Biology

Monster of the Week: Jaws of the Xenomorph

What's the real-world science behind the xenomorph's double mouth? Find out in this Monster of the Week post from Robert Lamb.

Eaten Alive!

Ah, to be swallowed whole and hugged within the stomach of a colossal beast. To some this idea is bliss; to most it's the stuff of nightmares. But can any creature on Earth truly swallow a human whole and alive? How likely is it? Join Robert and Julie on this Stuff to Blow Your Mind adventure deep inside the belly of a colossal whale.

From Nose to Tail: Can You Stomach It?

Can You Stomach It?: Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? What sorts of chemical wonders go on inside the human gut and what strange language is it speaking after a heavy dinner? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie discuss some stomach science.

Converting Skin Cells into Brain Cells

Jule talks skin cells that become brain cells. Read the post to learn more.

Slay Your Paper Tigers

Slay Your Paper Tigers: Sure, we all know a pile of paperwork or a job interview is nothing like a bloody battle to the death with a saber toothed tiger - but do our bodies know that? Is our brain still wired for fight or flight regardless of the modern stakes? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie discuss how and why our brains interpret minor annoyances as ancestral enemies.

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, acid-puking spiders, corpse-hurling vultures and even human mothers who chew food for their babies.

Mother's Milk

Mother's Milk: Milk isn't just an infant-sustaining breast beverage. Join Julie and Robert as they explore the world of lactation. How does milk strengthen our bodies against infection? When did humans mutate into cross-species milk guzzlers? Tune in to learn more.

The Future of Pain

Pain is a fundamental sensation. While it is by no means pleasant, it is certainly useful. In this podcast, Robert and Julie look at the newest scientific research and experimentation designed to exploit the biological responses to pain.

Evolutionary Hangover

Evolutionary Hangover: Vestigial traits are common in animals across the globe, but why? In this episode, Julie and Robert take a look at the genetic leftovers that lost their usefulness during evolution. Tune in to learn more about evolution, atavism and vestigial traits.

Altruism is Alive and Well

If a person helps someone else without receiving an award, then that person has committed an act of altruism. Or have they? In this episode, Robert and Allison explore the science behind altruism in humans and other animals.