Supertuberculosis

Sadly, this isn’t a post about crime-fighting tuberculosis (even though that would be cool). Ann emailed us this link last week about totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB). There have been at least 12 patients who have contracted TDR-TB in India, though this first popped up in Iran in 2009. (Clearly I read the wrong magazines. That was, what, three years ago? Why are we just hearing about this now?!) The drug-defeatable (yeah, that’s a word now)... Read more

Is Occupy Wall Street The Start of a Slow, Apocalyptic Decline?

What does a slow, apocalyptic decline look like? Almost two months ago, protests began in New York City in opposition to … stuff and things and inequality. There was definitely a general outrage about inequality. But what did they want to be done about it? Everyone who has learned the basics of capitalism knows that some people have more than others do. Not because they necessarily work harder but because whatever they’re selling has more... Read more

Zombie wasps promote anarchy and parasite life cycle

A few days ago, Tavia sent me a link to a story that disturbed me. Actually, it freaked me the hell out, and kicked up my paranoia by a few many notches. You know how we’ve all pretty much said that a zombie apocalypse is unlikely? We might be wrong about that. Because the zombie apocalypse is HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. Okay, so, it’s happening to wasps, but it’s still happening. (I know, right? The apocalypse... Read more

It’s all gone a bit dystopian out there.

This is going to be an unusually serious post. I debated saying anything- I haven’t touched previous political hot issues, because I don’t think that’s what this blog is about.I also don’t like the sense that in some way I may be profiting (not monetarily, we get nothing for this site, but in terms of new readers) from these awful occurences. But this particular disaster not only hits close to home, but also brings the... Read more

ROBOT UPRISING [a handy guide, just in case.]

So there’s this book, by Daniel H. Wilson, “How to Survive a Robot Uprising“. In the words of Laurie Beth Dimberg: This is vital information for your everyday life. This could one day replace the Bible as the most read and referenced book in the world.  In the future, no one will be wondering which berries are safe to eat or who Abraham’s son was. They will, however, want to know How to Spot a Rebellious Robot Servant, or How to... Read more

Potential apocalypse alert: Scientists breed hyper-agressive rats.

  This is how the apocalypse starts people. Right here.  Russian scientists have bred a type of particularly agressive rat. Geneticist Svante Paabo was ‘stunned’ by the agressiveness of the rats, and stated  that he felt that if ’10 or 20′ got out of their cages they ‘would probably kill [him]’ Let’s hope they don’t get out of their cages, huh? Short Sharp Science: Beyond Room 101: The hyperaggressive rat. The normal wild rat is... Read more

Pre-Apocalypse Fun: Impact Earth

While I think the apocalypse will arrive as a result of us blowing ourselves up or allowing a fancy new designer virus that turns everyone into zombies to fall into the wrong hands, I’ve always been partial to The End coming as a result of an asteroid impact. (Well, that and alien invasion. What can I say, I’m a science fiction geek.) I think it puts the human race in a slightly better light, since... Read more

Post-Apocalyptic Reading: Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse by Jason Boyett

This is not a review. I just bought a book and am too excited to wait until after I’ve read it to spread the word. I generally get excited about bout books; but gosh, I love facts and short bursts of information. Those fact a day calendars were made for me 1. And this new book, is right up my alley. At times, I can have a handicapped attention span. The worst is when I know I... Read more

Tornedoes, Lightning and Death in Massachusetts? Oh, my.

So, apparently, the apocalypse is nigh… I recently posted about recourses your (or my) government provides to help citizens plan for emergencies. Massachusetts had guides to prepare us for all of New England’s major weather situations. They covered floods, which have jacked up this region (and my commute) in the last year. There were guides for hurricanes, which we made a movie about because we totally get the NorEaster devil-storm situation. We know we need... Read more

Do you have your apocalypse survival plan ready?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ready for the zombie apocalypse. They released their zombie survival plan last week. A survival plan isn’t a bad thing. It can help you in the midst of the apocalypse, when you’re fighting the urge to run screaming for the hills (assuming those hills aren’t overrun with zombies). It can even be helpful now—a plan for surviving zombies or evil space monkeys or whatever can probably... Read more