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PostSubject: Zombies   Tue 18 Aug 2009, 14:07

Here is something that might be of interest to all the COD4 Zombie Mod, WaW and Killing Floor players.

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Science ponders 'zombie attack'
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News

There has been a revival of the zombie film in recent years

If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively.

That is the conclusion of a mathematical exercise carried out by researchers in Canada.

They say only frequent counter-attacks with increasing force would eradicate the fictional creatures.

The scientific paper is published in a book - Infectious Diseases Modelling Research Progress.

In books, films, video games and folklore, zombies are undead creatures, able to turn the living into other zombies with a bite.

But there is a serious side to the work.

In some respects, a zombie "plague" resembles a lethal rapidly-spreading infection.

In their study, the researchers from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University (also in Ottawa) posed a question: If there was to be a battle between zombies and the living, who would win?

Professor Robert Smith? (the question mark is part of his surname and not a typographical mistake) and colleagues wrote: "We model a zombie attack using biological assumptions based on popular zombie movies.

"We introduce a basic model for zombie infection and illustrate the outcome with numerical solutions."

On his university web page, the mathematics professor at Ottawa University says the question mark distinguishes him from Robert Smith, lead singer of rock band The Cure.

To give the living a fighting chance, the researchers chose "classic" slow-moving zombies as our opponents rather than the nimble, intelligent creatures portrayed in some recent films.

"While we are trying to be as broad as possible in modelling zombies - especially as there are many variables - we have decided not to consider these individuals," the researchers said.

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Even so, their analysis revealed that a strategy of capturing or curing the zombies would only put off the inevitable.

In their scientific paper, the authors conclude that humanity's only hope is to "hit them [the undead] hard and hit them often".

They added: "It's imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly or else... we are all in a great deal of trouble."

According to the researchers, the key difference between the zombies and the spread of real infections is that "zombies can come back to life".

But they say that their work has parallels with, for example, the spread of ideas.

The study has been welcomed by one of the world's leading disease specialists, Professor Neil Ferguson, who is one of the UK government's chief advisors on controlling the spread of swine flu.

"The paper considers something that many of us have worried about - particularly in our younger days - of what would be a feasible way of tackling an outbreak of a rapidly spreading zombie infection," said Professor Ferguson, from Imperial College London.

However he thinks that some of the assumptions made in the paper might be unduly alarmist.

"My understanding of zombie biology is that if you manage to decapitate a zombie then it's dead forever. So perhaps they are being a little over-pessimistic when they conclude that zombies might take over a city in three or four days," he said.

You have to wonder how much money was spent actually researching this fecking idea, I mean a study on a zombie attack. Shocked Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Zombies   Tue 18 Aug 2009, 18:08

speaking of zombie movies and attacks.. i know im going to see this when it comes out


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PostSubject: Re: Zombies   Tue 18 Aug 2009, 20:59

That looks pretty fracking funny.... Lol
I actually want to see that!!! "Your like a cock blocking robot made in a secret fracking Government lab" HAHAHAHA
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PostSubject: Re: Zombies   Wed 19 Aug 2009, 12:23

First I have heard of it but yeah I want to see it to. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Zombies   Fri 21 Aug 2009, 03:35

you should read the Zombie survival guide ( or world war Z ), its like a field manual on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, made for humor but reads like its taking things serious hehe.

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PostSubject: Re: Zombies   Thu 24 Sep 2009, 20:52

I seen on the BBC news site the film just had its premier in LA, just have to wait for it to reach UK shores and will check it out.



And keeping on topic, you can now apparently buy Zombie targets to take to the range and shoot at. Only in the US eh. Laughing

Zombie Targets!

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