

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    There are lots of disused and never-used roads and bridges in the world. But the Road to Nowhere in Yate, in south-west England, does still sometimes have traffic driving on it. And crashing on it.History reference: https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/14

  • 17:59 The Greatest Title Sequence I've Ever Seen

    The Greatest Title Sequence I've Ever Seen

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    Or: "Tom's Cockup Trip". This is a story about a television title sequence, and about me, as a child, watching it. It’s also a warning about how YouTube won’t last forever, and it's the reason I'm climbing one particular hill in the Lake Distr

  • 04:47 Walking The Most Dangerous Path In Britain

    Walking The Most Dangerous Path In Britain

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    The Broomway is surrounded on both sides by quicksand and deep, sucking mud. It has no markers and no guideposts. And if you mistime your walk, you won't outrun the tide. Oh, and it's in the middle of a Ministry of Defence firing range. But most of the ti

  • 05:23 My Unlicensed Hovercraft Bar Is Technically Legal

    My Unlicensed Hovercraft Bar Is Technically Legal

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    If you want to sell alcohol in England, you need a license. But the Licensing Act 2003 has some unusual exceptions. Thanks to Marc and the team from the Axceler-8 Hovercraft Centre: http://hovercraftcentre.co.uk/ Behind the scenes: https://www.youtube.com

  • 03:24 Its pronounced GIF.

    Its pronounced GIF.

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    Is there a "right" way to pronounce it? And why is it so complicated? Written with Molly Ruhl and Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen's podcast has an episode all about this: https://lingthusiasm.com/post/180153994181/lingthusiasm-episode-26-why-do-c-and-g-come-

  • 07:52 We Built A Lie-Detector Skeleton From 1927

    We Built A Lie-Detector Skeleton From 1927

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    Happy October. Thanks to Daniel, Tom, and Chloe, their channels are below! Get CuriosityStream + Nebula and my Original for just $2.99/month here: https://curiositystream.com/tomscottThanks to Charles Yarnold who built the Crime-Solving Skeleton: he's a c

  • 02:25 The Theme Park Inside An Old Nuclear Power Plant

    The Theme Park Inside An Old Nuclear Power Plant

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    Wunderland Kalkar, near the German-Dutch border, is a family amusement park... inside a nuclear power plant that was never turned on.Thanks to all the team at the park! Their web site is at https://www.wunderlandkalkar.eu/enThe video from Zwentendorf: htt

  • 06:51 How Binary Search Makes Computers Much, Much Faster

    How Binary Search Makes Computers Much, Much Faster

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    Featuring binary versus linear search, and non-clustered indexes. Uh, indices. However you want to say it. • MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written with Sean Elliott https://twitter.com/SeanMElli

  • 03:24 The Tiny Monorails That Once Carried James Bond

    The Tiny Monorails That Once Carried James Bond

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    The Roadmachines Mono-Rail may have been the only truly useful, fit-for-purpose monorail in the world. Of the hundreds that were built, most were never meant for passengers. But they did carry a couple of famous people in their time, including a certain s

  • 05:17 Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

    Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

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    Normally, the answer would be no. But in these very limited circumstances, at Iceland's Blue Lagoon, you can swim in geothermal power plant wastewater, and it's even healthy: although the marketing material doesn't usually mention it. Here's a story about

  • 04:08 Swimming Between Two Continents, Debunked

    Swimming Between Two Continents, Debunked

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    Silfra, in ingvellir National Park in Iceland, is where the Eurasian and North American continental plates are dividing. It's a crack in the earth where you can snorkel or dive between the continents. Well, sort of. As ever, it's a bit more complicated th

  • 04:53 Is The Most Northern Part Of Iceland Still There?

    Is The Most Northern Part Of Iceland Still There?

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    Kolbeinsey is the most northern part of Iceland, a tiny island that, according to Wikipedia, is due to disappear due to wave erosion "probably around the year 2020". Which raised an obvious question: is it still there?THANKS TO:This video was inspired by

  • 04:22 Which Is "Bouba", and Which Is "Kiki"?

    Which Is "Bouba", and Which Is "Kiki"?

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    Sooner or later, I was going to get around to this: it's one of the most famous experiments in linguistics. • Written with Molly Ruhl and Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen's podcast has an episode all about this: https://lingthusiasm.com/post/175127434871

  • 08:03 Why You Can't Name A File CON In Windows

    Why You Can't Name A File CON In Windows

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    The short answer is "backwards compatibility". The long answer is... well, it's the rest of this video.MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaWritten with Sean Elliott https://twitter.com/SeanMElliott/Graphics

  • 10:39 This Video Has 20,661,710 Views

    This Video Has 20,661,710 Views

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    The title of this video should change with the times. But nothing lasts forever: here's the story of how I made it work, why it used to be easier to make that work, and how it all ties in to the White Cliffs of Dover and the end of the universe.Edited by

  • 04:28 The Part Of Britain That Rises And Falls Twice A Day

    The Part Of Britain That Rises And Falls Twice A Day

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    Cornwall rises and falls by a few centimetres, twice a day. I didn't believe that when I read it. In this video: "ocean tide loading": why, how, and does it actually matter?Thanks to Prof. Peter Clarke, who is a professor of geodesy, not geodisy. Apologie

  • 04:12 Why This British Crossroads Is So Dangerous

    Why This British Crossroads Is So Dangerous

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    Ipley Cross, in the middle of the New Forest, is one of the most dangerous road junctions in Britain. Why? Thanks to Bez, whoever you are: their definitive article on this junction is here: https://singletrackworld.com/2018/01/collision-course-why-this-ty

  • 04:50 The Village That The Luftwaffe Bombed By Mistake

    The Village That The Luftwaffe Bombed By Mistake

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    Linby is a small village in Nottinghamshire, England. It wouldn't have much strategic value... unless some commander didn't read their map properly. Here's a local legend, with a few questions about it.Edited by Michelle Martin https://twitter.com/mrsmmar

  • 05:05 For 21 Years, No-One In Britain Knew How Long An Inch Was

    For 21 Years, No-One In Britain Knew How Long An Inch Was

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    In 1834, Parliament burned down, and the Standards of Measurement were melted or destroyed. So when there's no agreed-upon standard for length: how do you fix it? Also: how you can still publicly check the length of your sandwich.Filmed safely: https://ww

  • 08:12 Why You Should Turn On Two Factor Authentication

    Why You Should Turn On Two Factor Authentication

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    The short answer is: "because it'll make things more secure". The long answer involves Ronald Reagan. MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaWritten with Sean Elliott https://twitter.com/SeanMElliott/ Camera b

  • 06:02 The Abandoned Hill With Two Members Of Parliament

    The Abandoned Hill With Two Members Of Parliament

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    Old Sarum, in Wiltshire, is a now-desolate hillfort run by English Heritage. But it was once one of the most important sites in southern England: so important that it had two members of Parliament. Then, it became a "rotten borough": and a warning about p

