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  • The European City Centre With No Street Names
    The European City Centre With No Street Names
    In the Quadratestadt of Mannheim, Germany, the streets aren't named: instead, the blocks are. It's an exception to a rule that most people don't even think about — especially not mapping...
  • Faceswapping, Unethical Videos, and Future Shock
    Faceswapping, Unethical Videos, and Future Shock
    I was going to tell a science fiction story about faceswapping, and mass blackmail. Then the news broke about unethical faceswapping videos, and software designed and marketed for creating...
  • Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball
    Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball
    In Göttingen, Germany, there's a four-tonne steel ball that can be raised up a 14-metre tower -- and then dropped in less than two seconds, crashing back to earth. It makes tiny, artificial...
  • Controlling An Airport From 80 Miles Away
    Controlling An Airport From 80 Miles Away
    London City Airport's getting a new control tower: but it's just going to be a large mast with 14 high-definition cameras on it. The actual tower will be 80 miles away, in the headquarters...
  • The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure
    The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure
    At the headquarters of Cloudflare, in San Francisco, there's a wall of lava lamps: the Entropy Wall. They're used to generate random numbers and keep a good bit of the internet secure: here's...
  • A Language Made Of Music
    A Language Made Of Music
    Today's guest is 12tone! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTUtqcDkzw7bisadh6AOx5w - and here's their video about the Imperial March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA36-mQEYwk...
  • How Computers Compress Text: Huffman Coding and Huffman Trees
    How Computers Compress Text: Huffman Coding and Huffman Trees
    Computers store text (or, at least, English text) as eight bits per character. There are plenty of more efficient ways that could work: so why don't we use them? And how can we fit more text...
  • The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest
    The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest
    In the archives of Yale University, there's a 367-year-old bond from the water authority of Lekdijk Bovendams, in the Netherlands. And it's still paying interest. Thanks to: Prof. Geert Rouwenhors...
  • Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible
    Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible
    In Lancaster, California, there's a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it's out of tune. Here's why. Thanks to David Simmons-Duffin, who...
  • What Is Sea Level, Anyway?
    What Is Sea Level, Anyway?
    In Calipatria, California, the town is below sea level -- but their flag pole isn't. But what does "sea level" mean? Is it just theory, or is there more behind it? I'm at http://tomscott.com...
  • The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart
    The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart
    The town of Staufen, in the south-west of Germany, has a problem: a drilling operation in 2007 that went very wrong. Half a metre of movement might not sound like much, but in this town, that's...
  • FizzBuzz: One Simple Interview Question
    FizzBuzz: One Simple Interview Question
    There are a lot of opinions on how to hire coders, and most of them are terrible. The opinions, that is, not the coders. But a basic filter test to make sure someone can do what they say they...
  • Rotary Jails and Accidental Amputations
    Rotary Jails and Accidental Amputations
    In Crawfordsville, Indiana, there's a rotary jail: an invention that, with hindsight, should probably never have been built. But it was, here and in other towns across the United States. It...
  • The US Government's $983 Freeze-Dried Urine
    The US Government's $983 Freeze-Dried Urine
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, sells Standard Reference Materials, or SRMs for short. They're analysed, quantified, and certified substances: everything from metals,...
  • Canada's Most Successful King
    Canada's Most Successful King
    This week's guest is Evan Hadfield, from Rare Earth. Go subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtGG8ucQgEJPeUPhJZ4M4jA -- start with his video on the last elephants of Cambodia: https://www.yo...
  • This Video Is 2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect
    This Video Is 2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect
    Hold on tight, because with a stabilised camera shot and a pair of sunglasses, you're about to see a video that works in both 2D and 3D at the same time. The technique's called the Pulfrich...
  • Inside The Giant American Freezer Filled With Polar Ice
    Inside The Giant American Freezer Filled With Polar Ice
    Welcome to the US National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, Colorado, where there's a giant freezer filled with 20km of ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic. Here's why. Thanks to everyone...
  • Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?
    Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?
    I'm visiting the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator, to answer a question: how unsafe is it for me to vlog while driving? Is vlogging while driving dangerous? The team...
  • Sign Language Isn't Universal
    Sign Language Isn't Universal
    This week's guest is Rikki Poynter! Go subscribe to her vlog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS7wVohIwd66b95xyuw7DFQ -- and if subtitles aren't on automatically here, you can turn them on...
