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Burkhard Bilger: A New Era in Mars Exploration

Burkhard Bilger: A New Era in Mars Exploration | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The search for life on Mars is now in its sixth decade. Forty spacecraft have been sent there, and not one has found a single fossil or living thing. Still, we keep going back. Mars has sunlight, water, carbon, and nitrogen.
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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In the future we will absorb technology from the inside out and... - but does it float

In the future we will absorb technology from the inside out and... - but does it float | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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‘Cleansing the stock’ and other ways governments talk about human beings

‘Cleansing the stock’ and other ways governments talk about human beings | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Those in power don’t speak of ‘people’ or ‘killing’ – it helps them do their job. And we are picking up their dehumanising euphemisms
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Bridging a Gap: Bellcomm's 1968 Lunar Exploration Program | WIRED

Bridging a Gap: Bellcomm's 1968 Lunar Exploration Program | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Bellcomm, Inc., based near NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, was carved out of Bell Labs in 1962 to provide technical advice to NASA’s Apollo Program Director. The organization rapidly expanded its bailiwick to support nearly all NASA Office of Manned Space Flight advance planning. In a January 1968 report, Bellcomm planners N. Hinners, D. James,…
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BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - HAPPIDROME - Part One

BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - HAPPIDROME - Part One | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the battle for Kobane everyone talks about the enemy - IS - and the frightening ideas that drive them. No one talks about the Kurdish defenders and what inspires them. But when you look at what the Kurds are fighting for - what you discover is fascinating. They have a vision of a new kind of society...
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The First Flying Wing Jet Could Have Won WWII for the Nazis

The First Flying Wing Jet Could Have Won WWII for the Nazis | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The B-2 Spirit blew more than a few minds when it made its public debut in 1988. But America's flying wing was not the first of such aircraft. In fact, one such plane nearly darkened the skies over Washington at the end of WWII with a nuclear present from the Fuhrer.
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The Company That Banned Its Own Product

The Company That Banned Its Own Product | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The nation's second-largest tobacco company says its employees are no longer allowed to smoke in the office.
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boa, esta.

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Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Voter-ID laws are part of a hoary American tradition holding that people who aren't economically independent can't make reasoned political choices.
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a democracia é uma coisa excelente, mas só se funcionar naquele sentido certo que os senhores que sabem entendem que deve ser- 

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Letter From the Editor: Confronting a New Breed of Internet Horror | WIRED

Letter From the Editor: Confronting a New Breed of Internet Horror | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Traffic in Bacoor, one of the Manila suburbs where low-wage workers have moderated Internet comments for US firms. Moises Saman/MAGNUM I haven't watched any of the ISIS beheading videos, and I don't plan to. At this writing there have been four, depicting the decapitations of two journalists, an aid worker, and a tourist. As The…
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What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars | WIRED

What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration…
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Why People are Fascinated by Serial Killers

Why People are Fascinated by Serial Killers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In trying to make sense of the darkest extremes of human behavior, the public turns murderers into myths and monsters.
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Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review

Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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The internet isn't broken. It's asleep - Futurity

The internet isn't broken. It's asleep - Futurity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In some parts of the world the internet "sleeps" during the course of the day. Recognizing that pattern might help experts react to true outages quicker.
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Photographer Reveals The Cheesy Glory Of The Holy Land Experience

Photographer Reveals The Cheesy Glory Of The Holy Land Experience | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Portland based photographer Daniel Cronin made a pilgrimage across the country to Orlando, Florida and beheld the glory that is The Holy Land Experience theme park, and he discovered a religious theme park is an extremely amusing place after all!The Holy Land Experience is fully of kitschy biblical experiences, like watching Jesus “walk on water”, and plenty of horrifying experiences too, like witnessing the crucifixion all up close and personal-like.The one thing THLE is lacking, ho
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ajustem os vossos medidores de wtf para os níveis mais elevados.

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How Retirement Was Invented

How Retirement Was Invented | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The earliest schemes for financial support in old age were pegged to life expectancy.
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já os netos de bismarck parecem advogar um regresso aos velhos tempos do ou trabalhas ou estás morto. pelo menos para os indígenas madraços das suas colónias sul-europeias.

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'Children Are Not Children Anymore'

'Children Are Not Children Anymore' | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A look inside recruitment of kid soldiers in the Syrian war and the Islamic State's 'School of Jihad.'
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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook feed.
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The Nostalgic Evolution of the Nokia Phone

The Nostalgic Evolution of the Nokia Phone | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From clunky indestructible to sleek smartphone, the Nokia product legacy.
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suspeito que o meu 3210 dure mais que a memória da companhia. 

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Inside the Ebola Wars

Inside the Ebola Wars | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
As the epidemic widens, the virus is mutating. Geneticists are racing to keep up. Richard Preston reports.
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Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn

Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In 2015, experts claim that consumers will be able to use Oculus Rift’s virtual reality technology to have simulated sex.
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Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder

Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The above contraption may look like the kind of cassette player bygone teens used to use to create mix tapes, but it's not -- it's a Raspberry Pi-powered
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What It Took for SpaceX to Become a Serious Space Company

What It Took for SpaceX to Become a Serious Space Company | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It simply needed to disrupt Boeing and leapfrog NASA.
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Asas e barriga do KC-390 brasileiro têm a marca da engenharia portuguesa

Asas e barriga do KC-390 brasileiro têm a marca da engenharia portuguesa | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
O avião militar de carga da Embraer que é apresentado nesta terça-feira tem três módulos com a assinatura da engenharia aeronáutica de uma empresa portuguesa, o CEIIA. Pela primeira vez, foi possível desenhar, fazer cálculos, e acompanhar o fabrico de módulos sem se sair de Portugal.
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