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  • Publicado em 16 Mai 2021
  • 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.org/10.1113/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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Comentários • 14 614

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  2 meses atrás +3502

    An update from July 2022: James Lovelock passed away, surrounded by family, on his 103rd birthday. I'm very grateful to have been able to interview him, and my deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace. His obituary is worth reading, because it covers so much: www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/27/james-lovelock-obituary

    • R Jay Smith
      R Jay Smith 5 dias atrás

      I don't know why you think a video YOU would make about Microwaves could be uninteresting

    • David L
      David L 6 dias atrás

      Amazing loss, grateful he shared himself with us! Super interview

    • Artornis
      Artornis 8 dias atrás

      Im very glad you got this in, he seemed so happy to tell this story. Im sure his family appreciates it

    • Matthew F
      Matthew F 8 dias atrás +1

      Amazing that thanks to you his work is known to so many more people.

    • LetsGoAway_
      LetsGoAway_ 9 dias atrás


  • efe erbaş
    efe erbaş Anos atrás +2567

    Imagine being a top of the line scientist, doing all kinds of research, contributing a lot of things to science and then somebody knocks your door asking "Sir did you, by any chance, microwave hamsters?"

    • Sarah Rose Johnstone
      Sarah Rose Johnstone 10 dias atrás +3

      He certainly seemed to be delighted, and was delightful.

    • Gold Zero
      Gold Zero Anos atrás

      @Buğra Sevinç Bi anda aklıma gelen birşey komiğime gitti yoksa maksat kötülemek falan değil yani

    • Buğra Sevinç
      Buğra Sevinç Anos atrás +1

      @Gold Zero Adam bir saat adamın yaptığı araştırmayı anlattı, neden öyle birşey düşündün?

    • Dinner-fork tongue
      Dinner-fork tongue Anos atrás +6

      @Iiii Vvvv
      That sounds very real.

    • ben gadgets
      ben gadgets Anos atrás +1

      Me: 6:26 👁👄👁

  • Tony Murphy
    Tony Murphy 2 meses atrás +1626

    RIP James, died on his 103rd birthday yesterday.
    The most interesting scientist I'd never heard of until Tom introduced us all.

    • Ninger Minger
      Ninger Minger 4 dias atrás

      James-1 lizzy-nil

    • Matt Gibbs
      Matt Gibbs 19 dias atrás

      @SloppySpider25 Yup, he died instantly 103 years later.

    • Matt Gibbs
      Matt Gibbs 19 dias atrás +1

      103?! was he a frozen hamster to live that long? "suspender" animation for like 30 years ,and then he gets on to 103 in a 73 year old's body, brilliant!

    • adam saunders
      adam saunders 19 dias atrás

      Lovelock was a legend, he invented the Gaia hypothesis , which treats the Earth as a self regulating interdependent system . Also advised Tony Blair's Labour governments Environmental policies. Jury still out on that one mind. Politicians for you.

    • onepointsix
      onepointsix 20 dias atrás


  • Omar Gonzalez
    Omar Gonzalez 5 meses atrás +1681

    I've never seen someone smile so brightly from saying "I put a potato in it, and baked it"

    • electrictroy2010
      electrictroy2010 Mês atrás +7

      THE KEY TO MICROWAVE cooking is using the power level button. Set to 10% or 20% and the food cooks gradually (just like a conventional oven). I’ve cooked raw meat to the perfect medium rare temperature & it tasted delicious

    • isthatrubble
      isthatrubble Mês atrás +1

      @Nick Clegg's Promise it might not be a culinary masterpiece but it is much quicker than doing it in the oven!

    • Rudxain
      Rudxain Mês atrás +6

      That reminds me of Light Yagami for some reason...

    • Nick Clegg's Promise
      Nick Clegg's Promise 2 meses atrás +36

      @R imagine being the person who discovered the disappointment of a potato cooked in the microwave

    • N'an
      N'an 2 meses atrás +1

      Linda Tripp would be tripping!!!

  • Jane Curthoys
    Jane Curthoys 8 meses atrás +1192

    When I was in school I did a cooking project on the microwave, and told our cooking teacher my grandad invented it to heat hamsters. I got in trouble for lying, and the kids mocked me. Now I have proof! If only I could track down my cooking teacher.

    • Anora Johnson
      Anora Johnson 13 dias atrás +12

      @Lachlan McLeod Before internet access, gathering information and "proof" was harder. A child would need to visit a library with journal access, cross-reference in search of articles, and write down the results if a photocopier wasn't available. Some sources, such as newspaper articles, may only have been available on microfiche. One would need to find a library where that was available.
      Not so easy for a kid, especially without a teacher's support.

    • I Have Rabies
      I Have Rabies Mês atrás +23

      @Elliot Smith lovelock’s obituary from the guardian mentions a granddaughter named jane. so it’s not cap

    • Jane Curthoys
      Jane Curthoys Mês atrás +3

      @Lachlan McLeod what is wrong with you? Yes he died. All you need to do is Google him to see he's related to me. Obviously in school when I was little the Internet didn't exist. There was none of the proof there is today. How devoid of any humanity do you have to be to bring this up now? You vile prat.

    • Lachlan McLeod
      Lachlan McLeod Mês atrás +7

      "now I have proof" yet the whole heating of hamsters has been documented for a long time... The proof id be chasing is is he really your grandad?

    • Lachlan McLeod
      Lachlan McLeod Mês atrás

      Did you know your "grandad" died recently?

  • Maki Němečková
    Maki Němečková Anos atrás +22441

    A 101 year old scientist explaining his crazy experiments is the best smile I ever saw.

    • daaamn😳
      daaamn😳 2 dias atrás

      ​@Başar Gezer 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

    • daaamn😳
      daaamn😳 2 dias atrás

      BİM year old scien....

    • Alex
      Alex 9 dias atrás

      101? I missed that. I woukd have never guessed

    • larrybud
      larrybud 11 dias atrás

      It's like a Feynman type smile.

    • Boe Judden
      Boe Judden 12 dias atrás

      what does this mean

  • shingshongshamalama
    shingshongshamalama 7 meses atrás +260

    I'm astonished that you _started_ with "the microwave was invented to heat frozen hamsters" and somehow it's STILL a jump up from that when you get to "actually it was invented to BRING DEAD HAMSTERS BACK TO LIFE"

    • Iridium
      Iridium 11 dias atrás

      I can safely say it still works.

  • Tommy Lyon
    Tommy Lyon 2 meses atrás +147

    I heard about James Lovelock's passing and came straight to this video. The interview is so warm and personable, he really was a treasure. Thanks for showcasing this piece of history.

    • Pandu POLUAN
      Pandu POLUAN 8 dias atrás

      He had this air of wise but fun grandfather with him.
      RIP Mr. Lovelock

  • Gregory Parrott
    Gregory Parrott 9 meses atrás +195

    The story itself is interesting. But even more so is to hear it from the inventor, a centenarian at that, and find him so engaged, articulate and enjoying life.

  • LBSi UK
    LBSi UK 2 meses atrás +89

    Rest in peace to James Lovelock. A scientist, an educator, father of the Gaia Theory and of course microwaves. May his legacy live on.

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    I'm grateful that a legend like him is still with us at 101 years old!

    • Mattias Öman
      Mattias Öman Mês atrás

      And now he'll rest in peace

    • Ordeli Pyörinen
      Ordeli Pyörinen 3 meses atrás

      Must be all the radiation

    • CrimsonIV
      CrimsonIV 7 meses atrás


    • Educatiøn
      Educatiøn 7 meses atrás

      The radiation lengthened his life span.

    • Heidibee
      Heidibee 9 meses atrás

      Very often wisdom increases with age. Sadly, that is not always so.

  • Avarc L
    Avarc L 2 meses atrás +124

    Such an interesting Scientist, his death is a tremendous loss. RIP James Lovelock.

  • Cringility
    Cringility Mês atrás +28

    James looked as if he had always been so passionate in all his life trying to invent new things and put things all together and tinker with stuff. And the genuine smile he had on his face throughout the whole interview says it all. Rest in peace James Lovelock, you made a big and good difference on the world. Thanks Tom for unravelling this amazing story too.

  • Salt Exarch
    Salt Exarch 2 meses atrás +44

    In my opinion, the most unbelievable part about the original Percy Spencer story of how he invented microwaves is that he had a candy bar in his pocket and when it melted he thought "oh, this must be the radar's fault" and not "Oh, I'm an idiot for leaving a candy bar in my pocket".

    • Salt Exarch
      Salt Exarch 13 dias atrás

      @TrykusMykus That would make more sense to me, but in every retelling of the story I've ever read, it never specifies that, it always uses the phrase "melted".

    • TrykusMykus
      TrykusMykus 14 dias atrás +4

      I think the point was, it didn't just melt. It cooked itself, heated up to more than possible just by the 36.6 celsius your body can warm it up to.

    • viliml
      viliml 2 meses atrás +1

      maybe it was winter

  • Bru
    Bru 8 meses atrás +77

    Once I found an office microwave invaded by small ants. I decided a good way to get rid of them was to microwave them and then wipe them out. Expecting the ants would be dead when the door was open, I was so surprised they all were still running around. Weird ! 🥴

    • John Sealey
      John Sealey 26 dias atrás +4

      The ants are smaller than the microwaves hence completely unaffected.

    • CoachBob Barnes
      CoachBob Barnes 27 dias atrás +1

      Say hello to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Ants!

    • Jonas Schröder
      Jonas Schröder 2 meses atrás +3

      I mean its quite late anda ll but you should also consider that not all wavelenghts can heat an object that small

    • Star Gazer
      Star Gazer 3 meses atrás

      Ants are far smaller than the 12cm wavelength of the microwaves and the energy does not efficiently couple into them. This is the same reason that a 50,000W AM radio station transmitter with a wavelength of 200m doesn’t cook you when you drive by it.