  • 07:52 Why Some "Remastered" Music Videos Look Awful

    Why Some "Remastered" Music Videos Look Awful

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    This isn't "the way they were meant to be seen". Join CuriosityStream, including access to Nebula and my original series, for only $2.99/month here: https://curiositystream.com/tomscottWhen YouTube allowed music labels to "remaster" their original uploads

  • 05:33 The Hidden Rules of Conversation

    The Hidden Rules of Conversation

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    Gricean Maxims are a vital part of how we understand each other: a set of... well, maybe "rules" is a bit strong. They're guidelines that we follow without realising it. And it's the reason that "asbestos-free cereal" sounds suspicious.Written with Molly

  • 1:19:08 A Million Dollars vs A Billion Dollars, Visualized: A Road Trip

    A Million Dollars vs A Billion Dollars, Visualized: A Road Trip

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    There are lots of ways to compare a million to a billion, but most of them use volume. And I think that's a mistake, because volume just isn't something the human brain is great at. So instead, here's the difference between a million and a billion, in a m

  • 05:41 Why You Can Spot Bad Green Screen

    Why You Can Spot Bad Green Screen

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    Green screen looks terrible sometimes. Here's why. Get access to CuriosityStream, including Nebula and my original series, for just $2.99/month here: https://curiositystream.com/tomscottAnimated by William Marler: https://wmad.co.ukSound mix by Graham Hae

  • 12:46 I Asked 64,182 People About Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. Here's What I Found Out.

    I Asked 64,182 People About Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. Here's What I Found Out.

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    Thanks to Jack from Jacksfilms on piano: https://youtube.com/jacksfilms And thanks to everyone who answered! Sources and a data download are in the description.History sources:https://www.cracked.com/blog/the-secret-true-history-jingle-bells-batman-smells

  • 07:58 Are There Problems That Computers Can't Solve?

    Are There Problems That Computers Can't Solve?

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    All about Hilbert's Decision Problem, Turing's solution, and a machine that vanishes in a puff of logic. MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaWritten with Sean Elliott https://twitter.com/SeanMElliott/Graphi

  • 03:54 The World's First Internet Bench

    The World's First Internet Bench

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    In the Abbey Gardens of Bury St Edmunds, in a quiet corner of a park, sits the World's First Internet Bench. Well, sort of. It's been nearly twenty years, and it's arguable whether it ever did the job in the first place...Edited by Michelle Martin, https:

  • 04:36 : The Most Common Vowel in English

    : The Most Common Vowel in English

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    "Schwa" is the most common vowel in English. Every English speaker uses it, all the time, but most people have never heard of it. Written with Molly Ruhl and Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen's podcast Lingthusiasm is at http://lingthusiasm.com/Gretchen's book

  • 05:42 How England's Oldest Road Was Nearly Lost Forever

    How England's Oldest Road Was Nearly Lost Forever

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    The Icknield Way, in south-east England, is a road and footpath that's been part of the landscape for millennia. But if parts of it hadn't been legally marked down, then those parts would have become private land, gone forever. Who has the right to walk w

  • 02:17 The Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World: The Strid at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

    The Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World: The Strid at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

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    I know, I know, it's a clickbait title. But I stand by it, because the water is so deceptive, and so pretty, and there's a path that leads straight down to it and that jump looks very, very possible... The 12th century legend is the "Boy of Egremont", imm

  • 11:25 The Worst Typo I Ever Made

    The Worst Typo I Ever Made

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    When 'undo' won't do. • Sponsored by Dashlane, the password manager. Get a 30-day free trial at https://www.dashlane.com/tomscott • MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written with Sean Elliott h

  • 06:16 Why Dark Video Is A Terrible Blocky Mess

    Why Dark Video Is A Terrible Blocky Mess

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    Dark scenes in television, YouTube, and streaming platforms all look pixelated and blocky. Here's why.Animation by William Marler: https://wmad.co.ukI'm at https://tomscott.comon Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscotton Facebook at https://facebook.com/t

  • 05:15 Stopping A Laser Beam In Mid-Air

    Stopping A Laser Beam In Mid-Air

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    Lasers travel at the speed of light. You can't stop one in mid-air like Kylo Ren. Except: we just did. Here's how. Seb's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YONOexk0Ek https://seblee.me/Lasers by Seb Lee-Delisle, assisted by Abby ShumCamera by Matt Gr

  • 06:27 The Country Where All Public Transit Is Free

    The Country Where All Public Transit Is Free

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    From March 1st 2020, Luxembourg will have free public transit throughout the country: you'll be able to travel on buses, trains, trams, and that one funicular railway without a ticket. It sounds like a good idea: but is it?Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsm

  • 02:44 Why The Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships Are Difficult And Amazing

    Why The Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships Are Difficult And Amazing

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    About once a year, on the Oosterscheldekering barrier in the south of the Netherlands, there is NK Tegenwindfietsen: a bicycle race cycling into a headwind. This year it was 120km/h: this is why it's so difficult, and also why it's so brilliant.I'm at htt

  • 05:19 Inside The Billion-Euro Nuclear Reactor That Was Never Switched On

    Inside The Billion-Euro Nuclear Reactor That Was Never Switched On

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    Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant, in Austria, was ready to go: it just needed starting up. But that never happened, and forty years later, it still sits mothballed. Here's why. Thanks to all the EVN team: you can find information on tours (in German) here:

  • 08:08 Why TRUE + TRUE = 2: Data Types

    Why TRUE + TRUE = 2: Data Types

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    INT, BOOLEAN, STRING and FLOAT: these are the things that data is made of. Sponsored by Dashlane for free on your first device @ https://www.dashlane.com/tomscottMORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaWritten

  • 08:50 How To Grow A Martian Salad On Earth

    How To Grow A Martian Salad On Earth

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    Subscribe to Aspect Science! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyi06SeKkiwoAzFVmQtDtfg or start with Tom's video on what would happen if a meteoroid hit an Apollo astronaut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll8izWe9nqk"12kg of Martian soil simulant" is a pr

  • 03:21 The Bridge That's In Two Countries At The Same Time

    The Bridge That's In Two Countries At The Same Time

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    Schengen is a small town in Luxembourg, on the borders with France and Germany. But one of those borders is a little more complicated: the Mosel (or Moselle) river is a condominium, it belongs to both countries at the same time. And thus, so the bridges a

  • 04:42 The Sentences Computers Can't Understand, But Humans Can

    The Sentences Computers Can't Understand, But Humans Can

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    The Winograd schema is a language test for intelligent computers. So far, they're not doing well. MORE LANGUAGE FILES: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD7CTZES3KXFnwm0 Written with Gretchen McCulloch and Molly Ruhl. Gretchen's podc

  • 04:19 Why Do We Move Our Hands When We Talk?

    Why Do We Move Our Hands When We Talk?

