Milking the Thorium Cow - Periodic Table of Videos

  • Published on Jan 11, 2019
  • How to produce Actinium from a "cow" of Thorium... Filmed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Comments • 817

  • taui attwood
    taui attwood 3 days ago

    Radioactive milking to cure cancer. Check mate vegans.

  • SPRKz EU ツ
    SPRKz EU ツ 6 days ago +2

    1 grand for something I can't see...well you're darn right I will pay for that

  • I Am That Is
    I Am That Is 13 days ago

    You make me not hate life, periodic videos and Nottingham professors.

    Thank you

  • Robert Schmidt
    Robert Schmidt 15 days ago +1

    Radiation causes cancer , far better to remove cancers disguise, and teach the bodys immune system to recognise; and destroy it.

  • acepilot1
    acepilot1 19 days ago

    A thousand million... you mean a billion...

  • ivan schafeldt
    ivan schafeldt 27 days ago

    only problem with this is radiation therapy has been used for over 60 years and STILL science has not learned that it does NOT work.
    of the few percent that it is successful on an even smaller percentage manage to live longer than 5 years after, radiation is merely a longer term death sentence

  • Ricardo Pesenti
    Ricardo Pesenti Month ago

    Wow! The gamma ray camera is one awesome peaxe of equipment!
    We have a gamma ray spectrometer and this is pretty awesome on it's own. But a camera visualising the spectra? Awesome! Simply amazing

  • deet0109
    deet0109 Month ago

    I have been clickbaited

  • Andrew Bridgman
    Andrew Bridgman Month ago

    Ridiculous spending so much time on man made comounds too not cure cancer that these compounds which caused the cancer. Oh is that why Canibis has been banned for so many decades. Milking the people!

  • redtails
    redtails Month ago

    nanogram, microliter? pretty normal units in science nowadays. Measuring femto-mols/grams has become accessible even to low-budget research.

  • Janni Batsilas
    Janni Batsilas Month ago

    Is this man the inventor of science?

  • Thomas Borgsmidt
    Thomas Borgsmidt 2 months ago +1

    The problem I see: How do you make sure it sticks to the tumor and not everything else?

  • edgeeffect
    edgeeffect 2 months ago +2

    In fact, that "glovebox" operator is REALLY showing off his skills with the manipulators as much as he possibly can.

  • The 3D Studio
    The 3D Studio 2 months ago

    our indian vedic scintistist said thousand year ago that cows pee contain such radioactive elements that can treat cancer and people used to laugh at as because we used it as medicine but they dont know the results of it

  • aat karelse
    aat karelse 2 months ago +1

    So we can do more now with radioactive materials then we could say 50 years ago.
    Perhaps we should restart the nuclear age ? We want to be co2 nutral, also medicine, also deep space missions and im sure there is another hundred or applications in nuclear that our economy cant run without !

  • RWBHere
    RWBHere 2 months ago

    Bovinium - Bo

  • jpdemer5
    jpdemer5 2 months ago +1

    At $1 trillion per gram (the prof. is off by 10^3), this may be the most expensive material on the planet that's actually bought and sold in commerce.

  • MrGoatflakes
    MrGoatflakes 2 months ago

    The sad thing is that promising treatments like this die on the vine, despite proven effectiveness. Look at Iodine I 131 Tositumomab, it had a 70% response rate to what was considered at the time a universally fatal cancer. Oncologist couldn't directly sell it to patients, instead they had to refer them to a radiation oncologist, so they literally missed out on tens of thousands of dollars _per treatment_ so they simply didn't tell their patients about it. It was withdrawn from market due to "lack of interest". And this will continue to happen to new radiopharmaceuticals while oncologists have a perverse incentive to do so.

  • MrGoatflakes
    MrGoatflakes 2 months ago +1

    1:42 ORNL was only designated as a Nuclear Historic Landmark in 2017... wat

    • Thomas Dyke
      Thomas Dyke Month ago +1

      No no no, that's just this one building within ORNL!

  • BirdValiant
    BirdValiant 2 months ago

    Surely there can be some way to better automate this.

