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Stories by 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 [...]..

July 29, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

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...

July 15, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

A Brief History of Mental Illness in Art

"Historically, many cases of demonic possession have masked major psychiatric disorder[s]."-Kazuhiro Tajima-Pozo et. al. BMJ Case Reports 2009"Juana (also known as Joanna and Joan) of Castile was born in Toledo, Spain on 6 November 1479, the third child of Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon...

May 23, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Michael Chwe Responds to Miss Austen

The following is written by Michael Chwe, associate professor of political science at the University of California Los Angeles and author of the recent book Jane Austen, Game Theorist Dear Miss Austen,It is an immense honor to be addressed by you...

April 27, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Psychiatry's New Bible

Psychiatry's New Bible

As our understanding of mental illness grows, the diagnostic manual gets an update

April 1, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Dear Evolution: Letters of Gripe and Gratitude

By Mara Grunbaum and Ferris Jabr Dear Evolution,Let's start with the wings: did you really have to turn them into flippers? Don't get us wrong—we appreciate the swimming and diving talents...

April 1, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
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