    • lemonsgalore93
      lemonsgalore93 7 meses atrás +2

      @longnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame huh, that's interesting to know. Doubt I would ever do it but good to know.

  • Chris Hubley
    Chris Hubley Anos atrás +3511

    "So I went to ask him about it..."
    I nearly spit out my tea with surprise. What a great reveal. What a great story!

    • FunnySuperBR
      FunnySuperBR 12 dias atrás +1

      @Matasa that also did not aged well

    • Marco Ramírez
      Marco Ramírez Mês atrás


    • Matasa
      Matasa Mês atrás +9

      @marionnaise well, we all have to go eventually, but he lived to 103, so not bad at all. He got the Queen’s letter and all.

    • marionnaise
      marionnaise Mês atrás +7

      @Matasa this did not age well. :(

    • Matasa
      Matasa 2 meses atrás +18

      And I'm happy to note that as of now, in middle of 2022, Dr. James Lovelock is very much alive at the ripe old age of 102!

  • Jakomelo
    Jakomelo 2 meses atrás +38

    5:40 you have no idea how shocked and happy I was hearing him say this bit. I didn't expect him to be alive still and I'm sure you made his day with the interview.

    • mknote
      mknote Mês atrás +4

      @BigScriptus Sadly, less than a month after you said that, it's no longer true.

    • BigScriptus
      BigScriptus 2 meses atrás +2

      And he's still alive 1 year later

  • Alpachino Barlatino
    Alpachino Barlatino 5 meses atrás +29

    This is incredible journalism! You brought a story back to life and now it is very well documented for the future and even with a live record from the main scientist involved!

  • FB
    FB 2 meses atrás +41

    I just read on wikipedia that James Lovelock sadly passed away. I immediately thought of this video and what a nice (and extremely intelligent) person he was.

  • Ricardo
    Ricardo 7 meses atrás +36

    I had the biggest smille when Dr.James Lovelock was speaking with that happy face about his work.

  • Jordy Lakiere
    Jordy Lakiere Anos atrás +9922

    Mr. Lovelock is by far be the healthiest clearest-minded 101 year old I've ever seen, that alone was incredible.

    • nosville22
      nosville22 Mês atrás

      training your brain your whole life will do that
      the really nice thing is how happy he seemed to be talking about that

    • DemonofChaos264
      DemonofChaos264 2 meses atrás +1

      He died yesterday sadly :(

    • Rob Ras
      Rob Ras 2 meses atrás

      @Carahan half a brain can figure a work around.

    • Kyle Flournoy
      Kyle Flournoy 7 meses atrás

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who was thinking this

    • Tob Champ
      Tob Champ 7 meses atrás +1

      I saw this at the beginning I thought u were talking about Tom 😂😂

  • Johnny Panic
    Johnny Panic 9 meses atrás +66

    In my hometown (Burlington, Massachusetts), Raytheon had a laboratory called Spencer Labs, named for Percy Spencer. They designed and built some parts of NASA's Moon Buggy there in the 1960s, I'm not sure which ones, but they did specialize in microwave communications there. The lab buildings were torn down in the late 1990s and replaced by a shopping center. Today you can buy LL Bean boots in roughly the same spot some breakthrough experiments were conducted.

  • Rob Armstrong
    Rob Armstrong 2 meses atrás +23

    I only watched this a few days ago and have just seen today’s news headline that James Lovelock has sadly passed away on his 103rd birthday. I’m so glad you were able to interview him.

  • Eddy Land
    Eddy Land 2 meses atrás +27

    Rest in peace James Lovelock, you were an amazing person, thank you

  • Jason M
    Jason M 2 meses atrás +10

    The fact he messed around with microwaves back in the day, AND is still so mentally together at 101 is the most amazing thing about this video.

  • Will Simmons
    Will Simmons Anos atrás +4380

    I can't believe the fact that this story could have been completely lost to history if Tom hadn't stumbled upon a random line.

    • hFilms
      hFilms Anos atrás +16

      @Dave Norton
      english is perhaps not a bot's strength

    • The360Mlg Noscoper
      The360Mlg Noscoper Anos atrás +13

      @kezzyhko :(

    • kezzyhko
      kezzyhko Anos atrás +71

      now imagine how many such stories were lost, because noone stumbled upon them

    • Ahmed Ibrahim
      Ahmed Ibrahim Anos atrás +81

      Please report bots everyone 🙏 in all social media platform. The content creators can't do much while the platforms does nothing, report them and help the algorithms delete it so no one gets scammed.

    • Dave Norton
      Dave Norton Anos atrás +96

      These bots are high

  • Malcolm Sleath
    Malcolm Sleath 29 dias atrás +6

    Thank you Tom. That was what you might call public service broadcasting. "Nobody has asked me about that before". Priceless.

  • Dootanator_Official_YT
    Dootanator_Official_YT Mês atrás +14

    Imagine dying from hypothermia and a doctor just puts you into a microwave for 5 minutes.

  • Bo-eagle Van Belle
    Bo-eagle Van Belle 2 meses atrás +7

    So wholesome to see him speak so fondly about his work and colleague friends.

