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!)

536 videos
The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet
1 day ago En
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.nl/en/schiphol-as-a-neighbour/page/landscape-design-plan-to-combat-noise-nuisance/ I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Guest Videos, Overcompensation, New Tech Dif, and a T-Shirt Change Guest Videos, Overcompensation, New Tech Dif, and a T-Shirt Change
6 days ago En
GUEST VIDEOS: https://tomscott.com/guest • CARBON: https://tomscott.com/carbon • TECH DIF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phL7P6gtZRM&list=PLfx61sxf1Yz2I-c7eMRk9wBUUDCJkU7H0&index=6 I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important
1 week ago En
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 (@mrsmmartin) With thanks to librarian-YouTuber Peter Musser for script checking: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC37J30wHpQOtc1vzuN6OdDA/videos I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/Tom Scott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
The Self-Driving Race Car The Self-Driving Race Car
2 weeks ago En
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) Camera by Grant Stevens https://www.moonshineproductions.co.uk/ I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Inside The Tunnels That Will Store Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years Inside The Tunnels That Will Store Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years
3 weeks ago En
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 more at http://www.posiva.fi/en/final_disposal/onkalo Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Audio mix by Haerther Productions https://haerther.net I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
What Counts As The World's Shortest River? What Counts As The World's Shortest River?
4 weeks ago En
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 shortest in the world, though: that could be trickier. Sources: https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2012-06-18/d-river-lincoln-city-oregon-ken-jennings-maphead and a lot of googling for various folk tales. Also, travelling to Finland. Here's the co-ordinates of the Finnish river: 62.6497 N, 26.0484E Thanks to Wren from Corridor Digital for the LA drone shot! https://twitter.com/sirwrender I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
The Toxic Pit With A $3 Admission Fee The Toxic Pit With A $3 Admission Fee
1 month ago En
The Berkeley Pit, in Butte, Montana, was once the richest hill on Earth: the Anaconda Copper Mine. Now: it's not all that rich, and it's not much of a hill. Instead, it's a toxic pit filled with sulfuric acid. Thanks to the Montana Resources team: https://www.montanaresources.com/ REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING: "10,000 miles of tunnels": https://mtstandard.com/news/local/new-map-plots-butte-underground/article_f1de51e2-948f-5634-9aa0-87ad730d9cfd.html "35,000 people a year": https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/toxic-montana-pit-tourist-attraction] Protective Water Level, and the details of the underground water that I didn't have time to go into: https://pitwatch.org/protective-water-level/ The first treated water being removed from the pit: https://www.mtpr.org/post/treated-water-begins-flowing-out-buttes-berkeley-pit Edited by Tom Fuller I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
The Only Bit Of Louisiana's Coast That Isn't Sinking The Only Bit Of Louisiana's Coast That Isn't Sinking
1 month ago En
On a coastline that's steadily sinking under the waves, the Wax Lake Delta is rising: which is a wonderful thing for researchers.Historically, every time humans try and mess with the Mississippi, there have been unintended consequences: and even though we can now model it fairly well, there are still surprises. Thanks to Alex Kolker and all the team at LUMCON in Louisiana. Here's more about his research: https://lumcon.edu/2017/10/20/land-building-in-a-river-delta-can-help-reduce-carbon-dioxide-emissions/ And if your institution subscribes, the paper on carbon storage in the Wax Lake Delta that he worked on is in Nature here: https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo3044 Other references and further