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

The White Horse, in Uffington, is one of the oldest surviving works of art in Britain: carved into a hillside in Oxfordshire 3000 years ago. Every yea...

Testing The Sound Mirrors That Protected Britain

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 p...

The Nuclear Reactor Run By Students

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 bot...

How The 90s VHS Look Works

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? ...

Stories I Can't Tell

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 School...

We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn

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 fore...

The Drink With A Human Toe In It

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:...

Watching for Nuclear Attack at the Top of the World

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 al...

Lateral Game 6: The Grand Final

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 ...

The New Highway to the Arctic Ocean

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...

Lateral Game 5: The Last Chance

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,...

Freezing 200,000 Tons of Lethal Arsenic Dust

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 c...

Lateral Game 4: The Fast Route to the Final

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 ...

Tilting an Icy Floor Until You Fall Over: WinterLab

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 ste...

Lateral Game 3: the First Elimination Match

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 m...

The Town That Was Burned for Science: Aultsville

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...

Lateral: Game 2 with Geoff Marshall, Vicki Pipe, LDShadowLady and Smallishbeans

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 Vi...

The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle

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 Derb...

Lateral: Game 1 with Kat Arney, Helen Arney, Simon Clark, and Sally Le Page

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 e...

A Town Called Asbestos

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 th...

Keeping Aircraft Safe without Radar: The North Atlantic Tracks

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 ...

⚫ How The Black Point Message Crashes Android Apps

"_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, ...

2½ Hours of Unedited Garlic Bread Flight Footage

There's a concept called "Slow TV", championed by Norwegian broadcaster NRK, that emphasises long, unedited, contemplative journeys. Well, I've been ....

We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It

The title says it all, really. Thanks to Barry from My Virgin Kitchen - go see him cook and test three different garlic breads here: https://youtu.be/...


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