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Best. Modelling Paper. Ever.

The abstract says it all: Zombies are a popular figure in pop culture/entertainment and they are usually portrayed as being brought about through an outbreak or epidemic. Consequently, we model a zombie attack, using biological assumptions based on popular zombie movies. We introduce a basic model for zombie infection, determine equilibria and their stability, and…

(I had this whole post ready talking about flexible representations, but now my computer is borked — stupid monitor! — so this is going to have to do.) Tyler Cowen over at Marginal Revolution links to a piece by a former editor at American Economic Review telling all about how papers are accepted for publication.…

Obesity is not a myth

There is a great conversation going on at Megan McArdle’s blog with Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth. I say great because it give me the opportunity to show how astonishingly wrong Campos in suggesting that the obesity at the lower end of the BMI spectrum — not just morbid obesity — is not…

You attended 5 classes of your Brain and Behavior course out of an 8 week summer session that meets daily, and stop going after the first exam. Which you failed. Repeating the exact same pattern from the previous semester when you were in my class. And then…. your MOM shows up at my class to…

Imaging a Superior Mnemonist

In neuroscience, we spend most of our time trying to understand the function of the “normal” brain — whatever that means — hence, we are most interested in the average. Under most occasions when scientists take an interest in the abnormal neurology, it is usually someone with who has something wrong with them — has…

Ok, I’ll admit, this post is kind of stolen from the fabulous Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science, who just won the Association of British Science Writers’ Best Newcomer award! Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, Ed. Well, the post isn’t stolen, but the subject is. And it’s actually been a little…

Happy Hump Day

It wasn’t until college that Sci first heard Wednesday referred to as “Hump Day”. She apologizes for a certain lack of hefty content in the latest series of posts. This thing, they call it “real” life”, and it’s getting in the way. But there are some things you NEED to see. 1) The guys at…

We have not yet begun to fight!

Today is the last day in the month of June, and so the last day that you can click on these awesome blogs, and have the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. So click once, or twice, or many many times! The Intersection On Becoming A Domestic And Laboratory Goddess Aetiology Neurotopia Bioephemera The Questionable…

“GRAAAHHHHHH”

The call, half roar, half terrifying honk of annoyance, echoed across the room. From the depths of a warm, comfortable nest, the monster stirred. Something was prodding it out of its lurid, murky dreams. “brrt, brrt, brrt… …brrt, brrt, brrt…” Snarling, the beast surged from the bed, lunging over to the alarm clock placed irritatingly…

For Jason

More like an opinion, but that’s not quite right.