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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
Curated by Artur Coelho
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Killer robots: The soldiers that never sleep

Killer robots: The soldiers that never sleep | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“Our original version had an auto-firing system,” he explains. “But all of our customers asked for safeguards to be implemented. Technologically it wasn’t a problem for us. But they were concerned the gun might make a mistake.”
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eek: "“Our original version had an auto-firing system,” he explains. “But all of our customers asked for safeguards to be implemented. Technologically it wasn’t a problem for us. But they were concerned the gun might make a mistake.”"

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Before the Internet, This Archaic Machine Is How Photos Were Transmitted

Before the Internet, This Archaic Machine Is How Photos Were Transmitted | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Well before the internet made it a breeze to instantly send a photo from one side of the world to the other, this ancient-looking machine, the United Press International UPI Model 16-S, scanned black and white photos and sent them across the globe via phone lines.
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This Is What Happens When You Dissolve an Antacid On the Space Station

This Is What Happens When You Dissolve an Antacid On the Space Station | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Drop an antacid into water here on Earth and you’ve got yourself a glass of fizzy water. Do the same thing up on the space station, and you’ve just made yourself a disco ball.
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gravity disco ball!

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JF Ptak Science Books: Tubular, Streamlined Boat Constructiuon, 1935/6

JF Ptak Science Books: Tubular, Streamlined Boat Constructiuon, 1935/6 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books Post 2504 Leonard R. Bester was a marine architect and naval engineer who produced this very interesting document on his highly-stylized concepts for boat/ship design. The vessels are all certainly streamlined, and are long and narrow,...
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The Real Lost Cities Of The Amazon Rewilderness

The Real Lost Cities Of The Amazon Rewilderness | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This news story caught my eye yesterday.  Short version: the Amazon rainforests are rewilded territory.  Six hundred years ago, the area was rammed with fifteen-mile-wide cities, plazas, canals, te...
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Deformed mutant daisies photographed near Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan

Deformed mutant daisies photographed near Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Just when you'd forgotten about all that leaked radiation.
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This Spacecraft Will Hunt the Solar System for Asteroids to Mine

This Spacecraft Will Hunt the Solar System for Asteroids to Mine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Many components in your phones and batteries are made with “rare Earth metals.” You know why they call them that? Because they are actually rare on Earth, and we’re going to run out. But they’re not rare in space. Which is why today a company launched the prototype for a vehicle that will search for asteroids to mine beyond Earth.
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The Other “Little” Venice built by Leonardo DaVinci

The Other “Little” Venice built by Leonardo DaVinci | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It's both little and little-known compared to Venice and it's Grand Canal but it has a very big name attached to it. The Port-Canal in Cesenatico has stayed
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A Remarkable Armored Train Fought Its Way Across Eurasia — War Is Boring — Medium

A Remarkable Armored Train Fought Its Way Across Eurasia - War Is Boring - Medium
Zaamurets traveled — and battled — for years
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Entrepreneurs don't have a special gene for risk—they're rich kids with safety nets

The cult of the entrepreneur teaches us the wrong lesson.
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Underwater graveyard full of WWII planes is otherworldly

Underwater graveyard full of WWII planes is otherworldly | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For 70 years, WWII planes have been resting in peace at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
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Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Soviet military mapped the entire world, but few have seen the actual, physical maps—until now.
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The process of launching a nuclear missile is completely riveting

The process of launching a nuclear missile is completely riveting | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This video is more intense and more suspenseful and got me more scared than any movie I’ve watched this year. Veritasium dug into the actual process involved in launching a nuclear missile from its silo and the retro-tech combined with its quaint fail safes and cute ignition all under the backdrop of the disastrous power of a nuke, makes for a truly captivating watch.
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veritasium rocks!

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The Unsafe House — Matter — Medium

The Unsafe House - Matter - Medium
The narco pulled three steel thermoses out of his desk. The flasks were the size and shape of mortar rounds.
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Svetlana Savitskaya Became The First Woman To Walk In Space In 1984

Svetlana Savitskaya Became The First Woman To Walk In Space In 1984 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
On July 25th, 1984, Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space when she conducted an EVA outside the Soviet Union’s Salyut 7 space station.
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Next Big Future: China selling more military equipment to South American countries

Next Big Future: China selling more military equipment to South American countries | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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First near-Earth-size planet in “habitable zone” around sun-like star confirmed by NASA

First near-Earth-size planet in “habitable zone” around sun-like star confirmed by NASA | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Space truth, more awesome than fiction.
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"It's a Unix system, I know this"

"It's a Unix system, I know this" | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Hold onto your butts, gang... I just found out, via Pixar's Michael B. Johnson, that the 3D file manager that Lex uses in Jurass
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How to Make a Country Vanish: A Journey to Eastern Ukraine

How to Make a Country Vanish: A Journey to Eastern Ukraine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the Donetsk People’s Republic, Russia is everywhere, from the mailboxes to the license plates.
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Next Big Future: Planetary Resources’ First Spacecraft Successfully Deployed, Testing Asteroid Prospecting Technology on Orbit

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The Rich History of Soviet Photography, Told in 18 Images

The Rich History of Soviet Photography, Told in 18 Images | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Soviet Photo was the beating heart of the USSR’s photography scene from 1926 to 1997.
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BLDGBLOG: Driving on Mars and the Theater of Machines

BLDGBLOG: Driving on Mars and the Theater of Machines | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
architectural conjecture :: urban speculation :: landscape futures
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