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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

Future of Medicine
This Ultrasound Connects to an iPhone to Help Catch COVID-19
Portable Ultrasound Machine
Future of Medicine
This Ultrasound Connects to an iPhone to Help Catch COVID-19
Ultrasound can be a useful diagnostic tool for COVID-19. A portable ultrasound machine called the Butterfly iQ may make it safer.
May 24, 2020

Ultrasound can be a useful diagnostic tool for COVID-19. A portable ultrasound machine called the Butterfly iQ may make it safer.

Virology
Bats Are Not The Enemy
bat-borne viruses
Virology
Bats Are Not The Enemy
Researchers are developing options from the domestic to the deific to allow humans and bats to live together in...
May 22, 2020

Researchers are developing options from the domestic to the deific to allow humans and bats to live together in harmony while reducing the risk of viral disease.

Uprising
Can Humans Figure Out How Deep Learning AI Thinks?
deep learning ai
Uprising
Can Humans Figure Out How Deep Learning AI Thinks?
Deep learning AI is becoming more complex, capable, and impenetrable, but these scientists are attempting to break the black box.
May 19, 2020

Deep learning AI is becoming more complex, capable, and impenetrable, but these scientists are attempting to break the black box.

Future of Medicine
A Nonthermal Plasma Field Can Eliminate 99.9% of Airborne Viruses
A Nonthermal Plasma Field Can Eliminate 99.9% of Airborne Viruses
Future of Medicine
A Nonthermal Plasma Field Can Eliminate 99.9% of Airborne Viruses
Airborne viruses can be tough to stop. A team at Michigan has developed a device that may stop them cold.
May 12, 2020

Airborne viruses can be tough to stop. A team at Michigan has developed a device that may stop them cold.

Frontiers of Medicine
Hunting Zoonotic Diseases Before an Outbreak
zoonotic diseases
Frontiers of Medicine
Hunting Zoonotic Diseases Before an Outbreak
Stopping zoonotic diseases — and pandemics — may require studying not just viruses, but also animals, habitats, and people.
May 9, 2020

Stopping zoonotic diseases — and pandemics — may require studying not just viruses, but also animals, habitats, and people.

Stories of Resilience
COVID’s Unique Challenge For the Navajo Nation
navajo nation
Stories of Resilience
COVID’s Unique Challenge For the Navajo Nation
With a lack of access to running water and other resources, the Navajo Nation faces a tough challenge in COVID-19. But the Diné are fighting back.
May 5, 2020

With a lack of access to running water and other resources, the Navajo Nation faces a tough challenge in COVID-19. But the Diné are fighting back.

Future of Science
Researchers are Rushing to Freeze... Lab Mice Sperm?
Lab mice
Future of Science
Researchers are Rushing to Freeze... Lab Mice Sperm?
With their labs closing and the future unclear, researchers are sending precious cargo — the sperm of lab mice — to be frozen and stored.
May 2, 2020

With their labs closing and the future unclear, researchers are sending precious cargo — the sperm of lab mice — to be frozen and stored.

Public Health
Would You Volunteer to be Infected With COVID-19?
coronavirus vaccine development
Public Health
Would You Volunteer to be Infected With COVID-19?
Coronavirus vaccine development could take months. There’s a potential shortcut though: purposefully exposing research subjects to the virus.
April 25, 2020

Coronavirus vaccine development could take months. There’s a potential shortcut though: purposefully exposing research subjects to the virus.

Emergency Response
Real-Time Data Can Save Lives in a Disaster
emergency response
Emergency Response
Real-Time Data Can Save Lives in a Disaster
Researchers are working on new algorithms that could provide emergency response managers with real-time data to save more lives.
April 20, 2020

Researchers are working on new algorithms that could provide emergency response managers with real-time data to save more lives.