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Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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Rank #14 in Science category

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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

iTunes Ratings

4251 Ratings
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2874
609
332
202
234

Clear-minded, great rhythm

By M Liu-S - May 30 2020
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A great team of two hosts who talk about interesting and often surprising topics in a relaxed conversational style and in perfect sync.

My new addiction

By The_RyGuyKC - Apr 26 2020
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so interesting. Love these guys!

iTunes Ratings

4251 Ratings
Average Ratings
2874
609
332
202
234

Clear-minded, great rhythm

By M Liu-S - May 30 2020
Read more
A great team of two hosts who talk about interesting and often surprising topics in a relaxed conversational style and in perfect sync.

My new addiction

By The_RyGuyKC - Apr 26 2020
Read more
so interesting. Love these guys!
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Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Latest release on Jul 11, 2020

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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

Rank #1: Déjà vu, Anxiety and Dreams, Part 1

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What is déjà vu and how does it relate to dreams and anxiety? Robert and Joe discuss what is known about this curious anomaly of memory on Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Mar 31 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: A Six Course Feast of Dangerous Foods

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Considering a holiday feast of toxic sushi and deadly casserole? Then this encore presentation is for you. Join Robert and Joe for a six-course meal of culinary danger! Discover six foods that deliver a lethal taste profile when carelessly prepared or consumed by the uninitiated diner -- and tune in for a brand NEW 'Deadly Foods' episode on Thursday.

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Dec 20 2016

54mins

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Rank #3: Daniel Whiteson on Space Itself

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What exactly is space? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, physicist Daniel Whiteson, co-host of the podcast Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, drops by for another chat with Robert and Joe.

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Apr 14 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #4: Brian Greene on the End of Time

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Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene’s new book “Until the End of Time” contemplates the entirety of human history and the known universe in a single volume. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with the author about the cosmos, the human experience and science communication during a global pandemic.

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Apr 16 2020

50mins

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Rank #5: The Invention of Soap

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We’re all probably using a lot more soap these days, but… what is it exactly? How does it work? Who invented it and how has it changed the world? Join Robert and Joe as they explore the invention of Soap. If you enjoyed the podcast Invention, stick with Robert and Joe as they continue to explore these same topics as part of Stuff to Blow Your Mind’s regular offerings.

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Apr 20 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #6: From the Vault: M.I.B. or N.I.B.?

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Belief in UFOs is very much like a religion. It can fulfill the same purpose in an individual's life, give them a community of believers and provide grander framework for mundane life. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the similarities between the so-called “men in black” and the devil. (Originally published 3/21/2019)

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Apr 11 2020

55mins

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Rank #7: The Head of Medusa, Part 1

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We all know snake-haired Medusa, the gorgon of Greek myth whose very gaze turns mortals and titans alike to stone. But where does this iconic monster come from and why has she lingered so very long in our art, minds and culture? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe venture to the Gorgade isles in search of answers.

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Apr 28 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: Chinese Zodiac: Superstition, Economics & Destiny

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As we celebrate Chinese New Year and enter the year of the fire rooster, join Robert and Joe for an encore Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration of the Chinese zodiac and some interesting studies related to its impact on birth rates, economics and individual destiny. As always, you can take astrology with a grain of salt, but the impact on human behavior and culture is undeniable.

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Jan 26 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #9: Split Brain, Part 1

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Our brains are composed of two hemispheres, but in what ways are they truly separate? In which ways are they one? In this bisected Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore what we’ve learned from split brain experiments in animals and humans. 

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Jan 15 2019

57mins

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Rank #10: Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 1

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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. 

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Jul 02 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #11: Psychedelics Playlist: The Manifested Mind, Part 1

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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens.