  • Jonathan DiFonzo
    Jonathan DiFonzo 7 meses atrás +12

    I love how excited James lovelock seems that people genuinely care about his work even to this day

  • coconutcore
    coconutcore 10 meses atrás +8533

    James Lovelock: *stands in a room flooded by radiation*
    Also James Lovelock: *goes for a walk every day at 101 years old*

    • MysticHero
      MysticHero 2 dias atrás

      Big difference between radiation that wobbles your cells a bit to make them hotter and radiation that blasts straight through your cells knocking out base pairs as it goes.

    • Julian Felipe Granados Flórez
      Julian Felipe Granados Flórez 6 dias atrás

      @memo Nava Ramirez oh boy 😂

    • Roger Phone
      Roger Phone 12 dias atrás

      @Emporio Alniño nice formatting issue nerd

    • Emporio Alniño
      Emporio Alniño 12 dias atrás

      He lived to 103 /because/ he goes for a walk every day .

    • Roger Phone
      Roger Phone 12 dias atrás

      @Eldudio the only logical option

  • aim-to-misbehave
    aim-to-misbehave 2 meses atrás +9

    RIP James Lovelock, died today on his 103rd birthday - he was a pioneer, and I'm so grateful to this video for introducing me to his work

  • Vladimir Arnost
    Vladimir Arnost 2 meses atrás +13

    Rest in peace James. 😢May Gaia be with you. 🌍
    I wish we had more brilliant, enthusiastic and positively thinking minds like him everywhere.

  • jim lewis
    jim lewis Mês atrás +3

    Lovelock was an incredible individual. I did once have the pleasure of hearing a lecture from him. Sadly missed

  • The Truth
    The Truth Mês atrás +8

    Thank you Mr LoveLock for helping people burn popcorn for the past 40 years

  • ddniUK
    ddniUK Anos atrás +3590

    James Lovelock is the spriteliest 101 year old that I have ever seen. What a privilege to hear his story. Thanks Tom.

    • Mattias Öman
      Mattias Öman Mês atrás

      And now he'll rest in peace

    • Mark Fox
      Mark Fox Anos atrás +1

      How many have you seen?

    • BleuAngel
      BleuAngel Anos atrás

      @Eddyspeeder yes! Wouldn't that be a joy?!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Anos atrás +4

      @Nick Clegg's Promise "I heard you've been working on a new kind of battery. How's that working out?"
      "Well... I would say it's..."

    • Alex Noman
      Alex Noman Anos atrás +2

      After having been microwaved in that lab no less! :D

  • Jolly Joystick
    Jolly Joystick 4 meses atrás +4

    I never expected the backstory of the microwave to be this interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jack
    Jack 2 meses atrás +4

    Rest in piece James. E. Lovelock, one of Britain's great scientists

  • sayan roy
    sayan roy 18 dias atrás +2

    I have watched Lovelock in a documentary called "Going Circular" on a flight recently and it was kind of centered around his Gaia Theory and they did mention the NASA story and his electron capturing inventions resulting in finding CFC in the atmosphere and finding out about the Ozone Hole, but nowhere was it mentioned about this interesting microwave story. I believe that is why he got this excited. I mean, he would be excited regardless, I think. Anyways, he is a great protaganist scientist/inventor for that documentary as well as this story in this video.

  • spookith the one
    spookith the one  4 meses atrás +6

    you can tell how excited lovelock was to finally talk about his research with someone who was genuinely interested

  • Santum
    Santum Anos atrás +9350

    man's 101 years old and can still speak perfectly and recall the exact story. legend

    • Daniel Joe Whitfield
      Daniel Joe Whitfield Anos atrás

      @John McClaine Jr III it's true :+

    • John McClaine Jr III
      John McClaine Jr III Anos atrás

      @Daniel Joe Whitfield I'm sorry you don't approve of my choice of words. How I can continue with my life as it is with this new found information is uncertain. What is clear however is that unfortunately you can count yourself as a weener as well.

    • Daniel Joe Whitfield
      Daniel Joe Whitfield Anos atrás

      @John McClaine Jr III Weener? Such a yank word. Like 'douchebag'. Cringey.

    • Sam Cox
      Sam Cox Anos atrás +1

      Not everyone gets Dementia, and he's one of the lucky ones

    • WJohnM
      WJohnM Anos atrás

      @Cristi Neagu Perhaps unkind but possibly true.

  • Pitirim Elea
    Pitirim Elea Mês atrás +3

    Incredible history. RIP James Lovelock. I'm astonished how well he was at his 100's even he remembered the stuff he did 50 years ago.

  • samantha white
    samantha white 2 meses atrás +3

    RIP Dr Lovelock. You made some great contributions to science

  • Calamitous
    Calamitous 2 meses atrás +4

    Rest in peace to him, still an incredible video, incredibly timed

  • Alex Schmid
    Alex Schmid 4 meses atrás +6

    I genuinely think this is one of the best videos you've ever done.
    It's certainly my personal favorite.

