Tom Scott
Hi, I'm Tom Scott. These are some of the things I've made and done. They'll probably come back to haunt me in a few years' time. (Want to get in touch about anything? Use the "contact me" link below, not YouTube messages!)

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The City of Golf Carts The City of Golf Carts
2 days ago En
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.peachtree-city.org/ and https://visitpeachtreecity.com Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) With thanks to Titan Miller for emailing me the idea, back in 2017! I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Artificial Intelligence That Deleted A Century The Artificial Intelligence That Deleted A Century
6 days ago En
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 videos from a future. WHY WE FORGOT THE 20TH CENTURY WRITTEN and NARRATED BY: Tom Scott ANIMATED BY: Jordan Husmann http://jordanhusmann.com I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Other Tree That Owns Itself The Other Tree That Owns Itself
1 week ago En
The Tree That Owns Itself in Athens, Georgia is well known. The other Tree That Owns Itself in Eufaula, Alabama, really isn't. It's the same story in a different place. Why? I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Sweater Curse and Clothing Controversies: Citation Needed 8x06 The Sweater Curse and Clothing Controversies: Citation Needed 8x06
1 week ago En
That's it! That's the end of the series. You made it! Congratulations! Enjoy the best mime that Matt has ever done. BONUS MATERIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRtilePap0c FULL PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGIo2odDuuPeYtb7BtQ1kBhp WEB SITE and MORE AUDIO EPISODES: http://techdif.co.uk Featuring: Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit Gary Brannan: @garybrannan and Chris Joel, who doesn't do this social media nonsense More from us: http://techdif.co.uk Directed by Grant Stevens Edited by Elliot Gough: http://www.youtube.com/ElliotExplicit Audio mix by Haerther Productions: https://haerther.net I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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An American Stonehenge: The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones An American Stonehenge: The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones
2 weeks ago En
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://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo The closing music is "Nearer My God To Thee", recorded by the US Marine Band c.1896, from the USCB Cylinder Audio Archive, cleaned and sped up: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/OBJID/Cylinder8785
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The Crazy Eights Incident and the Pumpy Thing: Citation Needed 8x05 The Crazy Eights Incident and the Pumpy Thing: Citation Needed 8x05
2 weeks ago En
I realise we never actually define "pumpy thing" in this video. I'm not going to define it here either. BONUS MATERIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_hjV2skRac FULL PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGIo2odDuuPeYtb7BtQ1kBhp WEB SITE and MORE AUDIO EPISODES: http://techdif.co.uk Featuring: Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit Gary Brannan: @garybrannan and Chris Joel, who doesn't do this social media nonsense More from us: http://techdif.co.uk Directed by Grant Stevens Edited by Elliot Gough: http://www.youtube.com/ElliotExplicit Audio mix by Haerther Productions: https://haerther.net I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Testing The World's Longest Echo Testing The World's Longest Echo
3 weeks ago En
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.youtube.com/watch?v=CzMVJkTjKNc Behind the scenes on the Matt and Tom channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4qplnaPjbk Thanks to Allan, Alan and Preston for all their help on the day, and to landowners the Bannerman Group for allowing us access! Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Hail Cannons and Operation Popeye: Citation Needed 8x04 Hail Cannons and Operation Popeye: Citation Needed 8x04
3 weeks ago En
No, a hail cannon isn't for if you just want to accelerate a lot of hail really quickly. This week: pseudoscience and real science! BONUS MATERIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgerCSpxSWo FULL PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGIo2odDuuPeYtb7BtQ1kBhp WEB SITE and MORE AUDIO EPISODES: http://techdif.co.uk Featuring: Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit Gary Brannan: @garybrannan and Chris Joel, who doesn't do this social media nonsense More from us: http://techdif.co.uk Directed by Grant Stevens Edited by Elliot Gough: http://www.youtube.com/ElliotExplicit Audio mix by Haerther Productions: https://haerther.net I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Why Computers Can't Count Sometimes Why Computers Can't Count Sometimes
1 month ago En
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 caching. Thanks to my proofreading team, and to Tomek on camera! The Cambridge Centre for Computing History: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Juan Pujol Garcia and Thirtynineitude: Citation Needed 8x03 Juan Pujol Garcia and Thirtynineitude: Citation Needed 8x03
