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Epic Science: Lefties
It's a right-handers world: Just 10 percent of the population are lefties. But does sporting a southpaw give you both a physical and mental advantage? Learn more about lefties in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Total Brain BS: Part II
Your brain is amazing, so there's no need to clutter it with false facts about itself. In this video, Robert rounds out the list of humanity's top 10 brain myths.
Epic Science: Total Brain BS: Part I
We have a lot to learn about the human brain, so let's go ahead and dispel some of the sillier myths. Robert Lamb guides you through the malarkey. Learn more about how you learn in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: We are Meme Machines
Memes are simply ideas, and at the heart of our human experience is the sharing of ideas. But why do some memes die on the vine? And what does any of this have to do with technology and the singularity?
Epic Science: A Geek's Evolutionary Advantage
Few things are as geeky as painting your own army of tabletop space soldiers, but does this pastime pack an evolutionary advantage? Tune in as Robert tells you how much ladies dig this brand of geekdom.
Epic Science: Sharks That Kill Without Jaws
Sharks kill with their jaws, right? Well, they've also been known to kill with their fin slaps or with their delicious meat.
Epic Science: Sharks: Sibling Rivalry
So growing up your sister or your brother always called dibs on your favorite toy or ate the last piece of cake. It could be worse: Find out what would happen to you if you were a shark sibling in this chilling tale of embryonic cannibalism.
Epic Science: Behind the Carnie Curtain: Bed of Nails
You've probably seen the bed of nails at a circus sideshow. You know, a plywood bed with sharp nails sticking up like a medieval torture device. But how do performers walk away unscathed? And what does it have to do with stilettos and an elephant?
Epic Science: Cube Farms in Hell
What are the pros and cons of open floor office plans versus the good old cube farm? Let's look to Hell for examples.
Epic Science: New Mysterianism & Consciousness
Will humans ever be able to comprehend the nature of consciousness? One school of philosophy says no, and their reason has everything to do with our neuro-evolution.
Epic Science: Objects of Love
From hoarding to compulsive shopping, why is it with our love for stuff? And is materialism a genetic or a learned behavior? Julie explains.
Epic Science: No Star Jelly For You
If you set out to find star jelly, you might just find it - but that doesn't really mean that asteroid-delivered space slime actually exists. Let Robert Lamb lay it all out for you in this Epic Science video.
Epic Science: Lilliputian Hallucinations
We all know that the brain is capable of hallucinating - it can happen when we take psychotropic drugs or even have a high fever. But did you know the brain hallucinate in miniature? What makes tiny people or animals show up on our mental doorsteps?
Epic Science: 7 Sins of Memory
Memory is flawed. In fact, there are seven key ways our brains screw up when forming new memories. Learn what they are in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Constructing a Memory Palace
Want to improve your memory? Easy. Just turn your mind into a funhouse of weirdo images using the loci method, or memory palace. Find out why the brain can recall information easier when you peg it to an imaginary blueprint in your mind.
Epic Science: Memory is Malleable
As it turns out, your memory isn't set in stone. It's a Play-Doh sculpture that changes a little every time you retrieve it from the old brain box. Learn more about doughy memories in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Ode to Coffee
Coffee is a drug that shares more than a few traits with its notorious counterparts, cocaine and amphetamines. How exactly does it work on the brain? And what did a world without coffee look like anyway?
Epic Science: Testing Consciousness
So what is consciousness anyway? Is it a simple matter of being conscious or not? As we explore further into these and other questions, some potential tests come up. Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: The World's Quietest Room
What is the sound of silence? Well, now thanks to Orfield Labs you can find out. This room has a decibel level of -9.4, but the human ear can't hear anything 0 dB or lower. Learn more about maddening silence in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind
Epic Science: The Embarrassing Science of Blushing
Oh no. Everyone's looking at you. You start to feel hot under the collar and your cheeks are bright red. But what's actually happening to your body? Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Unihemispheric Sleep
One third of our lives is spent asleep. But what if we could put half of our brain to sleep at a time? This is precisely what happens to some underwater mammals and science fiction space captains. Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind
Epic Science: Groups of Seven
Seven deadly sins, seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world. Groups of seven seem to be everywhere? But is there a scientific reason for that pattern? Take a look with Julie in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Bugs or Sauerkraut
Let's play would you rather. It's the end of the world and you need food. What do you turn to, bugs or sauerkraut? What are the differences in nutrition between the two? Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: 10 Wrong Things Part 2
Everything you know is wrong. Well not everything. But at least these 10 things. Join Robert as he blows your mind in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: 10 Wrong Things Part 1
Everything you know is wrong. Well not everything. But at least these 10 things. Join Robert as he blows your mind in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Face
What does your face say about you? We all give off subtle, non verbal signals to other humans and we don't even think about it. Learn more about facial signals in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: The Big Itch
Even writing this description is making me itch. Whether psychosomatic or caused but hundreds of bugs crawling all over your skin, an itch is a very real physical communication that your body sends out.
Epic Science: Zombies
BRAINS... are all it takes to figure out why our culture is so obsessed with zombies. When we really look around, aren't we kind of surrounded by figurative zombies all the time?
Epic Science: Amazing Babies
Think babies are just a sponge soaking up what ever is put in front of them? Think again. Babies come with some preprogramed natural firmware that allows some incredible feats that even adults can't do.
Epic Science: Planetary Smells
What does Saturn's moon Titan smell like? Would you need to hold your nose, among other things, on Mercury? Why do there seem to be so many rotten eggs in space? These questions and more will be answered in this episode from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Iguanodon Thumb Spikes
There is so much we don't know about dinosaurs. For instance, why did Iguanodons have large thumb spikes? No one knows for sure, but Robert goes through a few of the more popular theories.
Epic Science: Comfort Food
Ever wonder why in times of high stress we turn to that tub of ice cream or a big, fat bowl of mac and cheese? Sometimes foods just feel right. Learn more about comfort foods in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Fist Evolution
Apparently the human hand didn't evolve solely for use of tools, it turns out, we might have needed our current hands for punching! Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Cognitive Purification
While we can filter urine hundreds or thousands of times, if we're told it came into contact with sewage or urine just once, then we refuse to drink it. Why? Robert explains.
Epic Science: Borborygmi
Stomachs can be quite the conversationalists, but sometimes you'd rather they didn't steal the show. Borborygmi is the word for that specific sound made by your guts as they knead chewed food, gasses and digestive juices. So what exactly happens?
Epic Science: We're All a Bunch of Liars!
Is lying good or bad? Does it win you friends or make you lose them? Well, it turns out that it's a bit of both. Lying happens to be part of our intricate interpersonal interactions as humans. Come sign the social contract and learn more.
Epic Science: Death
I'm going to die. You're going to die. Everyone is going to die. But since it's such a natural part of existence, why do so many people do so much to avoid even thinking about it?
Epic Science: Slime
Slime is gross. Is slime gross? Well it's at least intensely biological. From the mucus in your body to the slugs in the garden, slime is everywhere. Learn more about its fantastic and facinating properties in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Maintaining Your Willpower
How good are you at staying on task or avoiding that sugury snack? It's all about willpower. But what raises and lowers our willpower levels? Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Epic Science: Fighting Your Paper Tigers
Stress can do a lot of things to people, both good and bad. But where, evolutionarily speaking, does it come from?
Epic Science: 3D Printing
Robert and Julie show you what the future of manufacturing looks like with the 3D printer. The possibilities are endless when small bits of material can be arranged in all 3 dimensions of space. Learn more in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
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