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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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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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U.S. Marines’ Portable Helicopters Were Too Crazy to Survive

U.S. Marines’ Portable Helicopters Were Too Crazy to Survive | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This story originally appeared on Feb. 15, 2015. During the Korean War, quite a few American pilots went down behind enemy lines. Some got lucky and escaped with the help of daring airborne-search-and-rescue crews, while others never made it home alive. The U.S. Marine Corps looked to helicopters t
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According to Japanese Traffic Lights, Bleen Means Go

According to Japanese Traffic Lights, Bleen Means Go | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The country's bluish-green signals are the results of linguistics and legalities.
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The Pentagon’s New Wonder Weapons For World Dominion

The Pentagon’s New Wonder Weapons For World Dominion | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Not quite a century ago, on Jan. 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It offered the country its first images of space-age death rays, atomic explosions and inter-planetary travel. “I was 20 years old,” World Wa
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Oil Barrels Aren't Real Anymore

Oil Barrels Aren't Real Anymore | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Once a cask that held crude, the oil barrel is now mostly an economic concept. An Object Lesson.
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The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records |

The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records | | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“If you were cool, you were cool. If you were an asshole, then you got treated like an asshole.”
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How the British Empire seized and sold tea - Futurity

How the British Empire seized and sold tea - Futurity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The British Empire dominated the tea trade at every level, from planters, distribution, marketing, and more. But they couldn't get Americans to drink it.
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Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene

Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The essays are organized around two key figures: the Ghosts of long-gone creatures and wiped-out plants and the Monsters that both result from and bring about ecological disruption
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What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After the US Invaded Canada?

What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After the US Invaded Canada? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Here’s a play-by-play of the unthinkable.
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Love and identification lie behind the dark urges of the mob – Elizabeth Lunbeck | Aeon Classics

Love and identification lie behind the dark urges of the mob – Elizabeth Lunbeck | Aeon Classics | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What explains the power of charismatic leaders? Elizabeth Lunbeck introduces Freud's classic on the nature of mass psychology
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Why are humans so curious?

Curiosity seems to be a fundamental part of what makes humans tick, but where does it come from? Do we all have the same kind, or amount, of curiosity? What drives the inquisitive minds of people who can’t seem to stop asking questions about everything they encounter?
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Ciência e igualdade de género

Ciência e igualdade de género | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Publicação sobre arte e tecnologia com particular ênfase em narrativa e criatividade, coordenada por Nelson Zagalo.
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Tim Harford's bite-sized "Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy"

Tim Harford's bite-sized "Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy" | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Tim Harford (previously) is an economist with a gift for explaining complex subjects in simple, accessible terms: his latest book, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy, uses 50 short ess…
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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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When Japan Invaded America

When Japan Invaded America | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There has been growing concern in recent years over the state of U.S. Arctic defenses. In fact, few Americans remember that Alaskan islands seized by Japanese forces remain one of the only cases in which enemy forces successfully occupied U.S. territory during the 20th century. The 13-month battle ove
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0,01. Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality

0,01. Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The volume assembles the works of contemporary photographers for the purpose of lending visual evidence to the blatant discrepancy between people’s living conditions, which can be as fascinating as…
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So You Want to Be a Soviet Navy Political Officer

So You Want to Be a Soviet Navy Political Officer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The term “Soviet political officer” aboard a warship during the Cold War conjures up images of an iron-willed dogmatist — in the style of The Hunt for Red October — at odds with the military officers entrusted with running a ship at sea. In reality, the job wasn’t tha
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America's Latest Utopian Experiment

America's Latest Utopian Experiment | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A next-generation mountain town in Utah is following a long tradition of turning to design to change the world.
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Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker

Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How Forever 21 and other retailers avoid liability for factories that underpay workers to sew their clothes.
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Coffee, Tea or Mach 3—Would You Like to Fly in a MiG-25 Business Jet?

Coffee, Tea or Mach 3—Would You Like to Fly in a MiG-25 Business Jet? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This story originally appeared on April 3, 2014. The Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat was many things. An interceptor, reconnaissance aircraft and a fast, high-altitude, record-setting bogeyman that scared the pants off Western air forces in the 1970s. But a MiG-25 business jet? Coffee, tea or vodka served by an Aeroflo
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A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archives

A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archives | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

As long as there have been books, people have burned them—but over the years, the motivation has changed
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Josef Koudelka. Wall, portrait of a crime against the landscape

“Every day that I was there I didn’t see anything else but the wall, and I can tell you I couldn’t stand it longer than three weeks. I was so depressed that I needed to go away,” said Koudelka abou…
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The Death of the Future: From Final Frontier to Final Fantasy

The Western mentality during the Cold War was that since all the frontiers were conquered on Earth, our eyes now needed to be pointed to the heavens, to a "new frontier" that would give humanity's great triumphs and tragedies some sort of meaning in a new postwar world in which God's existence was, if not…
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Catalogue of the 68 competitive designs for the great tower for London (1890)

A catalogue showing the entries for a competition to design a new tower for London. The year previous, 1889, saw the hugely successful Eiffel Tower go up in the centre of Paris, and the good people of London, not to be outdone, decided to get one of their own.
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The Loveliest Living Fossil | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.

The Loveliest Living Fossil | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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