ZOMBIE SCIENCE

  What do nuclear power, space travel, and going faster than the speed of sound all have in common?  They are all things once thought impossible by the smartest minds on the planet.  Albert Einstein, arguably one of the smartest men who ever lived, spent decades trying to prove his theory of a cosmological constant, only to later call this work the greatest blunder of his life.  However, recent research into dark matter is showing that Einstein was probably right all along.  What's my point?  Just because something doesn't seem possible, doesn't mean it should be discounted.    The idea of a zombie apocalypse seems far fetched at the very least....but is it?  There are numerous viruses and bacterial infections that can mimic zombie symptoms, as well as speculation that an actual "zombie virus" may exist but has yet to be isolated and categorized.  Max Brooks, the author of "World War Z" pretty much covers all the bases in terms of a zombie virus in another book he wrote called "The Zombie Survival Guide"  Anything I write here about viral outbreaks would just be redundant so I'll respectfully leave that aspect of zombie theories to Mr. Brooks.  There are, however, other possibilities.      Death is determined by the brains inability to continue sending signals to the vital organs of the body which sustain what we call "life". Without these constant signals the organs stop functioning and eventually the entire body ceases to function.  With life support machines, though, the body can be kept functioning long after the brain has died.  How is this possible?  Mechanical implements are used to sustain breathing while the heartbeat is maintained through electrical impulses.  This is not new technology.  In the mid 1780's Italian physician Luigi Galvani connected the nerve endings of a recently deceased frog to wires and used static electricity from lightning to make the frogs legs twitch.  This same process can be used to re-animate the recently dead tissue of a human being.  This is not bringing the dead back to life; it's simply replacing the electrical impulses that would normally come the brain, in order to achieve movement.  There is no consciousness or coordination; just movement.  Kind of like a zombie.      In the early days of public electricity usage the two biggest names in the business were Edison and Westinghouse.  From the time homes were first being wired for power both men sought to develop a way to transmit electricity without the use of wires, much like radio waves are transmitted through the air.  Obviously neither succeeded, but recent technology is beginning to achieve that goal.  We can now charge our cell phones and music devices by just placing them on "charging pads" and some coffee shops even charge your phone while it sits on their counter.  Now here's where it gets interesting.  Using the technology of "transmitted power" it's entirely possible that a recently dead person, having no electrical impulses emitting from their brain, could be re-animated by an outside source, using impulses transmitted through the air.  With as little as 100 millivolts a human body could be either completely re-animated or just partially, not requiring either breathing or heartbeat for movement.  This could be the result of an unknown power source such as interstellar radiation ...or could be the result of something more sinister.

If you're prepared for zombies, You're prepared for anything!

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