Zombie attack

This is doing the rounds at the moment. Modelling the spread of zombie-ism amongst the human population.   (E.g. report on BBC website.)

The original article is actually a bit physicsy – the methods used are pretty common ones for modelling physical processes with a computer, and the sort of thing I do a lot of in my research.  The authors just happen to have picked a rather different application to normal. This is the kind of modelling I was referring to when I made a comment a few months ago about swine flu  (though I think the swine flu  – sorry, Influenza A (H1N1) –  modelling is likely to be more advanced than this.)

Anyway, enjoy the report, and commetary for example on Orac, and, if you every come across a zombie, please don’t rush over and tell me about it.

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