I promise this story about microwaves is interesting.

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Tom Scott

Пре месец

I found an article that said "The microwave was invented to heat hamsters humanely in 1950s experiments." And I thought, no it wasn't. ...was it?

Pull down the description for thorough references and credits.

Thanks to James Lovelock for his time! His latest book is Novacene: amzn.to/3hmKsWz [that is, of course, an Amazon affiliate link]

Filmed safely: www.tomscott.com/safe/ - thanks to jabs, PCR tests, isolation and distancing.

I did consider whether to do an extended interview with Dr Lovelock, but the Science Museum has already done far better than I ever could:

On cyborgs, asteroids and Gaia theory: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg-3w...

On his greatest epiphany: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxYMl...

An extended 90-minute interview from the Lovelock Centenary Conference: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGziI...


I Burrell, in the Independent, 1997: "Your money, or the cat gets microwaved": www.independent.co.uk/news/yo...
M Blitz, "The Amazing True Story of How the Microwave Was Invented by Accident": www.popularmechanics.com/tech...
E Schliephake, "Ultra-short waves in medicine" in Short Wave Craft, Vol. 3, No. 11, March 1933, p. 646 [PDF]: worldradiohistory.com/Archive...
E Ackerman, "A Brief History of the Microwave Oven", IEEE Spectrum: spectrum.ieee.org/tech-histor...

Radarange photo from Acroterion: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi... - image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, creativecommons.org/licenses/...

James Lovelock in 1962: Photo by Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images

A Smith, J Lovelock, A Parkes, 1954: Resuscitation of Hamsters after Supercooling or Partial Crystallization at Body Temperatures Below 0° C.. Nature 173, 1136-1137. doi.org/10.1038/1731136a0
R K Andjus, J E Lovelock, 1955: Reanimation of rats from body temperatures between 0 and 1° C by microwave diathermy. The Journal of Physiology, 128. doi.org10.1113/jphysiol.1955.... .
Lovelock, J E, Smith A U, 1959, Heat transfer from and to animals in experimental hypothermia and freezing. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 80: 487-499. doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.1...

