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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Next Big Future: Hypothetical EU Army and EU Air Force Compared to USA and Russia

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Hysteria and Teenage Girls

Hysteria and Teenage Girls | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
It was a typical Thursday night at Smash Burger. My friend was with her two sons who were furiously stuffing sweet potato French fries in their mouths. In the booth behind her, my friend saw a young boy who looked a lot like Justin Bieber. So she called her 16-year-old-niece, Kate (not her real name), a Justin Bieber fanatic since she was 12. Kate owns two life-size cardboard Bieber cut-outs—one with a squiggly black mustache drawn on his upper lip by a mischievous cousin—hovering over her bed.

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It's Full of Stars — The Air Show presents: The Soviet Lunar Lander

The Air Show presents: The Soviet Lunar Lander
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Ukraine Is Just The Beginning: Welcome To The Age Of Shadow Wars

Ukraine Is Just The Beginning: Welcome To The Age Of Shadow Wars | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Confused about what's been going on between Russia and Ukraine? You're not alone. And that's sort of the point -- this conflict serves as a case study in the effectiveness of shadowy, "hybrid" warfare, which is hard to understand from the outside. And the effectiveness of this strategy means it could be the future of global conflict.
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JF Ptak Science Books: A Peek at the World of No Tomorrowland--the Bomb Scare, 1950's

JF Ptak Science Books: A Peek at the World of No Tomorrowland--the Bomb Scare, 1950's | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
JF Ptak Science Books Adding to Post 2129 Part of this blog's long series on Atomic and Nuclear Weapons We saw it, and prepared for it, the Impossible Thing, the oncoming of megakilll, or what Henry Adams called The Distinguished...
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When Did The Anthropocene Begin? Here Are The Two Most Plausible Dates.

When Did The Anthropocene Begin? Here Are The Two Most Plausible Dates. | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Anthropocene, for the uninitiated, is a proposed (albeit still informal) geological epoch, characterized by the global impact of human activity. But the question these days, at least among researchers concerned with such things, doesn't have to do with what the Anthropocene is, but when.
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In South Africa, Ranchers Are Breeding Mutant Animals to Be Hunted

In South Africa, Ranchers Are Breeding Mutant Animals to Be Hunted | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Rich marksmen pay a premium to shoot “Frankenstein freaks of nature”
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Children’s Books for the One Per Cent - The New Yorker

Children’s Books for the One Per Cent - The New Yorker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“Little House on the Côte d’Azur”
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“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Trader”

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Free Technology for Teachers: What if Minecraft Goes the Way of Second Life?

Free Technology for Teachers: What if Minecraft Goes the Way of Second Life? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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"If Minecraft goes the way of Second Life, that will be okay. That's not a knock on Minecraft. Rather it's a statement about the changing nature of popular technology. "

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Meet me in Atlantis: my obsessive quest to find the sunken city

Meet me in Atlantis: my obsessive quest to find the sunken city | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Everything we know about Atlantis comes from one man, Plato, and the hunt is based entirely on the clues he left behind.
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How will everything change under climate change?

How will everything change under climate change? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the second extract taken from the Introduction to This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, the author calls the climate crisis a civilisational wake-up call to alter our economy, our lifestyles, now – before they get changed for us
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Watching uranium emit radiation inside a cloud chamber is mesmerizing

Watching uranium emit radiation inside a cloud chamber is mesmerizing | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Here's a really neat, classic experiment that's always fun to see. When you place uranium inside a cloud chamber, you can see it decay and emit bits of radiation. It's like seeing little alpha particle torpedoes shooting out in every direction, leaving a trail behind.
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The Lost Joy of 'The Bends'

The Lost Joy of 'The Bends' | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Twenty years after its release, the energy of Radiohead's second album is more refreshing than ever.
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Our First Glimpse Of Earth's Brand New South Pacific Island

Our First Glimpse Of Earth's Brand New South Pacific Island | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Late last year, a new volcanic island formed in the South Pacific. Located about 40 miles (65 km) from the region's main island of Tongatapu, the island could become Tonga's latest tourist attraction. But scientists warn it could still be unstable and dangerous.
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Money v. Principles: Sweden Turns Its Back on Saudi Arabia, Cancels Defense Deal

Money v. Principles: Sweden Turns Its Back on Saudi Arabia, Cancels Defense Deal | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Publicly committed to human rights and representing publics quite earnestly concerned about such issues, governments from Germany to Sweden have struggled to reconcile their values with their lucrative arms sales to autocratic regimes. “It is always money versus principles. And this time we decided the principles of human rights were more important than a military deal,” one anonymous Swedish official told the Financial Times.
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"Publicly committed to human rights and representing publics quite earnestly concerned about such issues, governments from Germany to Sweden have struggled to reconcile their values with their lucrative arms sales to autocratic regimes. “It is always money versus principles. And this time we decided the principles of human rights were more important than a military deal,” one anonymous Swedish official told the Financial Times."

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Two Wars and the Long Twentieth Century - The New Yorker

Two Wars and the Long Twentieth Century - The New Yorker | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In important ways, the American Civil War anticipated the transformations that have so often been attributed to the years between 1914 and 1918.
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Slip Sliding Away

Slip Sliding Away | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
While locals on the Outer Banks tussle over whether global warming is real and causing oceans to rise, the islands themselves are gradually, inevitably going under.
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Our drunken economics explained - Independent.ie

Our drunken economics explained - Independent.ie | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
MARY is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin. She realises that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar – she will
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The World’s Weirdest Library

The World’s Weirdest Library | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Warburg Institute was created by a half-mad visionary. Is it too strange to survive?
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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like

Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Augmented reality could change the way we understand—and experience—history.
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Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard

Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Futuristic control rooms with endless screens of blinking data are proliferating in cities across the globe. Welcome to the age of Dashboard Governance.
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This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up the Optimism of 1950s Futurism

This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up the Optimism of 1950s Futurism | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The December 28, 1959 issue of Life magazine featured this illustration of life in 1975. It's over the top and cartoonish, of course, but it perfectly sums up all of the techno-optimism that was so prevalent in the late 1950s -- the Golden Age of Futurism.
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suponho que daqui a 50 anos as nossas hipermodernas design fictions parecerão simpaticamente ridículas.

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Brutal but Beautiful: Book of 88 WWII Coastal Military Ruins

Brutal but Beautiful: Book of 88 WWII Coastal Military Ruins | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Traveling 23,000 miles over 4 years, photographer Marc Wilson has amassed an amazing collection of images spanning bunkers, gun emplacements, observation posts, command centres and other wartime in...
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bunker architecture.

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