Cornell University researchers have designed a model for a potential outbreak of zombie infection.
Using data from the 2010 U.S. census and the SIR model, an epidemiological tool that can project the progress of actual infectious diseases, the scientists created "large-scale exact stochastic dynamical simulation" of a such an outbreak. Their findings were to be presented Thursday to the august American Physical Society.
The interactive map shows how the zombie infection can spread. You can adjust several parameters for your apocalypse scenario. In the map shown, I began the outbreak in the most obvious place, Atlanta. In this scenario, zombies only kill one out of every four persons they bite, and it takes a zombie 18 minutes to walk a mile. Yet in only 48 hours, they’ve spread the infection over a huge part of the South. If you begin a scenario, you should leave it running for as long as it takes to determine the safest geographical area to hide. -via Metafilter