The biology of vampires

João Pedro O. Krizek & Marcus Vinicius D. V. Muller Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Emails: jpokrizek (at) gmail (dot) com; marcusvdvmuller (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Vampires are mythological and folkloric creatures that have been catching people’s attention for centuries (Fig. 1). They (fortunatelyContinue reading “The biology of vampires”

Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases

Julia Kasper Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: julia.kasper (at) tepapa (dot) govt (dot) nz Download PDF “Diseases have spawn one of the most enduring and widespread monster myths in civilisation.” (Dowling, 2016) Vampires are some of the most persistent and best-known creatures in the western world. Different cultures haveContinue reading “Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases”

Vampire Apocalypse Calculator

Dominik Czernia Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland. Email: dominik.czernia (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Welcome to the Vampire Apocalypse Calculator[1], you lovely, tasty human. This sophisticated tool is based on the predator-prey model, a model that successfully describes the dynamics of ecosystems, chemical reactions, and even economics. Now it’s time toContinue reading “Vampire Apocalypse Calculator”

Making a vampire

Veronika N. Laine Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). Wageningen, The Netherlands. Email: veronika.laine (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The modern vampire is often portrayed as a human transformed into a vampire due to a bloodthirsty spirit[1], demons[2], viruses and other pathogens[3], magic or some unknown reason[4].  Neither fiction nor more realistic accounts have shedContinue reading “Making a vampire”