1 month ago En
Our traditional Wartime Badass Episode this week, albeit a wartime badass whose weapon included expense reports. BONUS MATERIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFFoDDhl9DA FULL PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGIo2odDuuPeYtb7BtQ1kBhp WEB SITE and MORE AUDIO EPISODES: http://techdif.co.uk Featuring: Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit Gary Brannan: @garybrannan and Chris Joel, who doesn't do this social media nonsense More from us: http://techdif.co.uk Directed by Grant Stevens Edited by Elliot Gough: http://www.youtube.com/ElliotExplicit Audio mix by Haerther Productions: https://haerther.net I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Britain's Largest Battery Is Actually A Lake Britain's Largest Battery Is Actually A Lake
1 month ago En
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 so true any more. Thanks to all the Engie team! More about them: http://home.engie.co.uk Public tours of Electric Mountain are closed until mid-2019, but you can find details here: http://electricmountain.co.uk/ Camera op: Ryan Priestnall Editor: Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Norwegian Butter Crisis and the Ark of Taste: Citation Needed 8x02 The Norwegian Butter Crisis and the Ark of Taste: Citation Needed 8x02
1 month ago En
This time, we're taking on smør-panik, food politics, and - for the second week running - brandy. BONUS MATERIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqOWh0lzKOQ FULL PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGIo2odDuuPeYtb7BtQ1kBhp WEB SITE and MORE AUDIO EPISODES: http://techdif.co.uk Featuring: Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit Gary Brannan: @garybrannan and Chris Joel, who doesn't do this social media nonsense More from us: http://techdif.co.uk Directed by Grant Stevens Edited by Elliot Gough: http://www.youtube.com/ElliotExplicit Audio mix by Haerther Productions: https://haerther.net I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Why Do London's Manholes Keep Exploding? Why Do London's Manholes Keep Exploding?
1 month ago En
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 Paul at Darkstar Pyrotechnics News articles: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11169183/Explosion-in-city-street.html https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/pavement-explodes-yards-from-pedestrians-and-cars-in-old-street-a3568676.html https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/819198/london-manhole-cover-explodes-old-street I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Battle of Fishguard and "Brandy": Citation Needed 8x01 The Battle of Fishguard and "Brandy": Citation Needed 8x01
1 month ago En
The final season begins! With a traditional tale of a military mistake and a wheel that spins and lands on France. BONUS MATERIAL: https://youtu.be/407IeeVA3C0 FULL PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGIo2odDuuPeYtb7BtQ1kBhp WEB SITE and MORE AUDIO EPISODES: http://techdif.co.uk Featuring: Matt Gray: http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit Gary Brannan: @garybrannan and Chris Joel, who doesn't do this social media nonsense More from us: http://techdif.co.uk Directed by Grant Stevens Edited by Elliot Gough: http://www.youtube.com/ElliotExplicit Audio mix by Haerther Productions: https://haerther.net I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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᚛ᚈᚑᚋ ᚄᚉᚑᚈᚈ᚜ and ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜ ᚛ᚈᚑᚋ ᚄᚉᚑᚈᚈ᚜ and ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜
1 month ago En
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 Space Mark. Thanks to all the team at the British Museum! You can visit their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/britishmuseum I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos
1 month ago En
There's a reason music videos look strange. I could just talk about framerate, cuts and continuity... or I could get an actual music video director. And a leaf blower. Directed by: Sammy Paul https://twitter.com/icoepr Produced by: Cambria Bailey-Jones https://twitter.com/cambriabailey Guy Larsen https://twitter.com/thisisguido Director of Photography: Ciaran O'Brien https://twitter.com/ciaranobrien Featuring: dodie https://youtube.com/doddleoddle Dancers: Deepraj Singh Annie Fox Leanne Vincent Liam Wallace Production Design: Guy Larsen Gaffer: Christine Alexander Camera Assistant: Rachel Hutchings Editor: Sammy Paul Colour grade: Ciaran O'Brien Runner: Jenna Bailey-Jones Extras: Michelle Martin Gianluca Suppa Xina Jailey Special thanks to: Grant Stevens Bob Stevens Jenny Stevens Matt Parker Maths Gear http://www.mathsgear.co.uk YouTube Space London and the team A Penny4 Production https://www.penny4.co.uk/ Maths Gear didn't actually pay for product placement in this video. The dice were surprisingly painful. I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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What's The Longest Word You Can Write With Seven-Segment Displays? What's The Longest Word You Can Write With Seven-Segment Displays?