  • Robert Bringardner
    Robert Bringardner Anos atrás +2835

    The guy casually exposed himself to unshielded microwave radiation in his youth and is still strolling down the beach at 101

    • Igor Bednarski
      Igor Bednarski 9 meses atrás

      @Karthik Sashank they won't give you cancer or radiation sickness, doesn't mean they can't give you burns or cook your organs if you just casuslly stand in front of an unshielded magnetron that puts out kilowatts of radiation

    • Jonathan Wright
      Jonathan Wright 9 meses atrás

      Perhaps there is a connection with the Radon tunnels from another Tom Scott video...

    • Regretti Spaghetti
      Regretti Spaghetti Anos atrás

      @Michael Newell microwaved balls

    • Mc GetRekt
      Mc GetRekt Anos atrás

      @Alacritous You have to be insanely careful with microwaves though, because they don't burn you like a fire would, they can penetrate your body and heat up your internals which is not good for you.

    • Robert Willoughby
      Robert Willoughby Anos atrás

      @Kpoping727 I wouldn't go that far, but it certainly seems to have helped!

  • lewis barton
    lewis barton 2 meses atrás +13

    RIP James, bloody legend

  • Luke Skywalker
    Luke Skywalker Mês atrás +2

    Awesome interview! Could do a whole series on retired scientists and old school tech! How cool 👍

  • Kjaer Dian
    Kjaer Dian 7 meses atrás +4

    bloody hell there is so much to love about this video, thank you Tom, for the contributions you are making and the stories you are telling, compelling, fascinating and heartwarming

  • Torsten
    Torsten 7 meses atrás +9

    Can we acknowledge how sharp this guy is at 101. Especially after living a life of radiation exposure.

    • e vila
      e vila Mês atrás +1

      it's non ionizing. therefore shouldn't affect your lifespan

  • Lukas Sarnow
    Lukas Sarnow Anos atrás +5090

    I saw a 101 year old scientist talk about being in a highly radiated room reviving frozen hamsters with a microwave.
    Tom, the title was accurate, I'm not disappointed.

    • Ethan Forsyth
      Ethan Forsyth Anos atrás

      Happy hamster noises (in hamster that has been in a microwave)

    • Beanx
      Beanx Anos atrás

      These replies hurt my brain

    • Dahlia Exurrana
      Dahlia Exurrana Anos atrás +2

      while radiated is technically the right word, it can be misleading with our modern common use of the word. Ionizing radiation is what most people think of when we use the word, and it's the radiation that is capable of knocking electrons off of atoms which in enough amounts is capable of causing incredible damage to living things.
      Non-ionizing radiation can't do that and while it can certainly be dangerous in certain circumstances (you don't wanna stick your hand in a running microwave) there's no risk of receiving ionizing radiation in any amount from them. Microwaves only work within a small portion of the light spectrum, below that of the visible portion. To reach ionizing radiation, you need to be working with levels that are significantly higher than the visible spectrum and microwaves are incapable of even coming close to reaching it.

    • Sea of Tranquility
      Sea of Tranquility Anos atrás

      @Liam Page
      Really!? That’s got you crying with laughter!?
      I sincerely wish I was as easily amused.

    • Jason Leung
      Jason Leung Anos atrás +1

      Microwave is not the kind that ruin you instantly. The danger ones are radioactive materials that emits ionizing radiations and have a half life of couple thousands years, if you get those things in your body, you would be radiated 24/7

  • Ammo Alamo
    Ammo Alamo 8 meses atrás +6

    I have a very old but very operational microwave in my shop - yes, used to reheat coffee. It only has one dial, which only goes up to five minutes, and no carousel. It's a sturdy all-metal unit, somebody paid good money for it then left it behind for me to find.

  • Andrea Gietz
    Andrea Gietz 9 meses atrás +4

    Great presentation, Tom, thank you. And how lovely to see James Lovelock, alive, kicking and apparently in the best of mental and physical health!

  • Dillon Gage
    Dillon Gage Mês atrás +1

    Mr. Lovelock is a treasure. Watching him reminisce about what was clearly good times for him, and simultaneously an important discovery in multiple ways.
    Thank you for all the contributions you've made to our collective knowledge.

  • Kieran Lancaster
    Kieran Lancaster 2 meses atrás +15

    RIP James Lovelock

  • Andrew F.
    Andrew F. Anos atrás +2202

    101 year old guy is more coherent than me. What an absolutely incredible dude

    • Himaro
      Himaro Anos atrás

      @R D My grandma definitely falls into that latter category. She's beginning to slip now, but she's comfortably into her 90's.
      She's got a sharp wit still though.

    • 🌟 Wander the Nomad
      🌟 Wander the Nomad Anos atrás

      @R D Seems like culture plays a big role in how someone ages.

    • Siarnaq
      Siarnaq Anos atrás


    • Wannabe Foley artist
      Wannabe Foley artist Anos atrás +22

      @R D probably has got to do with a combination of diet, iq, activities and stress that makes you healthier later in life.