    • Thomas Dyke
      Thomas Dyke Month ago

      There's a reason those mechanical arms (manipulators) are all pulleys and cogs. Electronics don't last long in radiation fields like these!

  • Aidan303
    Aidan303 2 months ago +1

    Was anyone else hoping that they were feeding thorium to a cow? No. Okay. Me neither.

  • Knight Ryder
    Knight Ryder 2 months ago

    I was hoping to see a cow that gave radioactive milk

  • Andy Alder
    Andy Alder 2 months ago

    Rose Bole no doubt lives next door to Teresa Green.

  • BiRDiE
    BiRDiE 2 months ago +1


  • ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose
    ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose 2 months ago +1

    Wonderfully weirdly low tech.

  • Casey Bingham
    Casey Bingham 2 months ago +1

    I try to watch as many videos from your channel as possible! So when I found out yall were on location @ ORNL i was thrilled, as I am 1 city away in Knoxville Tennessee, USA! Awesome

  • Moon Moon
    Moon Moon 2 months ago

    I see you, Aperture Labs. 7:10

  • Andrew Caruana
    Andrew Caruana 2 months ago

    You are amazing and I am really amazed and impressed by ALL this work that you are doing.👍🙂

  • Milos Ristic
    Milos Ristic 3 months ago +1

    Cheer's professors! Radiochemistry is another great field of study!!! :) :D :)

  • Technomaniac Dude
    Technomaniac Dude 3 months ago

    1000$ for nothing..

    • Thomas Dyke
      Thomas Dyke Month ago

      I think you'd disagree if you were looking for options and in the end stages of prostate cancer.

  • Colonel Graff
    Colonel Graff 3 months ago

    1:45 why would you name your kid Rose Bowl

  • Grant Marshall
    Grant Marshall 3 months ago +1

    I am too ignorant to understand much of this but find it fascinating nonetheless. Nice to see that such dangerous waste from years ago is helping to save lives rather than take them .

  • Indigo 132
    Indigo 132 3 months ago

    0:45 Wait, they made Thallium shoot off a particle! But Thallium isn’t radioactive! Anyone else notice this?

  • mechadense
    mechadense 3 months ago +1

    7:37 that's where it gets scary ...

  • That one guy with the extremely long username

    I'm in the wrong business..

  • H C
    H C 3 months ago

    All i see is robot arms and an aperture logo

  • Source Pyre
    Source Pyre 3 months ago

    Now im imagining what a thorium milkshake tastes like.

  • wolfedog99
    wolfedog99 4 months ago

    They should store the thorium in spheres under a vacuum.

  • pinkace
    pinkace 4 months ago

    Only patients that can afford it get treated. The rest of us die.

  • Austin Thrasher
    Austin Thrasher 4 months ago +1

    Question: they only want Actinium? If so, why?

    • Christopher Willis
      Christopher Willis 3 months ago

      Because it is the precursor to the Thallium decay chain they are interested in.

  • Heliosquare
    Heliosquare 4 months ago

    Very Midna's lamentesque tune, it's nice

  • scudrunnerS92
    scudrunnerS92 4 months ago

    How well do the treatments work for patients?

  • Guest Informant
    Guest Informant 4 months ago

    Did you just make a video about how effective homeopathy is ;-)

    • Neon Red kill
      Neon Red kill 3 months ago

      No they did not. In homeopathy theroey dilution enhances the power of said cure. In this case the substance is so radioactive that any more than a nanogram would be to radioactive for anyone to safely handle

  • Canal do Montador
    Canal do Montador 4 months ago

    Ola sou do Brasil amo os videos de vocês e gostaria de fazer uma pergunta teórica para quem sabe gerar um próximo vídeo.
    o que aconteceria se por acedente fosse solto muito hidrogênio na atmosfera!

  • Ghou1Lord
    Ghou1Lord 4 months ago +2

    So this is almost as expensive as printer ink.

  • The Kaiser
    The Kaiser 4 months ago +1

    Periodic Videos
    "A thousand millions" is a milliard.

  • Sudo Penguin
    Sudo Penguin 4 months ago

    Cancer is quite a profitable industry

  • Chris
    Chris 4 months ago

    Weird how radioactivity both gives and cures cancer

  • Nathan Merrill
    Nathan Merrill 4 months ago

    8:22 a thousand million dollars! A billion dollars??

