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LRB · Jenny Diski · On Knickers

LRB · Jenny Diski · On Knickers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Was there ever a time when clothes were worn purely for warmth? La Mécanique des dessous, the book of the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (until 24 November) begins its investigation into underthings in the 14th century.
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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Wernher von Braun's Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket | WIRED

Wernher von Braun's Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Some of the most recognizable and iconic conceptual spacecraft designs ever proposed are those of Wernher von Braun’s space popularization campaign of the 1950s. This post will look at just one of them in detail: the three-stage ferry rocket for launching crews and cargoes into Earth orbit that appeared in the pages of Collier’s, a…

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Penetrating the Paris Catacombs: Level One

Penetrating the Paris Catacombs: Level One | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We were told to dress in inconspicuous clothing, wear sturdy boots and gloves, bring food supplies, an ID in case of arrest and a rosary in case of the unimag
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It came from the server room: Halloween tales of tech terror

It came from the server room: Halloween tales of tech terror | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Share your technology horror stories in our annual rite of IT fright.
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The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist

The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Why people still find Dr. Frankenstein and company so unsettling—and what that reveals about the public's relationship to science
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Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily? | Sam Knight

Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily? | Sam Knight | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The long read: In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens – only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal.
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Revista «Análise Social» suspensa devido a «linguagem ofensiva»

Revista «Análise Social» suspensa devido a «linguagem ofensiva» | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Polémica entre o diretor do Instituto de Ciências Sociais e o diretor da publicação cinquentenária devido a ensaio visual com graffitis que satirizam políticos e representantes do capital
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​People Are Getting So Fat We're Making Obese Crash Test Dummies

​People Are Getting So Fat We're Making Obese Crash Test Dummies | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Humanetics has been developing crash test dummies since the 1950s, beginning with aerospace research and eventually moving into automotive world. Now, 60 years later, it's developing the first obese crash dummy because, dammit, we love our 64-ounce Cokes and want to order a Doritos Locos Taco through an app.
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Adventures of the World's Greatest Counterfeiter: Frank Bourassa

Adventures of the World's Greatest Counterfeiter: Frank Bourassa | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Years of running drugs and boosting cars left Frank Bourassa thinking: There's got to be an easier way. That's how he became the most prolific counterfeiter in American history—a guy with more than $200 million in nearly flawless fake twenties stuffed in a garage. How he got away with it all, well, that's even crazier
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Thousands Rally Against the World's First Internet Tax

Thousands Rally Against the World's First Internet Tax | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
the prime minister told a group of ethnic Hungarians in Romania that he wished to create an "illiberal state" along the lines of Singapore, Russia, and China. The European Union wasn't amused, but Brussels has shown little inclination to challenge Orban.
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bem vindos á nova europa: "the prime minister told a group of ethnic Hungarians in Romania that he wished to create an "illiberal state" along the lines of Singapore, Russia, and China. The European Union wasn't amused, but Brussels has shown little inclination to challenge Orban."

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They really ought to have known better.

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"Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for future improvements." (yep, está-se mesmo a ver)

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10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are already here.
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Greenwich Mean Time

Greenwich Mean Time | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
 It’s odd to think of sleep as we know it as a modern invention.  We are a terrible destructive people and it’s no wonder nobody likes us.

 
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"It’s odd to think of sleep as we know it as a modern invention.  We are a terrible destructive people and it’s no wonder nobody likes us."

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How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online | WIRED

How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewh
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My Asian Road by Leo Rubinfien

My Asian Road  by Leo Rubinfien | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When I was twenty-five, I returned to Tokyo with the definite aim of making photographs, and animated at once by adventurousness and nostalgia for those early days, I went beyond Japan too, well into China and Southeast Asia.
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The New Aesthetic — @Matt_Macklin7: “The latest in live cross...

The New Aesthetic — @Matt_Macklin7: “The latest in live cross... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
@Matt_Macklin7: “The latest in live cross technology. Pic via Instagram.”
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o cameraman pode ficar em casa.

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How Will the Universe End? Not With a Bang but a Bubble.

How Will the Universe End? Not With a Bang but a Bubble. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Cosmologist Alex Vilenkin gave a lecture at the Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan earlier this year called “The Universe and Beyond.” I attended the talk, along with a few of my friends, and we all had the same reaction afterwards: “That was awesome! I didn’t understand a thing.” I understood even...
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A Foodie Repents

A Foodie Repents | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, food was about where you came from. Now it’s about self-expression. John Lanchester on how foodism has gotten out of hand.
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What the Earth Looks Like From the Far Side of the Moon

What the Earth Looks Like From the Far Side of the Moon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A Chinese mission's image of our sole satellite and blue marble
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One week later, Google algorithm change hits streaming, torrent sites hard

One week later, Google algorithm change hits streaming, torrent sites hard | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
After early efforts in 2012, it appears Google's gotten the results it wanted.
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The Russian Military Despises This Strange Wedge Shaped Spy Ship

The Russian Military Despises This Strange Wedge Shaped Spy Ship | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When it was launched it looked like nothing else. Its pizza slice-like design made it one of the most stable ships for its size and it has since spawned a whole new class of crazy looking vessels. Yet this clandestine spy ship is most notorious in Russia, whose military absolutely detests its existence.
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Morbid Monday: The Macabre Romance of a Man and a Mummy

Morbid Monday: The Macabre Romance of a Man and a Mummy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Carl Tanzler, aka Count Carl von Cosel, was a man of many talents. The German-born radiologist (who was most definitely not a count) claimed to have nine...
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An Arty Oculus Trip Through the Large Hadron Collider | WIRED

An Arty Oculus Trip Through the Large Hadron Collider | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Inspiration for the project came from science, but the aesthetic layer is a fascinating array of choices and influences.
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An American Nazi in New Jersey

An American Nazi in New Jersey | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It's 1974, and the accusations are flying: Is a prolific Communist-hunter one of Hitler's former henchmen?
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