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    Gestures are a really important part of language. But how do we use them, and why? MORE LANGUAGE FILES: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD7CTZES3KXFnwm0Written with Gretchen McCulloch and Molly Ruhl, with an assist from Lauren Gawn

  • 07:18 How Neurosurgeons Navigate Inside The Brain

    How Neurosurgeons Navigate Inside The Brain

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    Go subscribe to Brainbook! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbPqck6c4yydPKVK0Faf6w or start with Alex's video on a day in the life of a neurosurgeon on call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RXEaAjpt4QThe brain is a mass of neurons, but some areas are mo

  • 09:46 Why My Teenage Code Was Terrible: Sorting Algorithms and Big O Notation

    Why My Teenage Code Was Terrible: Sorting Algorithms and Big O Notation

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    When I was a teenager, I wrote some terrible code. Here's why. Sponsored by Dashlane for free on your first device @ https://www.dashlane.com/tomscottMORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaWritten by Sean M El

  • 03:57 Why 2020 Started On December 30th

    Why 2020 Started On December 30th

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    Weird calendar edge-cases and computer bugs. It's an old-school video. Video sponsor Fasthosts are giving UK viewers the chance to win a trip to SXSW 2020 by answering my Techie Test question: https://fasthosts.co.uk/tomscottFURTHER READING:The ISO 8601 S

  • 04:37 Can The Words You Read Change Your Behavior?

    Can The Words You Read Change Your Behavior?

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    "Priming" is the idea that the words you read can change the way you act. And yes, there are papers that show an effect: but we also need to talk about the Replication Crisis. MORE LANGUAGE FILES: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD

  • 05:36 I Almost Learned To Fly In The World's Only Wingsuit Tunnel

    I Almost Learned To Fly In The World's Only Wingsuit Tunnel

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    In Stockholm, there's a diagonal wind tunnel, used for one very specific purpose: learning to fly a wingsuit. I tried. I almost managed it.More about FlyLikeBrick: http://flylikebrick.com/ and the tunnel: https://indoorwingsuit.com/Edited by Michelle Mart

  • 06:47 Why The World's Littlest Skyscraper Was A Massive Scam

    Why The World's Littlest Skyscraper Was A Massive Scam

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    In Wichita Falls, Texas, the Newby-McMahon Building stands 480 inches tall. Not 480 feet: 480 inches. There's a story of a smooth-talking scammer that sounds almost too good to be true. But is it?Thanks to Jan and all the folks at Hello Again: http://hell

  • 04:52 How The Netherlands Simulated The Sea Before Computers: The Waterloopbos

    How The Netherlands Simulated The Sea Before Computers: The Waterloopbos

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    "Build some models" seems obvious: but this is a story of ingenuity, of using natural resources well, and of a country that humans dragged from the sea.More about Waterloopbos:in English: https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/provinces/flevo

  • 12:01 Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea

    Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea

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    We still shouldn't be using electronic voting. Here's why. Sponsored by Dashlane for free on your first device @ https://www.dashlane.com/tomscottMORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaREFERENCES:Computerphile

  • 05:41 Is The World Running Out Of Helium?

    Is The World Running Out Of Helium?

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    At the National Helium Reserve in Amarillo, Texas, the US government once stored 32 billion cubic feet of helium. There have been breathless news articles recently saying the world's running out: but it's still possible to buy party balloons. What's going

  • 05:10 Why The Elevator Shaft Was Invented Before The Elevator

    Why The Elevator Shaft Was Invented Before The Elevator

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    It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. At the Cooper Union Foundation Building in New York, there's the world's first elevator shaft: constructed four years before the safety elevator was invented. • Thanks to Prof. O'Donnell and all the team at the Co

  • 03:51 The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet

    The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet

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    Next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the Buitenschot Land Art Park, a giant set of ridges and furrows cut into the landscape. Yes, it's art: but it also stops some local residents from being exposed to jet noise.More about the park: https://www.schiphol.

  • 04:45 Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important

    Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important

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    Oodi, the new Helsinki Library, has robots to help reshelve books. They get a lot of press attention. But they're not the important part of the library: here's why. Thanks to all the team at Oodi: https://www.oodihelsinki.fi/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@m

  • 08:03 The Self-Driving Race Car

    The Self-Driving Race Car

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    I got an email asking if I wanted to be driven around the most famous racetrack in Britain by an autonomous racing car. I wasn't going to refuse that offer. More about Roborace: https://www.youtube.com/roborace Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Came

  • 06:09 Inside The Tunnels That Will Store Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years

    Inside The Tunnels That Will Store Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years

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    Onkalo, on the Finnish island of Olkiluoto, is planned to be the first geologic storage facility for high-level nuclear waste: eventually sealed for 100,000 years. I got to see inside.Thanks to all the team from Olkiluoto, TVO and Posiva: you can find out

  • 08:26 The Two Generals Problem

    The Two Generals Problem

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    Time to tell a story about idempotency, computer science, and the Night of the Multiple Orders. Sponsored by Dashlane try 30 days for free at: https://www.dashlane.com/tomscottMORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlP

  • 03:26 What Counts As The World's Shortest River?

    What Counts As The World's Shortest River?

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    If you've been a subscriber for a while, you probably know where this one is going. Although you may still be surprised about where I ended up going...Montana's Giant Springs State Park, and Lake Sumiainen in Finland, have very short rivers. Finding the s

  • 06:31 The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't

    The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't

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    The International Phonetic Alphabet: one sound for each symbol, and one symbol for each sound. Except for the sounds we can't make. Pull down the description for the references! MORE LANGUAGE FILES: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHu

  • 09:04 The Fetch-Execute Cycle: What's Your Computer Actually Doing?

    The Fetch-Execute Cycle: What's Your Computer Actually Doing?

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    The fetch-execute cycle is the basis of everything your computer or phone does. This is literally The Basics. Sponsored by Dashlane try 30 days for free at: https://www.dashlane.com/tomscottThanks to Dashlane for sponsoring the video! If you're techie eno

  • 07:40 I'm Not A Robot

    I'm Not A Robot

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    What those boxes are for, and why you might not have to click them soon. Sponsored by Dashlane try 30 days for free at: https://www.dashlane.com/tomscottMORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkchaWritten by Sean M

  • 06:32 Flying A Plane With Fireworks On The Wings

    Flying A Plane With Fireworks On The Wings

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    Aerosparx are a British aerobatics team that perform displays with fireworks attached to their wings. This is how they do it. More about Aerosparx: http://www.aerosparx.com/ Camera by Grant Stevens https://www.moonshineproductions.co.uk/ Ground display ca

  • 03:35 The Giant Underground Tunnels Protecting Tokyo From Floods

    The Giant Underground Tunnels Protecting Tokyo From Floods

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    If you believe the hype, then the Metropolitan Area Underground Discharge Channel stops Tokyo flooding. It doesn't. But it is one colossal part of a huge network of flood defences that protect a city that would otherwise be... well, very wet.MORE ABOUT TH

  • 05:05 How To Stop A Colossal Bridge Corroding

    How To Stop A Colossal Bridge Corroding

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    A decade ago, engineers found the Humber Bridge had the same problem as many of the world's suspension bridges: unexpectedly fast corrosion. Here's how they fixed it, and how they're checking that it's staying fixed.Thanks to all the team at the Humber Br

  • 04:31 why typing like this is sometimes okay.

    why typing like this is sometimes okay.