  • Roland Lemmers
    Roland Lemmers 4 months ago +1

    Well children, this is where your milk comes from.

  • Dylan Martin
    Dylan Martin 4 months ago +1

    That is udderly amazing!

  • Mark Gigiel
    Mark Gigiel 4 months ago

    Don't have a cow man. Unless it's a thorium one.

  • 0__0
    0__0 4 months ago +1

    thanks for explaining the nanogram. i've never heard of it in my entire life.

    • Terry Fish
      Terry Fish 2 months ago

      It may interest you to know that most smoke detectors contain a few nanograms of Americium 241... Another quite radioactive actinide.

  • Shruggz Da Str8-Faced Clown

    Do they have chocolate thorium yet?

  • Yami -kun
    Yami -kun 4 months ago

    Only alpha-decane?

  • thatjokerperson
    thatjokerperson 4 months ago

    1000 million dollars ({[science ]})

  • Kor Taffel
    Kor Taffel 4 months ago

    This guy explained static electricity to elementary school kids before making thins video

  • Richard Smith
    Richard Smith 4 months ago

    Oh, that's my neck of the woods. Not that it is out of the question for you to go there, the US doesn't have that many nuclear labs.

  • Reltpid
    Reltpid 4 months ago

    Thorium reactor

  • cataria
    cataria 4 months ago

    so some hugely complete, processing and extraction process, of what then becomes more cancerous produts being put into people, that do create further cancers!, instead of just using cannabis extract, that has been shown to be highly effective, and doesn't require radioactive shielding to be produced....

  • Dewald Maritz
    Dewald Maritz 4 months ago

    When i think of science i see this guy's face

  • Bart Bols
    Bart Bols 4 months ago

    What if the arm breaks?

  • Scott M
    Scott M 4 months ago +1

    So dilute you'd think it's homeopathy. But its not, its SCIENCE!

  • AshGTE
    AshGTE 4 months ago

    Afghan opium farmers pay the Chinese $1k for 1 liter of a cutting liquid.

  • Justas Bezaras
    Justas Bezaras 4 months ago

    10 grams of this material is worth more than all money on earth

    VENOM 4 months ago

    keep those robotic arms away from howard wolowitz

  • Anon archist
    Anon archist 4 months ago

    the medicinal ingredients that are more expensive than $1000 million per gram are private jets and mansions.

  • David Messer
    David Messer 4 months ago

    I wonder if the Thorium cow produces any moo-ons...

  • 1814Custom
    1814Custom 4 months ago

    He forgot to hold up his pinky finger..

  • Supahfly uk
    Supahfly uk 4 months ago

    Well that's some expensive milk, top tip don't pour it on your cornflakes!

  • brainfarth
    brainfarth 4 months ago

    As a welder, I wonder if I can stab myself with some thoriated tungsten in the cancerous areas I might have and cure it on the cheap.

  • RWBHere
    RWBHere 4 months ago

    *_'No cows were harmed during the making of this video.'_*

  • MrTermi95
    MrTermi95 4 months ago

    64 guys are thorium cows!

  • T Perm
    T Perm 4 months ago

    If 1 nanogram costs $1000, wouldn't 1 gram cost $1 000 000 000 000, not $1 000 000 000?

  • Kalle Kula
    Kalle Kula 4 months ago

    But only people with LOTS of money will be treated in the US.
    Don't be poor in the US.

  • Kent Leech
    Kent Leech 4 months ago

    Fascinating! BTW, what is the artist of the piano music? Enjoying it.

  • Dat NguyenThe
    Dat NguyenThe 4 months ago

    8:13 I don't wanna be "that" guy, but 1000$ for a thousandth of a microgram (micro means a millionth, so a thousandth of a millionth is a billionth) means 1 gram would cost 1000 Billion $ (one trillion dollars). So about 22g of that stuff is worth more than the US national debt.

  • Nick Valentine
    Nick Valentine 4 months ago

    He needs to fix his hair. He’s trying to look like a smart mad scientist or Einstein or something. It’s not working, he just looks weird, fix the hair man, you’ll help yourself out a lot.