2 months ago En
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 word you can write with them. Public domain list of English words: https://github.com/dwyl/english-words Thanks to my proofreading team, and to Tomek on camera! The Cambridge Centre for Computing History: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/ BONUS LINK: Genius regex crossword puzzle: https://regexcrossword.com/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Guest Videos, New Formats, and a Possible Trip Down Under Guest Videos, New Formats, and a Possible Trip Down Under
2 months ago En
GUEST VIDEO PITCHES: https://www.tomscott.com/guest/ NZ and AUSTRALIA CONNECTIONS: https://www.tomscott.com/contact/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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How The First Ever Telecoms Scam Worked How The First Ever Telecoms Scam Worked
2 months ago En
In the 1830s, two French brothers, François and Joseph Blanc, pulled off the first telecoms scam in history. The optical telegraph, a line of semaphore towers stretching from hilltop to hilltop, was for government use only: but something as simple as the law wasn't going to get in their way. Thanks to Victoria Harrison for all her research and translation skills! Pictures of the original documents are uploaded here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xik-sJZMUf9GRNCAu7m7amQMZ7Mos1HM?usp=sharing CG effects by Mat Hill: http://mat-hill.com/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Wingwalking Isn't What It Used To Be, And That's A Good Thing Wingwalking Isn't What It Used To Be, And That's A Good Thing
2 months ago En
Back in the 1920s, wingwalking claimed lives. Daredevils would move around on the top of a plane's wings, in mid-flight, often without any harness or any safety line. Maybe they'd be able to clip onto something during takeoff and landing, but maybe not. There are still a few of those true daredevil wingwalkers out there in the world, but in the 21st century... it's usually a bit different. Thanks to the team at Aerosuperbatics Wingwalking: http://www.aerosuperbatics.com/ (this isn't sponsored, and I paid for my flight). Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin Post Audio by Emi Paternostro, http://proximitysound.com I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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We Made a Banhammer (feat. NerdCubed) We Made a Banhammer (feat. NerdCubed)
2 months ago En
For years, moderators of online forums and chat rooms have wielded a metaphorical "banhammer" to deal with anyone who steps out of line. Now it's real. Well, a bit more real, anyway. THANKS TO: Mat Hill for design and coding: http://mat-hill.com/ Chris Joel for the idea, and for wielding the hammer. Dan (Nerd³) for lending us his chat room: https://youtube.com/officialnerdcubed and https://twitch.tv/nerdcubed Emi Paternostro for audio mixing: http://proximitysound.com And Chris' friend Mark, on Mixer, for inspiring the whole thing: https://mixer.com/SparkyandCo I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Collapsible Crash Test Robot Car The Collapsible Crash Test Robot Car
3 months ago En
The Global Vehicle Target is the new standard for testing autonomous driving and crash test systems. To cameras and radar, it looks like a car: but if you hit it, it'll fly apart. So if your emergency braking doesn't quite work... well, this is what happens. Thanks to everyone at Thatcham Research! You can find out more about them at https://www.thatcham.org/ and about the target at https://www.thatcham.org/car-safety/driver-assistance/ Filmed by Tomek: https://youtube.com/tomek Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin Post Audio by Emi Paternostro: http://proximitysound.com I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
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Why You Don't Want To Go Viral Why You Don't Want To Go Viral
3 months ago En
On a rainy Scottish island called Jura, it's time to talk about the Manual, about long-term sustainable success, and about not having just that one catchphrase. The term "viral" has fallen out of fashion in the last few years, which is why this series wasn't called "going viral". And in truth, that's not what you want to do. Post Audio by Emi Paternostro, http://proximitysound.com Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond were better known as the KLF (or the Timelords, or the JAMs, or...). Their Manual is out of print, but I'm sure that won't stop enterprising people from tracking down versions of it, or footage of their burn. The music for this series has been an instrumental version of "Game of Taking Chances" by Johannes Hager feat. Josefin Backrud, from Epidemic Sound I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Quiz That Was Shared A Million Times The Quiz That Was Shared A Million Times
