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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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    • 4.5, 313 Ratings

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.

    Smart Talks With IBM: The Power of Quantum Computing

    Smart Talks With IBM: The Power of Quantum Computing

    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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    • 40 min
    From the Vault: Roman Extinctions

    From the Vault: Roman Extinctions

    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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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Kimchi: A Song of Salt and Cabbage

    Kimchi: A Song of Salt and Cabbage

    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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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Invention of Fireworks

    The Invention of Fireworks

    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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    • 1 hr 19 min
    From the Vault: The Facial Feedback Hypothesis

    From the Vault: The Facial Feedback Hypothesis

    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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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ant Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Ants

    Ant Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Ants

    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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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
313 Ratings

313 Ratings

Nate190 ,

OG Howstuffworks gold

The hosts are so well spoken, well researched and personable.
Take note iHeartRadio, this is why howstuffworks became respected for podcasts the past 10 years. Ever since the iHeartRadio takeover howstuffworks have launched terrible podcasts with annoying hosts. I’m just glad the originals seem to be maintaining their quality. Thank you.

elianavana ,

My favourite intelligent conversation

Certainly my favourite podcast. Love Joe and Rob’s intellectual chats, the way they explore new topics and how dedicated they are to presenting useful information properly/scientifically. I’ve been listening to one of these every night for years. Keep on the good work guys!

BFG17 ,

Mind Blowing

Really fascinating topics that I often look into further after hearing on here. Love Robert and Joe (and Julie and Christian). Great research and they communicate the info brilliantly. Some of my faves are the X Files episodes and the bicameral mind ones. Also the episodes with guest Marah Hardt.

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