    • Michael McBain
      Michael McBain 3 months ago

      Yeah. His career's going nowhere until... Oh, this is Professor Sir Martin Poliakoff CBE, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society you're talking about?

  • nab 6215
    nab 6215 5 months ago

    At least know I know what radiation treatments are so expensive

  • durvsh
    durvsh 5 months ago

    The gamma ray imaging device company PHDS co. has the aperture science labs logo with a gamma (which somewhat looks like a vertically inverted lambda which refers to half life series) in it

  • Toughen Up, Fluffy
    Toughen Up, Fluffy 5 months ago

    Weak force win! Rah Rah Rah!

  • Toughen Up, Fluffy
    Toughen Up, Fluffy 5 months ago

    Don't wanna treat it. I wanna greet it.

  • Toughen Up, Fluffy
    Toughen Up, Fluffy 5 months ago


  • Elli P
    Elli P 5 months ago

    That's a very helpful cow; no bull.

  • Franko
    Franko 5 months ago

    Those people are living saints

  • Bigfatboko.
    Bigfatboko. 5 months ago

    Isn't a nanogram the same as a billionth?

  • Dark Rainbow
    Dark Rainbow 5 months ago

    Now milk a chocolate cow.

  • maximmm99
    maximmm99 5 months ago

    Somebody check my math - $1000 for 1 nanogram is $1000 x 10^9 = a million million dollars per gram right?

  • yensama
    yensama 5 months ago

    $1000... my hospital will probably charge me $30,000

    • Terry Fish
      Terry Fish 2 months ago

      The samples are added to some other chemical that targets cancer cells. Usually a bit of research done prior to ordering up the Ac.
      $30000 < Dead. It may seem like blackmail to you but this stuff is not common nor cheap.

  • Subhabrata Ghosh
    Subhabrata Ghosh 5 months ago

    professor u know.. when i watch ur video then i become so much involved with it that when a send video peeps out on the side of the video i go to that after ending that one.. but after that i realised that i haven't commented the previous one.. but i am not willing to go back and waste my time... so i carry on......probably this the first comment to any of ur videos as far as i can remember i have watched 75 videos of urs approx..but i haven't commented any one of apologies....for the largest comment.....

  • Orion Osiris
    Orion Osiris 5 months ago

    Building 7920?! 😲 How many buildings do they own?! I have trouble keeping up with my one bedroom apartment, geez! 😂

  • Rahbeep
    Rahbeep 5 months ago

    "Highly radioactive materials handling"
    Uses container for Mini Cream Puffs

  • Cooper Gates
    Cooper Gates 5 months ago

    Note: Over 97% of bismuth-213 beta decays; just a little bit of it emits alpha particles instead.

    • Cooper Gates
      Cooper Gates 3 months ago

      @Christopher Willis It's just not 4 consecutive alpha decays most of the time. There are a couple of nuclei that are guaranteed 4 in a row.

    • Christopher Willis
      Christopher Willis 3 months ago

      Yes, but then it alpha decays from there.

  • CR1545
    CR1545 5 months ago

    we have canabis now dont need it. yellow # 5 is a byproduct of oil and they put that in your food. isn't that great?

  • Chen
    Chen 5 months ago +1

    Did anyone else have the "hydration mayonnaise" ad??? It made me very uncomfortable lol.

  • Alexey Souvorkin
    Alexey Souvorkin 5 months ago

    At $1 billion/gram this is one of least expensive ingredients to make the medicine??! (8:40)
    What is the most expensive?
    Quark containing quantum milk from a unicorn?

  • KosmonautOfficial
    KosmonautOfficial 5 months ago

    Great video

  • Ultracity6060
    Ultracity6060 5 months ago

    My grandparents worked (and met) working at Oak Ridge in the days leading up to the Manhattan project, and one of them later died of cancer. Cool to see that the same facility is now using radiation to help cure cancer.

    Radiation: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

  • James T Joseph
    James T Joseph 5 months ago +1

    Legacy of ORNL still continues. Exited about the MSRE.

  • T J Vaughan
    T J Vaughan 5 months ago

    what smashing info