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott Пре месец
One of the limitations of RStoolss as a medium is that you have to summarise a whole story into a title and thumbnail. I couldn't do that here without being unfair to the people I'm talking about, or giving away a big part of the piece too early, or using too many words. Ah well. I hope everyone else finds the story as interesting as I did!
Dibujo de Croquis
Dibujo de Croquis Пре 16 сати
The title and the thumbnail were both OK and caught my attention. I'm not disatisfied after watching the video.
Cmiguel44 Пре 13 дана
If I watched 10 minutes of microwaves it wasnt for nothing
Lennaert Hondelink
Lennaert Hondelink Пре 15 дана
Would a baby human be small enough though
avirosin Пре 19 дана
This reply could be a part of history
avirosin Пре 19 дана
Patrick Moody
Patrick Moody Пре 10 сати
Lovely to see an elderly person who isn't cursed with dimentia
Eamon Ahern
Eamon Ahern Пре 10 сати
Actually, I thought it was a great title for a Tom Scott video. Because it's you I knew it was going to be interesting. This guy is still alive and walking around at 101! Maybe safety standards didn't need to be as strict as they are today back then.
funkemunky Пре 16 сати
Not disappointed. Very interesting story
Dibujo de Croquis
Dibujo de Croquis Пре 16 сати
James E. Lovelok is such a legend! Long live to him!
Dibujo de Croquis
Dibujo de Croquis Пре 16 сати
I didn't know that microwaves included high-voltage capacitors. Luckily for me, I didn't disassemble a broken microwave a few years ago... Touching its capacitor could have killed me! (I touched the capacitor of a cellphone transformer a few months ago and I felt a soft discharge in my skin (my nerves in reality)).
Dibujo de Croquis
Dibujo de Croquis Пре 16 сати
Interesting! Thanks!
Phil Little
Phil Little Пре 19 сати
As an ex-employee of the National Blood Transusion Service, may I point out that donated blood is never "thrown down the sink", as the gentleman said. When it reaches its 21 day limit, unused blood is taken to meke other blood products, such as Factor 8, which is in the news at the moment. Blood bank staff have a lot of respect for donors and are trained to treat the blood with the greatest of care.
Crowald Пре 22 сата
The fact that James Lovelock agreed to that interview is wonderful and it's amazing to see him still around. Glad to see.
trap kat
trap kat Пре дан
James Lovelock completely steals the show here.
Uriah Brandenburg
Uriah Brandenburg Пре дан
susanjt747 Пре дан
Amazing story.
MrInsideEye Пре дан
The next question that comes to my mind is: how long can you keep the hamsters frozen for and still expect to be able to resurrect them?
Joshua GC Wong
Joshua GC Wong Пре дан
101 years old and still as sharp as a tac. Proof that a mentally challenging career preserves brain functionality in later years.
Rowan Reid
Rowan Reid Пре дан
so if your pet dies just throw them in a microwave. great advice tom
Tasha Chan
Tasha Chan Пре дан
Ryan Curle
Ryan Curle Пре дан
"No one's going to watch this." 2.5m views
Bo Frank
Bo Frank Пре 2 дана
The interview is awesome.
humilulo Пре 2 дана
Tom, if you make the video, i already think it will be interesting. when you tell me this in the headline, i totally trust you. and this was more interesting than i expected! nice job on over-delivering! greetings from Kansas City!
invisiblekid99 Пре 2 дана
It was an OPEN microwave!!!!! Lightbulbs were lighting up and pound notes were being set on fire. And the inventor and oporator is the most cognitive, well-spoken 101-year-old gentleman I've seen and heard.
hdckighfkvhvgmk Пре 2 дана
Me clicking on this: ok cool I'll take you're word on that 30 seconds in: ...to do *WHAT???*
Belen Seoane
Belen Seoane Пре 2 дана
He's been waiting all his life to tell this story
Avery Lee
Avery Lee Пре 2 дана
to be fair this is probably one of the most compelling titles ive seen for a video in a while
Carbonhead Пре 2 дана
What a cool video!
October Hare
October Hare Пре 2 дана
My microwave is that exact model in the thumbnail so I was hoping to find out it has magical properties. Hamster necromancy is close enough.
DBSTKjS Пре 3 дана
"I put a potato in it and baked it, and it was perfectly alright" Yea, that's a British fella
Martin Guerre
Martin Guerre Пре 3 дана
Raiden Пре 4 дана
Suddenly I understand why I microwaved that hamster in Day of the Tentacle.
Gergana Panayotowa
