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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

The Brain
Google and Harvard Have Created the Most Detailed Brain Map Yet
connectome harvard google
The Brain
Google and Harvard Have Created the Most Detailed Brain Map Yet
Google and Harvard have released the most detailed map yet, called a connectome, of a section of the human brain.
June 14, 2021

Google and Harvard have released the most detailed map yet, called a connectome, of a section of the human brain.

Virology
Did the Flu Lose Diversity During the Pandemic?
flu diversity during pandemic
Virology
Did the Flu Lose Diversity During the Pandemic?
After a record-low flu season, an entire clade of flu may be gone. If so, making vaccines may have become easier.
June 13, 2021

After a record-low flu season, an entire clade of flu may be gone. If so, making vaccines may have become easier.

Art
Bacteria Are Cleaning Michelangelo's Renaissance Sculptures
bacteria cleaning sculptures
Art
Bacteria Are Cleaning Michelangelo's Renaissance Sculptures
Faced with stubborn, literal stains of the family’s violent past, the Medici Chapel has used bacteria to clean Michelangelos.
June 13, 2021

Faced with stubborn, literal stains of the family’s violent past, the Medici Chapel has used bacteria to clean Michelangelos.

Alzheimer's
Hope and Controversy: FDA Approves First New Alzheimer’s Drug in Decades
Alzheimer's drug aducanumab
Alzheimer's
Hope and Controversy: FDA Approves First New Alzheimer’s Drug in Decades
The FDA has approved the first new Alzheimer’s drug in decades, but the decision brings not only hope, but controversy.
June 13, 2021

The FDA has approved the first new Alzheimer’s drug in decades, but the decision brings not only hope, but controversy.

Drugs
This High Schooler Created a Drug Discovery Search Engine
drug discovery
Drugs
This High Schooler Created a Drug Discovery Search Engine
While looking for drugs to potentially fight Alzheimer’s, a high school researcher's AI did “comically” bad, until he thought of it as a search engine.
June 12, 2021

While looking for drugs to potentially fight Alzheimer’s, a high school researcher's AI did “comically” bad, until he thought of it as a search engine.

Public Health
Can a Dog Vaccine for Valley Fever Lead to a Human One?
Valley fever vaccine
Public Health
Can a Dog Vaccine for Valley Fever Lead to a Human One?
Cases of Valley fever, a fungal infection, have risen dramatically over the decade. Researchers hope a dog vaccine may lead to one for humans.
June 6, 2021

Cases of Valley fever, a fungal infection, have risen dramatically over the decade. Researchers hope a dog vaccine may lead to one for humans.

Dope Science
A Small Dose of an Ibogaine-like Drug Cures Stress in Mice
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Dope Science
A Small Dose of an Ibogaine-like Drug Cures Stress in Mice
A novel drug designed like ibogaine but without the ibogaine trip or toxicity has corrected the effects of stress in mice.
June 5, 2021

A novel drug designed like ibogaine but without the ibogaine trip or toxicity has corrected the effects of stress in mice.

The Brain
What Happens When Your Brain Imagines the Future?
imagining the future
The Brain
What Happens When Your Brain Imagines the Future?
Research out of the University of Pennsylvania suggests imagining the future is a two-brain region job.
June 5, 2021

Research out of the University of Pennsylvania suggests imagining the future is a two-brain region job.

Innovation
“Light-Shrinking” Material Cranks Normal Microscopes Up To 11
light microscope
Innovation
“Light-Shrinking” Material Cranks Normal Microscopes Up To 11
Researchers have developed a light-shrinking slide coating that allows light microscopes to image in “super-resolution.”
June 2, 2021

Researchers have developed a light-shrinking slide coating that allows light microscopes to image in “super-resolution.”