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    Language changes over time, and that's fine. Time for a dose of descriptivism, as the Language Files return. Pull down the description for the references! MORE LANGUAGE FILES: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD7CTZES3KXFnwm0 Writte

  • 09:38 Why You Can't Trust Me

    Why You Can't Trust Me

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    I went to a place called Coober Pedy to tell a story about water. • Sponsored by Audible: Go to http://audible.com/trustme or text ‘trustme’ to 500 500 to get started today. CORRECTIONS: https://www.tomscott.com/corrections/ Thanks to eve

  • 03:44 What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

    What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

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    Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, has the Guinness World Record for "steepest paved road over a continuous distance of more than ten metres". Which is enough to bring in quite a few tourists. What's the history? And what counts as "steepest street"?

  • 02:27 The One-Lane Bridge Shared By Cars And Trains

    The One-Lane Bridge Shared By Cars And Trains

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    Near Hindon, on the South Island of New Zealand, there's one of only two remaining one-lane road-rail bridges in the country. No barriers, no lights, no sirens: if you're driving across this, you need to make sure to listen out for the train horn.Thanks t

  • 04:14 The World's First Solar Powered Train

    The World's First Solar Powered Train

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    The Byron Bay Railroad Company runs the world's first 100% solar-powered train. It wouldn't work everywhere - but in the bright sunshine of Australia, it might just be the right tool for the job. More about the railroad: https://byronbaytrain.com.au/ Edit

  • 05:26 Mr Olds Remarkable Elevator

    Mr Olds Remarkable Elevator

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    Olds Engineering, a traditional workshop and foundry, sits in Maryborough, Australia. It's not the sort of place you'd expect to find a new industrial invention in the 21st century: and yet the Olds Elevator, patented by Peter Olds, is just that. More abo

  • 04:51 Testing A Zip Line That Goes Round Corners

    Testing A Zip Line That Goes Round Corners

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    If you invent a new theme park or amusement ride, how do you test it to make sure it's safe? There's no Federal Bureau of Zip Lines. I visited one of the companies that does just that sort of testing - and, now, inventing.More about Holmes Solutions: http

  • 03:11 The Circle Visible From Space

    The Circle Visible From Space

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    Mount Taranaki, on the North Island of New Zealand, is a large-scale circle that's visible from space: a stratovolcano with six miles of forest around it. But that didn't happen naturally. Oh, and there's a good chance that, in the next fifty years or so,

  • 05:41 The First 3D Color X-Rays

    The First 3D Color X-Rays

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    At the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, the team at Mars Bioimaging are using detector equipment originally developed for the Large Hadron Collider, and putting it to a very different use: medical imaging that allows 3D, false-color

  • 02:12 The Sculpture That Looks Like A Real-Life Cartoon

    The Sculpture That Looks Like A Real-Life Cartoon

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    Gibbs Farm, in New Zealand, is an enormous private sculpture collection. Its most famous piece is Horizons, by Neil Dawson - and it looks like a cartoon tissue somehow painted onto the landscape. To see it in person, though, will take a bit of effort. Gib

  • 03:42 The Brain-Eating Amoebas of Kerosene Creek

    The Brain-Eating Amoebas of Kerosene Creek

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    Kerosene Creek is a natural hot spring near Rotorua, on the North Island of New Zealand. And there have been official warnings for years: don't put your head under water. It turns out that "brain-eating amoebas", naegleria fowleri, are a real, if rare, th

  • 05:23 The Hundred-Tonne Robots That Help Keep New Zealand Running

    The Hundred-Tonne Robots That Help Keep New Zealand Running

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    The Ports of Auckland are automating their straddle carriers, which might not seem like much: until you phrase it as "hundred-tonne autonomous robots guided by nanosecond-precision tracking". More about the Ports of Auckland: http://www.poal.co.nz/ Edited

  • 02:46 Why Does Nighttime Smartphone Footage Look All Flickery in Europe?

    Why Does Nighttime Smartphone Footage Look All Flickery in Europe?

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    http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - When you film with an iPhone or other smartphone in Europe at night, there's often a weird rolling banding effect over your footage. The reason has to do with power grids, frequencies, and some rather American-centric sma

  • 02:57 Where Two Oceans Meet, Debunked

    Where Two Oceans Meet, Debunked

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    Cape Reinga, at the very northern tip of New Zealand, is known for being where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, where two oceans collide. The truth, though, is a little more complicated than that. Thanks to Dr Simon Clark for helping proofread my s

  • 05:00 Blindfold Balancing in the Spinning Space Chair

    Blindfold Balancing in the Spinning Space Chair

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    The Multi-Axes Rotation and Tilt Device (MART) is used for spatial orientation experiments: it's a chair balanced on a metaphorical knife-edge, powered by precise and fast motors. And my job was to not fall over. More about the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Ori

  • 03:44 I Drove My Childhood Favorite Racing Game In Real Life

    I Drove My Childhood Favorite Racing Game In Real Life

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    When I was a kid, I played the demo version of Need for Speed II a lot. Just the demo: it came free on a CD with a monthly computer magazine. Every detail of that one demo track was stored in my head, long-dormant... until I ended up in Vancouver, and mem

  • 06:18 The Artificial Gravity Lab

    The Artificial Gravity Lab

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    In the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory at Brandeis University, there's the Artificial Gravity Facility: otherwise known as the rotating room. No-one's invented futuristic gravity plating yet, but if you want to test how humans would cope wi

  • 05:13 The Library of Rare Colors

    The Library of Rare Colors

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    The Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is a collection of pigments, binders, and other art materials for researchers to use as standards: so they can tell originals from restorations from forgeries. It's not open to the public, because i

  • 06:30 Why Denmark Is .09 Seconds Behind The World

    Why Denmark Is .09 Seconds Behind The World

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    Measuring time is a complicated thing. Computers, banks, and stock markets in Denmark all use UTC, the international standard: but according to the law, they shouldn't. Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Thanks to Thor Nielsen for the suggestion! I'm

  • 02:41 How Auto-Tune Works

    How Auto-Tune Works

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    Featuring the Gregory Brothers! Go subscribe to them: https://youtube.com/schmoyoho Pitch correction: it can make terrible singers sound decent, brilliant singer sound mediocre, or Cher sound like a robot. But how does it work? And is it possible to expla

  • 04:59 The Broken Building That Must Not Be Destroyed

    The Broken Building That Must Not Be Destroyed

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    St Peter's Seminary sits in woodland about an hour west of Glasgow, near a village called Cardross. If you like Brutalist architecture, then it's a beautiful ruin: if not, then perhaps your view isn't so kind. It's a historic, religious building: but it's

  • 05:51 This Is Your Brain On Stale Air

    This Is Your Brain On Stale Air

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    Subscribe to Kurtis Baute! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTRM8LE1g6UXrVZKwgw5oEA or start with his one-take video on the history of the universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObngtuPFI8A Inside his homemade, hermetically-sealed, airtight biodome, Ku