reading: How humans sank New Orleans: How humans sank New Orleans: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/02/how-humans-sank-new-orleans/552323/ Retiring place names: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/24/us/jean-lafitte-floodwaters.html Levee wars: https://www.propublica.org/article/deregulate-federal-levees-section-408-permit-secretive-lobbying-effort Resettling the first American 'climate refugees': https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/us/resettling-the-first-american-climate-refugees.html CREDITS: Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Audio mix by Graham Haerther https://haerther.net Land and sea data and images from NOAA and NASA / Landsat, public domain Aerial imagery from Google Earth, used with permission I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Cash and Grab (with Bird Keeper Toby and Inés from Draw Curiosity) Cash and Grab (with Bird Keeper Toby and Inés from Draw Curiosity)
1 month ago En
I'll say this about this week's Game Garage: we definitely had fun. Thanks to Toby: https://www.youtube.com/birdkeepertoby and Inés: https://www.youtube.com/drawcuriosity ! Edited by Elliot Gough Audio mix by Graham Haerther Directed by Grant Stevens Produced by David Bodycombe and Tom Scott A Pad 26 / Labyrinth Games production I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't
1 month ago En
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=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD7CTZES3KXFnwm0 Written with Gretchen McCulloch and Molly Ruhl. Gretchen's new book, BECAUSE INTERNET, is available now: 🇺🇸 US: https://amzn.to/30tLpjT 🇨🇦 CA: https://amzn.to/2JsTYWH 🇬🇧 UK: https://amzn.to/32epYoK (Those are affiliate links that give a commission to me or Gretchen, depending on country!) Gretchen can be found at http://lingthusiasm.com/ REFERENCES: Harbeck, J. (2009). Presented at the 30th annual Editors’ Association of Canada conference, Toronto, June 6, 2009. Algeo, J., & Pyles, T. (2004). The origins and development of the English language (5th ed.). Boston, Mass.: Thomson/Wadsworth. Nicolaidis, Katerina (2005). "Approval of new IPA sound: the labiodental flap". Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 35 (2): 261. I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Checkpoint (with Ashens and the Polybius Heist crew) Checkpoint (with Ashens and the Polybius Heist crew)
1 month ago En
This game turned out a lot more stressful than we thought it would. Thanks to ASHENS and the POLYBIUS HEIST crew, you can watch their first movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tf2As_AQ6s and Ashens' channel here: https://www.youtube.com/ashens Edited by Elliot Gough Audio mix by Graham Haerther Directed by Grant Stevens Produced by David Bodycombe and Tom Scott A Pad 26 / Labyrinth Games production I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
I'm Not A Robot ✅ I'm Not A Robot ✅
1 month ago En
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/tomscott MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written by Sean M Elliott and Tom Scott Directed by Tomek Graphics by Mooviemakers https://www.mooviemakers.co.uk/ Audio mix by Haerther Productions https://haerther.net/ Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring the video! If you're techie enough to watch this video, you should be using a password manager. Get a 30-day free trial at https://dashlane.com/tomscott I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Personal Best (with dodie, Sammy Paul, Daniel J Layton and Reb Day) Personal Best (with dodie, Sammy Paul, Daniel J Layton and Reb Day)
2 months ago En
We're back! New games, same garage. Thanks to the crew from SOME LOVELY BOARD GAMES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfeCp3-_U8M Dodie: https://youtube.com/doddleoddle Sammy Paul: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC78zXJFimlWORdNrBS5pqGw Daniel J Layton: https://www.youtube.com/danieljlayton Reb Day: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi7nf3Wb5HzFgfkKLgTqzpw Edited by Elliot Gough Audio mix by Graham Haerther Directed by Grant Stevens Produced by David Bodycombe and Tom Scott A Pad 26 / Labyrinth Games production I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Flying A Plane With Fireworks On The Wings Flying A Plane With Fireworks On The Wings
