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New Study Reveals How Long Humans Can Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Just how long can humans survive?

Physics students at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom calculated how long humanity can last in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and the results are far from promising.

According to studies published in the student-run Journal of Physics Special Topics, only fewer than 300 humans will remain alive 100 days after the much-feared apocalypse, with humans being outnumbered by the flesh-eating corpses at 1 to 1,000,000. And mind you, those figures aren’t just for the UK – they’re talking about the entire planet.

Zombies will rapidly outnumber the human population.

Source: AMC

Although the study revolved in a fictional topic, course tutor Mervyn Roy said that such exercise will help students learn how to apply physics to actual or theoretical situations.

Roy said,

“Every year we ask students to write short papers for the Journal of Physics Special Topics.

“It lets the students show off their creative side and apply some of the physics they know to the weird, the wonderful, or the every day.

Before the students were able to arrive at these results, they first had to identify specific criteria for the infection. They assumed that a zombie could encounter one person each day, with a 90% chance that the person will become infected. Then, the team used the SIR model, which describes how a certain disease can spread throughout a population. The human populace was then classified into the susceptible population (S), the zombies (Z), and the dead (D) based on the SIR model. The students then proceeded to calculate the frequency of human and zombie contact and the likelihood of viral transmission. They did not factor in birth and death rates as the team believed that such figures will prove to be insignificant in comparison to the severity of the zombie virus onslaught.

In a little over three months, there will only be 273 humans alive on Earth, and extinction is predicted within a year if the non-infected will not be able to fight back.

However, on a positive note, a follow-up study revealed that as humans get the hang of whacking the heads of the mindlessly walking corpses and at the same time avoid catching the deadly virus, the survivors may be looking towards a brighter future where even childbirth is possible. As such, humans have about 1,000 days or 2.7 years to annihilate the zombies and another 25 years to fully recover.

Fortunately, the zombie apocalypse remains a figment of our fertile imaginations and we hope that such day won’t ever come true or all hell will break loose.

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Study Reveals that Chickens Are Not as Dumb as We Think They Are

Definitely not “bird-brained.”

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It's about time we see chickens in a different light.

Chickens might just be as smart as other animals, as revealed by a recent study - a far cry from the intellectually unimpressive fowls that we have perceived them to be. According to research, chickens are able to demonstrate behavior suggestive of a certain level of intelligence. For example, roosters call out to hens and pretend that they found food and lure them into having sex.

Dr. Lori Marino, an animal behavior expert, says that such behavior is a manifestation of "Machiavellian intelligence."

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Costa Rica Did Not Burn Any Fossil Fuels for 250 Days in 2016

They may very well be the ambassadors of green energy!

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If there is a feat that countries all over the world should emulate - this just might be it. Advocates of Mother Earth, all eyes on Costa Rica, a developing country in Central America.

You see, approximately 98% of the country's total electricity demand for the whole 2016 was supplied by renewable sources of energy and they used fossil fuels for only about 2% of their needs. That translates to 250 days in one year. Imagine that!

Costa Rica made use of hydropower, geothermal energy, wind power, biomass, and solar energy. Hydroelectric plants contributed the most, accounting for about 74% of the total energy supply. Geothermal energy accounted for almost 13% while wind energy contributed about 10%. The least used power sources are biomass and solar energy, accounting for 0.72% and 0.01%, respectively. Only 1.88% of the total energy demand was supplied from non-renewable energy sources....

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16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Tiny You Need X-Rays to View Them

Researchers need x-rays just to view the hidden intricacies of these carvings!

Boxwood carvings went into fashion between the 1500s and the 1530s in Netherlands. They contain intricate carvings of religious events and figures that Catholics could carry around with them wherever they go. However, when the Reformation began, these tiny works of art quickly went out of fashion.

There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings and researchers are eager to study them all. However, in order to preserve the carvings, researchers must use micro-CT scanning and Advanced 3D Analysis Software to see the inner layers and hidden details of these carvings.

These boxwood carvings can fit an entire story in the palm of your hand! This one depicts the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi.

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