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Bits and Barbarism

Bits and Barbarism | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From real gold to virtual gold, we’re digging our way back to the 17th century.
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"Keynes would, I think, have been sardonically amused to learn how little has changed in the past three generations. Public spending to fight unemployment is still anathema; miners are still spoiling the landscape to add to idle hoards of gold. (Keynes dubbed the gold standard a “barbarous relic.”) Bitcoin just adds to the joke. Gold, after all, has at least some real uses, e.g., to fill cavities; but now we’re burning up resources to create “virtual gold” that consists of nothing but strings of digits."

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Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic

The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“Ticketed spectators watched anatomists slice into the distended bellies of decomposing corpses, parts gushing forth not only human blood but also fetid pus. The lilting but incongruous notes of a flute sometimes accompanied the macabre demonstration. Public dissections were theatrical performances,” writes Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris in her new book The Butchering Art, available October 17th. The science and medical historian chronicles the gruesome horrors of an era before antisepsis—when speed was prized over precision—and the pioneering discoveries of Joseph Lister, known as the “father of modern surgery.” Lister’s antiseptic methods meant that injuries like a compound fracture no longer called for amputation.
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'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana

'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices – from Norman Foster to Zaha Hadid – have piled in in a bid to help Kazakhstan’s dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, build himself a trophy city
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China's Plan to Buy Influence and Undermine Democracy

China's Plan to Buy Influence and Undermine Democracy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
By lavishing infrastructure dollars on illiberal governments, Beijing is supplanting American soft power.
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6 ways health would suffer on a trip to Mars - Futurity

6 ways health would suffer on a trip to Mars - Futurity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
NASA aims to have humans on Mars by the 2030s—but those who make the journey face unprecedented health risks.
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The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The upper classes once imposed the fashion staple on their servants—then they stole it back from them. An Object Lesson.
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Drain the Swamp - Guernica

Drain the Swamp - Guernica | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Over fifty years ago, author J.G. Ballard was giving us words for today's hurricanes.
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Experimental Scaled Composite plane | NextBigFuture.com

Experimental Scaled Composite plane | NextBigFuture.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Experimental Scaled Composite plane
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London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Londonist’s roundup of cutaway maps — many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden — combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels with the aesthetic pleasure of …
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Interpretation: A Case for a Broad Perspective

Interpretation: A Case for a Broad Perspective | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Do we really want to hear Beethoven’s Fifth as it was heard at its premiere? Do we want to listen to 50 unevenly trained musicians, give or take, playing for four hours on weak instruments that are hard to play, in an unheated concert hall conducted by a deaf man on one rehearsal?
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Driving with AR glasses may be information overload

Driving with AR glasses may be information overload | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The bridge of my nose is starting to collapse under the weight of the augmented reality glasses I'm wearing. I'm sitting in an Infiniti SUV being taken on
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Inside The Suwalki Gap - Roads & Kingdoms

Inside The Suwalki Gap - Roads & Kingdoms | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
After Russia's annexation of Crimea, some fear that the Baltic States could be next.
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Riding the Madaraka Express - Roads & Kingdoms

Riding the Madaraka Express - Roads & Kingdoms | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Can a brand new, Chinese-built railway lay the tracks to Kenya’s future?
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The Soviet Union’s Crazy ‘Planet of the Apes’

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This story originally appeared on July 6, 2014. Back in 2005, the Scottish daily newspaper The Scotsman ran a sensational story about a bunch of bizarre and ethically troubled Soviet experiments involving breeding humans with non-human apes. The story had the makings of a great horror movie—a Soviet ma
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The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture
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Found: A 5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot

Found: A 5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Kids have been playing with miniature vehicles since the Bronze Age.
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Out for Young Blood - Issue 53: Monsters - Nautilus

Out for Young Blood - Issue 53: Monsters - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The vampire live on, and cannot die by mere passing of the time,” Dracula’s Abraham Van Helsing tells his colleagues. “He can…
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Trump’s War on Knowledge

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There has always been a disturbing strand of anti-intellectualism in American life, but never has an occupant of the White House exhibited such a toxic mix of ignorance and mendacity, such lack of intellectual curiosity and disregard for rigorous analysis. “The experts are terrible,” Donald Trump said during his campaign. “Look at the mess we’re in with all these experts that we have.” It is hardly surprising, then, that his administration is over-stocked with know-nothing fundamentalists.
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You Think With the World, Not Just Your Brain

On the mystery and wonder of extended cognition
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NASA tries an inflatable room on the space station, likes it

NASA tries an inflatable room on the space station, likes it | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For now, at least, the module won't exactly have a glamorous purpose.
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Consciousness: An Object Lesson

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Manzotti: Perhaps it’s time to ditch the word “consciousness” and simply talk about experience....Your body is such a thing and when your body is there, an apple is there, too. Not an apple reproduced like a photo in your head. An apple there on the table, in relation with your body.

Parks: So, anything the body experiences as an effect—which is to say, anything it experiences—is an object?
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The Touch of Madness

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Culture profoundly shapes our ideas about mental illness, which is something psychologist Nev Jones knows all too well.
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A Chinese Lesbian Warlord Used CIA Funding to Traffic Opium in Myanmar

A Chinese Lesbian Warlord Used CIA Funding to Traffic Opium in Myanmar | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sometimes a person rejects the paths in life set out for them by others, defies the pressures of society and becomes exactly the person they want to be — or felt they always have been. And if that person is a warlord princess and drug trafficker with a thousan
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The '60s Soviet Space Probe That Crashed Into Wisconsin

The '60s Soviet Space Probe That Crashed Into Wisconsin | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When Sputnik IV hit the streets of sleepy Manitowoc, it ushered in the age of space junk.
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During World War II, the Submarine USS ‘Barb’ Rocketed Japan

During World War II, the Submarine USS ‘Barb’ Rocketed Japan | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the closing months of World War II, heavy losses and depleted fuel stocks kept many of Japan’s remaining combat aircraft grounded and warships in port, awaiting an anticipated amphibious invasion. Starting in July 1945, Allied battleships embarked on a series of naval bombardments of coastal cities in Japa
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How Air-Conditioning Invented the Modern World

How Air-Conditioning Invented the Modern World | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A new book by the economist Tim Harford on history’s greatest breakthroughs explains why barbed wire was a revolution, paper money was an accident, and HVACs were a productivity booster.
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