2 months ago En
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 camera by Adam Landau Edited by Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin Audio mix by Graham Haerther http://haerther.net I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
The Two Generals’ Problem The Two Generals’ Problem
2 months ago En
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/tomscott MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written by Sean M Elliott and Tom Scott Directed by Tomek Graphics by Mooviemakers https://www.mooviemakers.co.uk/ Audio mix by Haerther Productions https://haerther.net/ Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring the video! If you're techie enough to watch this video, you should be using a password manager. Get a 30-day free trial at https://dashlane.com/tomscott I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Why “No Problem” Can Seem Rude: Phatic Expressions Why “No Problem” Can Seem Rude: Phatic Expressions
2 months ago En
"Hello!" "Thank you!" "You're welcome!" These are all phatic expressions, and people can argue about them. Pull down the description for the references! MORE LANGUAGE FILES: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLDEnHuhD7CTZES3KXFnwm0 Written with Gretchen McCulloch and Molly Ruhl. Gretchen's new book, BECAUSE INTERNET, is available now: 🇺🇸 US: https://amzn.to/30tLpjT 🇨🇦 CA: https://amzn.to/2JsTYWH 🇬🇧 UK: https://amzn.to/32epYoK (Those are affiliate links that give a commission to me or Gretchen, depending on country!) Gretchen can be found at http://lingthusiasm.com/ REFERENCES: Brown, P. and Levinson, S. 1987. Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. Goffman, Erving (1967): On Face-Work. An Analysis of Ritual Elements in Social Interaction. In: Ders.: Interaction Ritual. New York: Doubleday. 5-45. Dinkin, A. (2018). It's no problem to be polite: Apparent-time change in responses to thanks. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 22(2), 190-215. Bucholtz, M. & Hall, K. (2005) Identity and interaction: A sociocultural linguistic approach. Discourse Studies. vol. 7 (4-2): 585-614. Yngve, Victor. "On getting a word in edgewise," page 568. Papers from the Sixth Regional Meeting [of the] Chicago Linguistic Society, 1970. Sacks, H., Schegloff, E. A., & Jefferson, G. (1974). "A simplest systematics for the organization of turn-taking for conversation." Language, 50, 696–735. Tannen, D. (2012). Turn-Taking and Intercultural Discourse and Communication. In Bratt Paulston, C., Kiesling, S. F., & Rangel E. S., Japan/Anglo-American Cross-Cultural Communication (pp 135-157). Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics: The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication. I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
What's Your Computer Actually Doing? What's Your Computer Actually Doing?
2 months ago En
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/tomscott Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring the video! If you're techie enough to watch this video, you should be using a password manager. Get a 30-day free trial at https://dashlane.com/tomscott MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha MINOR CORRECTIONS: In the graphics, "programme" should be "program". I say "Mac instead of PC"; that should be "a phone instead of a PC". And most importantly, I say "every sixth cycle": that should be "every ninth". Fortunately, none of these materially affect the content of the video! Written by Sean M Elliott and Tom Scott Directed by Tomek Graphics by Mooviemakers https://www.mooviemakers.co.uk/ Audio mix by Haerther Productions https://haerther.net/ I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
How To Stop A Colossal Bridge Corroding How To Stop A Colossal Bridge Corroding
3 months ago En
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 Bridge board, at Cleveland Bridge, and Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, all of whom spent a lot of time and effort getting me up to the towers! Aerial and ground camera by Octovision Media https://octovisionmedia.co.uk Edited by Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
why typing like this is sometimes okay. why typing like this is sometimes okay.
