Zombies do exist. Scientists in Thailand have discovered a type of fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, that infects ants, taking control of their brains. The fungus directs the ant to go where its death would be ideal for the fungus' ability to spread itself. In the meantime, the infection converts the ant's internal tissues into sugars that help the fungus grow.

I also preserves the ant's exoskeleton, in fact reinforcing and sealing it to keep out microbes and other fungi.

All the while, the ant travels long distances, at the direction of the fungus within it.

Zombies exist. They may be insect zombies, but they are zombies nonetheless.

Read more from LiveScience.

Views: 32

Comment

You need to be a member of ConsimWorld to add comments!

Join ConsimWorld

Comment by Jon Compton on August 30, 2010 at 11:43am
Comment by Jon Compton on August 27, 2010 at 8:05pm
A recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine had an interesting article on zombies and IR theory. Good stuff.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on August 20, 2010 at 9:11am
I don't know about range, but here's another story, with a picture of a dead zombie ant, consumed by the zombie fungus:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/aug/18/zombie-carpenter-ant-...
Comment by Stephen G on August 20, 2010 at 7:57am
Creepy..any indication on how far the ants will travel in this way? A fungus as a sentinent being...hmm, remind me to spray the mould in the shower....

Help Center

Latest Activity

Dan Geer posted a status
"I've been looking for a Vassal (something akin) module for Proud Monster Deluxe. Where can I find one? Thnaks"
2 hours ago
Nathan posted a video

Guide to Operation Overlord Wargames [D-Day, Normandy, 6 June 1944]

Guide to Operation Overloard Games [D-Day, Normandy, 6 June 1944]
11 hours ago
Eric Walters commented on Kid's photo
Thumbnail

Hue

"Really appreciate the annotations on the map, showing those historically significant locations!"
17 hours ago
Kid posted a photo

Hue

Part of Hue south-east-of the river. To use for the 'Sweep' actions of the US Marines capturing the…
yesterday
Eric Walters left a comment for Dan Geer
"Welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website, Dan.  I'm sure you've found the ASL group…"
yesterday
Dan Geer is now a member of ConsimWorld
yesterday
Eric Walters commented on Kid's photo
Thumbnail

ASL PTO 2

"All sorts of tactical possibilities on this board!  "
yesterday
Eric Walters commented on Kid's photo
Thumbnail

ASL PTO 1

"Now that looks like some foreboding terrain right there!"
yesterday

Groups

Events

Members

CSW Related Links

© 2020   Created by John Kranz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service