March 12, 2018 Why European Clocks are Running Slow, and British Clocks Aren't Many people sent Tom Scot this story: it covers his favourite topics of power grids and temporal anomalies. But when the mainstream press have already covered it, how could he add something more? The answer: by adding another pet topic, Unnecessary British Patriotism. And a teasmade.
March 5, 2018 The Moiré Effect Lights That Guide Ships Home Tom Scott had never heard of moiré effect beacons until he got an email asking him about them. It seemed like a really clever idea - but it was really hard to research. Or at least it was, until he stumbled upon one magic phrase that revealed its history.
March 2, 2018 The Story of “Cool” It’s hep, it’s groovy, it’s outta sight. It’s the word “cool.” Unlike those other words, it doesn’t sound dated at all. Slang hardly ever manages that trick. How did “cool” stay cool?
March 1, 2018 Why Truly Sociable People Hate Parties Our age has a high esteem for parties. Yet some of us have a particular fear of them - which we're made to feel very bad about, as if this was a sure sign of being an anti-social and unfriendly person. Far from it. As this film argues, truly sociable people tend to hate parties a lot.