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“Bath salts,” or synthetic street drugs with amphetamines. Via DEA. DEA

Flakka is a dangerous drug, but it doesn’t turn you into a zombie

Flakka was believed to be behind two cannibalistic attacks in Florida that left one man blind and a married couple dead. It wasn't so. Here's why we need facts, not myths, about dangerous drugs.
Our relationships, desires, anxieties are reflected in the way we communicate. from www.shutterstock.com

Words stripped of meaning: a guide to linguistic spam

A "passion" was once thought of as a love or desire so irresistible as to take one to the threshold of death. What are we to make, then, of a passion for innovation or management consulting? What's happening to our words?
Jane Austen horror has burgeoned into a distinctive subgenre of adaptations. Kevin Harber

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: it’s the Jane Austen horror show

England’s green and pleasant land will be beset by a plague of the living dead, corpses will dig their way out of graves ... Jane Austen horror is now a distinctive subgenre of Austen adaptations.
The wasp’s pupa commandeering an enslaved spider. Keizo Takasuka

Wasps turn spiders into their zombie bodyguards, then kill them

Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of wasp that induces a zombie-like state in spiders in order to manipulate them into protecting the wasp’s own offspring.
Blame human psychology. burningangelstudios

Why the fear of zombies? Look at the eyes

Zombies are undergoing a revival. Our screens have been filled with films such as “Zombieland”, “World War Z” and “Resident Evil”. Many home-made zombie will be knocking at our doors this week for Halloween…
The Brad Pitt zombie action thriller World War Z has a strong enough premise to give us pause to think. Image from shutterstock.com

Tipping the balance towards humanity in World War Z

Could a dire new infection sweep the world in a matter of weeks? Might the disease be so strange that it alters the behaviour of people beyond recognition, making them predatory and fearless? Could a great…
Could you survive if the world was overrun by undead? DayZ

Surviving the zombie apocalypse: the DayZ experiment

Amid the resurgent popularity of zombies in recent years – think The Walking Dead, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Shaun of the Dead and so on – the 2011 publication of Dan Drezner’s Theories of International…
Scientists are working on ways to make a fingerprint scanner differentiate between a living or dead finger, limiting the chance security will be breached by using an amputated digit. Or a zombie. Flickr/theogeo

How to zombie-proof a fingerprint scanner

High-tech fingerprint scanners may stop most thieves accessing a restricted area, but they have one fatal flaw: scanners…

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