3 months ago En
I've put the North-o-Meter, and some other old UsVsTh3m games, up at https://www.tomscott.com/usvsth3m/ - I've disabled the sharing buttons, though. No-one needs them to go viral again. In the middle part of "How To Be Popular On The Internet*", it's time to talk about giving the people what they want, about getting noticed, and about the north-south divide. Post Audio by Emi Paternostro, http://proximitysound.com I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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That Time I Got In Trouble With The Government That Time I Got In Trouble With The Government
3 months ago En
The first part of "How To Be Popular On The Internet*" is all about an old saying: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And if you do succeed... well, you're still going to need to do that. My site's still online: http://www.preparingforemergencies.co.uk/ The government's site is in the internet archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20040804033956/http://www.preparingforemergencies.gov.uk:80/ Post Audio by Emi Paternostro, http://proximitysound.com I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Your Private Messages Might Travel Under This Beach Your Private Messages Might Travel Under This Beach
3 months ago En
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 Telegraph Museum! You can find out more about them here: https://telegraphmuseum.org/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer
4 months ago En
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 back to before England had written history. Thanks to all the National Trust team! If you're free over the August bank holiday and fancy helping out, here's the link! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/9220f3c2-d50f-4a9e-9063-8d9346ed5da9/pages/details Thanks to Ian from IanVisits for giving the tipoff - he makes a cameo in this one! https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/ Camera by Paul (@cr3) - he also makes a cameo! Edit by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) - who doesn't make a cameo. I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Testing The Sound Mirrors That Protected Britain Testing The Sound Mirrors That Protected Britain
4 months ago En
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, were built in the late 1920s as a way to amplify the sound from aircraft engines over the English Channel. We're flying a bit closer than that, with a drone. STARRSHIP: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starrshiphope/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starrshiphope/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/starrshiphope Website: http://starrship.space/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Nuclear Reactor Run By Students The Nuclear Reactor Run By Students
4 months ago En
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://reactor.reed.edu/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Post audio by Emi Paternostro (http://proximitysound.com) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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How The 90s VHS Look Works How The 90s VHS Look Works
4 months ago En
90s VHS video filters are in fashion right now, and most producers are using the same filter as everyone else. Why does the filter look like it does? To answer that question, I went to talk to the person that wrote it! Thanks to Harry Frank and all the team at Red Giant - you can find out more about them here: https://www.redgiant.com (This is not a sponsored video!) Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Graphics by Mr Weebl: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wk6mlzKKN3_sVMPd2p-3Q I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Stories I Can't Tell Stories I Can't Tell
4 months ago En
There are some stories in Canada that I'm not qualified to tell. Pull down the description to find out about them. YOUTUBE LINKS: * Residential Schools: Heritage Minutes: Chanie Wenjack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_tcCpKtoU0 A Viceland interview with survivors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QMZaOVOin8 A CBC interview with a survivor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ64DItsIi0 * Yellowknife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie5V-K70JUk#t=2m13 (from 2:13) WRITTEN LINKS: * Residential schools: On the facts of residential schools, UBC has a good primer: https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/ For stories, full transcripts are available of survivors' testimony here: http://wherearethechildren.ca/en/stories/ * Yellowknife: This history of the Yellowknifes Dene First Nation, written in 1997, contains the history of the mine's effects on the community. From page 50 onwards: https://www.akaitcho.info/linked/weledeh%20yellowknife%20dene%20history.pdf