3 months ago En Ru
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 Written with Gretchen McCulloch and Molly Ruhl. Gretchen's new book, BECAUSE INTERNET, is available soon: 🇺🇸 US: https://amzn.to/30tLpjT 🇨🇦 CA: https://amzn.to/2JsTYWH 🇬🇧 UK: https://amzn.to/32epYoK (Those are affiliate links that give a commission to me or Gretchen, depending on country!) Gretchen can be found at http://lingthusiasm.com/ REFERENCES: Labov, W. (1972) Some principles of linguistics methodology. Language and Society 1(1): 97–120. Bucholtz, M. & Hall, K. (2005) Identity and interaction: A sociocultural linguistic approach. Discourse Studies. vol. 7 (4-2): 585-614. Biber, D. & Finegan, E. (1994). Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Register. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press. Soffer, O. (2012). Liquid language? on the personalization of discourse in the digital era. New Media & Society, 14(7), 1092-1110. Bourlai, E., & Herring, S. C. (2014). Multimodal communication on tumblr: I have so many feels! Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Web Science - WebSci '14. doi:10.1145/2615569.2615697 Lawson, A., Ferrer, L., Wang, W., & Murray, J. (2015). Detection of demographics and identity in spontaneous speech and writing. In A. K. Baughman, J. Gao, J. Pan, & V. A. Petrushin (Eds.), Multimedia Data Mining and Analytics (Vol. 3, pp. 205-225). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-14998-1_9 Mckee, H. (2002). “YOUR VIEWS SHOWED TRUE IGNORANCE!!!”: (Mis)Communication in an online interracial discussion forum. Computers and Composition, 19(4), 411-434. Danet, B. (2013). Flaming and linguistic impoliteness on a listserv. In S. C. Herring, D. Stein, & T. Virtanen (Eds.), Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication (Vol. 9, Handbook of Pragmatics, pp. 639-664). Walter de Gruyter McCulloch, G. (2019). Because internet. New York: Riverhead Books. Milne, A. A. & Shepard, E. (1926). Winnie-the-Pooh. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. Urabnik, C. L. (2013). Adjacent character repetition: Orthographic Pragmatics in Computer-Mediated Discourse. (Master’s Thesis) San Francisco State University. Gunrajm D.N., Drumm-Hewitt, A.M., Dashow, E.M., Upadhyay, S.S.N., Klin, C.M. (2015). Texting insincerely: The role of the period in text messaging. Computers in Human Behavior 55(B). (pp 1067-1075). doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.003 Gonzalez-Lloret, M. (2011). Conversation analysis of computer-mediated communication. CALICO Journal, 28(2), 308-325. I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
How To Build An App: Everything You Didn't Know You Needed To Know How To Build An App: Everything You Didn't Know You Needed To Know
3 months ago En
Watch all 15 episodes right now: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google This isn't going to be a click-a-button and follow-along series that gives you the same result as everything else. We're not even going to talk about code. This is everything you didn't know you needed to know about building an app. 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
How To Keep Your App Alive, Or Put It Out Of Its Misery How To Keep Your App Alive, Or Put It Out Of Its Misery
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s the links to sources from my monologues: The now-dead site for our Emoji messaging app: http://emoj.li/ More than 75% of apps are only opened once: http://fortune.com/2016/05/19/app-economy/ 80% of users delete an app after 90 days: http://fortune.com/2016/05/19/app-economy/ In 2018, less than one in a thousand apps were a commercial success: https://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2014/01/13/mobile-apps-may-not-pave-the-way-to-developer-riches-sales-average-less-than-1250-a-day/#f631d94890b1 On average, it costs 15-20% of original development costs to keep an app going every year: https://www.fiercewireless.com/developer/maintaining-app-critical-to-its-overall-success 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
How To Survive On The App Store How To Survive On The App Store
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s the sources for the stats in my intro: The average person touches their phone more than two and a half thousand times a day: https://www.businessinsider.com/dscout-research-people-touch-cell-phones-2617-times-a-day-2016-7 Average time spent on phones is increasing by 11 minutes a year: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-time-spent-2018 There are millions of apps in the Google Play store: https://www.statista.com/statistics/266210/number-of-available-applications-in-the-google-play-store/ Here’s the Google Play Developer Console: https://play.google.com/apps/publish/?account=8392098387496028578 And here’s Apple’s iOS developer site: https://developer.apple.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
How To Make Your App Delightful How To Make Your App Delightful
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks again to Fen Court in London (http://www.fencourtlondon.com/) for letting us film from their roof garden. Here’s a great article showing the design processes behind Monument Valley: https://www.cultofmac.com/273790/inside-monument-valley/ I'm at http://tomscott.com
How To Make Sure Your App Isn’t Evil How To Make Sure Your App Isn’t Evil
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to Crystal Palace Park Maze for letting us film some incredible difficult tracking shots there: https://crystalpalacepark.org.uk/things-to-do/maze/ There is more information on the UK Government’s Nudge Unit here: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/uk-the-nudge-unit-uses-behavioural-science-to-influence-policy-outcomes-such-as-improved-tax-collections-and-pension-enrolment#gs.09d06c Harry Brignull’s Dark Patterns: https://www.darkpatterns.org/ Cognitive Biases are fascinating: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases Doteveryone’s Consequence Scanning Toolkit: https://doteveryone.org.uk/project/consequence-scanning/ 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