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May 22 2020

1hr 25mins

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Rank #12: The Creepypasta Experiments

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Surf the Internet long enough and you’ll happen upon creepypasta: little cut-and-paste snippets of horror that blur the lines between reality and the fantastic. These collectively assembled amalgams of pop culture influences take on their own amorphous power -- and more than a few of them seem to involve shadowy science experiments. So in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore the real-life science behind a handful of experiments from the world of creepypasta.

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Oct 11 2016

1hr 22mins

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Rank #13: The Bone Palace, Part 1

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From an imagined palace constructed out of bone to the curious ways in which animals and humans use bone for tools and construction materials, take a stroll through halls of bone with Robert and Joe in this pair of episodes from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Apr 07 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #14: The Great Flood

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From tales of Utnapishtim and Noah to Yü and Manu, everyone loves a good mythical deluge. But why are flood myths so important? What sort of natural phenomena could cause the sort of massive flooding likely to resonate through the heritage memories of a flood-traumatized civilization? Join Robert and Christian for a Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration.

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Jul 26 2016

58mins

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Rank #15: Katie Goldin talks 'Creature Feature'

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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, guest Katie Goldin from the podcast 'Creature Feature' drops in to chat with Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick about weird biology and maybe a monster or two. 

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Dec 11 2018

54mins

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Rank #16: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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As the world reacts to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Robert and Joe devote an episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to cover what’s currently known about the virus and what you can do as infections continue to spread.

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Mar 03 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: Age of the Earth, Part 1

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Scientific consensus currently holds that the Earth is a 4.5 billion-year-old planet in a 13.8 billion-year-old universe. But how do we know? Why do religious models of a much younger (or older) Earth fail to pass the baloney test? In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the answers.

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Sep 18 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #18: Black Holes, Part 1: Phantom

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Nothing can escape the pull of a black hole, not even Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a three-part exploration of these incredible, invisible regions of the cosmos where ponderous mass warps the very fabric of space and time. Up first, learn how the idea of black holes emerged as a mere ghost in the math. 

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Jun 19 2018

58mins

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Rank #19: Only Child Syndrome: Brats, Myths and Little Emperors

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What sort of behavior, personality and life can we expect from an only child? A lot of cultural expectations persist about the singleton, from the spoiled Veruca Salt of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to the “little emperors” who rose up in the wake of China’s One Child Policy. But what’s the truth of the matter? Robert and Christian explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Nov 08 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: Six Ghost Stories

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Human superstition provides us with an overwhelming wealth of ghost stories, each an unreal creation that reveals something crucial about culture, history and psychology. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Christian explore six ghost stories from around the world and discuss what they reveal about the (living) human experience.

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Oct 10 2017

1hr 26mins

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From the Vault: Social Media is a B.U.M.M.E.R.

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How will you feel the day you finally delete all your social media accounts? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss some of the arguments for doing just that in Jaron Lanier’s book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” (Originally published 8/6/2019)

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Jul 11 2020

1hr 15mins

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The Tide of Gold

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Gold from the ocean? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the basic idea behind the accumulation of oceanic gold and the fascinating historical hoax based on the notion. Plus, where does gold come from and how will deep sea gold mining endanger thermal vent ecosystems? Find out.

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Jul 09 2020

1hr 5mins

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How does travel engage the senses?

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Travel has long inspired the mind and engaged the senses, but just what's going on in the human body when we venture near or far? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore...

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Jul 07 2020

59mins

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From the Vault: TEETH

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Where do teeth come from and how do different dental variations in the animal world force us to rethink our glorious chompers? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore dental evolution and the wondrous marching molars of elephants and manatees. (Originally published 7/23/2019)

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Jul 04 2020

48mins

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Into the Egg Chamber

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Eggs are amazing and some of the varieties we find in nature are wonderfully weird, riveling or exceeding anything you’d ever find on a fictional derelict spaceship. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some curious specimens from the world of eggs.

