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
A team of Cornell University researchers focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead. Reading World War Z, an oral history of the first zombie war, and a graduate statistical mechanics class inspired a group of… Read More Scientists develop model to show spread of zombie infection
By David Pacchioli It may sound like science fiction, but the body snatchers are for real. David Hughes has seen them, and trailed them from the jungles of Thailand to the woodlands of South Carolina. He has brought them back to his lab, and cultured them, and begun to unravel their secrets. Hughes, an assistant… Read More Getting to the bottom of the zombie ant phenomenon
Most zombie fiction rely on a common plot device: an unknown illness spreads rapidly through a population, moving quickly through an expanding area. In this modern medical age, this premise might sound far fetched, but the fact remains there is much we still do not know about the viruses and bacteria who share our planet.… Read More Mysterious illness sickens hundreds in 6 states
If you haven’t been following the news, an asteroid the size of an Olympic swimming pool is going to come close to the Earth this week. How close? Somewhere in the neighborhood of 17,500 miles. I know what you’re thinking and, you’re right, 17,500 is a pretty big number. But when you’re talking about distances… Read More Will asteroid 2012DA14 create zombies?