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Sleuthing The Secrets To A Scrumptious Strawberry

The other day I went to my local bodega in Brooklyn, New York and bought a 16-ounce plastic carton full of Driscoll’s strawberries. These fruit, the packaging informed me, were grown in Mexico.

STAFF March 18, 2014 — Ferris Jabr
The Year Drones Ruined Christmas

The Year Drones Ruined Christmas

Kylie ran towards her fallen dragonfly and knelt beside it. One of its four wings had snapped nearly in half. She rummaged through a toolbox until she found a small tube of accelerseal, bit off the cap and squeezed a generous amount onto the wing’s fracture, holding the two pieces together.

STAFF December 23, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Why Life Does Not Really Exist

Why Life Does Not Really Exist

I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants and animals.

STAFF December 2, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Catching Ourselves in the Act of Thinking

Catching Ourselves in the Act of Thinking

From 1934 to 1970, Louie Mayer worked as a cook and housekeeper for writers Virginia and Leonard Woolf at their home in Rodmell, England. Her very first day on the job, she noticed something strange.

STAFF November 18, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Are We Too Close to Making Gattaca a Reality?

Are We Too Close to Making Gattaca a Reality?

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Marie and Antonio Freeman step into a doctor’s office to design their next child. “Your extracted eggs, Marie, have been fertilized with Antonio’s sperm,” the doctor says.

STAFF October 28, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Film Review: GMO OMG SRSLY? An #EpicFail in Exercising Our Right to Know

Film Review: GMO OMG SRSLY? An #EpicFail in Exercising Our Right to Know

Jeremy Seifert’s new documentary “GMO OMG” opens with a series of maudlin pastoral scenes—sun-dappled forests, kids playing outdoors, a close-up of ants crawling in a line—as a man’s somber voice reads Wendell Berry’s poem “The Peace of Wild Things.” With this subtle Malickian prelude out of the way, the film begins more earnestly.

STAFF September 9, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Outgrowing the Traditional Grass Lawn

A few weeks ago, I moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn. What I like best about my new home is its garden. For the first time in 10 years I have a private outdoor space in which to read and relax; the option to grill in my own backyard; and the freedom to sculpt [...]

STAFF July 29, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

Credit: Lauri Andler (Phantom), via Wikimedia Commons Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a parent's finger; a spoonful of strawberry ice cream instead of the usual puréed carrots—is a gustatory revelation that generally slips into the lacuna of early childhood.

STAFF July 15, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

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