Blow Your Mind: (Kick)astrobiology

Is this astrobiology? (Bombonia/Celina Alvarado/Getty Images)

Astrobiology is just a bunch of scientists trying to figure out what aliens look like, right? Wrong. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss how this exciting, multidisciplinary field of science asks essential questions not just about the cosmos, but about the history of life on Earth.

Of course it's also about pondering the sorts of extremophile life that might exist in the strangest corners of our galaxy. But the scientific riches of astrobiology also spill over into the world of cancer research. Just what do tumors have to do with life on other worlds? All this and more shall be revealed.

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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.