Gergana Panayotowa Пре 4 дана
Wow, I just hope I feel, look and speak as good at 101 Radiation and everything ... :O
Tamaresque Пре 5 дана
No, it's not. Even at 1.5X speed, it's not.
Nightelf Mohawk
Nightelf Mohawk Пре 5 дана
I wish I could learn everything that scientist knows
Nate S
Nate S Пре 5 дана
Wait, how do they know you cannot freeze and reanimate a human? HOW DO THEY KNOW?
Andrej Jerman
Andrej Jerman Пре 2 дана
google unit 751.
spammusubican Пре 6 дана
Without any hyperbole, this video is a masterpiece.
AdHocFuture Пре 6 дана
Fascinating. Don't take a microwave apart. Even one that has been setting for some time that was unplugged. It will kill you. I was part of a demonstration of one that was taken apart, and the stored power was enough to melt a hole thru a sheet of stainless steel. I think 1/8 inch. Too long ago to remember. I'll never forget that sound it made. Everyone jumped. This was under controlled conditions by a manufacturer. Not a garage experiment.
Simon S
Simon S Пре 6 дана
Day of the Tentacle vibes.
Kanchan Chaudhary
Kanchan Chaudhary Пре 7 дана
Regarding the intro, the title's clickbaity enough
David Croft
David Croft Пре 7 дана
That was brilliant, I could listen to James talking about his old experiments for hours!
Spellbinder Пре 7 дана
This ACTUALLY was very interesting...
Joseph Jorgensen
Joseph Jorgensen Пре 7 дана
I love this nothing makes my day better then learning random stuff that really helps not a Bit but now I know a frozen hamster can be revived my only question is how long can you keep the animal frozen before it will come back
Eltaurus Пре 7 дана
1:33 "There is a high-voltage capacitor in here, which can carry enough charge to kill" Me, who been struck thrice by the capacitor discharge: "Huh, good to know" But seriously, don't mess with those.
First Last
First Last Пре 7 дана
101 yr old scientist. That's what I wanna be in the future.
Bob Bates
Bob Bates Пре 7 дана
That was very interesting . I would love to sit and chat with Mr. Lovelock
scumplus Пре 7 дана
microwave go MMMMMMMM
Renan Пре 7 дана
But if it worked on hamsters maybe it can really work on humans too! People need to keep looking at it
Markus Kamfjord
Markus Kamfjord Пре 7 дана
Why Do I have this
Why Do I have this Пре 7 дана
He's 101 and sharp as a knife. It's just, a wow!
Andrei Vaida
Andrei Vaida Пре 8 дана
It was interesting
ACID Пре 8 дана
Please send hamsters to other plantes an make a big hamster plant while shooting new hamsters everyday
Toon Holman
Toon Holman Пре 8 дана
Genuine question: how did the freezing not break their cell walls? Isn't that the main problem with cryonics?
Mr Heisenberg
Mr Heisenberg Пре 8 дана
Lovelock seems like a top notch bloke
NekoWerewolf Пре 8 дана
so, with a big enough microwave, i could reanimate the person in my freezer? .... a macrowave?
XXveny Пре 8 дана
1:50 OK, this will sound super stupid... but can we tweak a magnetron to produce rays with different wave lenght? Like X-rays or Gamma?
xxx Пре 8 дана
At 2:27 I got so confused because in Dutch we just say "magnetron" and I thought "IS MICROWAVE ANOTHER STUPID AMERICANISATION???" but then 2 seconds you said the word hehe.
Warlordish Пре 9 дана
"Was it?" Al right Tom where are the hamsters.
Hannah Jacob
Hannah Jacob Пре 9 дана
The dependent sofa respectively warm because knee bizarrely colour by a ashamed quart. annoyed, economic input
Horace Gentleman
Horace Gentleman Пре 9 дана
Aliens are real and James Lovelock is absolute an extraterrestrial creature. I would like to thank him for his services to us, the psychedelic apes infesting this dirt ball.
justbeing Пре 9 дана
j2simpso Пре 9 дана
You know a Tom Scott video is serious when it starts out with him wearing a grey hoodie! 😅
Exploring Comics
Exploring Comics Пре 9 дана
That was so interesting! And this 101 year old grandpa has such an active mind! I believe you will also be like that when you reach that age, taking into consideration that your mind is always active and curious! :) Great video, thank you for sharing! 😆
TheMrinalBanerjee Пре 10 дана
I can't think why any video of Tom Scott would be uninteresting, or clickbait.
Jeff Czermanski
Jeff Czermanski Пре 10 дана
That guy is my hero. Absolute legend.
Hjorten Пре 10 дана
TBH i find about 95% of your videos intresting, fascinating, educational, enjoyable or all of the above :) and I watch every single one, this was definitely one of those 95%. Also I'll definitely watch those interviews with Lovelock in the bio.
