How many ‘hit points’ does your ‘character’ have left? I suspect mine needs to find a ‘Ring of Regeneration’ in its next ‘campaign’.
- Is the Turin Shroud genuine after all? From beyond the grave, a startling new claim.
- Scotland’s most ancient home found – at 14,000 years old. A related discovery was made in 2007. Here’s a 2008 update.
- Discovery of Bronze Age jewels, worn for ceremonies more than 4,000 years ago, reads like an Indiana Jones plot.
- Recreated: 4,500-year-old Woodhenge found in Hill of Tara’s soil.
- While there’s also a bit of romance and a harrowing trip down the Amazon, Robert Whitaker’s The Mapmaker’s Wife (Amazon US & UK) is actually a history of the 1735 French expedition to what is today Ecuador, to measure the length of a one-degree meridian at the equator.
- Tiny flower turns animal poop into fuel. If you’ve ever tried to hold your breath while driving across the entire Texas panhandle, you understand why this is good news.
- New orangutan population found in Indonesia.
- Scientists warn of possible chocolate shortage as disease ravages cocoa crops across the world.
- Scientists find ‘pleasure nerves’. About time.
- Scientists challenge theory that women are born with all their eggs, and raise prospect of reversing monopause.
- Odor matching: The scent of internet dating.
- Science unlocks secrets of unconditional love.
- Losing It: Why self-control is not natural.
- How you feel the world can actually change how you see it — and vice versa.
- Bad mood, better recall, researchers find.
- Cosmic Log: Six mind-blowing ideas. More about our ‘dark morals’.
- Doctors confirm woman’s imaginary third arm.
- A father tells of divine intervention in the search for his son after quake in Italy.
- Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson dies at 61. Includes a description of his very first ‘fantasy campaign’. A game designer’s tribute.
Quote of the Day:
Dice and maps and figures and complicated rule books are a crutch. The game doesn’t need them — but the market does.
Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson