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 The Nature of Heroism

Heroes permeate our culture, from mythic archetypes and pop-culture superheroes to real-life humans who risk their lives for others. But from where does heroism emerge? Robert and Christian explore the question in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind Podcast. See more »

Euphemisms: Linguistic Transmutation

 Euphemisms: Linguistic Transmutation

Sure, euphemisms allow us to talk about something unpleasant or taboo without actually invoking the dreaded word or words -- but what else is going on? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe explore the linguistic power of euphemisms to alter and transform the tone or meaning of everyday communication. See more »

Space Music: Occult Music for John Dee Week

 Space Music: Occult Music for John Dee Week

Robert Lamb presents a perfect musical pairing for this week's episodes on the sorcerer mathematician Dr. John Dee: 'The Unexplained: Electronic Musical Impressions of the Occult' by Ataraxia (AKA Mort Garson). See more »

Artes Mathematicall: The Diviner John Dee

 Artes Mathematicall: The Diviner John Dee

Elizabethan scholar Dr. John Dee was one of the most learned men of the 16th century, applying his intense mathematical intellect to matters scientific, political, alchemical and occult. He advised Queen Elizabeth, sought communion with angelic beings, advocated British expansion and plunged the depths of human knowledge in age of great change. In this second of two episodes on the topic, Robert and Christian discuss Dr. Dee’s involvement in science, statecraft, cryptography and espionage. See more »

Art Spotlight: Kaluta's Angels

 Art Spotlight: Kaluta's Angels

Robert Lamb gushes over the otherworldly angels found in the art of comics legend Michael Kaluta... See more »

Artes Mathematicall: The Conjurer John Dee

 Artes Mathematicall: The Conjurer John Dee

Elizabethan scholar Dr. John Dee was one of the most learned men of the 16th century, applying his intense mathematical intellect to matters scientific, political, alchemical and occult. He advised Queen Elizabeth, sought communion with angelic beings, advocated British expansion and plunged the depths of human knowledge in age of great change. In this first of two episodes on the topic, Robert and Christian discuss the world, life and magic of the enigmatic Dr. Dee. See more »

Space Music: 'Dynamics' by Distance, Turbo Killer I & II

 Space Music: 'Dynamics' by Distance, Turbo Killer I & II

Robert Lamb discusses the latest dubstep/grime release from Distance, as well as the crazed, VHS-influenced world of Carpenter Brut and Seth Ickerman's 'Turbo Killer' video collaboration. See more »

10 Great Sci-Fi Board Games

 10 Great Sci-Fi Board Games

Want to launch your next board game night into outer space? Throw that copy of Monopoly in the trash, because we have 10 killer sci-fi board game recommendations to liven up your dining room table. See more »

Listener Mail VII: Fill Your Ears

 Listener Mail VII: Fill Your Ears

It's listener mail time again! Join Robert, Joe and Christian for listener feedback on combat drugs, only child syndrome, technology without fire, ghost marriage, forensics and more. Plus Karnie the Mailbot scans itself for viruses and reboots for action. See more »

Cosmic Canvas: Mercury and Venutian Landscape

 Cosmic Canvas: Mercury and Venutian Landscape

Another artistic vision of the cosmos, this time in the form of a trading card illustration of Mercury's surface... See more »

The Creep

 The Creep

You've all witnessed and been witnessed by the Creep, but what attributes compose this unsettling character? Why do we fear the creep and what, indeed, are we to make of the Creep in the mirror? Join Robert and Joe for an autopsy of this most unsavory archetype. See more »

Retrofuturist Flashback: Family Portrait 2029

 Retrofuturist Flashback: Family Portrait 2029

Robert Lamb considers another vision of the future via the past... See more »

To The Escape Pod!

 To The Escape Pod!

Ever wanted to climb into the safe, metal womb of an escape pod and blast yourself free of this doomed vessel called life? Sure you have, but in the meantime consider some of the real-life air, space and terrestrial escape capsules that humans have envisioned over the years. Robert and Joe tell you all about it in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast. See more »

Haunting Photos of the 1966 XB-70 Tragedy

 Haunting Photos of the 1966 XB-70 Tragedy

Two haunting photos of the 1966 descent of an experimental XB-70 following a collision with an F-104 chase plane. See more »

Is social media driving us insane?

 Is social media driving us insane?

If our collective social, cultural and political angst may be compared to a fire, then social media often seems the kiln that contains it. But are resources such as FaceBook and Twitter mere vessels for the blistering heat, or are they complacent in the flame’s intensity? Robert and Christian explore in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast. See more »

Space Music: 'Patashnik' and Other Biosphere Gems

 Space Music: 'Patashnik' and Other Biosphere Gems

Robert Lamb considers Biosphere's recently reissued 1994 album 'Patashnik,' an ambient house classic that still resonates with soothing weirdness. See more »

I Was Eaten by a Giant Spider

 I Was Eaten by a Giant Spider

The spiders that occur in nature are not a creeping menace -- rather, they are a true invisible ally of humankind. But if one were to grow to 1950s sci-fi proportions, even the arachnophiliacs among us would have to admit we had a problem on our hands. How do spiders eat their prey, and what would it be like if a human being were consumed by an impossibly large spider? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast. See more »

A World Before Fire: The Human Flame

 A World Before Fire: The Human Flame

Humans existed before their mastery of fire, albeit in a rather primitive state -- and yes, even Earth itself knew an age when fire itself was not only scarce, but chemically impossible. In this two-part episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture back to a time before the flame and consider the curious, interconnected ascension of man and fire. In part two, consider how fire enabled the evolutionary and technological ascent of humanity. See more »

Space Music: Ambient Soothing

 Space Music: Ambient Soothing

Robert Lamb shares his recent HowStuffWorks NOW feature ' Ambient Music Can Calm the Psychic Maelstrom. Here's How.' along with some embedded versions of the recommendations. See more »

A World Before Fire: The Terrestrial Anomaly

 A World Before Fire: The Terrestrial Anomaly

Humans existed before their mastery of fire, albeit in a rather primitive state -- and yes, even Earth itself knew an age when fire itself was not only scarce, but chemically impossible. In this two-part episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture back to a time before the flame and consider the curious, interconnected ascension of man and fire. In part one, explore the chemistry of a flameless Earth and the possibility of alien technology without fire. See more »