Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Warbirds, again

Today's quote is from Ruth Benca, University of Wisconsin, Madison. She's being funded by the DoD to investigate how certain animals can function for long periods with little or no sleep. Hmm. I wonder why? I thought Provigil worked fine...

Anyway: Benca says there are significant parallels between troops on covert missions and migrating birds.

Special forces that have to go into enemy territory and accomplish a mission before returning have to do a lot of the same things migrating birds do. Birds have to go into unfamiliar territory day after day, they have to find food, avoid predators, and at night they have to navigate and cover ground. There are extreme physical and cognitive demands on them, because they have to solve all these problems as they go.

Tops.

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