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The real Lord of the Flies didn't turn like in the book

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

But Peter noticed something odd. Peering through his binoculars, he saw burned patches on the green cliffs. “In the tropics it’s unusual for fires to start spontaneously,” he told us, a half century later. Then he saw a boy. Naked. Hair down to his shoulders. This wild creature leaped from the cliffside and plunged into the water. Suddenly more boys followed, screaming at the top of their lungs. It didn’t take long for the first boy to reach the boat. “My name is Stephen,” he cried in perfect English. “There are six of us and we reckon we’ve been here 15 months.”

The boys, once aboard, claimed they were students at a boarding school in Nuku‘alofa, the Tongan capital. Sick of school meals, they had decided to take a fishing boat out one day, only to get caught in a storm.
 

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Bribery! It gets the castles built.



Police in Poland have detained seven people on charges relating to the building an enormous medieval-style castle on a lake in Notecka Forest, an area protected as part of the EU’s Natura 2000 network.

The building, which is intended to be a residential development, has long aroused concern and controversy, especially after images of its size and location came to national attention in 2018.
 

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The road to uncovering gaming secrets is paved with get rich illegal schemes.
 

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Finally scientists in India have automated one of the chores that has plagued civilization for countless cartoon episodes.

 

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J. Edgar Hoover took on the Ku Klux Klan way back in the 1920's and helped bring about the beginning of the end of their resurgence in the early 20th Century.

 

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Enzyme accidentally found by researchers last Summer has been studied since then and can break down plastics six times faster now apparently.
 

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Streaming games from the cloud has a larger carbon footprint then downloading games or playing them off of a physical medium. :p
 

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How X-COM came to be

In the early days of game development, there existed little to no separation between the roles of game programmer and game designer. Those stalwart pioneers who programmed the games they themselves designed could be grouped into two broad categories, depending on the side from which they entered the field. There were the technologists, who were fascinated first and foremost with the inner workings of computers, and chose games as the most challenging, creatively satisfying type of software to which they could apply their talents. And then there were those who loved games themselves above all else, and learned to program computers strictly in order to make better, more exciting ones than could be implemented using only paper, cardboard, and the players’ imaginations. Julian Gollop, the mastermind behind the legendary original X-COM, fell most definitely into this latter category. He turned to the computer only when the games he wanted to make left him no other choice.
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Alpine Glacial Recession has allowed the study and knowledge of archaeology to expand. For example until the 1990's it was assumed that prehistoric peoples didn't occupy mountainous and alpine climates too often, but recent evidence has destroyed that hypothesis with evidence of Human activity in those supposedly intimidating mountain areas having existed consistently for thousands of years.

Plus the glacial ice preserves things that is often lost to history in normal excavations.

However there is still a window. Freed of the ice, many of these archaeological items will rapidly decay in a span of two decades or less which is all the more limiting because it often requires hikers or the like to report such finds since mountains with receding glaciers aren't typically monitored by anthropologists like other potential (and more travelled) potential archaeological sites.
 
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