How To Make Money With Your App How To Make Money With Your App
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to the Regency Leisure Arcade in Brighton for letting us film there. Here’s the source for the stats in my intro: App economy expected to be worth $120bn in 2019: https://www.zdnet.com/article/app-economy-expected-to-be-120-billion-in-2019-as-small-screen-leads-digital-transformation-efforts/ By 2020 75% of the global population will have smart phones, and developing markets are expected to account for largest share of growth : https://www.gsmaintelligence.com/research/?file=3df1b7d57b1e63a0cbc3d585feb82dc2&download https://www.businessinsider.com/world-population-mobile-devices-2017-9 And more stats on Monument Valley’s success are here: https://medium.com/@ustwogames/monument-valley-in-numbers-c945b8658261 https://medium.com/@ustwogames/monument-valley-in-numbers-c945b8658261 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
How To Find Out If Real People Can Actually Use Your App How To Find Out If Real People Can Actually Use Your App
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks again to Patterns Bar in Brighton for letting us film there: http://patternsbrighton.com/ Here’s UX Designer Richard Littaeur’s site The User Is Drunk: https://theuserisdrunk.com/ Huge thanks to all our user testers - Vasnich Srishinkar, Sejul Malde, Will Chidlow, Jack Bould and Anjali Ramachandran 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
Connecting Your App To The Cloud Connecting Your App To The Cloud
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks again to the Science Museum in London for letting us film in their Information Age gallery. If you’re in London, you can go there to see the very first web server: http://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects/co8232360/next-cube-computer-1990-personal-computer More info on Amazon’s 2017 AWS outage: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/03/518322734/amazon-and-the-150-million-typo?t=1559577470456 Here’s a couple of links to terms we discussed in my conversation with Josh Emerson: API - Application Programming Interface: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface Data/Encryption at Rest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_at_rest Exponential Backoff: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exponential_backoff 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
How To Connect Your App To The Real World How To Connect Your App To The Real World
3 months ago En
Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to the Science Museum for letting us film in their Information Age Gallery! And thanks to Jordan: you can find her on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1H1NWNTG2Xi3pt85ykVSHA and at https://jordanharrod.com Here are the sources for the facts in my intro: Martin Cooper making the first ever mobile phone call: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/invention-mobile-phones https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4411258/1st-mobile-phone-call-is-made--April-3--1973 The first handheld mobile phone - the Motorola DynaTAC: https://www.retrowow.co.uk/retro_collectibles/80s/motorola_8000X.php And here’s a couple of link on the issues that Jordan Harrod discussed in our conversation: Great article on AI bias: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612876/this-is-how-ai-bias-really-happensand-why-its-so-hard-to-fix/ More information about Dual Use Technology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-use_technology 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
How To Make Your App Less Frustrating How To Make Your App Less Frustrating
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s the sources for the stats I mention in the intro: 1 in 20 people suffer from hearing loss: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss 3 million Americans have some form of vision impairment: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/study-finds-most-americans-have-good-vision-14-million-are-visually-impaired 8% of men with European ancestry are colourblind: https://nei.nih.gov/health/color_blindness/facts_about More info on Special Project’s Out of the Box project: http://specialprojects.studio/project/out-of-the-box/ 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
How To Talk To A Coder Without Looking Stupid How To Talk To A Coder Without Looking Stupid
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Shaka, when the walls fell: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/06/star-trek-tng-and-the-limits-of-language-shaka-when-the-walls-fell/372107/ There are loads of free online tools to help you build mockups of your app, but here’s a couple to start with: https://proto.io/ https://www.fluidui.com/ https://balsamiq.com/ https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/xd.html 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
Minimum Viable Product Minimum Viable Product
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to the Ella family farm in Ousefleet, West Yorkshire for letting us film in their very boring field. Here’s why it is so perfectly boring: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1600225.stm James Box is the author of Undercover UX Design, published by O’Reilly Books: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/undercover-user-experience/9780132118231/ If you want to see what some of today’s most successful digital services looked like as Minimum Viable Products, here’s a great list: https://speckyboy.com/successful-minimum-viable-products/ The drone photography in the boring field was by Parri Thomas: http://www.mathewparrithomas.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
Where Are Your First 1,000 Users? Where Are Your First 1,000 Users?