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We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn
4 months ago En
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 wildfires burn. Thanks to Bradley Friesen! He's about to properly launch his channel 'Destruction by Gravity': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL3Kr3kf9W34cUvurxl7AGw and Mister Bentley the Dog is on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrbentley_thedog/ Thanks to Dr Lori Daniels at the University of British Columbia! Her recent research into wildfires includes: Chavardes, R.D., L.D. Daniels, Z. Gedalof, D.W. Andison. (2018). Human influences superseded climate to disrupt the 20th century fire regime in Jasper National Park, Canada. Dendrochronologia 48:10-19. and this op-ed in the Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/we-created-bcs-wildfire-problem-and-we-can-fix-it/article35686104/ Thanks to the BC Wildlife Service for letting me use their photos: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Post audio by Emi Paternostro (http://proximitysound.com) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Drink With A Human Toe In It The Drink With A Human Toe In It
5 months ago En
In Dawson City, a small mining town in the Yukon, sits the Downtown Hotel. Inside there is a tradition that tourists have been trying out for decades: the Sourtoe Cocktail. Thanks to everyone at the Downtown Hotel! More about them: https://dawsoncity.ca/attraction/sourtoe-cocktail-club/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Watching for Nuclear Attack at the Top of the World Watching for Nuclear Attack at the Top of the World
5 months ago En
In the far north of Canada sit the DEW Line stations: "Distant Early Warning". Built in the 1950s, these were the sites that would have sounded the alarm if the Soviet Union ever attacked North America. Or at least, they were until they went obsolete just a few years later. This video relies on public domain archive footage from: DEW Line Story (1958): https://archive.org/details/dew_line_story_1 https://archive.org/details/dew_line_story_2 Atlas the ICBM (1957): https://archive.org/details/342SFP00583AtlasTheIcbmCape And is based on the research of: Louis Isemann, James. (2018). To detect, to deter, to defend: the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line and early cold war defense policy, 1953-1957. http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2097/2161/JamesIsemann2009.pdf;sequence=1 [PDF] Schlosser, E. (2009). Command and Control. [https://amzn.to/2sQd6Fq (aff. link)] Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Lateral Game 6: The Grand Final Lateral Game 6: The Grand Final
5 months ago En
This is it: one of these teams is going home with the trophy. It'll come down to knowledge, wits, and a bit of sideways thinking. This is the Lateral Grand Final. Pull down the description for links to everyone's work: Simon Clark, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRr_xrOm66qaigIbwFLvbQ @simonoxfphys Sally Le Page, https://www.youtube.com/user/shedscience @sallylepage Helen Arney, http://helenarney.com @helenarney Kat Arney, https://katarney.com @Kat_Arney Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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The New Highway to the Arctic Ocean The New Highway to the Arctic Ocean
5 months ago En
Until recently, Canada didn't have a road link to the Arctic Ocean. But last year, the all-weather Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opened, which meant that finally the country was connected "from sea to sea to sea". I set out to drive it, but it didn't quite go how I planned. Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Lateral Game 5: The Last Chance Lateral Game 5: The Last Chance
5 months ago En
Both these teams have lost once; now it's either through to the Grand Final or off to the bus home. Welcome to the last chance saloon. Metaphorically, anyway, we're still filming in the same studio. Pull down the description for links to everyone's work: Geoff and Vicki are on All The Stations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ttKX46nJxUeXZ0aoD4Q5g and Geoff's own channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd18OhMfRmjMjzSHP7Zrzmw They're @geofftech and @norwegiancheese Helen Arney, http://helenarney.com @helenarney Kat Arney, https://katarney.com @Kat_Arney QUESTION EDITOR David Bodycombe EDITED BY Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin GRAPHICS BY Support Class https://supportclass.net MUSIC BY Tobias Stich http://www.tobias-stich.com/ DIRECTED BY Matt Gray http://mattg.co.uk I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Freezing 200,000 Tons of Lethal Arsenic Dust Freezing 200,000 Tons of Lethal Arsenic Dust
5 months ago En
