Posts Tagged ‘Zombie’

130208_zombied_silicaResearchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have created mammalian cells that may function better after they die by coating a cell with a silica solution to form a replica of its structure, a process that is so near-perfect that it preserves the cell down to the miniscule grooves of the DNA. By using the cell as a sort of living mold, scientists can create a structure that looks the same as the previously living cell but is able to survive more severe temperatures and pressures than the flesh ever could, including performing some functions even better than when the cells were still alive. Are you freaked out yet?

The process begins fairly simply: “Take some free-floating mammalian cells, put them in a petri dish and add silicic acid. The silicic acid, for reasons still partially unclear, enters without clogging and in effect embalms every organelle in the cell from the micro- to the nanometer scale.”

They go on from there: “By heating the silica to relatively low heat (400 C), the organic material of the cell — its protein — evaporates and leaves the silica in a kind of three-dimensional Madame Tussauds wax replica of a formerly living being. The difference is that instead of modeling the face, say, of a famous criminal, the hardened silica-based cells display internal mineralized structures with intricate features ranging from nano- to millimeter-length scales.”

Imagine the scientific uses for something like this, from preserving DNA and other cellular structures to creating new energy sources and nanostructures. The potential for great scientific leaps are there.

According to lead researcher Bryan Kaehr, “King Tut was mummified to approximately resemble his living self, but the process took place without mineralization (a process of fossilization). Our zombie cells bridge chemistry and biology to create forms that not only near-perfectly resemble their past selves, but can do future work.”

Science creating zombies just goes to show us that it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the form of a virus. The scariest thing about this is the potential effects on organisms on a larger scale or the potential for creating a virus that cannot be destroyed. At this point it requires human action for creation, but what happens when this process is used more frequently or finds a way to replicate itself on its own? The science is cool and has many potential uses, but the potential for backfiring is also great. Be careful, science!

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– Tim

You may think that this is you during the Zombie Apocalypse

But in reality, it would look more like this

This weekend, over on the ZAI Facebook page, we did a recall drill, where we asked all our members to check in with their location and status. We ended up with just shy of 300 members (almost 10%) sounding off. While we would have liked to have seen all 3200 members check in, we were happy with the results.

This wasn’t just a drill to boost our page traffic (well, not entirely,) but it was also to allow our members to see where one another are located – and hopefully, reach out to other members in their area.

While we see a whole lot of “No way, I’m going to kill everyone I come across and strike out on my own,” type comments on our page, we at Zombie Awareness International would like to think that we can help people realize that if you are going to go it alone, you may as well just put steel to your temple and paint the wall with your brains at the first sign of the walking dead, which of course would take all the fun out of the Zpocalypse.

One of the things we are about at ZAI, is surviving the Zpoc. Part of surviving isn’t just running around on the lam all the time, hoping that you won’t get your toes nibbled on by flesh eating ghouls, while trying to catch some sleep. It is about living through the outbreak, fighting back, and rebuilding some semblance of society. Say what you will about governments, people, or society as a whole, it is still the best way to live. While it might be romantic or exciting to think about living in an older era where you have to catch your food, build your house with your hands, and chop wood ala Grizzly Adams, it isn’t exactly any kind of life.

What we propose, is that you evaluate your true self, your real motivation for prepping, your shortcomings and decide how you can improve. Talk to your neighbors. Don’t run to Mrs. Jones at the mailbox and tell her that the dead will rise and you need her to tell you what she has in her pantry and where Mr. Jones keeps his gun. But get to know who lives near you. You never know, your next door neighbor might just be able to bring a lot to the table in a disaster. Start off light. Discuss recent news about disasters and gently breach the subject of preparedness. Eventually, you might be able to work into developing a reaction plan.

Like the infantry guys say, “One is none, two is one.”

When you allow others to help you, you don’t have to worry about who’s got your back. (U.S. Army Photo)

Don’t isolate yourself. Of course, protect yourself (I personally operate off the mantra, “Be polite, be vigilant, and be prepared to kill.”) But if you run alone for the hills at the first sign of trouble, think you are going to kill everyone you come across, or board up your house and climb out in two years to utopia, you are a moron.

As my wife put it, “I say if you don’t find a way out, just eat the licorice within 2 months. What are you gonna do? Live your whole life in fear of getting eaten? Who knows when they’re going to find a cure or eradicate all the walking undead. I had this discussion with some of my interpreters from Afghanistan. One day, they informed me that one of the government officials had been killed by Taliban on his way home from work. I asked them one simple question: ‘How do you live like this?’ And at the time of Zpoc, that question would inevitably be turned on myself: ‘How can I live like this? I can’t walk around whenever/wherever I want to. I have limited rations and supplies. This is no environment to be free anymore.’ I figure life isn’t worth living at that point. What if you had to live in the Zpoc for YEARS??? Yea. Not so much.”

We urge you to get involved. Find opportunities in your community to help out. I’m not suggesting you run out and become a Boy Scout leader, or run for mayor – but find out what opportunities and training are available in your area to help out in the event of disaster. You will probably find like-minded people, who can help you out when SHTF.

Of course, when we close our eyes and picture ourselves in The Matrix, we don’t need help. We are all natural leaders and tactical experts. But when reality kicks in, and the water is coming in over the windows, the foundation just split in two from an earthquake, the wildfire is peeling the paint from the siding, the roof just collapsed under tons of snow, the government is setting up checkpoints and curfews – or simply – the hordes of the walking dead are shuffling up your driveway, you are going to need all the help you can get.

So, far be it from us to tell you what to do. Feel free to put your coolest shades on, pull up your digi-cam pants from the “geardo” catalog and put your nunchucks in your pocket, but Zombie Awareness International will be taking a stand beside our neighbors, communities and countries to roll our sleeves up and get to work taking back our land and rebuilding our world.

Get together with like minded people, identify strengths and build a team!

Eric

Zombie Awareness International

Greetings loyal fans and followers. We decided that we have finally grown large enough on facebook that we should expand onto an actual website to give us more freedom of movement. We will still maintain the same level of content on facebook, but will also use this site to expand our program, with continued commitment to you, our readers, with quality content that is informative, entertaining, educational and downright awesome. So, keep reading, keep your eyes open and please comment and get involved in this community as much as you have on the facebook page. Semper Vigilans Semper Paratus! -Eric