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The development of an embryo into a full-grown insect is a delicate process and a lot can go wrong on the way. Usually it doesn’t, but when it does, it can open up fascinating new lines of research. This happened to Kristen Panfilio when one of her experiments did absolutely not go as planned. The result were “necrotic zombies”, as she dutifully noted in her lab book. And they keep her busy to this day.

 

 

This interview is part of the series “Significant Details – Conversations with Women in Science”, where we talked with twelve female scientists from many different fields about their work and their life in science.

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Careful analysis by Annalee Newitz at io9:

Is there really a connection between zombie movies and social unrest? We decided to do some research and find out. The result? We’ve got a line graph showing the number of zombie movies coming out in the West each year since 1910 — and there are definite spikes during certain years, which always seem to happen eerily close to historical events involving war or social upheaval […]

You can see that most of these spikes in zombie popularity do seem weirdly close to periods of historical trauma like wars or the AIDS epidemic. Is there a causal connection, or is it just coincidence?

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“Three very clever and brave individuals at the Centers for Disease Control spent a grand total of $87 on a mass communication campaign that has so far generated over $3 million in free media coverage”

 

http://thebenshi.com/2011/07/20/143-cdc-2-anatomy-of-a-public-relations-massi…

and

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp

via @edyong209

 

 

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