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Researchers Show Off Mind-Controlled Music Player

Researchers Show Off Mind-Controlled Music Player | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Malta think touch screens are for suckers. Mind-controlled devices? Now, that’s where it’s at. Outfitted in an
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
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No Wall Is Ever Silent

No Wall Is Ever Silent | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Amidst a huge number of novels I’ve been reading lately for a variety of reasons is the book Nineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes. The book is set in Ninevah, a luxurious, new, South African real estate…
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'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The long read: She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.
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Information Warfare isn’t Russian – It’s American as Apple Pie

Information Warfare isn’t Russian – It’s American as Apple Pie | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Looking to Putin’s intelligence apparatus is not to witness the genesis of
political information warfare. In fact, the United States was birthed in a
stew of information, misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda
projected by competing entities both internally and externally. Thus,
instead of looking at the apparent success of Russian intelligence in the
recent election as the perfected form of information warfare, it is worth
considering colonial and revolutionary America to appreciate the historical
precedent and perspective.
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Future of completely robotic tanks is near

Future of completely robotic tanks is near | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Kalashnikov, famous small arms weapon maker, will create a tank-like robot weighing 20 tons. Kalashnikov’s BAS-01G Soratnik is a seven to
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Russia's space agency preps for its first manned moon landing

Russia's space agency preps for its first manned moon landing | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
NASA, the US government and American space corporations aren't the only ones with their eyes on the moon. Russia's Space Agency (Roscosmos) has begun plannin
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How the Concept of Deep Time Is Changing

How the Concept of Deep Time Is Changing | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The idea that humans are ephemeral compared to the workings of nature isn’t as persuasive as it once was.
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The Cultured Life

The Cultured Life | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
During my teaching days, along with courses on Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Willa Cather, I taught an undergraduate course called Advanced Prose Style. What it was advanced over was never made clear, but each year the course was attended by 15 or so would-be—or, as we should say today, wannabe—novelists and poets. Usage, diction, syntax, rhythm, metaphor, irony were some of the subjects taken up in class. Around the sixth week of the eight-week term I passed out a list of 12 or so names and historical events—among them Sergei Diaghilev, Francis Poulenc, Mark Rothko, Alexander Herzen, the 1913 Armory Show, John Cage, the Spanish Civil War, George Balanchine, and Jean Cocteau—and asked how many of these items the students could identify.
The identification rate among my students was inevitably low, which did not much surprise me. I mentioned that at their age (20 or 21), I should probably not have done much better, and then added: But if as writers you intend to present yourself to the world as cultured persons, you have to know these names and events and scores of others, and what is important about them. This is not something that one gets up as if for an exam, or Googles and promptly forgets, but that must be understood in historical context—at least it must for those who seek to live a cultured life.
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The Air Force now has more jobs for drone pilots than for planes 

The Air Force now has more jobs for drone pilots than for  planes  | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
While some might still think of joystick-wielding aviators as the stuff of science fiction, that's no longer the case. A top general told reporters last wee
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Apollo Astronauts Weren’t Just Heroes—They Were Fantastic Photographers

Apollo Astronauts Weren’t Just Heroes—They Were Fantastic Photographers | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Inside the golden age of space photography.
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Inside NASA’s daring $8 billion plan to finally find extraterrestrial life

Inside NASA’s daring $8 billion plan to finally find extraterrestrial life | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A congressman, a billionaire movie director, and an unparalleled mission of discovery.
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Improving the intergalactic worldship design

Improving the intergalactic worldship design | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Adam Crowl revisits the 1987 Robert Burruss conceptual design for an intergalactic transport. Burruss outlined a vast 1,000 miles wid
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A Brief History of the Grand Unified Theory of Physics - Issue 46: Balance - Nautilus

A Brief History of the Grand Unified Theory of Physics - Issue 46: Balance - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Particle physicists had two nightmares before the Higgs particle was discovered in 2012. The first was that the Large Hadron Collider…
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Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’ | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers
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Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the complex process of making dictionaries.
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The US Navy wants gamers to stop the rise of the machines

The US Navy wants gamers to stop the rise of the machines | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In a bid to help solve its real-world problems, the U.S Navy has called upon the aid of the most dedicated corner of mankind -- gamers. Launching its ow
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The CIA Is Training Its Officers With D&D-Style Tabletop RPGs

The CIA Is Training Its Officers With D&D-Style Tabletop RPGs | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Central Intelligence Agency needs to make sure its operatives are at the top of their game, so maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise games have become one of the agency’s most popular training tools?
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Toy drones don't stand a chance against a $3 million missile

Toy drones don't stand a chance against a $3 million missile | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A Patriot missile costs around $3 million. A commercial quadcopter? Let's say roughly $200. But which one would win on the battlefield? General David Perkins
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When Experimental Music Resonated with Abstract Art

When Experimental Music Resonated with Abstract Art | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The exhibition includes scores by John Cage and Morton Feldman, paintings by Philip Guston, sculpture and works on paper by Louise Bourgeois and David Smith, and oil paintings by Joan Mitchell.
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Lessons of the Hermit

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Hiding in a forest for 27 years, a man found what the rest of us can no longer comprehend: solitude in nature.
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A New Guide Maps the Overlooked Brutalism of Paris

A New Guide Maps the Overlooked Brutalism of Paris | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Brutalist Paris Map from Blue Crow Media plots 40 sites of postwar architecture in Paris that are far off the well-trod tourist path.
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NASA offers first look at planet-rich Trappist-1 star system

NASA offers first look at planet-rich Trappist-1 star system | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
NASA was quick to offer conceptual images of Trappist-1 and its abundance of Earth-sized planets. But what does the star system look like, really? At last
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Malta's famous "Azure Window" has collapsed into the sea

Malta's famous "Azure Window" has collapsed into the sea | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Sad news: Malta’s famous natural land bridge, the “Azure Window,” has broken into bits by relentless ocean waves. Flickr: Tobias Scheck From The Times of Malta: “Suddenly, the arc…
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