ControllerLyfe Пре 10 дана
I promise my music and content is way more interesting than this.
Spider Heart
Spider Heart Пре 11 дана
Ted thesailor
Ted thesailor Пре 11 дана
I have a 31 year old microwave oven. The turntable conked out a few years ago, but I managed to repair the motor with superglue. Then the light packed up - fixed by cleaning the bulb terminals. I wonder if it'll last as long as this genial old gentleman...
Richard Smith
Richard Smith Пре 11 дана
Why doesn't it kill roaches and fruit flies it has no effect on them
Karol Palion
Karol Palion Пре 11 дана
And that's why we hate motorbikers.
Suraj Jain
Suraj Jain Пре 11 дана
Now I know much more about microwave not just about heating process.. thanks mate 👍
Nect Пре 11 дана
This feels like the human side of this got cut off. And that there's a missing link due to like government interference or something.
Eli Wilson
Eli Wilson Пре 11 дана
What a great title!
Jonatan Søgaard
Jonatan Søgaard Пре 11 дана
Lovelock's memory is incredible for a 101-year-old. Also, promise kept!
sehhi vooty
sehhi vooty Пре 11 дана
"Frozen solid, and I mean FROZEN SOLID" has me bursting.
Jeff Lerner
Jeff Lerner Пре 12 дана
Brilliant! I don't understand why anyone would give it a "thumbs down". Are they just mischievous or maybe too stupid to appreciate it?
sehhi vooty
sehhi vooty Пре 11 дана
"Frozen solid, and I mean FROZEN SOLID" has me bursting.
Valerie DC
Valerie DC Пре 12 дана
Additionally, is anyone continuing on his research?!?!? 😮 I feel like the conclusion that we can't do this on bigger animals can now be debunked with today's technology
TheTurtleWithATopHat Пре 12 дана
What I want to know is how much time was between freezing the hamster and heating it up? 8 hours? 1 hour? 20min?
Manjunath J
Manjunath J Пре 12 дана
Products that may be dumb but I featured
Products that may be dumb but I featured Пре 12 дана
When you mentioned the hamster I immediately thought of the hamster someone put in a microwave that exploded
SoloAsh Пре 12 дана
I really enjoy your videos. Thank you for your hard work.
Elgoog Пре 12 дана
The last time I heard the phrase "frozen hamster" was in The Day of The Tentacle
AxiomAtion Пре 13 дана
Don’t have to convince me
nieooj gotoy
nieooj gotoy Пре 12 дана
Retirement at an animal home "feed to snakes at a zoo"
Boba Fett_1954
Boba Fett_1954 Пре 13 дана
Can I borrow your microwave
Deon Brunette
Deon Brunette Пре 13 дана
Can you freeze me and wake me up when all this woke rubbish is over.
defproc Пре 13 дана
Weird Ed Edison disliked this video
MrOneWorld123 Пре 13 дана
10:55 "It's a Matter of how quickly you get a anti freezing agent ... in the cells" Getting a anti freezing agent injected doesn't sound quite healthy as well. :)
a sef
a sef Пре 13 дана
101😲😲😲 did you ask him his secret. He's more alert than my teenage son.
Horatio Q
Horatio Q Пре 13 дана
This was epic in so many ways
Graham Allen
Graham Allen Пре 13 дана
James lovelock 101...bloody twinkle in his eyes when talking science....brill ...messing with un health and safety stuff! Keep him a way from cern!
Ethan B
Ethan B Пре 13 дана
No! I will not take the bai...
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu Пре 14 дана
"Frozen solid, and I mean FROZEN SOLID" has me bursting.
Hánno Пре 14 дана
Thanks for doing that interview and preserving that hi-story.
Rosman Nizar
Rosman Nizar Пре 14 дана
Interesting indeed!
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu Пре 14 дана
Immediately made me think of Maniac Mansion.
calvingreene90 Пре 14 дана
Zombie hamsters?
calvingreene90 Пре 14 дана
I wonder if this means we could send hamsters to Mars for use in low gravity health experiments before Elon sends people.
Dee S
Dee S Пре 14 дана
Benjamin Kline
Benjamin Kline Пре 14 дана
Retirement at an animal home "feed to snakes at a zoo"
Tsui Kagura
Tsui Kagura Пре 15 дана
' - So... I went to ask him about it.' I couldn't wipe off the smile from my face. Lovely video.
Anzhel Tupareev
Anzhel Tupareev Пре 15 дана
Tom did it again!
Sebastian Пре 15 дана
What a plot twist. I don't know any other such inspiring channel on the RStoolss. Materials like this one, leave me thinking about it till the end of the day.
Almond19912 Пре 15 дана
Wont pull many people in 2.4m viewers later...
myles taylor
myles taylor Пре 15 дана
Amazing guy
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