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B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley is a senior staff writer for Freethink, where he covers public health, with a focus on infectious disease and the future of drugs and mental wellness. 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. Tip him!

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Recent Work by Author

3D Printing
The Latest Step in Manufacturing In Space
manufacturing in space
3D Printing
The Latest Step in Manufacturing In Space
Made In Space is sending a 3D printer to the ISS in hopes of providing proof-of-concept that microgravity is the place to build precision parts.
September 28, 2020

Made In Space is sending a 3D printer to the ISS in hopes of providing proof-of-concept that microgravity is the place to build precision parts.

Coronavirus
U.S. Troops Test Wearables for Early Detection of COVID-19
early Detection of COVID-19
Coronavirus
U.S. Troops Test Wearables for Early Detection of COVID-19
The Department of Defense wants to use wearable sensors, Dutch AI, and thousands of personnel to develop markers for early detection of COVID-19.
September 27, 2020

The Department of Defense wants to use wearable sensors, Dutch AI, and thousands of personnel to develop markers for early detection of COVID-19.

Genetics
Can Genetic Engineering Stop the Fall Armyworm Invasion?
fall armyworm
Genetics
Can Genetic Engineering Stop the Fall Armyworm Invasion?
The fall armyworm is devastating African agriculture, eating millions of pounds of crops. Can a genetically modified version control their advance?
September 27, 2020

The fall armyworm is devastating African agriculture, eating millions of pounds of crops. Can a genetically modified version control their advance?

Microbiology
The First (and Only) Creature Known to Eat Viruses
protists
Microbiology
The First (and Only) Creature Known to Eat Viruses
Despite their abundance, nothing we know of eats viruses. But new research suggests microbes called protists might.
September 26, 2020

Despite their abundance, nothing we know of eats viruses. But new research suggests microbes called protists might.

CRISPR
CRISPR’d Male “Surrogates” Can Produce Another Animal’s Prized Sperm
CRISPR’d Male “Surrogates” Can Produce Another Animal’s Prized Sperm
CRISPR
CRISPR’d Male “Surrogates” Can Produce Another Animal’s Prized Sperm
High-quality sperm means high-quality animals, but the process can be expensive or inaccessible. CRISPR-edited “surrogate sires” may provide a solution.
September 20, 2020

High-quality sperm means high-quality animals, but the process can be expensive or inaccessible. CRISPR-edited “surrogate sires” may provide a solution.

Dope Science
“Candy Flipping” — Mixing MDMA and LSD — Is Hitting the Lab
candy-flipping
Dope Science
“Candy Flipping” — Mixing MDMA and LSD — Is Hitting the Lab
A clinical trial of mixing LSD and MDMA, known as “candy flipping,” wants to see if molly can take a trip’s edge off and make LSD therapy more effective.
September 20, 2020

A clinical trial of mixing LSD and MDMA, known as “candy flipping,” wants to see if molly can take a trip’s edge off and make LSD therapy more effective.

Coronavirus
Antivenom Scientists Are Using Horse Antibodies for COVID-19
horse antibodies for covid 19
Coronavirus
Antivenom Scientists Are Using Horse Antibodies for COVID-19
In Costa Rica, horse antibodies for COVID-19 are about to enter human trials.
September 20, 2020

In Costa Rica, horse antibodies for COVID-19 are about to enter human trials.

Oceans
Undescribed Deep Sea Creatures Discovered in the Great Barrier Reef
deep sea creatures
Oceans
Undescribed Deep Sea Creatures Discovered in the Great Barrier Reef
Researchers discovered undescribed deep sea creatures, spotted rare fish, and gathered geological samples from the deepest part of the Great Barrier Reef.
September 20, 2020

Researchers discovered undescribed deep sea creatures, spotted rare fish, and gathered geological samples from the deepest part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Virology
Studying Pig Sh*t to Prevent the Next Pandemic
pig virus
Virology
Studying Pig Sh*t to Prevent the Next Pandemic
A pilot program in North Carolina offers one solution to scanning for a potential pig virus in our farm system - slurry testing.
September 19, 2020

A pilot program in North Carolina offers one solution to scanning for a potential pig virus in our farm system - slurry testing.