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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Massive Overkill

Massive Overkill | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This piece has been updated and adapted from William Hartung’s “Nuclear Politics,” in Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and published by New Press. Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Col
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Worth the Weight

Worth the Weight | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
In the midst of a long New York Times article about the serial theft of offensive cyberweapons from the National Security Agency, there’s a brief but interesting image. “Much of [a core N.S.A. grou…
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Russia Presses Ahead With Combat Robots

Russia Presses Ahead With Combat Robots | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Russian military announced on Oct. 30, 2017 that it will begin acquiring the Nerekhta — a ground-combat robot armed with a slew of remotely-operated weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers. Col. Oleg Pomazuev, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Department of Innovation Research, sai
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Where Damaged Art Goes When It's Deemed a 'Total Loss'

Where Damaged Art Goes When It's Deemed a 'Total Loss' | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A second life for wrecked artworks that once languished in insurance warehouses.
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Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention
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The Dutch Golden Age Gave Us Artists and Dealers as We Know Them Today

The Dutch Golden Age Gave Us Artists and Dealers as We Know Them Today | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
This key period in European history saw the professionalization of the art dealer, and the artist’s transition from craftsperson to visionary.
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Life inside Tokyo's 1970s capsule apartment building

Life inside Tokyo's 1970s capsule apartment building | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Since 2010, photographer Noritaka Minami has documented life in Tokyo’s Nakagin Tower, a “metabolist” building constructed in 1972 in just one month. Each prefabricated cube attac…
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The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards

The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile. This can go on for hours, until you beg an MTA employee to let you through. That’s the cursed MetroCard experience, and as of this week, its days are numbered.
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The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic

The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“Ticketed spectators watched anatomists slice into the distended bellies of decomposing corpses, parts gushing forth not only human blood but also fetid pus. The lilting but incongruous notes of a flute sometimes accompanied the macabre demonstration. Public dissections were theatrical performances,” writes Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris in her new book The Butchering Art, available October 17th. The science and medical historian chronicles the gruesome horrors of an era before antisepsis—when speed was prized over precision—and the pioneering discoveries of Joseph Lister, known as the “father of modern surgery.” Lister’s antiseptic methods meant that injuries like a compound fracture no longer called for amputation.
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'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana

'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices – from Norman Foster to Zaha Hadid – have piled in in a bid to help Kazakhstan’s dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, build himself a trophy city
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China's Plan to Buy Influence and Undermine Democracy

China's Plan to Buy Influence and Undermine Democracy | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
By lavishing infrastructure dollars on illiberal governments, Beijing is supplanting American soft power.
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6 ways health would suffer on a trip to Mars - Futurity

6 ways health would suffer on a trip to Mars - Futurity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
NASA aims to have humans on Mars by the 2030s—but those who make the journey face unprecedented health risks.
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The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The upper classes once imposed the fashion staple on their servants—then they stole it back from them. An Object Lesson.
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Zeitgeist to Obsolete: Rewinding the Walkman’s Inverted Cinderella Story - Los Angeles Review of Books

Zeitgeist to Obsolete: Rewinding the Walkman’s Inverted Cinderella Story - Los Angeles Review of Books | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Walkman revolutionized music listening, creating personal experiences in public spaces.
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Dream Chaser flight test update: The video is pretty awesome

Dream Chaser flight test update: The video is pretty awesome | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
“The Dream Chaser had a beautiful flight and landing!”
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A Guide To A Bunch Of Weird Chinese Car Brands You've Never Heard Of 

A Guide To A Bunch Of Weird Chinese Car Brands You've Never Heard Of  | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
I was in Shanghai, China, recently to report on Volvo’s new electron-slathered premium/performance brand, Polestar. Even though I was only there a short time, I wanted to be sure I captured what the general carscape of Shanghai is like, because it’s bewildering. And now I want to bewilder you, too.
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You can’t visit the world’s largest art collection

You can’t visit the world’s largest art collection | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Last week, I took a trip to France to visit friends, eat good food, and walk around (a lot).1 My friend David scooped me up from t
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Why It Feels Like Modern Liberalism Is Stuck in a Doom Loop

Why It Feels Like Modern Liberalism Is Stuck in a Doom Loop | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Diversity and equality seem tragically incompatible in the world today. Here’s why.
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Meet the Koksan, North Korea’s Giant Artillery

Meet the Koksan, North Korea’s Giant Artillery | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Seoul has to cope with an unusual urban planning program for a huge, modern metropolis: the northern side of the capital lies little more than 30 miles from the border of North Korea, within range of hundreds of enemy artillery pieces — a zone that Pyongyang has threatened t
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What If Women Had The Power?

What If Women Had The Power? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A stunning new speculative-fiction book by Naomi Alderman couldn’t be more timely.
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The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture
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Found: A 5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot

Found: A 5,000-Year-Old Toy Chariot | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Kids have been playing with miniature vehicles since the Bronze Age.
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Out for Young Blood - Issue 53: Monsters - Nautilus

Out for Young Blood - Issue 53: Monsters - Nautilus | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The vampire live on, and cannot die by mere passing of the time,” Dracula’s Abraham Van Helsing tells his colleagues. “He can…
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Trump’s War on Knowledge

Trump’s War on Knowledge | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
There has always been a disturbing strand of anti-intellectualism in American life, but never has an occupant of the White House exhibited such a toxic mix of ignorance and mendacity, such lack of intellectual curiosity and disregard for rigorous analysis. “The experts are terrible,” Donald Trump said during his campaign. “Look at the mess we’re in with all these experts that we have.” It is hardly surprising, then, that his administration is over-stocked with know-nothing fundamentalists.
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