Animals

How 'Worm Grunting' Works

Robert Lamb talks about calling worms to the surface. Without magic.

Extreme Mammals Part II

Extreme Mammals Part II: In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Julie discuss the amazing world of prehistoric mammals and count down their favorite weird warm bloods from the smallest to largest.

Extreme Mammals Part I

Extreme Mammals Part I: In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Julie discuss the amazing world of prehistoric mammals and count down their favorite weird warm bloods from the smallest to largest.

Blow Your Mind: How do Animals Map the World?

Humans aren't the only map masters on the planet. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I explore the amazing ways that animals turn space into place and navigate the world around them. Following on the heels of our previous two map episodes, this venture deals with everything from magnetic fields and landmarks to scent trails and the movements of the sun.

Blow the Mind: City Creatures

Does a crowded city street make you care less about your fellow man, or does it maybe make you want to dine on human flesh? Say what you will about the advantages of city living, there's something about living on top of each other that changes your relationship with your fellow man. Population density manipulates organisms in some subtle and shocking ways, so in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I look at how animals and humans respond to cramped living conditions and depleted resources.

Day of the Dolphin

Day of the Dolphin: In 1973, moviegoers watched dolphins carry out assassination plots in "The Day of the Dolphin," part of the dolphin fever stirred up by John C. Lilly. But just how smart are these mammals? Join Robert and Julie as they enter the world of the Dolphin.

The Parasite That Wanted to be a Tongue

That's no tongue. That's a parasitic crustacean pretending to be the fish appendage it sucked dry earlier. It's just one of the many bizarre creatures in the animal kingdom that carry out hellish relationships with their unsuspecting hosts.

Do you ever feel like animals are spying on you? Is that bird in the window listening to your conversations? Does the cat snoop through your e-mail while you're at work? Perhaps, in your calmer moments, you chalk it all up to paranoia and move on with your day, but I've got news for you: That squirrel may be wearing a wire. Don't believe me? Well, you need look no further than Iran. According to the Associated Foreign Press, authorities "arrested" two suspected spy pigeons near a uranium enrichment facility in October of 2008. And no, that's not intelligence slang -- they arrested actual birds, each with suspicious "metal rings and invisible strings." What's more, this was hardly an isolated incident. In 2007, Iranian authorities reportedly captured 14 squirrels armed with state-of-the-art espionage equipment along their borders.

Yes, according to BBC News, not only are monkeys in Thailand flossing their teeth, they seem to be passing this knowledge onto their children. What really impresses biologists about this behavior is that teaching proper tool use to a third party tends to be a humans-only affair. But the females appear to spend twice as much time cleaning their teeth when the little ones are watching. Is this dental hygiene boom a sign of evolution at work? A team of Japanese researchers intends to get to the bottom of this. Meanwhile, what are the chimps in America up to? They're calmly arming their zoo enclosures with stones to later throw against humans. Far from running in terror from the possibilities of a chimpanzee uprising, biologists have moved in for a closer look. The chimp's' actions indicate that the animals may have a far more complicated understanding of the future than previously thought.