By Chris Post New research published in the journal Nature sheds some light into the behavior of zombie ants during the last stages of their undead existence. David Hughes at Pennsylvania State University in University Park and his colleagues are looking into the ants, who are the victims of a fungal infection, and determined that… Read More New research looks into the behavior of zombie ants
By Margot Allemand There is a difference between loving to watch zombie shows and movies and experiencing a real zombie virus here in the United States. Chronic Wasting Disease which has often been called ‘zombie deer virus’ has been in the news since the beginning of this year due to the number of deer dying… Read More ‘Zombie Deer Virus’ found in the United States
By Chris Post It sounds like the plot of a low-budget movie, but it is by all accounts true: more than a dozen cases of raccoons exhibiting “zombie-like behavior” have been reported in Youngstown, Ohio. Local television affiliate WKBN broke the story, reporting that over the last few weeks police have responded to about 14… Read More ‘Zombie’ raccoons terrorize town
Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony’s food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers. The findings suggest that, although the… Read More Infected ‘zombie ants’ face no discrimination from nest mates
By Chris Post Every year or so, it seems, a new drug arrives that supposedly turns its users into zombies. Bath salts and krokodil have come and gone, replaced by the latest new street drug known as Katie, or simply KD. According to reports coming out of Indiana, first responders in Indianapolis are seeing an… Read More Is KD the next ‘zombie’ drug?
A real-life zombie outbreak would leave the world’s population in shambles, with less than 300 survivors remaining a mere one hundred days into the apocalypse, according to students from the University of Leicester. Assuming that a zombie can find one person each day, with a 90 per cent chance of infecting victims with the zombie… Read More Zombie apocalypse would wipe out humankind in just 100 days, students calculate
Avian influenza, or bird flu, is an infectious respiratory disease that affects a variety of birds. The various strains of virus that cause bird flu are generally categorized as high or low pathogenicity according to their ability to produce disease. The highly pathogenic strain H5N1 that is spreading in some parts of the world may… Read More Know your pandemics: Avian Flu