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In 2013, What Does Cool Even Mean?

In 2013, What Does Cool Even Mean? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Part 1 of a monthlong series on the history and future of cool. Last month the electro-psychedelic band MGMT released a video for its “Cool Song No. 2.” It features Michael K.
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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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A History of the Past: Life Reeked With Joy

A History of the Past: Life Reeked With Joy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A brief history of Europe as told through the peculiar observations from college students' papers.
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Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last Read more
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Cory Doctorow: dunebat: coldswarkids: edwardspoonhands: ...

Cory Doctorow: dunebat: coldswarkids: edwardspoonhands: ... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
dunebat:
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“ edwardspoonhands:
“ thelegendofkungjew:
“ doxian:
“ d-dinosaur:
“ rknjl:
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“ NO “TELEPHONES”. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER. SEND A...
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épico.

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Watch An Active Protection System Destroy An RPG Fired At Israeli Tank

Watch An Active Protection System Destroy An RPG Fired At Israeli Tank | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We have discussed Active Protection Systems many times before, but it is another thing seeing one work operationally. The video below depicts a Merkava IV tank being fired on in Gaza by an RPG, with Trophy intercepting and destroying the explosive projectile before it could plow through the tank's side armor.
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já percebi para que serve a guerra em gaza. havia que carimbar sistemas de armamento como combat proven. meninos, como está demonstrado, um merkava sobrevive a uma rpg graças às maravilhas da tecnologia das empresas de armamento israelita. toca lá a fazer fila para equipar os T-90 e M-1 com esta maravilha. simulações é uma coisa mas com cobaias vivas parece bem mais real.

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What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work - The Boston Globe

What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work - The Boston Globe | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What does a city look like? To Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it looks like a material with a molecular structure. With colleagues, Ulm has begun analyzing cities based on factors such as building arrangement, each building’s center of mass, and how they’re ordered around each other. He has concluded that Boston’s structure looks like an “amorphous liquid.” Seattle is another liquid, and so is Los Angeles. Chicago, which was designed on a grid, looks like glass, he says; New York resembles a highly ordered crystal. If the analogy does hold up, Ulm hopes it will give planners a new tool to understand a city’s structure, its energy use, and possibly even its resilience to climate change.
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Portugal e Salazar Time Magazine 1946

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Um artigo da Time Magazine em 1946 sobre Portugal e Abel Salazar.
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Photos of rotting WWII sea-forts

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Salim writes, "James Creedy hitched a ride with Project Red-Sands to take this set of photos from a these WWII era sea-forts."





They are gun platforms positioned on stilts in the shallow waters of the Solent.
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dieselpunk.

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The True Cost of a Burger

The True Cost of a Burger | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Only by including external costs, or “externalities,” can you arrive at the true cost of something. And cheeseburgers have externalities in spades.
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I Traveled to Palestine-Israel And Discovered There is no 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

I Traveled to Palestine-Israel And Discovered There is no 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict' | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Contrary to what's been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency....
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"there is no 'conflict,' only the omnipresent power of the Israeli government and those who resist it. This is important to understand."

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Kim Philby, Spies, and the Dangers of Paranoia

Kim Philby, Spies, and the Dangers of Paranoia | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Kim Philby’s high-level treason devastated Western intelligence. So did efforts to stop it from happening again.
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The real story behind Japan’s drone boom

The real story behind Japan’s drone boom | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For decades Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones. The country has positioned itself as one of the unlikely players in the escalating global race for military drones, a move that's controversial both at home and abroad....
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How Soviet History Helps Explain Russia and the Crisis in Ukraine | Foreign Affairs

How Soviet History Helps Explain Russia and the Crisis in Ukraine | Foreign Affairs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism From the Revolution to Putin. BY WILLIAM ZIMMERMAN. Princeton University Press, 2014, 344 pp. $29.95. Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History. BY ORLANDO FIGES. Metropolitan Books, 2014, 336 pp. $28.00.
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Joseph Stalin Quotes at BrainyQuote

Joseph Stalin Quotes at BrainyQuote | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Enjoy the best Joseph Stalin Quotes at BrainyQuote. Quotations by Joseph Stalin, Russian Leader, Born December 21, 1879. Share with your friends.
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The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future - Kindle edition by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway. Professional & Technical Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future - Kindle edition by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future.
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isto agora é livro?

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The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect | Gadget Lab | WIRED

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
David Sparshott Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect. But despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are. It's not too much of an exaggeration…
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dmn mdn danm madn argh! autocorrect.

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Seeing real US Navy SEALs moving underwater is way cooler than any movie

This isn't a trailer for the next Tom Clancy movie. These are real U.S. Navy SEALs showing how they get into enemy territory from the sea. They get deployed in a mini-sub launched from a nuclear submarine. Then they get out as they approach the shore at night, ready to complete their mission.
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Dallas Killers Club

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© Michael Duffy There were three horrible public executions in 1963. The first came in February, when the prime minister of Iraq, Abdul Karim Qassem, was shot by members of the Ba’ath party, to which …
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Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Dean Burnett: What if Twitter had been around at the time of famous scientists and scientific breakthroughs?
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"about the cat, i've got good news or bad news": genial!

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Misleading on Marriage: how gay marriage opponents twist history to suit their agenda

Misleading on Marriage: how gay marriage opponents twist history to suit their agenda | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical. Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for.
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Didn't Read Facebook's Fine Print? Here's Exactly What It Says

Didn't Read Facebook's Fine Print? Here's Exactly What It Says | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
So, like every other one of the world's 1.28 billion monthly Facebook users, you blindly agreed to Facebook's Terms and Conditions without reading the fine print.
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Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind

Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
To the extent that 21st Century Fox’s unrequited bid for Time Warner Inc. offered a crystal ball on the future of media, print doesn’t seem as if it will be much a part of it.
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Most Wearable Technology Has Been a Commercial Failure, Says Historian

Most Wearable Technology Has Been a Commercial Failure, Says Historian | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Given the hype around wearable technology like Google Glass, you might be surprised to learn that the wristwatch is still the most successful example of modern wearable tech. Over the past century, wearables have mostly been commercial failures. A new book from MIT Press explores this forgotten history.
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The Surprisingly Savvy Weird Al Internet Machine

The Surprisingly Savvy Weird Al Internet Machine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Actually, really, truly, the music parody master's wild success can teach us something about media in 2014.
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"From outside, this seems a web-enabled precision video delivery operation, and evidence of some serious digital distributional forethought."

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Back to Baghdad: Life in the City of Doom | Politics News | Rolling Stone

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CONTRARY BRIN: The Moon Landing: 45 Years Later

CONTRARY BRIN: The Moon Landing: 45 Years Later | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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