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Spy on the Inside: Underground Control Center for Texas' Power Grid | Alternative Energy | DISCOVER Magazine

Spy on the Inside: Underground Control Center for Texas' Power Grid | Alternative Energy | DISCOVER Magazine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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A Pirate Surgeon in Panama—Vol. 2, No. 2

A Pirate Surgeon in Panama—Vol. 2, No. 2 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A forgotten odyssey in colonial Panama that turns a young pirate surgeon into a Kuna Indian, and back.
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The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab's Closed Doors

The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab's Closed Doors | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Space elevators, teleportation, hoverboards, and driverless cars: The top-secret Google X innovation lab opens up about what it does--and how it...
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Wearable computing breakthrough

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An image from the future past.

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Innovation: The Government Was Crucial After All

by Jeff Madrick

Innovation: The Government Was Crucial After All<br/><br/> by Jeff Madrick | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We hear time and again from those who should know better that government is a hindrance to the innovation that produces economic growth. Above all, the government should not try to pick “winners” by investing in what may be the next great companies. Many orthodox economists insist that the government should just get out of the way. A new book, The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato, forcefully documents just how wrong these assertions are.
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A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World

A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar, just an abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight: it could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.
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geoff manaugh no seu melhor. maravilhas intrigantes da arquitectura.

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Philip Gourevitch: Remembering the Genocide in Rwanda

Philip Gourevitch: Remembering the Genocide in Rwanda | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In Kigali last week, thousands of mourners converged on Amahoro Stadium to remember the season of slaughter that decimated Rwanda twenty years ago.
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Views of a Dark World — Medium

Views of a Dark World — Medium | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines…
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This Could Be the First Animal to Live Entirely Inside a Computer

This Could Be the First Animal to Live Entirely Inside a Computer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Animals are exceptionally complicated things. So complicated, in fact, that we've never actually built one ourselves. But the day is fast approaching when we'll be able to create digital versions of organisms on a computer — from the way they move right through to their behaviors. Here's how we'll do it.
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The silencing of the Deaf — Matter — Medium

The silencing of the Deaf — Matter — Medium | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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Eleanor Reid was two days old when a tech tested her cochlea.
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Everything You Need to Know About High-Frequency Trading

Everything You Need to Know About High-Frequency Trading | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Why the algobots that rule Wall Street are good—and why they're evil, too.
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Chinese Public Health Posters: Understanding Human Body

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Drone Battle Over Syria — War is Boring — Medium

Drone Battle Over Syria — War is Boring — Medium | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It appears the Syrian army is spying on rebel forces using the same drones that consumers can buy for just a couple thousand dollars.
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Why We’re in a New Gilded Age

by Paul Krugman

Why We’re in a New Gilded Age<br/><br/> by Paul Krugman | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Thomas Piketty isn’t a household name, although that may change with the English-language publication of his magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. This is a book that will change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics.
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The Elite Prostitutes of 18th-century Paris—and the Detectives Who Watched Their Every Move

The Elite Prostitutes of 18th-century Paris—and the Detectives Who Watched Their Every Move | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
An hour with a prostitute costs on average $150, though prices can range from as low as $5 for a single sex act to $1,000 an hour, the going rate for “high-end” online escort services in Miami. Many of those in the sex trade were encouraged by family members to...
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The High-Tech Soldiers of the Future Are Here

The High-Tech Soldiers of the Future Are Here | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Those troops you saw in science fiction movies as a child are now real. A few years ago, many countries recognized a need to upgrade the individual infantryman and thus started their own "future soldier" programs. Most of them completed more or less the main priority objectives, applying them to some of their elite troops and special forces, bringing together commercial, off-the-shelf technology and state of the art military gear and equipment.
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The Rise of Japan's Creepy-Cute Craze

The Rise of Japan's Creepy-Cute Craze | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
"Gross" characters are proliferating in a country known for kawaii, and now even local governments' mascots are trying to out-weird one another.
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kimo-kawaii? 

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Seven New Rules for Interacting With Technology

Seven New Rules for Interacting With Technology | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
With smartphones, social media, sensor networks, robotics, virtual worlds, and big data analysis, our relationship with technology is becoming more and more intimate: We are becoming techno-people, or cyborgs. These changes are a subset of the Information Revolution, which in a new report my colleagues and I have termed the...
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'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not - IEEE Spectrum

'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not - IEEE Spectrum | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This device will turn you into an emotional cyborg
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isto era capaz de me fazer jeito. 

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coisas do arco da velha: Um perigo por cinco tostões...

coisas do arco da velha: Um perigo por cinco tostões... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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mais um divertido exemplo das diatribes sobre o mal que os meios de comunicação fazem à moral dos espíritos mais frágeis...

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BruceS — *No doubt the software is also some kind of...

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*No doubt the software is also some kind of processor for LOLcats
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This folded aircraft looks like an awesome spaceship

This folded aircraft looks like an awesome spaceship | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From this perspective and in their fully folded stow position, the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey looks like a some weird spaceship concept. It's amazing how these things fold. It's fully automatic too. Here's a video showing the process:
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Scientists Detect A Particle That Could Be A New Form Of Matter

Scientists Detect A Particle That Could Be A New Form Of Matter | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have spotted a long sought-after exotic particle that's the strongest evidence yet for a new form of matter called a tetraquark. Here's what the discovery could mean to astrophysics.
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A Brief, Terrifying History of Viruses Escaping From Labs

A Brief, Terrifying History of Viruses Escaping From Labs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A version of this essay originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The public health danger posed by potentially pandemic-causing viruses escaping from laboratories has become the subject of considerable discussion, spurred by “gain of function” experiments. The ostensible goal of these experiments—in which researchers manipulate already-dangerous pathogens...
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AFC Critics Talk About Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany

AFC Critics Talk About Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Art loved and loathed by the Nazis.
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The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic

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