A fascinating story of a real-life Lord of the Flies tale has been published, that documents human nature to be vastly different from what best-selling fiction might have you believe.

The true, 1966 story of six boys that found themselves marooned on an island in the middle of the ocean for 15 months, is one of hope and inspiration and shows just how resilient humans are when we work with each other, rather than against one another.

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The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman

New Zealand appears to have become the preferred island of isolation for a bevy of fearful tech billionaires who are frankly too spineless to face the realities of the world with the rest of us 'less privileged folk'.

Silicon Valley doomsday preppers are snapping up coastline properties at a rate of knots down there in an attempt to extricate themselves from the chaos of the modern world.

Ja - it really is all about you, isn't it? Be free little one.


Peter Thiel’s New Zealand estate lies neglected as coronavirus drives preppers into hiding
Billionaire Peter Thiel bought a 193-hectare plot in Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand half a decade ago, but he is yet to build anything on it.

A radio image from the MeerKAT Radio Telescope in South Africa showing the galaxy PKS 2014-55, 800 million light years from Earth.Credit...NRAO/AUI/NSF; SARAO; DES

The New York Times reports that South Africa's MeerKAT telescope has recorded some astonishing images of a most unusual black hole phenomenon.

Unlike the usual pattern of gases being projected from a black hole in a circular pattern - this image records gases forming an X-pattern as they escape the incredible gravitational forces of the black hole.

The MeerKAT telescopes have allowed scientists to study this occurrence in far greater detail than ever before; another feather in the cap of South Africa's premier scientific project.

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A Black Hole’s Boomerangs
Astronomers dissect the energy flow in a distant galaxy.