Cryonics is a method of preserving dead bodies at low temperatures so that they can be reanimated and repaired when medicine is advanced enough to do so. Critics say this is a long shot at best, with no evidence to suggest that entire bodies could survive cryopreservation without damage.
Death is certified in most countries when the body's vital systems such as heart, lungs, or brain stop functioning. But challenging the idea that death is final is a Yale University experiment that succeeded in reviving the disembodied brains of pigs four hours after the animals were slaughtered.
The pig heads were stored in a special chamber that pumped in nutrients and oxygen, mimicking blood flow. Life sciences company Bioquark is trialing injecting stem cells into the spinal cord of patients pronounced brain-dead, along with a blend of proteins and added electrical stimulation and laser therapy.
One start-up company aimed to use apps to collect data on people that would typify their thought processes and speech patterns for a digital personality. Technologist Ray Surreal (Google's director of engineering) believes that as the rate of technological change accelerates we will reach a state where medical nanobots will work inside our bodies to eradicate disease, repair DNA, and extend our lives.
On top of that, we will upload our minds to computers to escape the restrictive biology of the human body and achieve immortality. From that point on we will be routinely able to swap bodies with self-organizing nanobots that link up to form virtual humans, or any shape presumably.
In 2014, Gordon Lu bold came into possession of intriguing classified US military documents dated April 30, 2011. In them, he discovered details of a genuine US military plan to combat a zombie outbreak.
Peter Cummings, a scientist from Boston University, states that several diseases and conditions already exist that could cause someone to be viewed as a zombie. According to Cummings, the key to understanding the potential for these conditions to produce zombie traits was to examine the shutdown of the frontal lobe of the brain.
When thinking of zombies, most people conjure up images of the dead rising from their graves. She stated that the rising dead was an unlikely scenario, but the mutation of a virus similar to rabies wasn’t.
With the slave trade, these traditions and practices made the journey to many parts of the Americas. In recent times, Haiti has become one of the epicenters of modern cases of “zombies.” In fact, the notion of voodoo permeates the mindset of the population.
Without a doubt, one of the most controversial claims of real-life zombies came from Wade Davis of Harvard University. Even more intriguing was Davis’s claims that criminals were turned into zombies in antiquity to stop their wayward behavior.
Ultimately, he stated that creating zombies was achieved through a mixture of secret natural toxins. Other believed that such discoveries, if true, would be of great interest to secret military projects.
In one intriguing account, Huston tells of being invited to study hoodoo rituals up close. A hoodoo priest gave permission for the unique opportunity, and Huston eventually performed several rituals herself.
The main worry is that these natural methods will be replicated in a science lab and used against the general population. For example, many natural zombies are created when a parasite enters the nervous system of an animal through the food chain.
Stephen Kane, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, certainly has a unique theory as to why aliens have not visited Earth. In 2014, he claimed that space travel in the past had left such astronauts stranded as zombies on an unknown planet.
It would probably take the world’s scientists and medical experts by complete surprise and on the back foot. When we view the idea of zombies in those terms, the prospect doesn’t appear so laughable regardless of how unlikely it is to happen.
Share on Pinterest Carpenter ants taken over by parasitic fungi give in to their attackers and ‘lose their minds.’ One of these species, Ophiocordyceps unilateralism sense late, specifically infects, controls, and kills carpenter ants (Camponotus castanets), native to North America.
The ants become compelled to climb to the top of elevated vegetation, where they remain affixed and die. Below, you can watch a video showing how the parasitic fungus infects its victims, leading them to their death.
A. Eximius spiders are social animals that prefer to remain in groups, never straying too far from their colonies. But Fernandez-Fournier and team noticed that members of this species infected with Zapata larva exhibited bizarre behavior, leaving their colony to weave tightly-spun, cocoon-like webs in remote locations.
When the researchers opened these artificial “cocoons,” they found Zapata larvae growing inside. When the egg hatches and the wasp larva emerges, it starts feeding on the spider and begins to take control of its body.
Share on Pinterest A newly ‘reanimated’ giant virus from the Siberian permafrost offers a chilling warning of possible dangers to come. In 2014, researchers from the Center National DE la Recherché Scientific at AIX–Marseille University in France dug a fascinating organism out of the Siberian permafrost: a so-called giant virus, about 30,000 years old, which they named Retrovirus Siberia.
The size of giant viruses, as well as the fact that they contain such a large amount of DNA, can make them particularly dangerous, explain the researchers who discovered P. Siberia since they can stick around for an extremely long time. “Special environments such as deep ocean sediments and permafrost are very good preservers of microbes because they are cold, anoxic , and dark,” they add.
Though they have remained safely contained so far, global heating and human action could cause them to resurface and come back to life, which might bring about unknown threats to health. “Mining and drilling mean digging through these ancient layers for the first time in millions of years.
Also, in 2014, researchers from the John Inner Center in Norwich, United Kingdom, found that certain bacteria, known as cytoplasm, ” turn some plants into “zombies.” While the transformation does not cause the plant to die, researchers are fascinated by how cytoplasm can bend this host’s “will” to make it grow the elements they require spreading and thrive.
In 1997, the two published a study paper in The Lancet in which they analyzed the cases of three individuals from Haiti whose communities had identified as zombies. The final case study concerned another woman who had “died” at 18 but was spotted again as a zombie 13 years after this event.
The first zombie had catatonic schizophrenia, a rare condition that makes the person act as though they are walking in a stupor. “People with a chronic schizophrenic illness, brain damage, or learning disability are not uncommonly met with wandering in Haiti, and they would be particularly likely to be identified as lacking volition and memory which are characteristics of a zombie,” the researchers write in their paper.