By Chris Post It’s a common zombie trope: the undead creature bursting forth from their grave, having clawed its way to surface. But could they really do it? In a word, no. While the image is a great one for film, the truth of the matter is that being buried is a pretty permanent scenario,… Read More Could a zombie escape its grave?
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
New research has revealed how the history of life can be distorted by the ways animals decompose and lose body parts as they decay – and the ways in which decayed bodies ultimately become fossilised. In a new study published in the journal Palaeontology, a group of paleontologists from the UK and Ireland, led by the… Read More Do fossils show zombie dinosaurs?
By Chris Post It is a question that is asked every winter: How would cold weather effect zombies? As with any theoretical discussion of zombies, the answer will depend on a number of factors including the type of zombie and severity of the cold. The first thing we can establish as fact is that cold effects… Read More Chill out: Does cold effect zombies?
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