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to Patterns Bar in Brighton for letting us film there: http://patternsbrighton.com/ The story about Tinder’s launch is told in a brilliant Google I/O 2014 talk by Sean Rad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdiKhqGVHg4&t=1341s And thank you to the 1,920 of you who signed up to be a beta tester on our Google Form. Apologies we never actually asked you to beta test the app, but you really helped us test a theory about how to build a user base. So thanks! 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
Where Do You Want Your App To Live? Where Do You Want Your App To Live?
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to Fen Court in London (http://www.fencourtlondon.com/) for letting us film from their roof garden. iOS Human Interface Guidelines: https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/ Google Material Design Guidelines: https://material.io/design/guidelines-overview/ Here’s Google’s guide to Progressive Web Apps: https://developers.google.com/web/progressive-web-apps/ 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
How To Find Out If Your App Idea Is Any Good How To Find Out If Your App Idea Is Any Good
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to our MVP testers: Dom Burgess https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGI000V6ZIAQf97MNybAaLQ Rachel Krishna Tim Blais https://www.youtube.com/acapellascience Amelia Zak Justin Helps https://www.youtube.com/primerlearning 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
Making An App Is A Terrible Idea, But Here's How You Can Do It Making An App Is A Terrible Idea, But Here's How You Can Do It
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Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s a talk Matt Gray and I gave at Electromagnetic Field, the UK hacker camp, about how we built the Emoji app, and why it failed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsyhGHUEt-k You can find out more about the brilliant Zombies, Run! App here: https://zombiesrungame.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
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 THE DISCHARGE CHANNEL: The Discharge Channel's site (in Japanese): http://www.ktr.mlit.go.jp/edogawa/gaikaku/ Advice for English-speaking visitors: https://matcha-jp.com/en/4002 REFERENCES: "Below sea level" and "aging levees": http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/content/000028631.pdf [PDF, parts translated in https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/climate/tokyo-floods.html ] "All that protects the two and a half million people": https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180823/p2a/00m/0na/007000c Discharge channel stats: http://www.japanriver.or.jp/EnglishDocument/DB/file/004%20Kanto%2079(T.O-12).pdf [PDF] THANKS TO: Local fixer: Yamada Masato Post translator: Dominic Jacobs 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
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 everyone in Coober Pedy; I had a wonderful time there. I'm sorry this isn't the video you all hoped for! Sources for this video: Smerdon, B.; Ransley, T.; Radke, B.; Kellett, J. (2012) Water resource assessment for the Great Artesian Basin. A report to the Australian Government from the CSIRO Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Assessment. Australia: CSIRO. https://doi.org/10.4225/08/584c45a39e1b5 Martin, P. (2019). Opal capital Coober Pedy 'on knife-edge' as desert town faces water problem. Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/coober-pedy-water-supply-concerns-opal-capital/10867894 Coober Pedy weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/201901/html/IDCJDW5012.201901.shtml Great Artesian Basin boundaries: Great Artesian Basin boundary: https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/241d11ac-649d-46a5-8cae-3dddb53a8010 Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Bioregional Assessment Programme http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au), (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 2013 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 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/ 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
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 about Olds Engineering: https://www.olds.com.au/ and the Olds Elevator: https://www.oldselevator.com/ 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
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 to all the Dunedin Railways team! You can find out more about them here: https://www.dunedinrailways.co.nz/ 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
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"? Thanks to Mayor Dave Cull and to Gary Blackman. You can see some of Gary Blackman's photography in Te Papa's collection: https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/agent/222 And an interview with him: https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/blackman-still-finding-out-what-camera-will-take CITATION: von Worley, S. (2010). More Steeps Of San Francisco – A New Steepest Street Is Born. Retrieved from http://www.datapointed.net/2010/02/more-steeps-of-san-francisco/ The Guinness World Record data is here: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/62907-steepest-street-road And the Welsh street is referenced here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/10/bricks-dont-usually-roll-welsh-town-harlech-worlds-steepest-street 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
