Cautionary Tales Science & Technology Video Clips

How a Virus Attacks Your Body

This educational short narrated by NPR’s science correspondent Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky, shows us how the flu virus gets access to our system (it has a key, LOL) and tricks our own cells into becoming the assembly-line factories that churn out more and more copies of the virus itself.

Bolinsky who created the video says that it is essentially in slow motion, the infection process takes a fraction of a second to occur. Also, they added colour to the different protein and DNA material in the video because at their tiny size they are, for all intents and purposes, colourless.

[via Holy Kaw!]

Flash Games

Be the Dominant Species with Phage Wars

To beat a parasite you need to think like a parasite, and in Phage Wars you need to spread yourself like a communicable disease. Send out your parasites and infect other cells to slowly build up your genetic payload. Once you’ve cleared the level of rival pathogens, you will become the “Dominant Species”.

When you start the game, you’ll need to choose one of 8 species to play with. Each species comes with their own level of strength, speed, and agility so choose wisely. The number in each cell indicates the amount of living organisms contained in that cell and if you want your species to claim it, you must beat that number by sending parasites from your own cell to that cell.

Go forth and multiply – play Phage Wars at Armor Games. Let us know how you fared.