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B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley is a senior staff writer for Freethink, where he covers health and medicine, including infectious disease, psychedelic research, mental health, and the brain. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Verge, Jezebel, Frieze, Sports Illustrated, VICE, Paste Magazine, and numerous other publications. He lives in Chicago and can be reached via Signal by request. Send him story ideas!

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Recent Work by Author

Public Health
Designing a Better Condom
better condoms
Public Health
Designing a Better Condom
Around the world, new materials and approaches are being studied as researchers look to create the condom 2.0.
May 5, 2021

Around the world, new materials and approaches are being studied as researchers look to create the condom 2.0.

Coronavirus
Pfizer Is Testing a Coronavirus Antiviral
coronavirus antiviral
Coronavirus
Pfizer Is Testing a Coronavirus Antiviral
Pfizer is testing a new coronavirus antiviral that has stopped SARs-CoV-2 from replicating in the lab in humans.
May 3, 2021

Pfizer is testing a new coronavirus antiviral that has stopped SARs-CoV-2 from replicating in the lab in humans.

Dope Science
Phase 2 Trial Finds Psychedelic Works as Well as Common Drug
psilocybin for depression
Dope Science
Phase 2 Trial Finds Psychedelic Works as Well as Common Drug
A small study has provided evidence of psilocybin for depression working as well as a popular SSRI.
May 2, 2021

A small study has provided evidence of psilocybin for depression working as well as a popular SSRI.

Dope Science
Fireside Project Is a Support Line for Your Bad Trip
bad trip support line
Dope Science
Fireside Project Is a Support Line for Your Bad Trip
Fireside Project is a nonprofit that is providing a support line for your challenging psychedelic experiences — read: bad trip.
May 2, 2021

Fireside Project is a nonprofit that is providing a support line for your challenging psychedelic experiences — read: bad trip.

AI
You Can Now Live Forever. (Your AI-Powered Twin, That Is).
digital twin
AI
You Can Now Live Forever. (Your AI-Powered Twin, That Is).
Mind Bank Ai wants to create a “personal digital twin” of you to forever be around. Is AI eternity around the corner?
May 2, 2021

Mind Bank Ai wants to create a “personal digital twin” of you to forever be around. Is AI eternity around the corner?

Dope Science
“Complex” and “Exciting”: Researchers Study the Use of CBD for Pain
CBD for pain
Dope Science
“Complex” and “Exciting”: Researchers Study the Use of CBD for Pain
In a small study, researchers at Syracuse found that both thinking you’re getting CBD for pain and the drug increase pain tolerance.
May 1, 2021

In a small study, researchers at Syracuse found that both thinking you’re getting CBD for pain and the drug increase pain tolerance.

Insects
Is Death by Pee Our Next Pesticide?
urine pesticide
Insects
Is Death by Pee Our Next Pesticide?
It may not be your number one idea, but having beetles pee themselves to death could be the next pesticide.
May 1, 2021

It may not be your number one idea, but having beetles pee themselves to death could be the next pesticide.

Dope Science
How Long Are You Too High To Drive? The Science Is Fuzzy.
cannabis intoxication
Dope Science
How Long Are You Too High To Drive? The Science Is Fuzzy.
Some drug driving laws outlaw any amount of THC. To create better laws, researchers are trying to find out how long cannabis intoxication itself lasts.
April 25, 2021

Some drug driving laws outlaw any amount of THC. To create better laws, researchers are trying to find out how long cannabis intoxication itself lasts.

Coronavirus
Oxford Launches COVID Reinfection Study
COVID reinfection
Coronavirus
Oxford Launches COVID Reinfection Study
To try and understand the immune response to SARS-CoV-2, including the threat of COVID reinfection, the University of Oxford will purposely infect volunteers.
April 25, 2021

To try and understand the immune response to SARS-CoV-2, including the threat of COVID reinfection, the University of Oxford will purposely infect volunteers.