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.
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. But there is also a specific psychiatric disorder called Coward’s syndrome that can cause people to act like zombies.
We are spending double the amount of time on our streaming platforms compared to last year, close to 45.4 billion minutes spent on Netflix alone in the first few weeks of March 2020. A zombie firm is any business who, over an extended period of time, is unable to pay its debt-servicing costs from its current profits.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2021, based on the reports that the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China had increased 13-fold and that the number of affected countries had tripled over a two-week period (118,000+ cases in 114 countries and 4,291 deaths). In light of such staggering numbers, many countries declared states of emergency and ordered non-essential businesses to close.
Given the rapid increase in infections, all provinces declared states of public health emergency by March 26, and ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses by April 1. Some health experts estimate and mainstream media have reported that a COVID-19 vaccine could take up to two years to develop.
Virologists believe that the pandemic will end either when a vaccine is developed or once the population attains herd immunity. Based on the federal and provincial governments’ modelling, three scenarios are predicting as to when the first wave may end.
Based on the modelling, scenario one predicts the lowest infection rate and the earliest return of non-essential businesses. The S&P/TSX is the benchmark Canadian Index that represents approximately 70% of the total market capitalization of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
However, due to recent government and Bank of Canada actions, the markets have rebounded about 26% to 14,166.63 on April 9, 2021. The federal government’s economic response plan, slated to last until June 6, 2021, includes wage subsidies of 75% of an employee’s wages (up to $847 per week) for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in April and May.
Many studies show significant increases in zombie firms in the wake of financial crises and low interest rate environments that usually follow. With the best projection dealing with the first wave of COVID-19 being companies losing at least one entire fiscal quarter, and the worst scenario up to an entire fiscal year, it can be anticipated that zombie firm infection rates amongst the Canadian business population will dramatically rise.
As the COVID-19 curve flattens and the end of the first wave draws closer, it will be important for governments to place their focus on the rise of zombie firms and concentrate on flattening that curve as well to ensure economic measures and resources for productive firms do not go to waste. Gerard Lucyshyn is the Vice President of Research and a senior fellow with the Frontier Center for Public Policy.
In the late stages of the illness, once the parasites have invaded the brain, victims find it hard to concentrate, become irritable, their speech is slurred, and they stop eating. Most are unable to sleep during the night and find it almost impossible to stay up during the day eventually reducing them to a zombie-like state before going into a coma and dying.
You may have already heard of the chronic wasting disease (CD) that was found in farmed deer in Quebec last year. The disease, which fatally attacks the nervous system of deer, elk and moose has since spread to both free-ranging and farmed animals across the U.S. and Canada.
Symptoms of CD include depression, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, excess salivation, lack of coordination, paralysis and more. Authorities are advising that even though the disease has not yet been proven to spread to humans, no part of an infected animal should be eaten or used.
Living dead images from The Truth Behind Zombies on National Geographic Channel. It begins as an outbreak: humans exhibiting an extreme level of violence, entranced states and a descent into madness.
Within days, the epidemic has spread, with fear and tales of the walking dead gripping the planet. With commentary from zombie enthusiasts and cult experts, virologists and mathematical epidemiologists, this unique show separates the truths from the fiction that surrounds one of popular cultures most tangible monsters.
TORONTO, July 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Toronto Gay-Pride revelers who thought they were receiving free condoms and sex tips from gay zombies in green skintight suits during the parade on Sunday afternoon were actually receiving info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices from a group of concerned Christians. The group said their goal in participating in the event was twofold: First, to be a prophetic and unambiguous witness against the unfettered celebration of homosexuality, and second, to offer people caught up in the same-sex lifestyle a way out through a call to repent and to turn to Jesus Christ to be saved.
“Our delivery was a bit creative,” said Whatnot to LifeSiteNews, “but, we wanted to give people this message because it is truthful.” But this time, dressed as gay zombies, he and his crew managed to hand out thousands of pamphlets.
Whatnot described the handout as “pretty direct hitting stuff” that was also “charitable” because it offers people caught up in the same-sex lifestyle a “way out.” The front side of the pamphlet shows graphic images of diseases associated with same-sex behaviors, including anal warts and AIDS.
In 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada found Whatnot guilty of “hate speech” against homosexuals for pamphlets in which he warned that “children will pay the price in disease, death, abuse and ultimately eternal judgment if we do not say no to the sodomite desire to socialize your children into accepting something that is clearly wrong.” This year’s parade was attended for the first time by a Prime Minster of Canada, Justin Trudeau.