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7 Epic Fails Brought to You By the Genius Mind of Thomas Edison

7 Epic Fails Brought to You By the Genius Mind of Thomas Edison | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Despite popular belief, the inventor wasn’t the “Wiz” of everything
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Mohsin Hamid on the dangers of nostalgia: we need to imagine a brighter future

Mohsin Hamid on the dangers of nostalgia: we need to imagine a brighter future | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Make America great again. Take back control... From politics to culture, we have been gripped by a wave of nostalgia. Mohsin Hamid calls on storytellers to look ahead with hope
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer’s Blinking LED

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer’s Blinking LED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Israeli researchers show that innocent LED indicator on your computer can leak your deepest secrets.
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Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi – Michael Strauss | Aeon Ideas

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi – Michael Strauss | Aeon Ideas | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No matter how exotic the locale or how unusual the scientific concepts, most science fiction ends u
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It took less than a minute of satellite time to catch these thieves red-handed

It took less than a minute of satellite time to catch these thieves red-handed | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A small nonprofit caught these "dark" ocean vessels used for pirate fishing.
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Only Photographs Remained of the First Flying Man, Until Now...

Only Photographs Remained of the First Flying Man, Until Now... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
"Sacrifices must be made..." were reportedly Otto Lilenthal's last words following the fatal accident that saw him plunge to his untimely death from an altitude of 50 feet (15 meters) in his glider. Okay, so this might not sound like the most "uplifting" story so far, but for anyone who's ever had i
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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

I Was a White Guy For Rent in a Chinese Ghost City | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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

Russia's slot-machine bans let criminals buy machines on the cheap and reverse-engineer them | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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

Fewer Gardens, More Shipwrecks | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
[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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How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World

How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal Palantir’s role in creating the U.S. government’s international spy machine.
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Six Stories of Stunning Passports From Countries That No Longer Exist

Six Stories of Stunning Passports From Countries That No Longer Exist | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Yesterday's bureaucracy is today's curiosity.
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How economic boom times in the West came to an end – Marc Levinson | Aeon Essays

How economic boom times in the West came to an end – Marc Levinson | Aeon Essays | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?
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NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off

NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A 7-time astronaut has a NASA contract and is ready to prove the doubters wrong.
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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’

Édouard Louis: ‘For my family, a book was a kind of assault’ | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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

A Photographer’s View of a Battle to Destroy ISIS | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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

After Temporality | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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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