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How Washington Lost Its Way Worrying About Failed States | Foreign Affairs

For a decade and a half, from the mid-1990s through about 2010, the dominant national security narrative in the United States stressed the dangers posed by weak or failing states.
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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BruceS — *Holy cow, the idoru girl-group at SXSW2015 is...

*Holy cow, the idoru girl-group at SXSW2015 is beating it to a pulp with the projection-mapping.
*Also the robot camera-moves in the elaborate post-production for the YouTube aren’t half...
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The Sad Decline of Florida's Space Coast | WIRED

The Sad Decline of Florida's Space Coast | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The shuttle program may have ended, but dreams of space can be found all over the Florida coast.
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leitura ballardiana da manhã.

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The Big Picture: Russia readies Soyuz rockets ahead of ISS mission

The Big Picture: Russia readies Soyuz rockets ahead of ISS mission | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When American astronaut Scott Kelly Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka leave Earth for their 12 month stay on the International Spa
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this is rocket science.

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A Lâmpada Mágica: Lido: Brancos Estúpidos

A Lâmpada Mágica: Lido: Brancos Estúpidos | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Mas a verdade é que muito daquilo por que estamos a passar hoje, com a crise financeira que fez estoirar as dívidas soberanas, com o florescimento de um conservadorismo extremo e asqueroso, tanto nos EUA como na Europa, que tantas vezes traz à memória ecos tenebrosos de um passado que devia estar morto, enterrado e coberto com cal-viva, têm sólidas raízes em gente, factos e atitudes que Moore aqui descreve à sua maneira colorida.
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"Mas a verdade é que muito daquilo por que estamos a passar hoje, com a crise financeira que fez estoirar as dívidas soberanas, com o florescimento de um conservadorismo extremo e asqueroso, tanto nos EUA como na Europa, que tantas vezes traz à memória ecos tenebrosos de um passado que devia estar morto, enterrado e coberto com cal-viva, têm sólidas raízes em gente, factos e atitudes que Moore aqui descreve à sua maneira colorida."

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‘I Would Prefer Not To’: The Origins of the White Collar Worker

‘I Would Prefer Not To’: The Origins of the White Collar Worker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Before the Civil War, the clerk was "a small but unusual phenomenon." By the end of the 19th century, clerical workers were a social force to be reckoned with. This is the story of their rise.
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Secret Nazi lair believed discovered in remote Argentine jungle, where Third Reich leaders fled

Secret Nazi lair believed discovered in remote Argentine jungle, where Third Reich leaders fled | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Nazi escape routes known as “ratlines” during the fall of the Third Reich led to some remote, unexpected places.
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Next Big Future: Several China's Spratly Islands are several times larger than largest natural Spratly island

Next Big Future: Several China's Spratly Islands are several times larger than largest natural Spratly island | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film

At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What happens when a tech company is left for dead but the people left behind refuse to give up? At Kodak, the answer is to mine its patents for gold. (With video.)
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1960s Interviews With Buckminster Fuller About His Life, Animated

1960s Interviews With Buckminster Fuller About His Life, Animated | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Between 1965 and 1970, radio broadcaster Studs Terkel held multiple interviews with designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller, exploring Fuller's life, his ideas, and what he hoped to accomplish. Recently, the creators of Blank on Blank edited together some of those interviews and set them to animation.
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This factory robot is small, precise and human-friendly

This factory robot is small, precise and human-friendly | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Picture a typical factory robot in your head and you'll probably see a cold, unsympathetic arm performing relatively simple tasks. You may want to shake
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Robot 'baby' links posture to learning - Futurity

Robot 'baby' links posture to learning - Futurity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Using an "infant" robot and real babies, researchers have discovered that posture may be a critical factor in the early stages of memory and learning.
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BruceS — atomic-flash: Helen Soros works the new pneumatic...

BruceS — atomic-flash: Helen Soros works the new pneumatic... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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“Helen Soros works the new pneumatic tube system to take cash at Marshall Fields store in Chicago, November 1947
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This video is proof that Tokyo is the most unique city in the world

This video is proof that Tokyo is the most unique city in the world | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Japan can be both traditional and effortlessly modern, but most of all it's unique. The chaos and quirks and creativity and energy of Tokyo all combine to create a city filled with things that exist nowhere else. Tokyo is an original and this video by Takuya Hosogane does a fantastic job capturing that.
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Disarm and Modernize

Disarm and Modernize | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the early decades of the Cold War, NATO made arrangements to bury what were known as atomic demolition munitions (in essence, nuclear mines) at…
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The Girls on Shit Duty

The Girls on Shit Duty | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A weeklong trip filled with deep-fried shore meals does funny things to a man’s insides. When you have to clean up the grisly aftermath, all you can do is laugh.
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Russell Davies: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

the new Kremlin won’t make the same mistake the old Soviet Union did: it will never let TV become dull. The task is to synthesise Soviet control with Western entertainment. Twenty-first-century Ostankino mixes show business and propaganda, ratings with authoritarianism."
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"the new Kremlin won’t make the same mistake the old Soviet Union did: it will never let TV become dull. The task is to synthesise Soviet control with Western entertainment. Twenty-first-century Ostankino mixes show business and propaganda, ratings with authoritarianism.""

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Men's Journal Magazine - Men's Style, Travel, Fitness and Gear

Men's Journal Magazine - Men's Style, Travel, Fitness and Gear | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Advice from celebrities and experts about the best gear and travel destinations plus guides to men's fitness, food, drinks, style and outdoor adventure from Men's Journal
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How Computers Could Change Pure Mathematics

How Computers Could Change Pure Mathematics | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Herbert Simon, the Nobel-prize winning economist, was a techno-enthusiast. In 1956 he predicted that, “within 10 years, computers would beat the world chess champion, compose ‘aesthetically satisfying’ original music, and prove new mathematical theorems.” His timing was off: Chess had to wait more than 40 years before Deep Blue beat...
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The New Tech Disruption: Murdering Businesses and Haunting Their Corpses

The New Tech Disruption: Murdering Businesses and Haunting Their Corpses | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We only sleep at night because Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Elon Musk don't want our businesses. Yet.
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Bruce Sterling Closing Talk

World traveler, science fiction author, journalist, and future-focused design critic Bruce Sterling spins the globe a few rounds as he wraps up the Interactive Conference with his peculiar view of the
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é outra vez aquela altura do ano: da talk de encerramento do sxsw pelo bruce sterling. quais serão os insights deste ano?

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The Marlboro Men of Chernivtsi - The Morning News

The Marlboro Men of Chernivtsi - The Morning News | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Where there’s smoke, there’s smuggling. Before the Ukrainian border became a dangerous war zone, it was a profitable bootlegging arena.
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