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Why Is Angry Birds So Addictive?

Angry Birds, one of the most popular mobile games, is pretty simple: you use a slingshot to fling outraged birds at the fortresses of greedy green pigs. So why do we play for hours on end? SA's Ferris Jabr takes a look from the inside out.

June 3, 2013

Why Do Paper Cuts Hurt So Much? - Instant Egghead

Some of the most infuriating and stabbing pain is caused by nothing but a thin sheet of paper. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains why the page of a book can sometimes cause more anguish than a blade.

October 25, 2012

Why Calorie Counts Are Wrong

Typical calorie counts ignore how we cook and process food, how gut bacteria interact with food and the overall complexity of human digestion. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains.

August 20, 2013
Instant Egghead - What Causes Brain Freeze?

Instant Egghead - What Causes Brain Freeze?

Ah, summertime. The warm weather, the icy beverages and the splitting headaches you get from drinking them too fast. In this episode, Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains how brain freeze occurs and how best to avoid it.

June 13, 2012

How Does Meditation Change the Brain?

How Does Meditation Change the Brain?Meditation can sharpen attention, strengthen memory and improve other mental abilities. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr examines the changes in brain structure behind some of these benefits.

October 30, 2013
How Does Meditation Change the Brain?

How Does Meditation Change the Brain?

How Does Meditation Change the Brain?Meditation can sharpen attention, strengthen memory and improve other mental abilities. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr examines the changes in brain structure behind some of these benefits.

October 30, 2013
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Testing PDF

How Does Meditation Change the Brain?Meditation can sharpen attention, strengthen memory and improve other mental abilities. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr examines the changes in brain structure behind some of these benefits.

November 8, 2015

Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?

Anyone that's chopped into an onion is familiar with the noxious fumes and irritating pain induced by an otherwise delicious vegetable. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains how this bulbous member of the Allium genus can bring us to tears.

Video credits: edited by Kathryn Free, produced by Eric R. Olson

February 21, 2014

Taking a Closer Look at How Meditation Improves Our Brains [Video]

The practice of meditation can sharpen our attention, strengthen memory and improve other mental abilities. In our latest Instant Egghead video, Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr examines the changes in brain structure behind some of these benefits.

October 31, 2013 — Eric R. Olson
Freezing, Boiling, Dehydration and Starvation

Freezing, Boiling, Dehydration and Starvation

  From: Why Life Does Not Really Exist by Ferris Jabr at Brainwaves Source: Goldstein Lab on Flickr Tardigrades are among the most hardy creatures on earth.

December 10, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Welcome to Brainwaves

Welcome to the new Brainwaves blog. I am an associate editor at Scientific American, where I assign, edit and write articles for the magazine and website, mostly about neuroscience and psychology.

April 30, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

#SciAmBlogs Monday – stuttering, Darwin’s Monsters, field bacteriology, grass lawn, major key blues, sugar and alcohol, and more.

- Glen Tellis, Rickson C. Mesquita, and Arjun G. Yodh – Find your voice: Unlocking the mysteries of stuttering   - Bob Grumman – M@h*(pOet)?ica–Music and Autobiography   - Ferris Jabr – Outgrowing the Traditional Grass Lawn   - David Bressan – Darwin’s Freak Show (or, why Darwin didn´t kill Bigfoot)   - Scicurious – [...]

July 29, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Super Brainy Slime Mold

Video of the Week #68 November 7th, 2012: From: How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence [Video] by Ferris Jabr and Anna Rothschild on our main site.

November 7, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Welcome Brainwaves the newest blog at #SciAmBlogs

I am super-happy to announce the newest addition to our blog network!Brainwaves is the new blog by Ferris Jabr (old blog, Twitter), the associate editor for neuroscience and psychology here at Scientific American .

April 30, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic