When zombies attack, you’ll want to get outta Denver

March 4, 2015
Photo: The Walking Dead executive producer
When the zombies come to eat your brains, don't hunker down with your canned food and shotguns in a place like Denver or Boulder in hopes of riding it out. You're going to want to run for the hills. That's according to a team of Cornell University researchers who have mapped out the progression of a fictional zombie outbreak in the United States. The best place to run? The Northern Rocky Mountains, researchers say. Cities would fall quickly, researchers say, but it would take months for zombies to infiltrate more remote areas.
Their work will be released during Thursday's annual meeting of the American Physical Society in San Antonio, Texas. The scientists hope to learn something about real disease outbreak through their research (read their press release here). It is unclear whether the research will take into account the advantages zombies would gain because of the frequent traffic snafus on Colorado's highways. Researchers say the work is inspired by "World War Z," the 2013 zombie film featuring Brad Pitt.

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