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China Has Their Own Stealth Drone

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This is China's stealth combat drone, an airplane that seems very similar to the American Northrop Grumman X-47B. The unmanned combat air vehicle was photographed while performing taxiing tests.
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe

The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities.
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I Was a White Guy For Rent in a Chinese Ghost City

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A filmmaker shares his experience in the once-lucrative business of hiring foreigners to lure homebuyers in China’s building boom.
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Victorian Era Drones: How Model Trains Transformed From Cutting-Edge to Quaint

Victorian Era Drones: How Model Trains Transformed From Cutting-Edge to Quaint | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the 19th century, the railroad was the Internet of its day, connecting people with one another and moving merchandise and raw material
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Quantum Theory by Starlight

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David Kaiser on the results of an experiment in Austria that sought to test one of nature’s tiniest, and most confusing, phenomena: quantum entanglement.
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Russia's slot-machine bans let criminals buy machines on the cheap and reverse-engineer them

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In 2009, then-PM Vladimir Putin engineered a Russian ban on slot machines in a bid to starve Georgian mafiyeh of funds, the resulting glut of used slots gave Russia’s own criminal gangs cheap…
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The First Underwater Portrait

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This picture of Romanian oceanographer Emil Racovitza in his underwater diving suit was taken in 1899. From what we know of photography in that era, cameras were large and fragile, and subjects had to sit for a long exposure to let enough light in. How did they manage that underwater? Photographer pioneer Louis Marie Auguste Boutan, who took the picture, had to invent the equipment to do it -and the underwater flash machine he came up with was thoroughly dangerous, yet it did the job. Read about th
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Instamom

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The enviable, highly profitable life of Amber Fillerup Clark, perfect mother and social-media influencer
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Fewer Gardens, More Shipwrecks

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[Image: Peder Balke, “Seascape” (1848), courtesy of the Athenaeum]. As cities like New York prepare for “permanent flooding,” and as we remember submerged historical landscapes such as Doggerland, …
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The Forgotten 'China Girls' Hidden at the Beginning of Old Films

Used as quality control, these haunting images were never meant to be public.
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The hell of Apollo 1: Pure oxygen, a single spark, and death in 17 seconds

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"I heard them scream get me out of here. And then there was dead silence on the pad."
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The Wreckage, The Collapse

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I’ve been thinking about two art installations lately—one from the 1980s, the other from 2008—that remain interesting beyond their admittedly obvious metaphoric value. The first is the aptly named …
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International Space Station Benefits for Humanity, 2nd Ed.

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We may not know yet what will be the most important discovery gained from the space station, but we already have some amazing breakthroughs.
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It's Full of Stars — TIME’S BEST SPACE PIX The Orbital ATK Antares...

It's Full of Stars — TIME’S BEST SPACE PIX The Orbital ATK Antares... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
TIME’S BEST SPACE PIXThe Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with a Cygnus spacecraft onboard, suffered a catastrophic explosion moments after launch on Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facilit
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Offworld Colonies of the Canadian North

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[Image: Fermont’s weather-controlling residential super-wall, courtesy Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art, McGill University]. An earlier version of this post was published on New …
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Édouard Louis: ‘For my family, a book was a kind of assault’

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The French literary sensation and debut author of The End of Eddy on growing up without books
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"My parents have never read a book in their lives; there wasn’t a single book in our house. For us, a book was a kind of assault: it represented a life we would never have, the life of people who pursue an education, who have time to read, who have gone to university and had an easier time of it than us."
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A Photographer’s View of a Battle to Destroy ISIS

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Victor J. Blue writes about photographing an élite Iraqi police SWAT team that is fighting ISIS and struggling to retake the city of Mosul.
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Did a Violin Teacher From Plano, Texas Solve the World's Greatest Classical Music Mystery?

Did a violin teacher from Plano, Texas solve the world's greatest classical music mystery?
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NASA expands emerging space economy with a commercial airlock

NASA expands emerging space economy with a commercial airlock | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The first commercially funded airlock is coming to the International Space Station, and luckily it's not being built by Weyland-Yutani.
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After Temporality

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Time is weird. The alleged dimension of time has been under investigation by the physics police on charges of relativity weirdness and quantum weirdness. The math is hard, but you can see it in the…
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How Fast Is the Universe Expanding?

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Astronomers have added a new data point in their attempts to answer the cosmic question.
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The Women's March and the Judean People's Front: After Occupy, after trumpism, a new networked politics

The Women's March and the Judean People's Front: After Occupy, after trumpism, a new networked politics | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Doubtless you’ve laughed at the ideological war between the Judean People’s Front and the People’s Front of Judea. I laughed along with you: having grown up in politics, I know fi…
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The Doomway

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[Image: The beginning of the Broomway path, at Wakering Stairs]. One of my favorite chapters in Robert Macfarlane’s recent book, The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot, has been excerpted over at the BBC—…
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Don’t Touch That Dial

Why attempts to improve AM and FM radio technologies tend to land with a thud—a thud no harder felt than with the FMX standard, circa 1989.
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