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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

Public Safety
Misinformation is as Contagious as Coronavirus
coronavirus misinformation
Public Safety
Misinformation is as Contagious as Coronavirus
Fighting misinformation is now a crucial aspect of responding to disease, and health information expert Adrienne Holz Ivory explains why.
March 31, 2020

Fighting misinformation is now a crucial aspect of responding to disease, and health information expert Adrienne Holz Ivory explains why.

Dope Science
The Case for Love-Enhancing Drugs
interview with Brian D. Earp
Dope Science
The Case for Love-Enhancing Drugs
Drugs don’t just affect the user; they shape relationships too. And a pair of bioethicists thinks we should consider them for relationship enhancement.
March 30, 2020

Drugs don’t just affect the user; they shape relationships too. And a pair of bioethicists thinks we should consider them for relationship enhancement.

Medical Innovation
Forget Needles - This Thin Strip May Improve Access to Vaccinations
vaccinations
Medical Innovation
Forget Needles - This Thin Strip May Improve Access to Vaccinations
Temperature stable vaccinations could change how we store and transport life-saving medicine to the places that need it most.
March 29, 2020

Temperature stable vaccinations could change how we store and transport life-saving medicine to the places that need it most.

Future of Medicine
Will These Lab-Made Viruses Prevent a Pandemic?
gain of function mutation
Future of Medicine
Will These Lab-Made Viruses Prevent a Pandemic?
Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.
March 28, 2020

Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.

Public Health
A List of the Coronavirus Symptoms, and When to See a Doctor
what are the coronavirus symptoms
Public Health
A List of the Coronavirus Symptoms, and When to See a Doctor
Here is the latest information on coronavirus symptoms and how to distinguish COVID-19 from allergies, the flu, or a common cold.
March 26, 2020

Here is the latest information on coronavirus symptoms and how to distinguish COVID-19 from allergies, the flu, or a common cold.

Computer Science
Crowdsourcing the Seed for Coronavirus Antiviral Medications
antiviral medications
Computer Science
Crowdsourcing the Seed for Coronavirus Antiviral Medications
Foldit players are solving a protein structure puzzle that could help kickstart coronavirus antiviral medications.
March 21, 2020

Foldit players are solving a protein structure puzzle that could help kickstart coronavirus antiviral medications.

Public Health
Private Sector Stepping Up to Combat COVID-19
Private Sector Stepping Up to Combat COVID-19
Public Health
Private Sector Stepping Up to Combat COVID-19
Cosmetics companies and distilleries are making hand sanitizer and the UK asks manufacturers to make ventilators as the private sector responds to the pandemic.
March 18, 2020

Cosmetics companies and distilleries are making hand sanitizer and the UK asks manufacturers to make ventilators as the private sector responds to the pandemic.

AI & Privacy
Hey Alexa, Quit Eavesdropping!
audio jammer
AI & Privacy
Hey Alexa, Quit Eavesdropping!
Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed an ultrasonic audio jammer that doubles as a fashion accessory.
March 16, 2020

Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed an ultrasonic audio jammer that doubles as a fashion accessory.

Criminal Justice
Algorithm Clears Thousands of Marijuana Convictions in Just One Minute
criminal record clearance
Criminal Justice
Algorithm Clears Thousands of Marijuana Convictions in Just One Minute
With this new system that identifies candidates for criminal record clearance and even auto-fills forms, offenders don’t even need to apply.
March 7, 2020

With this new system that identifies candidates for criminal record clearance and even auto-fills forms, offenders don’t even need to apply.