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: https://holmessolutions.com/ And their adventure recreation division: https://holmessolutions.com/case-study/adventure-recreation Information on foreseeable misuse: Health and Safety Executive. (2017). Fairgrounds and amusementparks: Guidance on safe practice. London: HSE Books. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg175.pdf [PDF] Information on US regulation of theme parks: Hollandsworth, S. (2018). Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide. Texas Monthly. Retrieved from https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-slide/ - this is an interesting and somewhat harrowing article on the now-demolished world's largest waterslide. Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Audio mix by Graham Haerther (http://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
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, it might explode. GOOD VIDEOS ON NATURAL PERSONHOOD: Law professor Jacinta Ruru at TEDx Christchurch, for a formal talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zAPwaOYjQU Leonie Hayden at The Spinoff, for a more vlog-style approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbS-bOUgotU SOURCES: Taranaki Civil Defence and Emergency Management https://cdemtaranaki.govt.nz/taranaki-hazards/natural-hazards/volcanic/ McWethy, D., Wilmshurst, J., Whitlock, C., Wood, J., & McGlone, M. (2014). A High-Resolution Chronology of Rapid Forest Transitions following Polynesian Arrival in New Zealand. Plos ONE, 9(11), e111328. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111328 Perry, G., Wilmshurst, J., & McGlone, M. (2014). Ecology and long-term history of fire in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal Of Ecology, 38(2), 157-176. ME: 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 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 images inside the human body. Thanks to the Mars Bioimaging team: https://www.marsbioimaging.com/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Audio mix by Graham Haerther 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
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, thing. Thank you to Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles! Here are some of the references used for this video: Bonifield, J. (2019). Fatal brain-eating amoeba may have come from woman's neti pot. Retrieved from https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/07/health/seattle-brain-amoeba-neti-pot-bn/index.html Hermelingmeier, K., Weber, R., Hellmich, M., Heubach, C., & Mösges, R. (2012). Nasal Irrigation as an Adjunctive Treatment in Allergic Rhinitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. American Journal Of Rhinology & Allergy, 26(5), e119-e125. doi: 10.2500/ajra.2012.26.3787 Piper, K., Foster, H., Susanto, D., Maree, C., Thornton, S., & Cobbs, C. (2018). Fatal Balamuthia mandrillaris brain infection associated with improper nasal lavage. International Journal Of Infectious Diseases, 77, 18-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2018.09.013 Yoder, J., Straif-Bourgeois, S., Roy, S., Moore, T., Visvesvara, G., & Ratard, R. et al. (2012). Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis Deaths Associated With Sinus Irrigation Using Contaminated Tap Water. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 55(9), e79-e85. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis626 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
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 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
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. Gibbs Farm: http://www.gibbsfarm.org.nz/ 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
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 script: https://www.youtube.com/SimonOxfPhys - any errors are mine, not his! Current visualisation from http://earth.nullschool.net , used with permission 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
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 memories started surfacing in very odd ways. 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 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 with artificial gravity, this is the best way. More about the Artificial Gravity Facility: https://www.brandeis.edu/graybiel/facilities/srr.html More about the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory: https://www.brandeis.edu/graybiel/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Audio mix by Graham Haerther http://haerther.net Animation by Mooviemakers http://www.mooviemakers.co.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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