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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 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. Tip him!

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Recent Work by Author

Dengue
New Discovery Could Stop Dengue’s “Breakbone” Fever
New Discovery Could Stop Dengue’s “Breakbone” Fever
Dengue
New Discovery Could Stop Dengue’s “Breakbone” Fever
Making a dengue vaccine is difficult. It’s early, but a new antibody that targets a protein the virus makes instead of the virus itself may be a solution.
January 17, 2021

Making a dengue vaccine is difficult. It’s early, but a new antibody that targets a protein the virus makes instead of the virus itself may be a solution.

Self-Driving Semis
Autonomous Trucks Are Taking to the Highways
Autonomous Trucks Are Taking to the Highways
Self-Driving Semis
Autonomous Trucks Are Taking to the Highways
Self-driving cars get all the love, but autonomous trucks are already hitting the road, with a “driver-out” demonstration scheduled for 2021.
January 17, 2021

Self-driving cars get all the love, but autonomous trucks are already hitting the road, with a “driver-out” demonstration scheduled for 2021.

Coronavirus
Should We Delay the Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines?
second doses of covid-19 vaccine
Coronavirus
Should We Delay the Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines?
As vaccination campaigns begin, researchers are divided over whether the two-dose strategy should be delayed to get more people’s first dose done quicker.
January 10, 2021

As vaccination campaigns begin, researchers are divided over whether the two-dose strategy should be delayed to get more people’s first dose done quicker.

Cancer
Cancer Cells Can Hibernate to Escape Chemotherapy
cancer cells hibernate
Cancer
Cancer Cells Can Hibernate to Escape Chemotherapy
A new study has found evidence that cancer cells hibernate, slowing down their division and waiting out the harsh environment of chemotherapy.
January 10, 2021

A new study has found evidence that cancer cells hibernate, slowing down their division and waiting out the harsh environment of chemotherapy.

Animals
Scientists Observe Cells Reacting to a Magnetic Field for the First Time
magnetoreception
Animals
Scientists Observe Cells Reacting to a Magnetic Field for the First Time
Scientists aren’t sure how animals sense magnetic fields — magnetoreception. New observations of living cells reacting to magnetic fields may hold a clue.
January 10, 2021

Scientists aren’t sure how animals sense magnetic fields — magnetoreception. New observations of living cells reacting to magnetic fields may hold a clue.

Solar Power
Transparent Solar Windows Could Be Coming Soon
transparent solar panels
Solar Power
Transparent Solar Windows Could Be Coming Soon
Solar power is abundant, but the dark panels pose a design problem. A new generation of transparent solar panels could make house-powering windows and phone screens a reality.
January 9, 2021

Solar power is abundant, but the dark panels pose a design problem. A new generation of transparent solar panels could make house-powering windows and phone screens a reality.

Climate Change
New Findings Could Help Wine Survive Climate Change
wine climate change
Climate Change
New Findings Could Help Wine Survive Climate Change
Climate change is altering wine making as we know it. Researchers at UC Davis have identified what makes some grapes more resistant to water stress.
January 3, 2021

Climate change is altering wine making as we know it. Researchers at UC Davis have identified what makes some grapes more resistant to water stress.

Animals
Scientists Put Bees in Little Reflective “Vests” for Bee Tracking
bee tracking
Animals
Scientists Put Bees in Little Reflective “Vests” for Bee Tracking
Bee tracking is difficult and expensive, and smaller bees are left out. Lightweight, inexpensive tags may be a solution.
January 2, 2021

Bee tracking is difficult and expensive, and smaller bees are left out. Lightweight, inexpensive tags may be a solution.