It costs 70 MILLION dollars per kg! But why?

  • Published: 05 February 2017
  • Sometimes science can be expensive!!!

    I frequent deal with stable isotopes which can happily reach tens of thousands of dollars per gram. In this case ~$70 000 per gram for 41K. In this case I only had about 1/3rd of a gram.

    Now it might seem like a lot, but bear in mind this is not really something you can sell. The market for 41K in the entire world is almost nothing. Indeed the only thing that gives it value is it costs so much to make it.

    Thankfully, this stuff did good work! We got some of the best measurements on the hydration of potassium in the world!! Indeed they were good enough to highlight some of the previous knowledge about 41K, to the point where I had to bring this sample out of retirement and send it back to the reactor to check the properties of the nucleus.

    I wont be adding this to the patreon feed, but many thanks to all those who support this channel!
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Comments • 6 097

    NG DALI  1 weeks back

    I tought it was coke xd

    • geoffschulz
      geoffschulz  2 weeks back

      You are brilliant (American reference, which means you know what you're talking about)! With all your rants about busted scams, it's nice to see that you have the necessary knowledge to debunk those claims. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your content!

      • Sasha Drca
        Sasha Drca  3 weeks back

        I thought it was going to be cocaine

        • Nathan Burks
          Nathan Burks  3 weeks back

          ....that’s a buttplug filled with coke

          • Lion Tamer
            Lion Tamer  4 weeks back

            This video is mind numbingly boring .

            • Dimitris M Papadakis
              Dimitris M Papadakis  4 weeks back

              I want to see Thunderf00t trying to transport this strange white dust through an airport in that ergonomically designed bottle shape, while carrying in his backpack the uranium soil samples and the Geiger, together with a bar of silver, all packed inside layers of chocolate bars in his carry on luggage.... That's gonna require some serious explanations for some uneducated customs beer belly Joe in Texas. What could go wrong?

              You can just visualize how the conversation would go: But I'm a scientist. Sure sweetheart, you're doing this for science.

              • Mush V. Peets
                Mush V. Peets  4 weeks back

                Makes me think twice before tossing my potassium in water. :P

                • Alex Jacobson
                  Alex Jacobson  4 weeks back

                  At Berkeley, in the mid 70s, I came into the Physics Dept. student machine shop one Saturday morning. Three students were hovering over the old, huge, Bradford boat anchor lathe, which almost no one used. Chucked in the lathe was a busted glass tube, by its metal end, and the ways of the lathe were carefully covered with white, lint free towels. The glass tube was part of an extremely sensitive mass spectrometer from Prof. Reynolds’ group. The student were machining out a residue of APOLLO-GATHERED MOON ROCKS, which had to be preserved and accounted for. ~$200M a kilogram in today’s dollars.

                  • Mike Hawk
                    Mike Hawk  1 months back

                    "YouTube has been pretty good to me"

                    I think his stance on that has since changed.

                    • Lyle
                      Lyle  4 weeks back

                      @Trey Quattro retarded sjw inavasion, banning people with the right ideas

                    • Trey Quattro
                      Trey Quattro  4 weeks back

                      why, what's happened since 2017?

                  • Void 9
                    Void 9  1 months back

                    Do dude has 26,000 dollars in a buttplug

                    • spider plays_code
                      spider plays_code  1 months back

                      Hmm whigt pouder =cokane

                      • Mike G
                        Mike G  1 months back

                        I can top that,
                        Antihydrogen: $94 Trillion per gram, that would be $94,000,000,000,000,000 per kilogram.

                        • Gumby Greeneye
                          Gumby Greeneye  1 months back

                          I think Thunderfoot said nucular.


                          • Important Videos
                            Important Videos  1 months back

                            That's an expensive buttplug

                            • Wilford Atlas
                              Wilford Atlas  1 months back

                              "A new iPhone"

                              That's a Samsung...

                            • Ken Fullman
                              Ken Fullman  1 months back

                              "You get sodium ions from table salt and you pick up potassium from a whole lot of other sources" So I'm thinking barbecue source, tomato source?

                              • Jack Johnson
                                Jack Johnson  1 months back

                                Is it just me or does the bottle the white powder is in look like a butt plug

                                • braddeicide
                                  braddeicide  1 months back

                                  Looks like a butt plug

                                  • Andre Andre
                                    Andre Andre  1 months back

                                    Silver holds its value. A smart phone loses value fast.