    • R D
      R D Anos atrás +59

      My position involves working with older demographics. The correlation of reduced coherence and age is really not a smooth as you'd expect. I've talked to 55 year olds that hardly remember what I explained 30 seconds ago, and I've talked to 90 year olds that I don't have to explain anything to because they did their own research already. It's really changed my perspective on aging.

  • Mariano Williams
    Mariano Williams 5 meses atrás +3

    This is not only interesting, it is a lovely story.
    Thanks Tom.

  • TheYear2525
    TheYear2525 Mês atrás +4

    The real question is: is the hamster that had been frozen the same "persona" before and after freezing/reanimating? DUN DUN DUUUUUUNNNN!

  • Kayleigh
    Kayleigh 9 meses atrás +3

    Loved watching that gentleman talk about his life and his work, still clearly living his best life beyond 100 years of age. Sharp as a tack!

  • YoungMystic
    YoungMystic 2 meses atrás +8

    The most unbelievable thing about this story is that Lovelock put a potato in a microwave and it came out perfectly cooked, and not molten lava on the outside and ice cold on the inside.

    • Piper Thomas
      Piper Thomas 2 meses atrás +4

      Well, it was “perfectly alright,” not necessarily perfectly cooked, haha

  • mopple-the-whale
    mopple-the-whale Anos atrás +3112

    That 101-year-dude looks like a healthy and clear minded 80 year old, I'm impressed. All the best for him!

    • Cj Slime
      Cj Slime 7 meses atrás

      Microwave Radiation is good for you

    • Pedro Pascoa
      Pedro Pascoa 7 meses atrás

      Maybe we should all use our microwaves with the door open once in a while

    • Laura Hamm
      Laura Hamm 7 meses atrás

      Maybe its from radiation exposure

    • Sultan Ijaz
      Sultan Ijaz 10 meses atrás +3

      @Helen Tee yes thats why i phrased at like that. Genes form the parimeters, but how alive and energetic you are at a particular age is completely in your control. Diet and lifestyle give more than enough for majority of population to live well. Even something like dementia is partially in your control, which is why its being referred to informally as rype 3 diabetes

    • Helen Tee
      Helen Tee 10 meses atrás +1

      @Sultan Ijaz unfortunately, not completely true. Genes play a large part,in they govern things like your cholesterol levels, which affect both your.brain and heart, and your genes also affect whether you are likely to suffer from certain types of dementia and so on . Diet makes a hell of a difference too !(and that you can do something about)

  • Soulbite
    Soulbite 17 dias atrás +1

    A truly amazing story and one that I hope everyone agrees needed to be more widely shared.
    Condolences to Sir Lovelocks family and friends.

  • D Oceans' Deep Woo
    D Oceans' Deep Woo 9 meses atrás +9

    Seems like another interesting story would be his secret of longevity.

  • Carson Fischl
    Carson Fischl 8 meses atrás +1

    That interview is a gem, thanks to both of you for making it.

  • FlyGirl
    FlyGirl  7 meses atrás +1

    Seeing as this video has reached almost 5 million views, i wonder how Mr Lovelock feels about his science being recognized so long after it was done by so many people.

  • Illusionism
    Illusionism Anos atrás +8382

    he's doing remarkably well for 101 years old

    • Curious J
      Curious J 7 meses atrás +2

      life force of a thousand hamsters 😔

    • Greg Gray
      Greg Gray Anos atrás +1

      Understatement of the year. Incredible bloke give him a knighthood already

    • Whif my crack
      Whif my crack Anos atrás

      Sure is

    • Daniel Joe Whitfield
      Daniel Joe Whitfield Anos atrás +3

      Just what I thought he's as sharp as a tack and looks great. I would have guessed 70

      TIMELESS USERNAME Anos atrás

      Looks great and seems very sharp! What a guy.

  • Shuaeb Ibn Siddiqu
    Shuaeb Ibn Siddiqu 7 meses atrás +2

    It really amazed me that a great inventor like lovelock is still with us and put a smile on my face

  • Dave Yates
    Dave Yates 2 meses atrás +1

    Your 101 scientist is absolutely a lovely person. I'm so pleased that you had a chance to meet him. I find your shows such a pleasure and your dedication for being as accurate as possible a pleasure. Thank you for the knowledge and entertaining way you present it.

  • Frizey
    Frizey 25 dias atrás

    I love how happy and enthusiastically he spoke of his experiences and being soo pleased to share them. I hope I'm as sharp as him at that age. RIP James

  • Bayls_171
    Bayls_171 8 meses atrás +1

    This is one of my favourite videos of Tom’s. Such a wild ride and seeing Lovelock talk about his work is touching in a way I wouldn’t have expected

  • Carmen M.
    Carmen M. 21 dia atrás

    I remember someone telling me that in WW2 a Japanese scientist used enormous microwave ‘ovens’ to experiment on people, mostly Koreans. The horrors of war… sometimes history is a horror story but not something we may ever forget.

  • Johnny Shields
    Johnny Shields 7 meses atrás +3

    I am insanely jealous you got to meet James Lovelock. He's one of my heroes.

