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Stories by 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...

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.

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...

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...

October 28, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity...

October 15, 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...

September 9, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Farming a Toxin to Keep Crops Healthy

Genetically modified crops that produce the pest-killing toxin Bt increase yields and reduce the use of noxious chemical insecticides. But like any powerful tool, they must be used responsibly...

September 3, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

How to Love a Whale Shark

Every year thousands of tourists descend on congregations of the world’s largest fish. What is the cost of all that attention?

August 14, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
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