  • The Story of Salvation Mountain
    The Story of Salvation Mountain
    Near Slab City, California, a man painted a hill. It was outsider art: Leonard Knight had no training and no great masters to imitate. But somehow, he created something that resonates with...
  • The Reaction Ferries of Basel: What Have We Missed?
    The Reaction Ferries of Basel: What Have We Missed?
    On the river Rhine in Switzerland, there are reaction ferries: boats with no engine, no paddles, no onboard motive power at all. Here's how they work -- and a question about what other simple...
  • What Counts as a Mountain?
    What Counts as a Mountain?
    I'm at the top of Mount Evans, more than 14000 feet - 4.3km - above sea level. This is definitely a mountain: but why doesn't the smaller summit next to it also count? Let's talk about prominence....
  • Blocking People in Real Life: Tom Scott at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail
    Blocking People in Real Life: Tom Scott at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail
    I'm not saying this would be a good idea, and it's definitely not a prediction of the future. It's just a story. I think. An Evening of Unnecessary Detail runs once a month from January to...
  • Breaking the News: Tom Scott and Matt Gray bonehead the budget
    Breaking the News: Tom Scott and Matt Gray bonehead the budget
    http://www.tomscott.com - http://www.mattg.co.uk The biggest project we've ever tried: on Budget Day 2009, Tom and Matt headed down to London. With a camera crew in tow and a command centre...
  • Accidental Emoji Expert: Tom Scott at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail
    Accidental Emoji Expert: Tom Scott at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail
    On stage at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail - http://aeoud.com - I tell a dramatised and extremely shortened history of emoji, run through what's coming up in 2016, and have a look at what...
  • A Nuclear Waste Dump You Can Walk On: Weldon Spring, Missouri
    A Nuclear Waste Dump You Can Walk On: Weldon Spring, Missouri
    In Weldon Spring, Missouri, there is a strange, grey, windblasted seven-storey pile of rocks. It's the Weldon Spring Site: a nuclear and toxic waste dump on the site of an old uranium processing...
  • Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur | PLAYTHROUGH | International Tabletop Day 2017
    Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur | PLAYTHROUGH | International Tabletop Day 2017
    YouTuber Tom Scott has flown drones through lightning, he's taken on the first human-powered theme park, he's even visited Penistone. But he's never taken on a British Museum curator...
  • Why The YouTube Algorithm Will Always Be A Mystery
    Why The YouTube Algorithm Will Always Be A Mystery
    The mysterious YouTube algorithm. It's confused people for years, and will continue to do so. So why isn't YouTube more transparent? It used to be that they wouldn't tell anyone how it works...
  • 17 Tonnes of Spinning Glass: Making the World's Largest Telescope
    17 Tonnes of Spinning Glass: Making the World's Largest Telescope
    This week's guest video comes from Active Galactic Videos: go subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/ActiveGalacticVideos/ They got to walk on the dish of a telescope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1...
  • Will YouTube Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?
    Will YouTube Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?
    In the URL of each YouTube video is the 11-character video ID, unique for each video. Can they ever run out? Just how many videos can YouTube handle? To work it out, we need to talk about counting...
  • Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality
    Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality
    Your sports team wins. The confetti drops. And suddenly, the video quality falls apart. Why? Let's talk about interframe compression, bitrate, and unnecessary green screen effects. I'm at...
  • Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea - Computerphile
    Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea - Computerphile
    Voting is centuries old, why can't we move with the times and use our phones, tablets and computers? Tom Scott lays out why e-voting is such a bad idea. More from Tom Scott: http://www.youtube.com...
  • Tom Scott's Virtual Window!
    Tom Scott's Virtual Window!
    Coming in to meet the geeks this time Mark Lancaster, chief executive of a global hotel chain. The geeks have a gadget idea that they think could give his hotels guests a whole-new hotel experience...
  • Why Britain Sucks At Product Placement
    Why Britain Sucks At Product Placement
    Britain has some of the strongest product placement rules in the world - and it means YouTube vloggers have to declare their advertising before you click on the video. Why? And what did it...