  • Alpine Joe
    Alpine Joe 2 meses atrás +1

    RIP James Lovelock. Thank you Tom for bringing this amazing gentleman to my attention.

  • randomness
    randomness 9 meses atrás +1

    Watching this scientist's excitement is inspiring alone! Thank you for asvancing and contributing to the human experience and legacy

  • jan Melantu
    jan Melantu Anos atrás +8151

    “So I decided to ask him about it” was the biggest twist, I wasn’t expecting a 1950s scientist to still be living. Just goes to show how important it is to record knowledge while we still can

    • Tyler Blankenchip
      Tyler Blankenchip Anos atrás +1

      and to be speaking better with more information then myself or anyone i run into daily, he's so inquisitive, detailed and fast for 101 years old, its amazing to see hes in such good health.

    • Mikkel Breiler
      Mikkel Breiler Anos atrás

      @That Poem Guy Science = Loop. Do something by accident. + Survive the accident. + Write down how to repeat it. Make more safe. Repeat loop until legal to have normal people do it.

    • That Poem Guy
      That Poem Guy Anos atrás +6

      Indeed. After all, "the only difference between Science and screwing around is writing it down"

    • Alias of an alias
      Alias of an alias Anos atrás +1

      @Colin Antink In regards to written information, the knowledge is still ready to be harnessed and we have Hawking to thank for this. RIP

    • Colin Antink
      Colin Antink Anos atrás +7

      @Alias of an alias sadly. Had*. RIP Stephen Hawking :(

    STAY AND BE CURIOUS 7 meses atrás +1

    This video was fascinating and super informative! One of the best Science Communication videos out there on the platform and definitely one of my favourites. I also got introduced to such an eminent scientific personality.

  • Lisa Calhoun
    Lisa Calhoun 2 meses atrás +1

    I loved this video. You absolutely made James Lovelock's day. He's darling.
    As a novelist, I've included a Faraday cage in one of my books. I was blown away by how many people reacted with, "A what?" I've enjoyed telling them that they probably have one in their homes.

  • Catbird
    Catbird 3 meses atrás

    This is genuinely fascinating. I had no idea that reanimation from complete freezing was possible at all.

  • Steven Mitchell
    Steven Mitchell 18 dias atrás +1

    Thank you for pointing out that disassembling microwaves is stupid and dangerous! You can't believe how many people try to save $30 by fixing their microwave not knowing a screwdriver into the capacitor could be instant death. Learned about that one on a Netflix series about strange and unusual deaths haha...

  • anz
    anz Anos atrás +2771

    100 years old James Lovelock is better at recalling stories than me at my 20s

      TIMELESS USERNAME Anos atrás +2

      I take longer "Umm" breaks talking about my day at dinner.

    • Wild Blunt Hickok
      Wild Blunt Hickok Anos atrás +2

      @DARVIN 50K God bless you too mirror universe Charles Darwin!

    • DARVIN 50K
      DARVIN 50K Anos atrás +2

      I pray whoever see this you’ll be successful in life, God has a plan for you just trust the process never give up God bless everyone... 💙💫

    • Andrew Mitchell
      Andrew Mitchell Anos atrás +1


    • Aron Septianto
      Aron Septianto Anos atrás +5

      @uck reverse image search with his youtube icon picture?

  • Gregory Norris
    Gregory Norris 5 meses atrás +1

    The microwave origin story I was taught is that someone came into the operations room on break and left his bowl of soup sitting nearby, after talking for a few minutes they realized the soup had been heated. I also heard that they had a lot of unexplained health issues prior to that point and the cooking soup incident helped them realize the microwaves were cooking things from the inside out. Of course I have since learned that the cooking from the inside out thing is wrong and microwaves do in fact cook from the outside in like any other heat source so it's tough to say how much of the story I heard, if any, is true.

  • Amy Martin
    Amy Martin 9 meses atrás

    I loved this! Inspiring, entertaining, encouraging, heartfelt, educational, and very captivating! Wish school could have been this interesting! BRclip, a welcomed learning tool.

  • RussianLeprachaun
    RussianLeprachaun 7 meses atrás +1

    You know Tom is a great youtuber when this is the second time i've watched this and it's still just as interesting. Not mad at the algorithm for this one.

  • Iwan Berry
    Iwan Berry 2 meses atrás +7

    Spotted this in my recommended after watching it months ago. Found out earlier today that James Lovelock died yesterday, on what was his 103rd birthday. RIP, sir.

    MZC_CRAZY 10 meses atrás +2394

    I love how scientists that worked back in the day with zero safety measures being blasted with radiation sometimes still manage to live to 100 years old.

    • D R
      D R 26 dias atrás +2

      I had a plant near a microwave in my kitchen, and it quickly withered and died... Same happens with new crops close to a Wifi router.
      A rodent may survive freezing "to death" as a biological adaptation, as small animals can't keep warm the same way as bigger do, and won't be able to bury themself meters underground like a bear does.
      About Lovelock I suspect that he hasn't been doing micro-waves experiments daily for years... this may have had worse consequences.

