How one British laboratory protects the world’s chocolate

From Tom Scott. The International Cocoa Quarantine Centre, at the University of Reading, has an important job: stop pests and viruses from hitching a ride, as researchers try to breed better and hardier varieties of cocoa. Here’s how they do it. ■ https://research.reading.ac.uk/cocoa/international-cocoa-quarantine-centre-reading/ Articles mentioned: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/21/cocoa-crisis-world-chocolate-stash-melting-away https://people.com/food/world-chocolate-shortage-mars/ More reading and sources: https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/preventing-a-future-without-chocolate https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631571-800-cocoa-quarantine-one-tropical-tent-near-london/ Edited by…

Playing electric-shock Operation vs an actual doctor

From Tom Scott plus. Rohin of @Medlife Crisis is an actual, qualified, practicing cardiologist. I am not. My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at https://www.tomscott.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomscott Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomscottgo Facebook: https://facebook.com/tomscott Series Producer/Director: Kirsten Taylor Producer: Sophie Newton Assistant Producer: Han Evans Editor: Olly Newport Lighting Camera Operator: Jamie MacLeod Camera Operators: Ami Bevilacqua, Bryn Williams…

Ten years ago, I predicted 2022. Did I get it right?

From Tom Scott. Predicting the future is a fool’s errand, but I tried it: talking about phones, lifelogging, and social changes. And on top of that: what do I think’s coming in 2032? ■ Full original talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcPhMqLPuvQ 2012 photo credits: Andy Davidson, IMG_1790, https://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_d/7906847522/ Andy Davidson, IMG_1791, https://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_d/7906848920/ both licensed under Creative Commons Attribution…

We made hot sauce ice cream. It might have been a mistake.

From Tom Scott plus. @Barry Lewis and I made strange ice creams. He was a lot more kind than I was. ■ I tasted weird teas with Barry on his channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOTXIRPkm4Y My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at https://www.tomscott.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomscott Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomscottgo Facebook: https://facebook.com/tomscott Series Producer: Cambria Bailey-Jones Assistant Producer: Sophie Newton Editor: Pierre…

Jill Bearup throws Tom Scott through a window

From Tom Scott plus. @Jill Bearup and I had a high-budget Old West bar fight: complete with a production team, and a lot of safety precautions. Do not try this at home! ■ Jill’s behind-the-scenes/extras video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leKKoIjeucs ■ Jill’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/jillbearup My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at https://www.tomscott.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomscott Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomscottgo Facebook: https://facebook.com/tomscott Series…

The Thames Barrier must never fail. Here’s why it doesn’t.

From Tom Scott. The incredible resilience of the Thames Barrier is a wonder of engineering. If it fails, then London floods. More about the Thames Barrier: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-thames-barrier Producer/Director: Cambria Bailey-Jones Editor: Michelle Martin Camera Operator: Jamie MacLeod Drone Director: Alex Glynn Drone Team: Ian Hunter, Tim Hubbard Runner: Rebecca Johnson Colourist: Jamie MacLeod Sound Design:…

Can auto-tune make me a good singer?

From Tom Scott plus. @Beth Roars gave me vocal lessons. @Adam Neely auto-tuned and produced. Could either of them turn my warbling into something ready for the charts? ■ BETH: https://youtube.com/bethroars ADAM: https://youtube.com/adamneely My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at https://www.tomscott.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomscott Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomscottgo Facebook: https://facebook.com/tomscott Series Producer: Cambria Bailey-Jones Assistant Producer: Sophie Newton Editor:…

Hello YouTube! Want to work together on stuff?

From Tom Scott. ➕ CREATORS: https://tomscott.com/people 🗺️ PLACES: https://tomscott.com/places 🤝 COLLABS: https://tomscott.com/collabs 📰 NEWSLETTER: https://tomscott.com/newsletter 💡 IDEAS: https://tomscott.com/ideas 👥 TECH DIF: https://youtube.com/mattandtom ➕ PLUS: https://youtube.com/tomscottplus 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 0:00 Intro 0:05 Call for creators 0:41 Call for locations 0:55 Collaborations 1:13 Newsletter…

The world’s most expensive object by weight

From Tom Scott. At $8.3 million dollars for around 40 milligrams, the British Guiana 1c magenta is the world’s most expensive object by weight: it’s a postage stamp from 1856, the only one of its kind. More about the stamp and Stanley Gibbons: https://www.stanleygibbons.com/collecting-stamps/one-cent-magenta I’m at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott…

The tunnel where people pay to inhale radioactive gas

From Tom Scott. In most of the world, inhaling radon for pain relief sounds like a bizarre idea. In some places, though, it’s so accepted that it’s prescribed by doctors and covered by health insurance. And I have no idea how to talk about it. Thanks to the team at the Radonstollen in Bad Kreuznach:…

This tiny railroad across the sea has an important job

From Tom Scott. The Lorenbahn, the Lüttmoorsiel-Nordstrandischmoor island railway, is famous for the tiny, private trains that take residents to and from the mainland. But that’s not why it was built: and it’s got a more useful purpose as well. Thanks to everyone from Landesbetrieb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz Schleswig-Holstein, and to the islanders,…

