Robert Lamb

Senior 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 senior 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


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

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.

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

Turns out that evolutionary advantages can come with a price.

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

It's never too early to start planning!

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

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

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

Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?

Would they be a mating display? A fierce weapon to defend against lions?

Enter the Fartonomicon with the guys from Stuff to Blow Your Mind. You're guaranteed to have a gas.

It may seem like a ridiculous question, but it's actually kind of a mindbender.

When does a protest religion become an actual faith? What happens when purely fictional modes of belief leak off the page or screen? Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they discuss modern religious movements, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the rise of so-called hyper-real religions like Jediism and Dudeism (Originally published March 29, 2016)

It's hard to put down, but there are a few tricks that can help you tear your attention away from your trusty smartphone.

Frank Herbert's 1965 novel 'Dune' is a game-changing saga of space-age feudalistic intrigue, rampaging sandworms and prescient mind drugs on a desert world. Even today, the work resonates with scientific wonder and philosophical intrigue, so join Robert and Joe for a two-part exploration of the science of 'Dune.' In this episode, explore the lifecycle of the sandworm, mentats and the power of the spice. (Originally published Oct. 1, 2015)

Where the technolingustic systems of the west meet the non-alphabetic written characters of the east, the Chinese typewriter emerges. It’s a story of technological innovation, linguistic imperialism and China’s 19th and 20th century struggle over national identity. Join Robert and Joe as they chat with Thomas S. Mullaney about his book 'The Chinese Typewriter: A History.'

Robert Lamb discusses Kid Koala's amazing live puppet film 'Nufonia Must Fall.'

You’ve seen the photos of the famed terracotta warriors, but no one in over 2200 years has glimpsed inside the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. It’s a chamber where rivers of mercury trace the empire’s form beneath a ceiling starscape of precious stones. We know where it is, yet it remains just outside of our scientific reach. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the first emperor’s life and afterlife. Plus Anney and Lauren from FoodStuff drop by to discuss their episode on lunar new year foods.

The human system for excretion is actually pretty great, especially when you start looking at what other animals have.