    • mac23806
      mac23806 29 dias atrás

      It's baffling

    • spartan squid
      spartan squid 2 meses atrás +5

      @Matasa Yes, absolutely true! That slipped my mind. Either way, anyone with a brain would try to minimize exposure to damaging waves. It's mostly safe to be around them if you understand how they work and what devices produce waves in what directions.

    • Matasa
      Matasa 2 meses atrás +9

      @spartan squid The most dangerous thing is it can cook your lens in your eyes without you noticing, because it has no pain receptors. Stay away from Microwaves!

    • Jimbo Doomface
      Jimbo Doomface 4 meses atrás +10

      @Gavin The Janitor fountain of youth < irradiated garden hose smoothie

  • jonathan Steadman
    jonathan Steadman 7 meses atrás +2

    Well I took a chance and, yes, it was interesting, and what an incredible gentleman James Lovelock is at 101.

  • Matthew F
    Matthew F 8 dias atrás

    This was a great video. Never knew any mammal had ever been frozen and revived. Even if it was a basic explanation, it's also neat to find out why it doesn't work on humans.

  • Mostly Insects
    Mostly Insects 8 meses atrás

    I could sit and listen to Mr Lovestock for days on end… I absolutely love talking to older people and hearing stories

  • ThatIronsideGuy
    ThatIronsideGuy 2 meses atrás +4

    RIP James. Absolutely charming story.

  • RexusprimeIX
    RexusprimeIX 10 meses atrás +6961

    Lovelock had a classic mad scientist moment where his experiment was doing weird stuff to his room, like lighting up the lamps and making things catch on fire, while reanimating a dead animal.

    • Paul Newman
      Paul Newman Mês atrás

      @Nothing Is Real 8:32 Pound notes.

    • LostintheWoods
      LostintheWoods 2 meses atrás +3

      @Christopher Powers yep. I was thinking, 200 years prior and everyone would be shouting "demons".

    • Yashas Vinay
      Yashas Vinay 3 meses atrás +1

      Steins;gate is probably real

    • V v
      V v 6 meses atrás +2

      El Psy Kongroo

    • IpadID
      IpadID 7 meses atrás +2

      EXTRA JERKY El psy congroo

  • Robman92
    Robman92 7 meses atrás

    This was indeed interesting. Glad I finally watched it! Incredible story 🙌

  • Kimberly J.
    Kimberly J. 9 meses atrás +1

    Mr. Lovelock is a wonder! Would love to hear his take on longevity and good health. I can’t remember what I had for lunch two days ago…

  • Zev Farkas
    Zev Farkas Mês atrás

    Wow! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I wonder if the microwaves made the hamsters blind and/or sterile - I remember something about those being effects of microwave radiation.
    I remember a story, likely apocryphal, about a microwave communications system somewhere (Korea?) in the 1950's. Someone noticed that, on Fridays, the power level of the signal would drop for short periods. Investigation showed that some enterprising soldier was charging his buddies a fee for exposing their genitals to radiation tapped from the system before they went into town so they wouldn't leave behind unintended offspring.

  • Jack Pitman Nica
    Jack Pitman Nica 6 meses atrás

    To see somebody at that age, 101, talking so clearly, that is damn inspiring. If I can live half as long as that dude with half as much mental clarity then I'd be happy!

  • el rancio 60 es bacan
    el rancio 60 es bacan Anos atrás +1748

    Mr Lovelock looks so exited to tell Tom about his research and that's really wholesome

  • Gamer Nick
    Gamer Nick 2 meses atrás +1

    RIP James Lovelock. An absolute legend :)

  • Shehryar K
    Shehryar K Mês atrás +2

    I just found this video and watching James Lovelock tell the stories filled me with joy until I googled him an saw that he died just 5 days ago.

    • Spencer Borg
      Spencer Borg Mês atrás +3

      literally just had this happen to me too :/

  • bahriboy
    bahriboy 9 meses atrás

    This was awesome, especially the interview. What a legend!

  • chrille85
    chrille85 6 meses atrás +1

    Did they try freezing a hamster for a few years, then thawing it to see if lifespans could be artificially lengthened?

  • SuNGviN
    SuNGviN Anos atrás +3193

    Imagine you live a quiet peaceful life and a complete stranger comes to you and he's interested in crazy things you've done 80 years ago. That's so cool!

    • Ascertivus
      Ascertivus Anos atrás

      I think it is, too!

    • Vyl
      Vyl Anos atrás +1

      @azhari tomato tomato. Zombie hamsters confirmed

    • Paul O'Hagan
      Paul O'Hagan Anos atrás +1

      @Wolf Deity Yes, everyone wants to talk about the sequel to that horror classic 'hamster'.

    • Shannon Pincombe
      Shannon Pincombe Anos atrás +13

      So true! That would be super cool...getting to relive all of those fun and crazy times where there was a sliver of an idea which was gnawing at invention.

    • azhari
      azhari Anos atrás +9

      @Wolf Deity the scientists call it reanimation