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Exploring the World Underneath New York City

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A short film follows a photographer into the sewers beneath the metropolis.
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century

Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the classic childrens' book series is brought into contemporary times.
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genial, isto. só falta o uberdrone e o taskrabbit... 

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One Day, I Will Die on Mars

One Day, I Will Die on Mars | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
I am Uber. I can see my thousands of cars. I don’t know if I am an extension of them or they are an extension of me.
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JF Ptak Science Books: Finding Unseen Things In and From the Air

JF Ptak Science Books: Finding Unseen Things In and From the Air | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books Finding the hard-to-find, the invisible, the "hidden", is an essential aspect of, well, mostly everything. Whether it is Newton separating light with a prism to find its constituents, or Hooke investigating the formerly quasi-real microscopical world...
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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue

Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Are words on the way out?
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The Internet Just Isn't That Big a Deal Yet: A Hard Look at Solow's Paradox | WIRED

The Internet Just Isn't That Big a Deal Yet: A Hard Look at Solow's Paradox | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Internet age has given us blisteringly fast connectivity to the World Wide Web, cloud computing, nearly instant collaboration and high definition face-to-face video communication with our peers around the world. Yet in terms of our rate of economic productivity, we have not only stalled in the past several years but also taken hugely dramatic…
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Big, bad tech: how America’s digital capitalists are taking us all for a ride

Big, bad tech: how America’s digital capitalists are taking us all for a ride | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
John Naughton: The cab firm Uber is just one of many cynical internet giants in a sector that is now revealing its true nature
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This is the proof that the 1% have been running the show for 800 years

Social status is more strongly inherited even than height.
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só 800?

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Norway to grow food crops in space - The Local

Norway to grow food crops in space - The Local | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday.
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*estudar a possibilidade de...

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That's No Moon! Did Russia Deploy An Experimental Killer Satellite?

That's No Moon! Did Russia Deploy An Experimental Killer Satellite? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Russia launched the Kosmos 2499 rocket mission back in May as part of what seemed like just another mission to further develop its constellations of 'Rodnik' communications satellites. Usually three satellites are released during these missions, but this one had a fourth object.
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One Man's Quest to Build a Mind-Warping Four Dimensional Video Game | WIRED

One Man's Quest to Build a Mind-Warping Four Dimensional Video Game | WIRED | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There's a row of books on a shelf in Marc ten Bosch's living room that contains a crash course in higher dimensions. Titles like Flatland. Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc. The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art. A young-adult novel called The Boy Who Reversed Himself. They're all devoted to helping our brains break out of the three dimensions in which we exist, to aid our understanding of a universe that extends beyond o
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Coming soon: Slow, heavy, shrieking, autonomous robot rent-a-cops

Coming soon: Slow, heavy, shrieking, autonomous robot rent-a-cops | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Mountain View company unveils the five-foot-tall, 300-pound K5 robotic patrol.
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metam-lhes um desentupidor de canos e e uma batedeira e temos aqui um white dalek versão 1.0.

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Lego car becomes an avatar for a worm

Remember the OpenWorm project, in which researchers reproduced the genome of a nematode worm digitally and made it wiggle around on a screen? If you take
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A Burned Universe

A Burned Universe | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

IHere's a thing.  90% of the galaxies in the universe have probably been scrubbed clean by gamma ray bursts.  Most of the universe is hospitable only to bacteria.  Now, that leaves something upwards...

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I <3 gamma ray bursts. 

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Does virtual reality space you out? | KurzweilAI

Does virtual reality space you out? | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
(Credit: IMAX Corporation) Put rats in an IMAX-like surround virtual world limited to vision only, and the neurons in their hippocampi* seem to fire
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This Beautiful Glass Dish Proves that Ancient Rome Traded with Japan

This Beautiful Glass Dish Proves that Ancient Rome Traded with Japan | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Over 1600 years ago, this deep blue glass dish made its way from a Mediterranean workshop, across Central Asia, to its final resting place in a 5th century Japanese grave. The journey may have taken over a century, and gives us a glimpse of what trade was like in the early days of the Silk Road.
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This 2000-Year-Old Pigment Can Eliminate The Third Dimension

This 2000-Year-Old Pigment Can Eliminate The Third Dimension | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Han purple is an ancient pigment that wasn't reconstructed by modern chemists until 1992. After the chemists got done with it, it was the physicists' turn. Han purple, they found, eliminates an entire dimension. It makes waves go two-dimensional!
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Experiments in mapping the intangible

Experiments in mapping the intangible | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
I never tire of the conceptual trick of applying the metaphor of a map onto something non-geographical.

Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies
by Hans Ulrich Obrist rounds up a set of maps created by artists and thinkers that chart what is often hard to visualize.
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This may be the coolest, most futuristic bomber ever built

This may be the coolest, most futuristic bomber ever built | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
While the Saab 35 Draken may be the coolest, most futuristic combat jet ever made, when it comes to bombers that title goes to the XB-70 Valkyrie, a gigantic supersonic strategic nuclear bomber that never entered service. Seriously, when I say gigantic I really mean it. This thing is unbelievable—check the image below.
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it is. 

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This may be the coolest, most futuristic combat jet ever built

This may be the coolest, most futuristic combat jet ever built | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Swedes make some amazing flying machines, like the Saab 35 Draken photographed above by Tony Osborne, London Bureau Chief for Aviation Week. It's so striking it doesn't even seem real. It feels more like a space fighter than a plane from Earth. Check out this gallery.
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Bank builds Oculus app to fly you around your stocks and shares

Bank builds Oculus app to fly you around your stocks and shares | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Well hello there, I'm Augustus Q. Moneybags, inventor of the word "Funtrepreneur" and thrillionaire owner of Military Industrial Complex LLC. Now, I may
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isto é tão, tão neuromancer...

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How to Use Satellite Imagery to Predict the Market

How to Use Satellite Imagery to Predict the Market | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
You can do some crazy shit with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup's spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That's crazy!
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The Rapid of Hope and the Life of an Amazonian Boom-Town—Vol. 2, No. 4

The Rapid of Hope and the Life of an Amazonian Boom-Town—Vol. 2, No. 4 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A visit to a vanished Amazonian rubber empire.
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