Giant Mine sits near Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Once it was a productive gold mine, but after the gold ran out, the mining company went bankrupt and left the government to clean up the mess: enough arsenic trioxide dust to kill everyone on Earth. The solution: freezing it, at least for now. Thanks to all the team at the Giant Mine Remediation Project! More about them: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100027364/1100100027365 The history of Giant Mine and the local First Nation people, a story I'm not qualified to tell: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/canada-150-betsina-family-nwt-1.4180681 Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Lateral Game 4: The Fast Route to the Final Lateral Game 4: The Fast Route to the Final
6 months ago En
One team's going straight through to the Grand Final in two episodes' time! The fourth match of Lateral also includes Tom's favourite question of the entire series. Pull down the description for links to everyone's channels: Simon Clark, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRr_xrOm66qaigIbwFLvbQ @simonoxfphys Sally Le Page, https://www.youtube.com/user/shedscience @sallylepage Geoff and Vicki are on All The Stations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ttKX46nJxUeXZ0aoD4Q5g and Geoff's own channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd18OhMfRmjMjzSHP7Zrzmw They're @geofftech and @norwegiancheese QUESTION EDITOR David Bodycombe EDITED BY Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin GRAPHICS BY Support Class https://supportclass.net MUSIC BY Tobias Stich http://www.tobias-stich.com/ DIRECTED BY Matt Gray http://mattg.co.uk I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Tilting an Icy Floor Until You Fall Over: WinterLab Tilting an Icy Floor Until You Fall Over: WinterLab
6 months ago En
If you're in Canada, you need good winter boots. But how do you know whether they're actually safe, or whether you'll fall over the first time you step on ice? This is WinterLab, part of the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratories at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where they're testing winter shoes with science. More about the lab and their ratings: http://www.ratemytreads.com/ Thanks to Evan from Rare Earth for being camera op! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtGG8ucQgEJPeUPhJZ4M4jA Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Lateral Game 3: the First Elimination Match Lateral Game 3: the First Elimination Match
6 months ago En
One of these teams is going home; one of these teams will carry on to the playoffs! Time for the third game of Lateral, which this week includes far more double-entendre than the question editor intended. Pull down the description for links to everyone's work: LDShadowLady: https://www.youtube.com/user/ldshadowlady @ldshadowlady Smallishbeans: https://www.youtube.com/user/smallishbeans @smallishbeans Helen Arney, http://helenarney.com @helenarney Kat Arney, https://katarney.com @Kat_Arney QUESTION EDITOR David Bodycombe EDITED BY Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin GRAPHICS BY Support Class https://supportclass.net MUSIC BY Tobias Stich http://www.tobias-stich.com/ DIRECTED BY Matt Gray http://mattg.co.uk I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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The Town That Was Burned for Science: Aultsville The Town That Was Burned for Science: Aultsville
6 months ago En
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-demolished village of Aultsville, Ontario, which was due to be flooded to make way for the St Lawrence Seaway. The results changed the way buildings are constructed around the world, and saved lives. SOURCES: Setting Fires for Science (1958): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJNcoxRk7Sk Background for the Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection Requirements of the National Building Code of Canada (1985): http://nparc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/view/fulltext/?id=dd7e2811-5bc0-4bc8-99b4-97701100eaaa The St. Lawrence burns (June 1960): http://nparc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/view/accepted/?id=4f561fea-c5bc-40ff-ba4c-b4982ddec2dd St Lawrence Burns - Radiant Temperature of Openings by D. G. Stephenson (December 1959) http://web.mit.edu/parmstr/Public/NRCan/ir156.pdf Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Lateral: Game 2 with Geoff Marshall, Vicki Pipe, LDShadowLady and Smallishbeans Lateral: Game 2 with Geoff Marshall, Vicki Pipe, LDShadowLady and Smallishbeans
6 months ago En
