Morgan Freeman Talks To io9 About The Potential For A Zombie Plague

Tonight's episode of Through the Wormhole asks a question near-and-dear to our hearts: Could a zombie apocalypse actually happen? We spoke to host Morgan Freeman and producer Megan Parlen to learn more. » 6/25/14 12:40pm 6/25/14 12:40pm

Was rabies used an ancient biological weapon?

Rabies spread by bites of infected dogs has been deeply feared since antiquity. But the virus also gave some people a rather nasty idea: Why not use it as a weapon? » 7/18/13 3:20pm 7/18/13 3:20pm

Are bites from vampire bats making people resistant to rabies?

Rabies is virtually non-existent in North America, but it's still a blight in many parts of the world, including South America. The disease, which is commonly transmitted by bats, is almost always fatal. But a recent study conducted in Peru is suggesting that native people there may have developed an immunity to the… » 8/03/12 7:55am 8/03/12 7:55am

The Virus that Inspired the Whole Zombie Genre

Zombies have come to dominate pop culture — and the explanations for their origins range from dark magic to strange satellites. But the concept of zombies has been around for thousands of years — and it looks like the idea originally came from the world of epidemiology, not the world of legends. » 6/19/12 4:53pm 6/19/12 4:53pm

Swarming vampire bats attack 500 people in Peru, killing 4

Peru's health ministry has dispatched emergency medical teams to the Amazon rainforest to stanch an outbreak of rabid vampire bats. So far 500+ people have been attacked by the bats, and four have been killed.

The creatures' habitat has recently been reduced by deforestation. From the BBC: » 8/14/10 9:00am 8/14/10 9:00am

5 real diseases that could make you act just like a zombie

Zombies have dominated science fiction for years. But they don't actually exist, right? Wrong. There are several real-life diseases that could make you act like a zombie. » 6/04/10 4:30pm 6/04/10 4:30pm

Rabies Virus Delivers Drugs to Your Brain

As we all learned from watching I Am Legend, scientists are now using virus shells (the hard and pointy outside of a virus that you see here) to deliver gene-tinkering drugs to your body as swiftly as possible. Virus shells are the perfect delivery system because the little bugs are designed to latch onto your cells… » 1/14/08 10:25am 1/14/08 10:25am

Super-Rabies Turns LA Building Into Death Trap In Quarantined

Plagues are the new monsters. Just look at Quarantined, the movie Screen Gems just green-lighted about a reporter and her camera crew, trapped inside a building where a deadly new strain of rabies rages. It sounds very 28 Days Later, but also like a zoom-lens on the future of our overpopulated and psychotic global… » 11/12/07 8:00am 11/12/07 8:00am