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B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley is a senior staff writer for Freethink, based in Chicago. A graduate of Fredonia State, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Verge, Jezebel, Frieze, Sports Illustrated, VICE, Paste Magazine, and numerous other publications. Tip him! b.david@freethink.com

Recent Work by Author

The Brain
Scientists Are Developing Brain Implants That Improve Memory
Brain Implants
The Brain
Scientists Are Developing Brain Implants That Improve Memory
New research sheds hope for sufferers of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, and for all of us, old age.
February 23, 2020

New research sheds hope for sufferers of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, and for all of us, old age.

Tech & The Arts
The Algorithm Playwright
The Algorithm Playwright
Tech & The Arts
The Algorithm Playwright
Annie Dorsen allows algorithms to write her plays, and it challenges our fundamental understanding of art.
February 21, 2020

Annie Dorsen allows algorithms to write her plays, and it challenges our fundamental understanding of art.

Dope Science
MDMA Effects, Risks, and Rewards Explained
MDMA effects
Dope Science
MDMA Effects, Risks, and Rewards Explained
MDMA, also known as Molly or Ecstasy, is a synthetic psychoactive drug. MDMA effects include enhanced pleasure and a heightened sense of touch and sound.
February 16, 2020

MDMA, also known as Molly or Ecstasy, is a synthetic psychoactive drug. MDMA effects include enhanced pleasure and a heightened sense of touch and sound.

Public Health
How to Make 100 Million Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine in a Year
coronavirus vaccine
Public Health
How to Make 100 Million Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine in a Year
Creating a new vaccine is slow and expensive. One biotech firm thinks a “plug-and-play” vaccine could change that.
February 15, 2020

Creating a new vaccine is slow and expensive. One biotech firm thinks a “plug-and-play” vaccine could change that.

Surveillance
The Anti-Facial Recognition Fashion Statement
anti-facial recognition
Surveillance
The Anti-Facial Recognition Fashion Statement
These designers are trying to outsmart surveillance systems with anti-facial recognition makeup, glasses, and clothing. Can they help us go incognito?
February 14, 2020

These designers are trying to outsmart surveillance systems with anti-facial recognition makeup, glasses, and clothing. Can they help us go incognito?

Music
Chance the Rapper is Bringing Music Back to Chicago Schools
Chance the Rapper is Bringing Music Back to Chicago Schools
Music
Chance the Rapper is Bringing Music Back to Chicago Schools
On the far South Side of Chicago, as far south as you can get — a traffic light away from neighboring Riverdale —...
February 12, 2020

On the far South Side of Chicago, as far south as you can get — a traffic light away from neighboring Riverdale — the Ira F. Aldridge Elementary School is offering its students something rare in the forever-strapped Chicago public school system: opportunity. With a grant from Chance the Rapper's charity SocialWorks, the school can now offer a more robust music program, ensuring an instrument in every student's hands. "I...

Dope Science
Medical Cannabis Explained
medical cannabis
Dope Science
Medical Cannabis Explained
Medical cannabis is everywhere. We're answering your basic questions and unpacking the promises and pitfalls, based on the latest research.
February 10, 2020

Medical cannabis is everywhere. We're answering your basic questions and unpacking the promises and pitfalls, based on the latest research.

Sustainability
The Big Screen Goes Green
The Big Screen Goes Green
Sustainability
The Big Screen Goes Green
Hollywood moves towards sustainable film production.
February 9, 2020

Hollywood moves towards sustainable film production.

Archeology
The Tech That’s Revolutionizing Archeology with Josh Gates
The Tech That’s Revolutionizing Archeology with Josh Gates
Archeology
The Tech That’s Revolutionizing Archeology with Josh Gates
In our interview with renowned adventurer Josh Gates, the host of Expedition Unknown discusses the beautiful connection between tech and archaeologists.
February 7, 2020

In our interview with renowned adventurer Josh Gates, the host of Expedition Unknown discusses the beautiful connection between tech and archaeologists.