The second game! With new questions, new teams, and a brief snippet of music. Pull down the description for links to everyone's channels: Geoff and Vicki are on All The Stations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ttKX46nJxUeXZ0aoD4Q5g and Geoff's own channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd18OhMfRmjMjzSHP7Zrzmw They're @geofftech and @norwegiancheese LDShadowLady: https://www.youtube.com/user/ldshadowlady @ldshadowlady Smallishbeans: https://www.youtube.com/user/smallishbeans @smallishbeans QUESTION EDITOR David Bodycombe EDITED BY Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin GRAPHICS BY Support Class https://supportclass.net MUSIC BY Tobias Stich http://www.tobias-stich.com/ DIRECTED BY Matt Gray http://mattg.co.uk I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle
6 months ago En
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 (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Lateral: Game 1 with Kat Arney, Helen Arney, Simon Clark, and Sally Le Page Lateral: Game 1 with Kat Arney, Helen Arney, Simon Clark, and Sally Le Page
6 months ago En
It's been a long time since I've done a quiz or game show on this channel, but finally: introducing Lateral! Pull down this description for links to everyone's channels. Joining me are: Helen Arney, http://helenarney.com @helenarney Kat Arney, https://katarney.com @Kat_Arney Simon Clark, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRr_xrOm66qaigIbwFLvbQ @simonoxfphys Sally Le Page, https://www.youtube.com/user/shedscience @sallylepage QUESTION EDITOR David Bodycombe EDITED BY Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin GRAPHICS BY Support Class https://supportclass.net MUSIC BY Tobias Stich http://www.tobias-stich.com/ DIRECTED BY Matt Gray http://mattg.co.uk I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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A Town Called Asbestos A Town Called Asbestos
6 months ago En
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 changed the name? Dr Jessica van Horssen's book, "A Town Called Asbestos", was invaluable for my research. Its ISBN is 9780774828420, and it can be ordered from most libraries and bookstores. Her five-part YouTube series starts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-66YqEHkzA The Story of Asbestos (1922): https://archive.org/details/0929StoryOfAsbestos According to Plan: The Story of Modern Sidewalls for the Homes of America (1952): https://archive.org/details/Accordin1952 The Gruen Transfer: How To Sell Asbestos, Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIpxelbkI0I USGS public domain microscopy of asbestos: https://usgsprobe.cr.usgs.gov/picts2.html The Canadian parliament quote is an official Hansard translation from the original French: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/eppp-archive/100/201/301/hansard-f/35-2/153_97-04-10/153SM1E.html#9543 I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Canada, Quiz Show, Tech Dif, Vidcon! Canada, Quiz Show, Tech Dif, Vidcon!
6 months ago En
Updates! ▶ CANADA: Vancouver folks, get in touch! https://www.tomscott.com/contact/ ▶ QUIZ SHOW: next week! ▶ TECH DIF: over on https://youtube.com/mattandtom/ soon ▶ VIDCON: see you there maybe? I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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Keeping Aircraft Safe without Radar: The North Atlantic Tracks Keeping Aircraft Safe without Radar: The North Atlantic Tracks
7 months ago En
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 in the sky, if freeway lanes were stacked a thousand feet on top of each other. More about Nav Canada and the tracks, and the new standards they're introducing: http://blog.navcanada.ca/increasing-operational-flexibility-north-atlantic/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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⚫ How The Black Point Message Crashes Android Apps ⚫ How The Black Point Message Crashes Android Apps
7 months ago En
"_If you touch the👇black point then your whatsapp will hang_", says the message that's being sent around, and it's right. It's a text rendering bug, the same as many others -- which isn't interesting. But the characters it's using, Unicode RTL and LTR marks, are worth knowing about. Thanks to everyone who suggested this subject! The Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm: http://unicode.org/reports/tr9/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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2½ Hours of Unedited Garlic Bread Flight Footage 2½ Hours of Unedited Garlic Bread Flight Footage
7 months ago En
There's a concept called "Slow TV", championed by Norwegian broadcaster NRK, that emphasises long, unedited, contemplative journeys. Well, I've been snowed under with planning and editing some big projects, so for this week's video we're doing Slow TV with a video even less conventional than last week's. 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/Welcome.html ! Pull down the description for more details. I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo
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