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Jul 02 2020

1hr 10mins

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Smart Talks With IBM: The Power of Quantum Computing

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Some problems are so big and complex that there’s not enough computational power on Earth to tackle them. Enter Quantum computing, a new kind of computing that can change how we solve problems forever. In this episode of Stuff To Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Director of IBM Quantum Strategy and Applications Research, Katie Pizzolato and ExxonMobil VP of R&D, Dr. Vijay Swarup.

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Jun 30 2020

40mins

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From the Vault: Roman Extinctions

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Humans are capable of amazing technological and societal feats, but we’ve also brought much misery, death and destruction to our world. We are currently in the midst of the sixth great extinction event -- the Holocene extinction -- and the ravages of human activity extend back throughout our history as a dominator species. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe focus in on some of the key extinctions that occurred during the Roman Empire. (Originally published 6/27/2019)

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Jun 27 2020

1hr 5mins

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Kimchi: A Song of Salt and Cabbage

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What exactly is kimchi and what is the chemistry of its deliciousness? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore this spicy, fermented staple of Korean cuisine.

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Jun 25 2020

1hr 23mins

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The Invention of Fireworks

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Fireworks are a staple of celebrations around the world, but where does this invention come from and what’s the basic chemistry of their combustion? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe light the fuse and find out.

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Jun 23 2020

1hr 19mins

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From the Vault: The Facial Feedback Hypothesis

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To what extent does the act of smiling generate happiness in the mind of the smiler? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Facial Feedback Hypothesis and what it means for our complex human emotions. (Originally published 6/20/2019)

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Jun 20 2020

1hr 9mins

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Ant Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Ants

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The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all.

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Jun 18 2020

51mins

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Smart Talks with IBM: The Debating AI

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Project Debater is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics, with a larger ambition of helping people build persuasive arguments and make well-informed decisions. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Project Debater Lead Researcher, Noam Slonim and IBM VP for Data and AI, Madhu Kochar.

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Jun 16 2020

45mins

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From the Vault: Brain Soup and Liquid Brains

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Is there ever a good scientific reason to turn brains into soup? What does all of this have to do with the concept of “liquid brains?” Robert and Joe explore on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (Originally published 6/11/2019)

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Jun 13 2020

57mins

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Ant Wars: Episode II - The Antmire Strikes Back

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The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all.

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Jun 12 2020

54mins

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Ant Wars: Episode I - The Antom Menace

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The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all.

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Jun 11 2020

47mins

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Solidarity

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A brief note from Stuff to Blow Your Mind in support of racial justice.

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Jun 09 2020

3mins

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From the Vault: The Soap Dragon

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What monsters of fatty flesh lie slumbering in the sewer guts of our great cities? Join Robert and Joe as they venture into the dark to discover the beast we all made together. (Originally published 6/4/2019)

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Jun 06 2020

52mins

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Subterrenes: Like Submarines but Underground

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The notion of a subterrene, or underground drilling vehicle, is well established within the realm of science fiction, but what are the real-world possibilities for vehicles that drill or melt their way through the subterranean world. Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind…

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Jun 04 2020

1hr 19mins

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Smart Talks with IBM: The Impact of AI in a Pandemic

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How is AI helping organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the topic with Ritika Gunnar, Vice President of IBM’s Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning, and Jay Bellissimo, IBM’s General Manager for the U.S. Public and Federal Market.

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Jun 02 2020

53mins

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From the Vault: The Great Wave

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For centuries, sailors have told stories of mountainous killer waves that rise out of the ocean without warning. Join Robert and Joe for a discussion of the history and science of rogue waves. (originally published 5/30/2019)

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May 30 2020

59mins

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iTunes Ratings

4251 Ratings
Average Ratings
2874
609
332
202
234

Clear-minded, great rhythm

By M Liu-S - May 30 2020
Read more
A great team of two hosts who talk about interesting and often surprising topics in a relaxed conversational style and in perfect sync.

My new addiction

By The_RyGuyKC - Apr 26 2020
Read more
so interesting. Love these guys!