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Totally geeky but hilarious if you’ve ever played Dungeons and Dragons and are into politics…

The presidential candidates into D&D character sheets.  There’s a lot of gold to be mined here…but check out Herman Cain’s stats and I dare you not to chuckle.

I’m a big fan of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter but there’s another I just stumbled upon called RocketHub that seems to focus a bit more on science projects.  One such is the Roman DNA project.  It attempts to study the DNA of the remains of Imperial Rome’s poor to identify where they came from.

 Isotope analysis showed me that one-third of the people were immigrants to Rome, but it couldn’t tell me where people were from. Neither could archaeological evidence, since these people were of the lowest social class (many were likely slaves) and were not buried with grave goods. For this project, I will do ancient DNA analysis on as many of the immigrants as possible to learn more about their geographical origins and heritage.

Ever wonder what hummingbirds do when it rains?  Me neither but it’s still pretty cool.  (h/t Discover)

The cameras show that the delicate bird shakes its head with such acceleration that it can reach a g-force of 34 (Formula 1 racing cars typically reach less than 6g).

This mid-air manoeuvre takes just 0.1 seconds and removes almost all of the water droplets from its feathers.

Tell me, dear reader, where else but TwShiloh can you get the latest in intelligence analysis, Swedish news, counterinsurgency theory and now...YETI news!

Bigfoot researcher and biologist John Bindernagel claims his research group has found evidence that the Yeti (a Russian “cousin” of the American Bigfoot) not only exists, but builds nests and shelters by twisting tree branches together.

Carl from Got Medieval has a moving post about his difficulties in writing his dissertation.  I don’t know Carl but his his blog is pretty great.  I may not be writing a dissertation but can totally relate with many of the problems he’s facing.

Senator Inhofe is most definitely NOT a friend of this blog (we have a strict ‘no douche’ policy here at TwShiloh).  Someone should tell the guy that he doesn’t need to reconfirm his status on a regular basis.


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