The Collapsible Crash Test Robot Car

From Tom Scott. 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!…

Why You Don’t Want To Go Viral

From Tom Scott. 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…

Your Private Messages Might Travel Under This Beach

From Tom Scott. 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…

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

From Tom Scott. 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…

How The 90s VHS Look Works

From Tom Scott. 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…

Stories I Can’t Tell

From Tom Scott. 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: *…

We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn

From Tom Scott. 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!…

Watching for Nuclear Attack at the Top of the World

From Tom Scott. 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…