Blow Your Mind: The Skin We Live In

Skin is strange.
Skin is strange.
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Our outer layer of flesh is beautiful, disgusting, painful, vibrant, oily and erotic. It helps define who we are and, like the rest of us, tends to fall apart as years go by. But what is it exactly? What role does it play in human anatomy and how will we change it in the future?

Computerized tattoos?

Skin farms?

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I take a close look at the skin we live in. Plus I ramble on a bit about flaying in various books and movies, but thankfully Julie reminds me to move along with the SCIENCE.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.