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neil-470x275 Blow Your Mind: Talking ‘Space Chronicles’ with Neil deGrasse Tyson

We chatted with him back in 2011, but now astrophysicist and general media champion of science Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us once again for a lengthy chat about the nature of U.S. space exploration, the threat of asteroids, mad science,

iStockphoto/Thinkstock SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the history of SETI as well as what classic TV shows our alien neighbors might be listening to. Heck, why are radio signals such a choice communication

iStockphoto/Thinkstock From the Vault: Probing Questions about Alien Abduction

When the world skews out of the everyday and becomes something stranger, our brain is left to interpret the data in light of preexisting narratives: elves and goblins, angels and demons… And of course extraterrestrials. So here’s one of my

iStockphoto/Thinkstock Blow Your Mind: Wind Beneath My Surgical Wings

Can modern science give us the wings we’ve always envied in the birds of the air? Can modern plastic surgery elevate us to a higher human form? In what’s probably one of our stranger episodes of Stuff to Blow Your

Pica: Dirt for Dinner

Chances are you didn’t pack a mud pie or a brick of clay for lunch today, but humans – like many animals – are not above a little pica in their diet. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your

Blow Your Mind: Elevators and the Humans who Use Them

The thing about ubiquitous technology is that we rarely stop to consider their marvel and impact. But without elevators there would be no skyscrapers. There would be no daily session of tightly-packed stranger awkwardness, all with a light dusting of

Blow Your Mind: Regurgitation Celebration (+ Vomit as Art)

While adult humans generally avoid puking as much as possible, a good upchuck is just another biological function for other creatures. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I present a vomitory smorgasbord of cud-chewing monkeys,

Ghost in the Genetic Machine: Humans

To what extent are we shackled to our genes? How does our upbringing, environment and even our grandfather’s lifestyle affect the expression of our genome? Read more ›

Ghost in the Genetic Machine: Animals

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I introduce you to the amazing world of epigenetics and gene memory. Join us as we discuss Lamarckian Evolution, mice, rats and flat worms. And then next week turn

Ergotism: How an Entire Town Becomes a Psychedelic Nightmare

Imagine an entire town overcome by a collective waking nightmare. It’s the stuff of fantasy to be sure. Just read Brian McNaughton’s “The Return of Lrion Wolfbaiter” or play a little “Skyrim.” You’ll get there. But is it also the

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