Robert Lamb

Contributing Writer and Co-host of Stuff to Blow Your Mind

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 contributing 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.

Recent Contributions

Are Chewbacca and Bigfoot Related?

Does everyone's favorite Wookiee call Bigfoot family?

The Myth of the Minotaur, the Legendary Beast We Can't Forget

Half man, half bull, this raging hybrid could be a perfect symbol of the oft-pondered dual nature of man.

The Skinwalker Is No Mere Werewolf

Skinwalkers blur the line between human and beast. They're shape-shifting magical beings that belong to the Navaho spirit world.

What Will Earth Look Like in 500 Years?

"The 26th century" doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as "the 21st century" does. But that hasn't stopped us from imagining what our hometown planet will be like in a few hundred years. Any guesses?

'Avengers: Endgame' and the Science of the Marvel Universe

Scientist Sebastian Alvarado talks about his new book exploring the scientific underpinnings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Would King Kong Be Considered an Endangered Species?

Sure, he could pummel all his fellow beasts in a brawl, but could he stand the test of time?

What Existed Before the Big Bang?

So much of our cosmological history starts with the much-discussed Big Bang, but what led up to that cataclysmic moment? And did time even exist back then?

Would Sonic the Hedgehog Be Able to Survive His Own Speed?

Humans routinely break the sound barrier in supersonic aircraft. Could everyone's favorite hedgehog do it, too?

Space Music: Halloween Sounds of Note

Robert Lamb rises the day after Halloween and shares a couple of uncanny listening choices...

Could We Build Our Own Gundams?

Well, heck yeah, we can, and we have. Let's take a look.

Art Spotlight: Jenny Greenteeth by Ross Hayes

Robert shares some creepy Jenny Greenteeth art from STBYM listener and illustrator Ross Hayes!

Mini-Review: Mandy (2018)

Robert Lamb discusses the 2018 film "Mandy," directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicholas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache.

Conspiracy Theories and Creationism Depend on the Same Backward Logic

It's oddly comforting and intuitive to think things happen for a reason. And it's something that both creationists and conspiracy theory enthusiasts do.

Space Music: Andy Stott, Time Zero

Robert Lamb blogs about the space music of Andy Stott and Innerpsace.

Did Schizophrenia Evolve Along With Our Brains?

Turns out that evolutionary advantages can come with a price.

The Scutoid: How We Discover New Shapes

Spanish researchers recently uncovered a new geometric shape that allows human tissue to curve. But how?

Do Fire-breathing Dragons Torch Their Teeth?

Fire will turn a human's teeth to dust. But what about a dragon's?

Chippy, Sniggy and Tiggy: Cutest Goblin Spiders Ever?

The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.

Psychedelics Are Good for Neuroplasticity in Rats. What About Humans?

Your adult mind could keep developing in the future, if current research with psychedelics bears out.