Outbreaks of Futurity
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Outbreaks of Futurity
Tomorrow's ideas, today. Tracking exotic concepts and future marvels.
Curated by Artur Coelho
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The Last Time Propeller Planes Fought Each Other For Real

The Last Time Propeller Planes Fought Each Other For Real | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Forty-eight years ago, Dan Hagedorn was serving in the U.S. military at Fort Kobbe, Panama, when he learned that El Salvador had suddenly gone to war with Honduras. He soon witnessed Salvadoran students hurriedly boarding a plane home. In the new book The 100 Hour War: The Conflict Betwee
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You Needed Grit to Dive On a Target in an A-4 Skyhawk

You Needed Grit to Dive On a Target in an A-4 Skyhawk | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Modern jet fighters continue to grow ever more complicated and more fantastically expensive. But some of the most influential aircraft in history succeeded instead because they could do their job pretty well at a very reasonable cost. Such was the case of the agile A-4 Skyhawk, a small bu
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Is There Any Point to Protesting?

Is There Any Point to Protesting? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We turn out in the streets and nothing seems to happen. Maybe we’re doing it wrong.
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Why tech predictors are so terrible at the job

Why tech predictors are so terrible at the job | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Enjoy Michael Mullany’s review of the Gartner Hype Cycle, with all the things tech predictors got right and all the things they got wrong: “we’re terrible at making predictions.&#…
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Technology Is Breaking Everything We Know About Staying Safe

Technology Is Breaking Everything We Know About Staying Safe | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The age of life- and limb-threatening technology is upon us.
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Inside the Dugway Proving Ground

Inside the Dugway Proving Ground | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
George Frey, Getty images photographer, recently had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, a sprawling top-secret military facility in the Utah desert.
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SpaceX is launching a supercomputer to the International Space Station

SpaceX is launching a supercomputer to the International Space Station | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“If this experiment works, it opens up a universe of possibility.”
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BruceS — *Secretive international trade treaties; not just...

BruceS — *Secretive international trade treaties; not just... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
*Secretive international trade treaties; no
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The Hair Dryer, Freedom’s Appliance

The Hair Dryer, Freedom’s Appliance | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For a century, the device has promised more than dry hair. An Object Lesson.
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Here Are The Highlights Of Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

Here Are The Highlights Of Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Several Interesting Aircraft Took Part In This Year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). Held at RAF Fairford, on Jul. 14-16, RIAT 2017 brought to the UK a wide variety of interesting air…
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The Uprising of the Global Middle Class

The Uprising of the Global Middle Class | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Economic progress and increased prosperity do not always buy more political stability.
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Exploring the City as Technology in Tokyo | Next Nature Network

Exploring the City as Technology in Tokyo | Next Nature Network | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? With this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led a workshop in Tokyo.
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The Dangerous Myth of Utopian Societies

The Dangerous Myth of Utopian Societies | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
For centuries, journalists, academics, and even politicians have been obsessed with the idea of the untouched tribe.
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How an obscure oriental cult converted a vast, pagan Roman empire – Michael Kulikowski | Aeon Essays

How an obscure oriental cult converted a vast, pagan Roman empire – Michael Kulikowski | Aeon Essays | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world
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Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy

Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This is the biggest investigation we’ve ever published.
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Is progress inevitable?

Is progress inevitable? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In his book on the history of human progress, Our Kind, anthropologist Marvin Harris asked in the final chapter, “Will nature’s experiment with mind and culture end in nuclear war?̶…
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A Love Letter To The F-14 Tomcat

A Love Letter To The F-14 Tomcat | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The F-14 Tomcat was a Cold War fighter first deployed in the 1970s. For over 30 years it served the US Navy with distinction, yet its greatest legacy is perhaps found not on the battlefield, but in the hearts of kids like me who grew up with certain cartoons, movies and video games.
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The Bizarre, Chaotic Geometry of a Frank Gehry Building in Progress

The Bizarre, Chaotic Geometry of a Frank Gehry Building in Progress | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Depending on how you feel about Frank Gehry’s work, this building in progress could either be fascinating, monstrous or a combination of both. But it’s hard to argue with the fact that seeing the b…
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This '50s Era Cartoon About Cars In The Year 2000 Is A Record Of A Forgotten Future

This '50s Era Cartoon About Cars In The Year 2000 Is A Record Of A Forgotten Future | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This charming little 1956 cartoon commissioned by the Automobile Manufacturers Association is interesting because it seems to have, at least according to some sources, lead to the development of the famous mid-century-future cartoon series the Jetsons six years later. The similarities are pretty striking, and the voice of George Jetson himself is even in this cartoon. Mostly, though, I’m interested in the cars here.
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Climate Change Will Ruin Air Travel 

Climate Change Will Ruin Air Travel  | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
When the oceans start flooding up land from ice caps melting, good luck using a plane to GTFO.
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A Lot of Hard Work Stands Between India and Its Own Stealth Fighter

A Lot of Hard Work Stands Between India and Its Own Stealth Fighter | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In 2008, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency began developing a multi-role fighter to replace its large fleet of aging Jaguar, Mirage and MiG-23 fighters. The new project was tentatively dubbed the Medium Combat Aircraft — later revised to the Advanced MCA, or AMCA — to be produced domestically by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
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California City: The Half-Built Desert Metropolis of the Golden State

California City: The Half-Built Desert Metropolis of the Golden State | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It’s the third-largest city in California by land area but most people (including many in CA) have never even heard of this mostly-empty desert oasis, home to around 15,000 people. It’s…
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