  • 04:20 A Questionable Experiment in Motion Sickness

    A Questionable Experiment in Motion Sickness

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    Go see William Osman's video about building the car! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZK_fnS62Lk and thanks to Michael Reeves for being a guinea pig: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHaxi4GTYDpJgMSGy7AeSw/ We built a car that you drive with real-life

  • 03:13 Why NASA Spun Astronauts Around, But Doesn't Any More

    Why NASA Spun Astronauts Around, But Doesn't Any More

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    The Multi Axis Trainer, or MAT, is an icon of space exploration and astronaut training. But other than spinning round kids at Space Camp: what's it actually used for? Thanks to Moriah and all the team at Space Camp! You can find out more about their progr

  • 09:33 The Fishermen That Hold Their Breath For 10 Minutes

    The Fishermen That Hold Their Breath For 10 Minutes

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    Go subscribe to Medlife Crisis! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgRBRE1DUP2w7HTH9j_L4OQ or start with Rohin's video on why you shouldn't test for everything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kQk9-KLPfU The Bajau people of Borneo can hold their breath lon

  • 09:08 How Knot To Hang A Painting

    How Knot To Hang A Painting

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    Subscribe to Up and Atom! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSIvk78tK2TiviLQn4fSHaw/ or start with Jade's video on quantum tunnelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPZLRtyvEqo You've got a painting and two nails. Can you use both nails to hang the paint

  • 10:48 I Got To See And Hold My Brain

    I Got To See And Hold My Brain

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    Subscribe to Neuro Transmissions! https://www.youtube.com/user/neurotransmissions or start with their video on how to train a cat to high-five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfsVw0ndFAQ We're all used to seeing MRI scans of brains. But how do they work?

  • 04:39 Slowing Down A Stock Exchange With 38 Miles Of Cable

    Slowing Down A Stock Exchange With 38 Miles Of Cable

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    High-frequency traders have a few tactics on stock exchanges: but simply put, they gather price information faster than anyone else, sometimes even faster than the markets themselves, and use that to make a tiny profit many, many, many times. There are al

  • 02:53 The Canyon That Humans Made By Accident

    The Canyon That Humans Made By Accident

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    The tourist guides promote it as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon: but this is a scar on the Earth, caused by humans either not understanding or not caring about geology. Is it natural? Or man-made? Or both? I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://tw

  • 03:08 An American Stonehenge: The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones

    An American Stonehenge: The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones

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    In a field near Elberton, Georgia, USA, sit a set of mysterious standing stones: mysterious not because they're ancient, but because they were funded by someone anonymous in 1980, perhaps as a message to any survivors of the end of the world. I'm at http:

  • 05:50 The City of Golf Carts

    The City of Golf Carts

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    Some American cities use buses, or trams, or trains. Peachtree City, Georgia, has a different solution: it's not quite public transit, but a hundred miles of golf cart tracks helps to keep cars off the road. More about Peachtree City: https://www.peachtre

  • 06:16 The Artificial Intelligence That Deleted A Century

    The Artificial Intelligence That Deleted A Century

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    In the last week of December, 2028, humanity forgot about more than a century of pop culture. You've probably never thought about it, and never found it strange — but the reason is an artificial intelligence called Earworm. ⏩ is a series of YouTube

  • 03:28 Testing The World's Longest Echo

    Testing The World's Longest Echo

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    Technically, the Inchindown oil tanks in Invergordon, Scotland, have the world's longest reverberation, but that makes a much worse title. We tested them with a loud noise and some very sensitive microphones. Matt's musical experiments: https://www.youtub

  • 08:44 Why Computers Can't Count Sometimes

    Why Computers Can't Count Sometimes

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    Sometimes, numbers on sites like YouTube and Twitter jump up and down; subscriber counts lag, like-counts bounce all over the place. Why is it so hard for computers to count? To answer that, we need to talk about threading, eventual consistency, and cachi

  • 04:56 Britain's Largest Battery Is Actually A Lake

    Britain's Largest Battery Is Actually A Lake

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    Dinorwig Power Station, otherwise known as Electric Mountain, is a pumped-storage hydro station in Llanberis, Wales. And yes: it's Britain's largest battery. Here's how it works, and why some of the things you think you know about TV pickups might not be

  • 03:52 Ogham is an old Irish scrip ᚛ᚈᚑᚋ ᚄᚉᚑᚈᚈ᚜ and ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜

    Ogham is an old Irish scrip ᚛ᚈᚑᚋ ᚄᚉᚑᚈᚈ᚜ and ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜

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    Ogham is an old Irish script made by carving notches into stones. It fell out of use more than a millennium ago - but it's an interesting exception to a linguistics and computer-science rule that I'd never even realised existed. Let's talk about the Ogham

  • 02:58 Why Do London's Manholes Keep Exploding?

    Why Do London's Manholes Keep Exploding?

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    Every month or so, somewhere in London, a manhole explodes. It's so common that it doesn't make the news unless it's spectacular or someone gets injured. Here's why, complete with gratuitous pyrotechnics. Filmed by Perspective Pictures Pyrotechnics by Pau

  • 08:56 What's The Longest Word You Can Write With Seven-Segment Displays?

    What's The Longest Word You Can Write With Seven-Segment Displays?

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    That's right, we're kicking Season 2 of the Basics off with a technical episode about a somewhat-obsolete technology! IT'S PARTY TIME. Wait, no, not party time. IT'S CODE TIME. Close enough. Let's talk about seven-segment displays, and about the longest w

  • 04:33 The Nuclear Reactor Run By Students

    The Nuclear Reactor Run By Students

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    At Reed College in Portland, Oregon, there's a TRIGA nuclear reactor, used for research. You can stand next to it and watch the blue glow from the bottom of a deep swimming pool. I had to visit. More about the reactor and about Reed College: https://react

  • 03:57 Your Private Messages Might Travel Under This Beach

    Your Private Messages Might Travel Under This Beach

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    In Porthcurno, Cornwall, there's an old telegraph cable landing station. It's how Britain talked to the Empire -- and it's now a museum. But the technology here isn't quite as obsolete as you might think. Thanks to Steve and all the team at the Porthcurno

  • 02:50 I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer

    I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer

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    The White Horse, in Uffington, is one of the oldest surviving works of art in Britain: carved into a hillside in Oxfordshire 3,000 years ago. Every year, it's rechalked by volunteers co-ordinated through the National Trust, a line of maintenance going bac

  • 03:28 Testing The Sound Mirrors That Protected Britain

    Testing The Sound Mirrors That Protected Britain

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    Over on the RAF Starrship channel, I'm talking about the history of radar: https://youtu.be/VDC_RCh0ws8 - but over here, we're testing a 90-year-old piece of technology that was meant to be part of Britain's air defence. The Sound Mirrors, on Romney Marsh

  • 03:46 We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn

    We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn

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    In the last few years, wildfires have been getting worse - and, oddly, it's because humans have been preventing them. From a helicopter above the forests of British Columbia, and from the Tree Ring Lab at UBC, let's talk about how we should just let some

