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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 »

Frankenstein: 200 Years of Scientific Dread

Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” has terrified the world for nearly two centuries, thanks to countless adaptations and the timeless nature of the 1816 text. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian discuss the modern world that this science-fiction horror classic emerged from and the dark shadow it continues to cast over scientific endeavor. See more »

X-Files Science Part II: Bugs, Hybrids and Hypnosis

We want to believe. With the return of The X-Files to television Joe and Christian go digging through Scully's reports for scientific answers to the big themes of the show's mythology. Join us to learn more about regression hypnosis, cloning, bees, alien hybridization and more. Just remember... trust no one. See more »

X-Files Science Part I: Mutants & Parasites

With the return of television's The X-Files, it's never been a better time to look at the science behind the show. Join Joe and Christian as they examine the possibilities of classic Monsters of the Week, including otherworldly parasites, killer mutants and more. We'll add present research to the scientific theories surrounding the show during its initial release to find if the truth is out there. See more »

The Science of 'Ant-Man'

The 2015 movie “Ant-Man” continues a long Hollywood tradition of miniaturization sci-fi, but how much real science is there in this tale of tiny superheroes and loveable ants? Join Robert and Christian as they shrink down to the film’s level and discuss physics, the quantum realm and the fantastic world of ant biology. See more »

The Science of Dune: Biology

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” the game-changing 1965 sci-fi novel full of space-age feudalistic intrigue, rampaging sandworms and prescient mind drugs on a desert world. Even today, the work resonates with scientific wonder and philosophical intrigue, so join Robert and Joe for a two-part exploration of the science of “Dune.” In this episode, explore the lifecycle of the sandworm, mentats and the power of the spice. See more »

The Science of Dune: Technology

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” the game changing 1965 sci-fi novel full of space-age feudalistic intrigue, rampaging sandworms and prescient mind drugs on a desert world. Even today, the work resonates with scientific wonder and philosophical intrigue, so join Robert and Joe for a two-part exploration of the science of “Dune.” First up, consider the real-life possibilities of water-recycling stillsuits, the Holtzman Effect and the war against thinking machines. See more »

Summer Reading 2015: Books to Blow Your Mind

It's a summer tradition, so once more the hosts of Stuff to Blow Your Mind share their fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations with listeners. That means science, science fiction, horror and more -- all with a distinct STBYM flavor. See more »

R.I.P Author Michael Shea

Robert mourns the passing of a great writer and dreamer. See more »

Retrofuturist Flashback: More French Flyers

Robert looks at another amazing image from Albert Robida. See more »