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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Russia’s Propeller-Driven ‘Bear’ Bomber Still Has Claws

Russia’s Propeller-Driven ‘Bear’ Bomber Still Has Claws | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
At first glance, the Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber looks like a 59-year-old flying anachronism, a Cold War leftover that has outlived its usefulness in a century when stealth is king. The Bear is showing signs of its age. In recent months, two Tu-95 crashes led to the grounding of...
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BruceS — *It’s nice how the “standard model” ends up in the...

BruceS — *It’s nice how the “standard model” ends up in the... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
*It’s nice how the “standard model” ends up in the middle and the way-out stuff appears rather...
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The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t

The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving — but in complicated and unexpected ways.
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These Previously Unseen Photos Bear Witness to the Carnage of World War II

These Previously Unseen Photos Bear Witness to the Carnage of World War II | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
History website Argunners has published a series of previously unseen photos recently uncovered from the archives of an American four-star general who served in Europe during the Second World War. The images show a war-torn Europe as American forces move towards Berlin.
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Amazon and the Realities of the “New Economy” - The New Yorker

Amazon and the Realities of the “New Economy” - The New Yorker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Behind the wonderful convenience of high-tech companies lies a huge old-economy network of warehouses, trucks, and modestly paid workers.
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German space researchers reboot effort to launch hypersonic space plane

German space researchers reboot effort to launch hypersonic space plane | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Goal: 100 passengers, 1-hour intercontinental flights, with test flights by mid-2030s.
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Next Big Future: Russia's Future planes - PAK FA stealth fighter, PAK TA cargo plane, PAK DA bomber and PAK DP interceptor

Next Big Future: Russia's Future planes - PAK FA stealth fighter, PAK TA cargo plane, PAK DA bomber and PAK DP interceptor | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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BruceS — new-aesthetic: Prototype Car Camouflage, via...

BruceS — new-aesthetic: Prototype Car Camouflage, via... | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
new-aesthetic:
“ Prototype Car Camouflage, via Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Autoguide.
“Dazzle-type camo used to disguise features on in-testing cars from photographers.
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An Ancient Monolith Has Been Discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

An Ancient Monolith Has Been Discovered in the Mediterranean Sea | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Archaeologists working in the Sicilian Channel between Tunisia and Sicily have discovered a submerged 40-foot-long (8-meter) limestone monolith carved by Stone Age humans some 10,000 years ago.
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An Illustrated History of Hamburgers in America

An Illustrated History of Hamburgers in America | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The rise, fall, and resurgence of America's greatest cultural export.
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The Quest to Recover Eastern Europe's Most Avant-Garde Art

The Quest to Recover Eastern Europe's Most Avant-Garde Art | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In December of 2008, Gergely Barki was at home in Budapest watching Stuart Little with his daughter when he spotted a familiar painting in the background of...
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This concept art from the Shuttle Program’s early days depicts two spacecraft and what looks like an

This concept art from the Shuttle Program’s early days depicts two spacecraft and what looks like an | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This concept art from the Shuttle Program’s early days depicts two spacecraft and what looks like an early vision of an orbital outpost. This illustration comes from the archives of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where you’ll find lots of “ideas that never flew...but might have led to other successful aircraft!”
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Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review

Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The idea that particular individuals drive history has long been discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the fundamental factors in innovation.
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"We should be able to determine long-term technology priorities without giving excessive weight to the particular visions of a few tech celebrities."

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Banksy’s Twisted Version of Disneyland Opens this Weekend

Banksy’s Twisted Version of Disneyland Opens this Weekend | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Step right up and discover the curious wonders of Dismaland, "the happiest place on Earth", turned sinister freak show. In the British seaside town of Weston
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"show that “offers an escape from mindless escapism,”"

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Thursday Links: Brooklyn, 2019

Thursday Links: Brooklyn, 2019 | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
According to a report by City Realty, Brooklyn’s skyline is well on its way to looking like the one Bruce Willis inhabits inThe Fifth Element. Over the next four years, Brooklyn is expected to...
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Russia’s ‘Black August Syndrome’ Is a Geopolitical Friday the 13th

Russia’s ‘Black August Syndrome’ Is a Geopolitical Friday the 13th | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There’s a story making the rounds that August is the month to watch Russia … because August is the month when bad things happen in Russia. It’s especially important in 2015, so the story goes, because the Kremlin is on the precipice of collapse and — like a cornered animal...
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The Many Lives of François Mitterrand | Jacobin

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"Before Alexis Tsipras, Europe battered François Mitterrand’s reformist ambitions into a sweeping neoliberal program."

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The Looting of Antiquities Is Becoming a Bigger Problem In Greece 

The Looting of Antiquities Is Becoming a Bigger Problem In Greece  | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
We’ve heard report after report about ISIS looting and destroying ancient archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria. But across the Mediterranean, the looting of antiquities is also posing a problem in economically-strained Greece.
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Taking Plants Off Planet – How Do They Grow in Zero Gravity?

Taking Plants Off Planet – How Do They Grow in Zero Gravity? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Gravity is a constant for all organisms on Earth. It acts on every aspect of our physiology, behavior and development – no matter what you are, you evolved in an environment where gravity roots us firmly to the ground.
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Solving an "Unsolvable" Math Problem

Solving an "Unsolvable" Math Problem | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Until recently, there were just 14 known convex pentagons (nonregular, five-sided shapes with outward-pointing angles) that could “tile the plane” (be arranged with flush sides on a flat surface, with no gaps or overlaps). But last month, some thirty years since the 14th was discovered, a 15th was identified.
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You Have a Notification: Welcome to the 24/7 Work Culture - Singularity HUB

You Have a Notification: Welcome to the 24/7 Work Culture - Singularity HUB | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Netflix recently announced an unlimited paid-leave policy that allows employees to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption. It... read more
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"The reality is that there is no 9 to 5 any more. We are always connected, always on, always working—no matter where we are or what industry we are in. Everything is now urgent and problems that previously could have waited until the next day now need to be addressed immediately."

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The U.S. Embassy in Havana Is a Perfect Metaphor for American Diplomacy

The U.S. Embassy in Havana Is a Perfect Metaphor for American Diplomacy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
John Kerry watched a soldier hoist the American flag over the United States Embassy in Havana on Friday morning. He’s the first secretary of state to visit the land of Castro, communism, and cigars in 70 years. The embassy itself, an acclaimed example of midcentury modern architecture, has been rotting for just as long.
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Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.
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The origin of the robot species | KurzweilAI

The origin of the robot species | KurzweilAI | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A “mother robot” (A) is used for automatic assembly of candidate agents from active and passive modules. For the construction process, the robotic
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Codex Gigas: Inside the Mysterious 'Devil's Bible' - Urban Ghosts

Codex Gigas: Inside the Mysterious 'Devil's Bible' - Urban Ghosts | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The mysterious 13th century Codex Gigas was said to be the work of a single unnamed monk - who made a pact with the devil, hence its name the Devil's Bible.
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