Why this “falling rocks” sign is more important than most

From Tom Scott. In Brienz/Brinzauls, a small village in the east of Switzerland, there’s a village slipping into a valley and a road that’s surprisingly dangerous. Thanks to everyone I interviewed: pull down the description for links and more details! CCTV footage from Geopraevent, used with permission: https://www.geopraevent.ch/ More details on the Brienz radar: https://www.geopraevent.ch/project/rockfall-radar-brienz/…

An actual, real-world use for robot dogs

From Tom Scott. At a pumped storage plant in western Austria, a company called Energy Robotics is testing robot dogs for inspection. All the fancy Boston Dynamics publicity stunts aside: are the robots actually useful? ■ As ever: this is not an advert, Energy Robotics and illwerke vkw had no editorial control. They just asked…

I tried blacksmithing and only got slightly burned

From Tom Scott plus. @Alec Steele taught me to forge a simple thing: a bottle opener. How hard could it be? ■ AD: 💷 Get a free share worth up to £200: sign up and fund an account via https://freetrade.io/tomscott ALEC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg6moGApd2Ehttps://alecsteeleshop.com/http://alecsteeleblacksmith.com/https://www.instagram.com/alecsteele/ My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at https://www.tomscott.com

I don’t like coffee. Can James Hoffmann change that?

From Tom Scott plus. If anyone was going to teach me to like coffee: it was going to be @James Hoffmann. ■ AD: 💷 Get a free share worth up to £200: sign up and fund an account via https://freetrade.io/tomscott James Hoffmann: https://www.jameshoffmann.co.ukhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMb0O2CdPBNi-QqPk5T3gsQhttps://www.instagram.com/jimseven/https://twitter.com/jimseven My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at…

I tried caving and found out I’m very bad at caving

From Tom Scott plus. I was invited to Peak Cavern by caving expert @Elise Freshwater-Blizzard! It sounded like a great adventure, but my body decided otherwise. ■ Elise’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/flipe2ne1https://www.instagram.com/elisefreshwaterblizzard/ My main channel: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo I’m at https://www.tomscott.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomscott Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomscottgo Facebook: https://facebook.com/tomscott Series Producer: Cambria Bailey-Jones Assistant Producer: Sophie Newton Editor: Pierre…

The world’s most useful model railway

From Tom Scott. In Darmstadt, Germany, there’s the Eisenbahnbetriebsfeld: a model railway connected to actual railway signalling equipment, so that controllers can learn without putting any real trains in danger. I got to learn the very basics. ■ More about the railway (in German): https://www.eisenbahnbetriebsfeld.de/ Camera: Moritz Janisch Producer: Marcel Fenchel https://www.fenchel-janisch.de Editor: Isla McTear…

The public toll road with no speed limit

From Tom Scott. The Nürburgring Nordschleife is the longest permanent racetrack in the world: 21km of unforgiving blind corners and hills, nicknamed "the Green Hell". Oh, and some days, it’s also just a public toll road with no speed limit. More about the Ring: https://www.nuerburgring.de/en.html About "Touristenfahrten", Tourist Drives: https://nuerburgring.de/driving/touristdrives Driver: Andy Gülden Camera: Moritz…

Three strange river crossings

From Tom Scott. Over the Manchester Ship Canal, you’ll find the Hulmes Ferry, the Thelwall Ferry, and the Warburton Toll Bridge. They’re all strange in their own way, all under the control of one company, and all dating back to old laws and legal documents from a hundred years ago. I was in the area,…

Why this observatory fires lasers at satellites

From Tom Scott. NERC’s Space Geodesy Facility, hidden away in the English countryside, fires lasers at satellites. Because it turns out that knowing a satellite’s position exactly is really, really difficult. More about the Facility: http://sgf.rgo.ac.uk/ Thanks to Jay Dickieson for the suggestion! I’m at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and…

I tried aerobatics with Jay Foreman and neither of us could handle it | Tom Scott plus

From Tom Scott plus. I used to hate the idea of loops and G-forces. These days, things have changed: so I invited @Jay Foreman to join me at the British Aerobatic Academy, to see if either of us had the Right Stuff. Spoiler: we really didn’t. JAY’S CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/jayforeman https://www.jayforeman.co.ukhttps://twitter.com/jayforeman My main channel:…

Tom Scott plus: the new second channel

From Tom Scott plus. I don’t get to work with my friends all that much. It’s time to change that. New videos every other Saturday, starting 4th September. Unscripted, unrehearsed, and out of my comfort zone: this is Tom Scott, plus everyone. MAIN CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/tomscottgo/ I’m at https://www.tomscott.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomscott Facebook: https://facebook.com/tomscott Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomscottgo A…

The Islands With Too Much Power

From Tom Scott. The Orkney Islands, off the northern tip of Scotland, have so much electricity that it’s actually a problem. Here’s why: and here’s what they’re doing about it. • This video has a correction: Hornsdale Power Reserve didn’t catch fire! It was the newer Victorian Big Battery, near Geelong. Complete blunder on my…

I helped cover a 5,000-year-old monument with worn-out tires

From Tom Scott. Ness of Brodgar, in Orkney, is one of the most important archaeological sites in western Europe. This week, it was covered by old, worn-out tires. Here’s why. ■ Thanks to the Ness team! More about them, volunteering, and donating: https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/ I’m at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and…