  • The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance
    The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance
    If you're sitting on a boat in Lake Constance, are you in three countries at once? Or just in one? Does it even matter? Because strangely, it turns out there are parts of the world where no-one...
  • Tom Scott & Matt Parker Fix | Experimental Deepfakes
    Tom Scott & Matt Parker Fix | Experimental Deepfakes
    So I decided to give Tom Scott a hand after his nightmare fuel deepfakes face swap of himself and Matt Parker haunted every waking moment of his viewers' lives. My work was in his original...
  • The Toxic Blue Lagoon of Buxton
    The Toxic Blue Lagoon of Buxton
    http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - In a disused quarry at Harpur Hill, near Buxton, there's a bright blue lagoon. It looks like a perfect place to cool off in summer. And it...
  • The Fake Vinegar In British Fish and Chip Shops
    The Fake Vinegar In British Fish and Chip Shops
    "Non-brewed condiment" is what they call it: it's chemically very similar to proper vinegar, a mixture of ethanoic acid, colourings and flavourings, but it's put together by just combining...
  • The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets
    The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets
    I thought about saying "secret patterns" or "mysterious patterns" in the title, but that'd be a lie: they're just mostly unknown! So let's talk about tactile paving, about design, about accessibili...
  • Lies on the London Underground
    Lies on the London Underground
    Tom Scott (http://tomscott.com @tomscott) and Matt Parker (http://standupmaths.com @standupmaths) investigate some of the London Underground's greatest lies.
  • Apple Juice - Tom Scott (Full Album)
    Apple Juice - Tom Scott (Full Album)
    Album Run 003 En esta ocasión traemos al maestro Tom Scott a escena con Apple Juice, álbum grabado en 1981 con algunos temas de Scott ejecutados en vivo. Lista de Reproducción: 00:00...
  • Whatever Happened to Tom's Hoodie?: Tom Scott at Thinking Digital 2013
    Whatever Happened to Tom's Hoodie?: Tom Scott at Thinking Digital 2013
    http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - I give Thinking Digital 2013's health and safety crew a massive headache, while talking about sentimental value, physical objects and digital data. Live direction...
  • ᚼᛒ: Harald Bluetooth and Your Phone
    ᚼᛒ: Harald Bluetooth and Your Phone
    The Jelling Stones, thousand-year-old Viking runestones, sit in the town of Jelling in Denmark. They tell the tale of Harald Bluetooth: one of the first kings of Denmark. Here's why his name...
  • Intimate Strangers - Tom Scott (Full Album)
    Intimate Strangers - Tom Scott (Full Album)
    Volvemos con los Albun Runs, esta vez con un álbum excepcional de Tom Scott, nuevamente. Este es Intimate Strangers. Es un trabajo curioso ya que los primeros tres temas del álbum cuentan...
  • Why The Government Shouldn't Break WhatsApp
    Why The Government Shouldn't Break WhatsApp
    Encryption backdoors - breaking WhatsApp and iMessage's security to let the government stop Bad Things - sounds like a reasonable idea. Here's why it isn't. A transcript of this video's available...
  • California City: The Largest City Never Built | Tom Scott Has a Field Day
    California City: The Largest City Never Built | Tom Scott Has a Field Day
    SUBSCRIBE ▻▻ https://goo.gl/BuQQrm Tom Scott Explains the World ▻ http://bit.ly/1NG0VRU The Life of a Hot Pepper ▻ http://bit.ly/1HDO2Fu In the middle of the Mojave desert lies California...
  • I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is
    I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is
    I can show a brighter pink. I can show a more saturated pink. But I can't show you this pink. Not quite. More about Stuart Semple and his pigments: https://www.culturehustle.com/ [that's his...
  • Colin Furze Vs. Tom Scott: Battle of the Pii Pee!
    Colin Furze Vs. Tom Scott: Battle of the Pii Pee!
    Colin Vs. Tom. Britain Vs. France. Who will win in the battle of the Pii Pee? Next in to see the guys is Robert, a bar manager from London. He's been invited in because Tom Scott has got a...
  • How To Debunk Perpetual Motion Machines - with Tom Scott
    How To Debunk Perpetual Motion Machines - with Tom Scott
    Warning: Contains flashing images. You know those videos showing working perpetual motion machines? They're fake. Tom Scott helps us explain how to debunk them. Watch his video here: https://yout...