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The Great Transhumanist Rapture War: Part 2

 The Great Transhumanist Rapture War: Part 2

Join Robert and Joe as they explore the space for common ground — and conflict — between genetically modified cyborgs and heaven-teleported believers. See more »

Monster of the Week: Succubi, Ants & Sperm Theft

 Monster of the Week: Succubi, Ants & Sperm Theft

We've covered the succubus here on To refresh, the succubus is a demonic entity that takes the from of a woman -- though a few bestial parts usually slip through to prevent the complete deception of God's horny human flock. Her goal is simple: t ... See more »

The Great Transhumanist Rapture War: Part 1

 The Great Transhumanist Rapture War: Part 1

What do the transhumanist visions and singularitarians have in common with Christian rapture doctrine, apocalyptic prophesies and far-future saviors? Join Robert and Joe as they explore the space for common ground -- and conflict -- between genetically modified cyborgs and Heaven-teleported believers in this two-part episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. See more »

Curious Incident of the Guinea Worm in the Dog

 Curious Incident of the Guinea Worm in the Dog

Humans have waged a decade-spanning war of extinction against the parasitic Guinea worm. With cases down roughly 99.99 percent from 1986, it would seem the struggle is nearly at an end. Now our inhuman adversary has found a new place to hide -- and that place is man's best friend. See more »

A Time Before Fire

 A Time Before Fire

Humans hardly invented fire, and yet if we travel back far enough in time, we encounter a time before the flame.Remember, three ingredients are necessary for fire. As the boss is quick to remind us, you can't start a fire without a spark -- a Yet it ... See more »

OSIRIS-REx: NASA's Journey to the Netherworld

 OSIRIS-REx: NASA's Journey to the Netherworld

In the year 2018, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu, a 1,614-foot near Earth object that might just collide with our world at some point in the 22nd century. OSIRIS-REx will explore this carbonaceous wanderer, but it will also bring a portion of it back home. Join Robert and Christian as they discuss the mission and chat with space scientists Dr. Amy. A Simon about OSIRIS-REx. See more »

Listener Mail VI: The Listener Mailbox of Babel

 Listener Mail VI: The Listener Mailbox of Babel

Yet again, the mailbot brings forth the responses and queries of many loyal Stuff to Blow Your Mind listeners. Join Robert, Christian and Joe on a sacred journey to catalog the Listener Mailbox of Babel and eventually find the precious texts of the legendary Crimson Inbox. See more »

Welcome to the Mosquito Factory

 Welcome to the Mosquito Factory

In humanity’s ongoing war against mosquito borne illness, some of the most innovative offense comes in the form mosquito breeding programs. Yes, these “mosquito factories” are all about manipulating the enemy rather than simply killing them. Join Robert and Christian as they explore the world of GMO mosquitoes, Wolbachia bacteria and the possible wages of mosquito eradication. See more »

Space Music: ?ICASEA Select 031, Moons of Saturn

 Space Music: ?ICASEA Select 031, Moons of Saturn

In our podcast episode "You'll find the original landing page for the mix And if you can place the source of that intro sample, let me know!Space MusicRobert Lamb is a senior writer and host at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your ... See more »

Saturn's Brood: Beyond the Outer Ring

 Saturn's Brood: Beyond the Outer Ring

The planet Saturn offers far more than rings to those who venture within its gravitational influence. This wind-swept gas giant also holds sway over no fewer than 53 moons, including such wonders as the atmosphere-shrouded Titan, two-faced Iapetus and sponge-like Hyperion. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the mysteries of the Saturnian moons. See more »

O Time Thy Pyramids: The Library of Babel

 O Time Thy Pyramids: The Library of Babel

In Jorge Luis Borges’ masterful short story “The Library of Babel,” librarians and cultists wander a vast honeycomb library of hexagonal rooms -- rooms that contain not only all books but all possible books, from unwritten masterpieces to tomes of typographical nonsense. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into this metaphoric labyrinth for contemplations of genetics, cosmology, philosophy, computer programming and magic. See more »

Minds of Musical Emptiness

 Minds of Musical Emptiness

We're all wired to enjoy different forms of music, but for some of us the wiring is missing entirely. Join Robert and Christian as they explore the curious conditions of amusia and auditory agnosia in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast. See more »

The Great Flood

 The Great Flood

From tales of Utnapishtim and Noah to Yü and Manu, everyone loves a good mythical deluge. But why are flood myths so important? What sort of natural phenomena could cause the sort of massive flooding likely to resonate through the heritage memories of a flood-traumatized civilization? Join Robert and Christian for a Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration. See more »

When the Moon Rains Shark Teeth

 When the Moon Rains Shark Teeth

Imagine you're out for a moonlight walk on a hillside path in second-century Rome. The night is warm, the crickets are chirping, when suddenly the beautiful silver light from the moon begins to take on a pink hue. A lunar eclipse is beginning. B ... See more »

Monster of the Week: The Nonmen of Eärwa

 Monster of the Week: The Nonmen of Eärwa

Long before barbaric tribes ventured into Northern Eärwa, the Given our previous look at the Nonman PhysiologyNonmen dental physiology is also rather distinct in that they boast an upper and lower shelf of fused teeth rather than individual teeth. Th ... See more »

The Failings of Forensic Science, Part II

 The Failings of Forensic Science, Part II

What if bad science put you in prison for a crime you didn’t commit? How many guilty offenders are still out there because of pseudoscience, fraud or disorganized laboratories? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, join Joe and Christian for part two of our review of forensic science in the courtroom. How accurate is the analysis of fingerprints, ballistics, hair, bite marks, fire and DNA? See more »

The Failings of Forensic Science, Part I

 The Failings of Forensic Science, Part I

What if bad science put you in prison for a crime you didn’t commit? How many guilty offenders are still out there because of pseudoscience, fraud or disorganized laboratories? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe and Christian review the use of forensic science in law enforcement. Scientific evidence is prevalent in both courtrooms and popular culture. But why are we only recently questioning its validity? See more »

Space Music: Varied Sounds of Controlled Bleeding

 Space Music: Varied Sounds of Controlled Bleeding

I love a rich, varied discography -- especially in the age of Spotify. There's a sense of sonic archeology to the whole process, and the journey is all the more rewarding when it's an established act you've simply never explored before. From 198 ... See more »

Leaping Mullets! Flying Fish! Breaching Sharks!

 Leaping Mullets! Flying Fish! Breaching Sharks!

Fish belong in the water, right? What business do they have leaping out of their world and into ours? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the surprisingly fascinating, dangerous and mysterious world of leaping, jumping and gliding fish. From skewering swordfish and breaching sharks to the alleged urethra-bound candiru, nature provides more than a few mind-blowing specimens of note. See more »

Coral Sex in the Sea (With Guest Marah J. Hardt)

 Coral Sex in the Sea (With Guest Marah J. Hardt)

Sure coral reefs are rich, vibrant ecosystems, but did you know they also have a kinky side? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, “Sex in the Sea” author Dr. Marah J. Hardt returns to chat about coral reproduction and the role this vital, threatened organism plays in our world. See more »