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[11 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Flu Shot FAQ | ]
H1N1 Flu

Well, flu season is upon us and this year all the worry is on the H1N1 virus that is poised to become a pandemic. There’s lots of information and disinformation out there that makes it quite confusing. If you have questions, read on. Hopefully I can help point you in the right direction.
There is an excellent Flu Shot FAQ on the background for the flu and flu vaccines at Mental Floss, that seems quite sensible and informative. Another excellent but extremely long article helps dispel some of …

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[4 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Zombie Fungie | ]
Zombie Fungie

The cordyceps fungus is about as freaky as mother nature gets. Imagine a parasite that, when it gets inside you, begins to alter your behaviour. It essentially begins controlling your mind. In the case of a cordyceps-infected ant, it forces the ant to climb to a high point, perhaps high atop a lonely branch. There, the ant dies and the fungus bursts from its body, spreading spores in the wind. Soon more insects are infected and forced into the macabre dance of the cordyceps.