  • 03:40 The Town That Was Burned for Science: Aultsville

    The Town That Was Burned for Science: Aultsville

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    Thanks to Betty from Articulations! Go see her video on the ISO Standard Exit Sign here: https://youtu.be/i5uSlAw8U9s - and pull down this description for links to all her sources. The St Lawrence Burns were a series of deliberate fires in the soon-to-be-

  • 02:55 The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle

    The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle

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    Rue Canusa (or Canusa Avenue) is a street that's split in two by a border: the northern part is in Stanstead, Canada, and the southern part is in Derby Line, USA — and border crossings here aren't as easy as they used to be. Edited by Michelle Martin (@mr

  • 04:30 A Town Called Asbestos

    A Town Called Asbestos

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    In Quebec, Canada, there's a town called Asbestos. It's an alarming name, one that conjures up images of lung disease and mesothelioma. So now that the town's asbestos mine, once the largest asbestos mine in the world, has closed... why haven't they chang

  • 04:59 The US President's Bulletproof Railcar

    The US President's Bulletproof Railcar

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    US Car Number 1, the Ferdinand Magellan, sits in the Gold Coast Railway Museum in Miami. It's 120 tonnes of bulletproof, armoured railcar: a train carriage designed to move the President of the United States around the country in safety and style. At leas

  • 03:35 Keeping Aircraft Safe without Radar: The North Atlantic Tracks

    Keeping Aircraft Safe without Radar: The North Atlantic Tracks

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    Over the North Atlantic, there's no radar coverage: so how do air traffic controllers keep planes safe? The answer, at least in part, can be found at Nav Canada's Gander Area Control Centre in Newfoundland. The North Atlantic Tracks are like freeway lanes

  • 03:52 The 1940s Mermaid Show That's Still Pulling Crowds

    The 1940s Mermaid Show That's Still Pulling Crowds

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    In Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Florida, there's a mermaid show -- and there has been for 70 years. It's one of the United States' oldest roadside attractions, and it still does three shows a day. At least, provided the local wildlife doesn't get in t

  • 03:34 Making an International Standard Cup of Tea

    Making an International Standard Cup of Tea

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    As far as I can find, no-one has actually made a International Standard Cup of Tea - ISO 3103 or BS 6008 - for the internet before. Lots of people have talked about it, but that's easy. Making one? That requires precision... and some specialist equipment.

  • 05:24 We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It

    We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It

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    The title says it all, really. Thanks to Barry from My Virgin Kitchen - go see him cook and test three different garlic breads here: https://youtu.be/jYPYbIO9BLE - and to Steve from Random Aerospace, http://www.randomengineering.co.uk/Random_Aerospace/Wel

  • 04:49 G-Force, Jerk, and Passing Out In A Centrifuge

    G-Force, Jerk, and Passing Out In A Centrifuge

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    Thanks to the Starrship team for arranging this! I'm also over on their channel, flying with the Blades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWY3-1gOrxk • At the Royal Air Force training centrifuge in Farnbrough, pilots learn how to avoid G-LOC: g-induce

  • 04:12 Why European Clocks are Running Slow, and British Clocks Aren't

    Why European Clocks are Running Slow, and British Clocks Aren't

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    Many people sent me this story: it covers my favourite topics of power grids and temporal anomalies. But when the mainstream press have already covered it, how could I add something more? The answer: by adding another pet topic, Unnecessary British Patrio

  • 03:53 How Formation Flying Works (feat. the Red Arrows!)

    How Formation Flying Works (feat. the Red Arrows!)

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    Thanks to the RAF, Rolls-Royce, and the Red Arrows! Go visit their Starrship project, it's the reason I got to do this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqSO3sA38W0YLwrwTxA0POw The Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force's aerobatic display team - the best in

  • 03:56 Launching An Entire Fireworks Display At Once

    Launching An Entire Fireworks Display At Once

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    Human error has launched massive barrages of fireworks at the wrong time before. We're doing it deliberately! Camera and audio mix by Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk Edited by Michelle Martin: @mrsmmartin With thanks to Jonty for lighting Thanks to the team

  • 03:54 The Moiré Effect Lights That Guide Ships Home

    The Moiré Effect Lights That Guide Ships Home

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    I'd never heard of moiré effect beacons until I got an email asking me about them. It seemed like a really clever idea - but it was really hard to research. Or at least it was, until I stumbled upon one magic phrase that revealed its history. It tu

  • 02:27 The European City Centre With No Street Names

    The European City Centre With No Street Names

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    In the Quadratestadt of Mannheim, Germany, the streets aren't named: instead, the blocks are. It's an exception to a rule that most people don't even think about — especially not mapping companies. (Thanks to João Correia for sending me this

  • 04:06 Controlling An Airport From 80 Miles Away

    Controlling An Airport From 80 Miles Away

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    London City Airport's getting a new control tower: but it's just going to be a large mast with 14 high-definition cameras on it. The actual tower will be 80 miles away, in the headquarters of NATS near Swanwick. It feels questionable: but is it? Thanks to

  • 03:34 Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball

    Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball

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    In Göttingen, Germany, there's a four-tonne steel ball that can be raised up a 14-metre tower -- and then dropped in less than two seconds, crashing back to earth. It makes tiny, artificial earthquakes: here's why. Thanks to all the team at Wiechert'

  • 05:00 A Language Made Of Music

    A Language Made Of Music

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    Today's guest is 12tone! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTUtqcDkzw7bisadh6AOx5w - and here's their video about the Imperial March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA36-mQEYwk Solresol is a language, invented out of whole cloth by Jean-Fran

  • 04:32 Sign Language Isn't Universal

    Sign Language Isn't Universal

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    This week's guest is Rikki Poynter! Go subscribe to her vlog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS7wVohIwd66b95xyuw7DFQ -- and if subtitles aren't on automatically here, you can turn them on in your device settings! There isn't one universal sign language

  • 05:17 17 Tonnes of Spinning Glass: Making the World's Largest Telescope

    17 Tonnes of Spinning Glass: Making the World's Largest Telescope

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    This week's guest video comes from Active Galactic Videos: go subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/ActiveGalacticVideos/ They got to walk on the dish of a telescope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lfXsN45088 At the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, under the f

  • 03:31 This Video Is 2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect

    This Video Is 2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect

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    Hold on tight, because with a stabilised camera shot and a pair of sunglasses, you're about to see a video that works in both 2D and 3D at the same time. The technique's called the Pulfrich Effect, and this is how it works. The BBC's terrible 90s Doctor W

  • 03:58 The Null Hypothesis

    The Null Hypothesis

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    While I was trying to read a script to a camera in zero-g, the student researchers behind me were trying to prove their own ideas -- or rather, to disprove their "null hypothesis". Let's talk about how science works -- and have a look at one of the teams

  • 02:46 Batman's Village of Fools: Gotham, England

    Batman's Village of Fools: Gotham, England

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    There's a link from a 13th century legend, to a 16th century insult book, to a 19th century writer, to a 20th century comic book hero. And it starts in a small village near Nottingham, in the time of Robin Hood. Here's why Batman comes from Gotham City. (

  • 04:05 How Zero-G Planes Work

    How Zero-G Planes Work

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    The European Space Agency offered me a seat on their zero-g plane: it's an Airbus A310 that flies parabolic maneuvers, pulling up into the sky and then arcing back down, giving its passengers about 20 seconds of weightlessness (or "microgravity") at a tim

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  • 03:36 Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now

    Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now

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    It's not your imagination; hold music on phones really did sound better in the old days. Here's why, as we talk about old telephone exchanges and audio compression. Thanks to the Milton Keynes Museum, and their Connected Earth gallery: http://www.mkmuseum

  • 04:27 Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?

    Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?

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    I'm visiting the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator, to answer a question: how unsafe is it for me to vlog while driving? Is vlogging while driving dangerous? The team at the simulator are the experts to ask. More about the National

  • 02:30 The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart

    The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart

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    The town of Staufen, in the south-west of Germany, has a problem: a drilling operation in 2007 that went very wrong. Half a metre of movement might not sound like much, but in this town, that's enough for the buildings to crack and fall apart. Thanks to C

  • 03:59 The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure

    The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure

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    At the headquarters of Cloudflare, in San Francisco, there's a wall of lava lamps: the Entropy Wall. They're used to generate random numbers and keep a good bit of the internet secure: here's how. Thanks to the team at Cloudflare - this is not a sponsored

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  • 02:30 The Reaction Ferries of Basel: What Have We Missed?

    The Reaction Ferries of Basel: What Have We Missed?

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    On the river Rhine in Switzerland, there are reaction ferries: boats with no engine, no paddles, no onboard motive power at all. Here's how they work -- and a question about what other simple ideas are out there. I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at h

  • 04:25 The Story of Salvation Mountain

    The Story of Salvation Mountain

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    Near Slab City, California, a man painted a hill. It was outsider art: Leonard Knight had no training and no great masters to imitate. But somehow, he created something that resonates with the world. This is the story of Salvation Mountain. Thanks to Ron

  • 02:58 What Is Sea Level, Anyway?

    What Is Sea Level, Anyway?

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    In Calipatria, California, the town is below sea level -- but their flag pole isn't. But what does "sea level" mean? Is it just theory, or is there more behind it? I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://

  • 03:29 Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

    Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

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    In Lancaster, California, there's a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it's out of tune. Here's why. Thanks to David Simmons-Duffin, who figured this out about nine years ago: http://davidsd.org/2008/1

  • 03:58 The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest

    The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest

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    In the archives of Yale University, there's a 367-year-old bond from the water authority of Lekdijk Bovendams, in the Netherlands. And it's still paying interest. Thanks to: Prof. Geert Rouwenhorst for his time and explanation All the team at the Beinecke

  • 02:51 A Nuclear Waste Dump You Can Walk On: Weldon Spring, Missouri

    A Nuclear Waste Dump You Can Walk On: Weldon Spring, Missouri

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    In Weldon Spring, Missouri, there is a strange, grey, windblasted seven-storey pile of rocks. It's the Weldon Spring Site: a nuclear and toxic waste dump on the site of an old uranium processing factory. And you can walk on it: it's technically a tourist

  • 06:31 How Computers Compress Text: Huffman Coding and Huffman Trees

    How Computers Compress Text: Huffman Coding and Huffman Trees

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    Computers store text (or, at least, English text) as eight bits per character. There are plenty of more efficient ways that could work: so why don't we use them? And how can we fit more text into less space? Let's talk about Huffman coding, Huffman trees,

  • 03:33 Inside The Giant American Freezer Filled With Polar Ice

    Inside The Giant American Freezer Filled With Polar Ice

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    Welcome to the US National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, Colorado, where there's a giant freezer filled with 20km of ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic. Here's why. Thanks to everyone at the US National Ice Core Laboratory! You can find out more

  • 02:46 What Counts as a Mountain?

    What Counts as a Mountain?

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    I'm at the top of Mount Evans, more than 14,000 feet - 4.3km - above sea level. This is definitely a mountain: but why doesn't the smaller summit next to it also count? Let's talk about prominence. (Just not for too long, I'm getting low on oxygen.) I'm a

  • 07:18 FizzBuzz: One Simple Interview Question

    FizzBuzz: One Simple Interview Question

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    There are a lot of opinions on how to hire coders, and most of them are terrible. The opinions, that is, not the coders. But a basic filter test to make sure someone can do what they say they can: that seems reasonable, and FizzBuzz is one of the more com

  • 03:29 Connectome Scanning: Looking at the Brain's Wiring

    Connectome Scanning: Looking at the Brain's Wiring

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    There's an MRI scanner in Cardiff that can look at how the brain's wired up: your connectome. It's nowhere close to science fiction singularity brain-uploading, but it might well be part of unlocking new medical treatments in the years to come. Thanks to

  • 02:16 One Town, Four Elements: Ytterby

    One Town, Four Elements: Ytterby

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    Yttrium, terbium, erbium and ytterbium were all named after one small town on the Stockholm archipelago. But it could have been different, and there could have been many other names. From a snowy bit of Sweden, and a mine that's a historical landmark, let

  • 04:21 The Disaster That Changed Engineering: The Hyatt Regency Collapse

    The Disaster That Changed Engineering: The Hyatt Regency Collapse

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    Today's guest video is from Grady at Practical Engineering! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/gradyhillhouse The Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse was a disaster that changed engineering: it's taught in colleges and universities as a way to make it cl

  • 03:26 Voyager 1's Getting Closer to Earth Right Now

    Voyager 1's Getting Closer to Earth Right Now

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    The Voyager 1 space probe is the furthest man-made object from Earth, and the fastest. But right now, it's moving towards us. Relatively speaking. At Mission Control for the Deep Space Network, inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, let's ta

  • 04:36 How The Arecibo Telescope Could Help Save The World

    How The Arecibo Telescope Could Help Save The World

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    The radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico can do something that most radio telescopes can't: it can transmit. And that's useful for something other than sending messages to the stars: it might just help save the world one day. More abo

  • 04:34 The Poison Garden of Alnwick

    The Poison Garden of Alnwick

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    Inside the beautiful Alnwick Garden, behind a locked gate, there's the Poison Garden: it contains only poisonous plants. Trevor Jones, head gardener, was kind enough to give a guided tour! For more information about visiting the Castle, Garden, and poison

  • 02:32 The World's Most Powerful Tidal Current: the Saltstraumen Maelstrom

    The World's Most Powerful Tidal Current: the Saltstraumen Maelstrom

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    Near Bodø in Norway, there's the strongest tidal current in the world: Saltstraumen Maelstrom, a constantly-changing rush of whirlpools, boils and vortices. It might not be quite the whirlpools of myth and legend, but it's still an impressive sight to see

  • 02:15 The Runways of Fire That Let WW2 Planes Land In Fog: FIDO

    The Runways of Fire That Let WW2 Planes Land In Fog: FIDO

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    Landing on a runway surrounded by fire might not sound like a good idea, but it's better than trying to land without modern instruments in thick fog. This was FIDO: "Fog, Intensive, Dispersal Of" (originally "Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operations"),

