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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
Curated by Artur Coelho
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This Woman Flew an F-35 Simulator with Her Mind

This Woman Flew an F-35 Simulator with Her Mind | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A patient for an experimental DoD robotics program, is breaking ground in freeing the mind from the limitations of the body.
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Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery | WIRED

Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Zsanett Szirmay is decoding the tunes that were (inadvertently) hidden in traditional embroidery.
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The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of 'Friends' | WIRED

The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of 'Friends' | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
On a cloudy, moonless night somewhere in northeastern China, three men creep through a stand of Japanese Clethra trees. They carry no flashlights, and the sky is so dark that they hear the sound of the rushing Tumen River before they see it: They’ve arrived at the North Korean border. Earlier in the evening at…
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LRB · John Lanchester · The Robots Are Coming: The robots are coming

LRB · John Lanchester · The Robots Are Coming: The robots are coming | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In 1996, in response to the 1992 Russo-American moratorium on nuclear testing, the US government started a programme called the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. The suspension of testing had created a need to be able to run complex computer simulations of how old weapons were . . .
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Photography and the subatomic world collide in a new documentary

Photography and the subatomic world collide in a new documentary | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
First it was Andy Warhol's obsolete digital archives and then the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Now, the Hillman Photography Initiative's documen
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Reagan's Star Wars Missile Program Had Its Own Video Game

Reagan's Star Wars Missile Program Had Its Own Video Game | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Remember President Ronald Reagan's plan for space weapons in the 1980s? Today, it's little more than a punchline, but it used to be serious business. How serious? Video game serious. Yes, there really was an SDI video game, and thanks to the Internet Archive you can even play it.
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Is Kim Jong Un the Last Bad Bond Guy?

Is Kim Jong Un the Last Bad Bond Guy? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Add a crackdown on Christians helping North Koreans to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's most horrible hits.
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Mind-controlled drones promise a future of hands-free flying

Mind-controlled drones promise a future of hands-free flying | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There have been tentative steps into thought-controlled drones in the past, but Tekever and a team of European researchers just kicked things up a notch.
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quando falo aos meus alunos de brain-computer interfaces, já lhes posso dizer que por cá também se faz.

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When A Newspaper Gave Blade Runner's Replicant Test To Mayor Candidates

When A Newspaper Gave Blade Runner's Replicant Test To Mayor Candidates | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What if your city elected a Replicant as mayor and you didn't know it? There's only way to guard against this situation, and that's by administering the Voight-Kampff test to every single candidate during the mayoral election. One newspaper in San Francisco did that back in 2003, and the results were amazing.
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10 Books That Will Change How You See History

10 Books That Will Change How You See History | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
History doesn't have to be the stultifying grind you remember from high school. It can be shocking, and funny, and sad -- and even if you don't remember all the dates and faces, it can leave you knowing more about the world. Here are 10 popular history books that will change your view of reality.
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James Burke on the coming age of scarce scarcity and abundant abundance

James Burke on the coming age of scarce scarcity and abundant abundance | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Matt Novak and James Burke help us understand why we are to terrible at predicting the future
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First Ever Image to Show Light as a Wave and Particle at the Same Time

First Ever Image to Show Light as a Wave and Particle at the Same Time | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What you're looking at here is a major breakthrough. The image reveals a property of light that has never been witnessed before by human eyes, though we've long known about it. But at last, thanks in an ingenious imaging experiment, we can now see how light behaves as a wave and a particle at the same time.
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Que Treta!

Que Treta! | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Que meia dúzia de burocratas escolhidos pelo poder executivo se ponham a alterar coisas como a «o regime jurídico das ações encobertas» e a inventar crimes novos à porta fechada assusta-me mais do que a ameaça do terrorismo em Portugal.
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"Que meia dúzia de burocratas escolhidos pelo poder executivo se ponham a alterar coisas como a «o regime jurídico das ações encobertas»e a inventar crimes novos à porta fechada assusta-me mais do que a ameaça do terrorismo em Portugal. "

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The MIT Science Club for Disabled Children

The MIT Science Club for Disabled Children | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the late 1940s, MIT, backed by funding from Quaker Oats, fed radioactive cereal to disabled children in the name of science.
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Inside The Roc's Lair | On Space

Inside The Roc's Lair | On Space | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The massive size of the carrier aircraft now in assembly at Mojave, California, for Stratolaunch Systems’s space launch program is apparent for the first time in these rare stills taken from footage shot for a recent news story by KGET 17, a Bakersfield TV station. One of the two enormous twin fuselage sections under assembly.
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ISIS's Hatred of Ancient Heritage Isn't Unique

ISIS's Hatred of Ancient Heritage Isn't Unique | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The tradition of iconoclasm goes all the way back to Abraham's destruction of idols.
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This Paint-By-Numbers Drawing Was The Very First Image From Mars

This Paint-By-Numbers Drawing Was The Very First Image From Mars | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
On July 14, 1965, Mariner 4 sent home the very first television pictures of Mars during its historic flyby. But instead of waiting for time-consuming image processing, impatient scientists created this awesome colour-by-numbers wall chart from the raw data.
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After Thousands of Years, Earth's Frozen Life Forms Are Waking Up

After Thousands of Years, Earth's Frozen Life Forms Are Waking Up | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What's happening in Siberia's thawing permafrost and Greenland's melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants, and even animals have been cryogenically frozen there for millennia—and now, they are waking up.
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ah, que bom. isto não é o argumento do the thing?

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OldFutures, This is pretty epically awesome.  All of you...

This is pretty epically awesome. All of you should watch it. SpaceX and Elon Musk are making that scifi future that we’ve all dreamed about.
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