                                    • Subhrodeep Saha
                                      Subhrodeep Saha  2 months back

                                      Did you publish the work?

                                      • Oliver Price
                                        Oliver Price  2 months back

                                        Imagine just trying to open it and you jolt and it go’s all over a carpet... never to be seen again.... $26,000,000 ... gone 😂

                                        • blargg
                                          blargg  1 months back

                                          As he says, the money was basically spent on the *service* of refining it. The stuff was worth that much to them to do the experiment, but after that worth little.

                                      • strale gaming
                                        strale gaming  2 months back

                                        1 kg of gold is about 35 euros

                                        • Yuhe Yuhe
                                          Yuhe Yuhe  2 months back

                                          i thought he had cocaine

                                          • MintyFreshness4
                                            MintyFreshness4  2 months back

                                            $26k for a cocaine buttplug?

                                            • William
                                              William  2 months back

                                              published on feb 4th 2017 coincidence i think not

                                              really expensive what power coincidence i think not

                                              • Zogg from Betelgeuse
                                                Zogg from Betelgeuse  2 months back

                                                "He who controls the potassium 41, controls the universe!"
                                                - Baron Vladmir Harkonnen

                                              • Paul Rondezca
                                                Paul Rondezca  2 months back

                                                It's cool but why do you gotta store it in a buttplug

                                                • Troypam Young
                                                  Troypam Young  2 months back

                                                  Hey that's my phone.

                                                  • x omega
                                                    x omega  2 months back

                                                    So im assuming if you droped it that would depriciate its value a little bit

                                                    • Phil Monk
                                                      Phil Monk  2 months back

                                                      Nice, a cocaine-filled butt-plug!

                                                      • Teapot Inc
                                                        Teapot Inc  2 months back

                                                        White powder worth a fortune.
                                                        Also a "one litre 'pot' bottle".
                                                        Dude is having a blast whilst I need my hearing checked.😂

                                                        • Dodo Dada
                                                          Dodo Dada  2 months back

                                                          So you put really pricey cocain in a glass buttplug, I wonder what would be de effect of that? 🤣

                                                          • Bill numby
                                                            Bill numby  2 months back

                                                            I would pay a kilo of gold if this guy didn't mumble so bad.

                                                            • antonio velazquez
                                                              antonio velazquez  2 months back

                                                              Potassium 41, now the secret word for Cocaine!

                                                              • Caboose Yea
                                                                Caboose Yea  2 months back

                                                                But feathers are heavier then steel

                                                                • San Diago
                                                                  San Diago  2 months back

                                                                  Potassium chloride 🤔 why does that sound familiar

                                                                  • Rwanda forever!
                                                                    Rwanda forever!  2 months back

                                                                    Why do you have German copper, silver and gold bars?

                                                                    • Xenophagia
                                                                      Xenophagia  2 months back

                                                                      World's most expensive buttplug.

                                                                      • Cyrillic
                                                                        Cyrillic  2 months back

                                                                        My dude has a glass buttplug of potassium

                                                                        • jared mossholder
                                                                          jared mossholder  2 months back

                                                                          Flock of Seagulls makes good videos

                                                                          • the wither crew twc
                                                                            the wither crew twc  2 months back

                                                                            An iPhone
                                                                            Weigh Samsung
                                                                            Samsung: am I a joke to you

                                                                            • spunkflunk
                                                                              spunkflunk  2 months back

                                                                              What's that potassium powder used for anyways

                                                                              • Salvador Flores
                                                                                Salvador Flores  2 months back

                                                                                Did he just store powder inside a glass butt plug

                                                                                • xSkj
                                                                                  xSkj  2 months back

                                                                                  you clearly haven't heard of anti-matter, which costs 25 Million...
                                                                                  ... per milligram

                                                                                  • The Real Slim Brady
                                                                                    The Real Slim Brady  2 months back

                                                                                    gold is the best conductor

                                                                                    • The.RealEffect :IG
                                                                                      The.RealEffect :IG  2 months back

                                                                                      That's coke.

                                                                                      • SKIES TOOK MY DRONE
                                                                                        SKIES TOOK MY DRONE  2 months back

                                                                                        NICE JOB

                                                                                        • Erik Haik
                                                                                          Erik Haik  2 months back

                                                                                          4:41 CraCk?