  • 04:21 An Elevator That Actually Goes Sideways

    An Elevator That Actually Goes Sideways

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    I've filmed a paternoster lift; I've filmed the strange Genoa elevator that sort-of goes sideways. So when I got an email from Thyssenkrupp, an elevator company, saying "come and see our Multi elevator that actually goes sideways", I wasn't going to turn

  • 04:12 Why Old Screens Make A ᴴᶦᵍʰ ᴾᶦᵗᶜʰᵉᵈ Noise

    Why Old Screens Make A ᴴᶦᵍʰ ᴾᶦᵗᶜʰᵉᵈ Noise

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    Last week I made a video surrounded by old-school CRT monitors and televisions - cathode ray tubes. And I completely forgot to remove the high pitched whine they produce. Here's why: why they make that noise, and why I didn't notice it. Thanks again to th

  • 03:52 I Cannot Show You How Pink This Pink Is

    I Cannot Show You How Pink This Pink Is

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    I can show a brighter pink. I can show a more saturated pink. But I can't show you this pink. Not quite. More about Stuart Semple and his pigments: https://www.culturehustle.com/ [that's his store, we overloaded Stuart's personal web site, http://www.stua

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  • 02:18 The Museum of Failure

    The Museum of Failure

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    In Helsingborg, Sweden, the Museum of Failure has just opened. It's just one room, but inside, curator Samuel West has assembled some of the world's greatest commercial disasters - and also a few things that just didn't work out the way anyone planned. Mo

  • 02:08 Why Sci-Fi Alien Planets Look The Same: Hollywood's Thirty-Mile Zone

    Why Sci-Fi Alien Planets Look The Same: Hollywood's Thirty-Mile Zone

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    There's a reason that a lot of planets in American science fiction look the same: they're all filmed in the same places. But why those particular locations? It's about money, about union rules, and about the thirty-mile zone -- or as it's otherwise known,

  • 05:31 Drones vs Lightning

    Drones vs Lightning

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    At the University of Manchester's High Voltage Laboratory, we see what happens when a DJI Phantom 3 drone gets hit with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV - basically, a lightning strike. Actually, two Phantom 3 drones. We had a backup. Thanks to the team at

  • 03:20 How To Not Break A Mars Rover

    How To Not Break A Mars Rover

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    The Mars Yard, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is one of the closest simulations of Mars that we've got. Admittedly, there's a bit more atmosphere and gravity, but it's the only way to test what might happen before sending commands to a rover that's

  • 04:54 The Foil That Went To The Moon And Back

    The Foil That Went To The Moon And Back

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    Today's guest video is from Amy at Vintage Space! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/vintagespace Amy brings with her one of the greatest props I've ever seen: an actual piece of Kapton foil from Apollo 11. This tiny little sliver of material went arou

  • 04:18 Why This “Zero Calorie Sweetener” Isn’t Zero Calories

    Why This “Zero Calorie Sweetener” Isn’t Zero Calories

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    The final video of this run is from Alex at Technicality Studios! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/TechnicalityTime Splenda is a "zero-calorie sweetener", at least in the US. Or at least, that's what it says on the packet. With the help of some

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  • 02:38 Does Hot Water Sound Different Than Cold Water?

    Does Hot Water Sound Different Than Cold Water?

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    The guest videos start here! Go subscribe to Steve Mould: https://youtube.com/stevemould Hot and cold water sound different when you pour them. When Steve pitched this to me, I didn't believe it, and then he sent me a couple of sound files, at which point

  • 04:26 Inside YouTube's Mixed Reality VR Lab

    Inside YouTube's Mixed Reality VR Lab

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    At YouTube Space New York, there's the Mixed Reality lab: a virtual reality setup using an HTC Vive, a third controller, and some fancy compositing equipment. It's brilliant, and I got to visit and look behind the scenes. Thanks to the YouTube Space team

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  • 03:22 The World Is Slowly Running Out Of Sand

    The World Is Slowly Running Out Of Sand

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    I never thought of sand as a non-renewable resource, but there's only a limited supply: and to make things worse, it keeps getting washed into the sea. At Cape May, New Jersey, the US Army Corps of Engineers have just finished rebuilding a beach: here's w

  • 03:36 Science vs the Weather: Salford's Energy House

    Science vs the Weather: Salford's Energy House

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    At the University of Salford's Energy House, all the energy use is monitored and controlled, allowing researchers to experiment with all sorts of insulation and energy-saving techniques. But how to control for factors like sun, wind and rain? The solution

  • 04:02 Zero-G Experiments on Earth: The Bremen Drop Tower

    Zero-G Experiments on Earth: The Bremen Drop Tower

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    In Bremen, Germany, there's a tower more than a hundred metres high: it's called the Fallturm, or the Drop Tower. If you want a cost-effective way to test an experiment in microgravity -- and your project can survive some pretty strong deceleration -- the

  • 03:16 In Old Movies, Why The Dial Tone After Someone Hangs Up?

    In Old Movies, Why The Dial Tone After Someone Hangs Up?

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    Brace yourselves, we're about to get into some serious detail about telephone systems. Thanks to all the folks at Seattle's Museum of Communications! http://museumofcommunications.org/ They're also on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/museumofcomm .

  • 02:32 The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance

    The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance

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    If you're sitting on a boat in Lake Constance, are you in three countries at once? Or just in one? Does it even matter? Because strangely, it turns out there are parts of the world where no-one really minds when international borders are not just ignored,

  • 03:23 Wheels, Bombs, and Perpetual Motion Machines

    Wheels, Bombs, and Perpetual Motion Machines

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    This is a collaboration with the Royal Institution! Go check out their video here: https://youtu.be/sScrtGdKmho -- Perpetual motion machines are badly named. And impossible. But that hasn't stopped a lot of people trying to build them. Sure, you could try

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  • 04:51 3D Printing Stainless Steel with Giant Robot Arms

    3D Printing Stainless Steel with Giant Robot Arms

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    At Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco -- and no, this isn't an ad, pull down the description for more! -- there are giant robot arms using welders to 3D print with stainless steel. Which seemed like a good place to talk about programming abstract

  • 02:34 The World's Most Famous Teapot: The Utah Teapot

    The World's Most Famous Teapot: The Utah Teapot

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    At the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, California, there sits a small teapot. It's the world's most famous teapot, after a computer graphics researcher called Martin Newell digitised it. You've probably seen it: here's its story. And thanks to

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  • 03:13 The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets

    The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets

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    I thought about saying "secret patterns" or "mysterious patterns" in the title, but that'd be a lie: they're just mostly unknown! So let's talk about tactile paving, about design, about accessibility, and about those bumpy bits that you stand on when you'

  • 02:55 The Flower That Smells Like Death

    The Flower That Smells Like Death

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    There's a titan arum - a corpse flower - blooming at the Eden Project in Cornwall. For years, it stores energy: and then for 48 hours, it heats up and sends out the smell of decay and death through the rainforest. And it stinks. The Eden Project: http://w


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