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[Press release]Zombie outbreak? Statistical mechanics reveal the ideal hideout | EurekAlert! Science News

Zombie outbreak? Statistical mechanics reveal the ideal hideout | EurekAlert! Science News.

To be presented at the 2015 APS March Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, March 5

From the press release

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 Cornell University researchers to explore how an “actual” zombie outbreak might play out in the U.S.

During the 2015 American Physical Society March Meeting, on Thursday, March 5 in San Antonio, Texas, the group will describe their work modeling the statistical mechanics of zombies–those thankfully fictional “undead” creatures with an appetite for human flesh. (See the abstract: http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR15/Session/S48.8)

Why model the mechanics of zombies? “Modeling zombies takes you through a lot of the techniques used to model real diseases, albeit in a fun context,” says Alex Alemi, a graduate student at Cornell University.

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March 7, 2015 - Posted by | Public Health, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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