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 Disappearing Cuisine of an Ancient Religion

The Disappearing Cuisine of an Ancient Religion | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The food world loves authenticity, but Parsi food may only survive in hip, new takes on its beloved restaurants.
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The Education of Mark Zuckerberg

The Education of Mark Zuckerberg | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The Facebook founder has discussed "community" more than 150 times in public. A close reading reveals his road map for the platform’s future.
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China will launch a reusable spaceplane in 2020 | NextBigFuture.com

China will launch a reusable spaceplane in 2020 | NextBigFuture.com | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
China will launch a reusable spaceplane in 2020
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Ghost in a Box: The Haunting History of Television Broadcast Intrusions

Ghost in a Box: The Haunting History of Television Broadcast Intrusions | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Almost as soon as the television entered the American home, forever changing the course of the American family, it became a novel, uncanny presence. With the introduction of telegraphy in the mid-19th century, a new virtual world---an uncanny "otherspace" of instantaneou
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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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How Driverless Cars Will Change the Feel of Cities

How Driverless Cars Will Change the Feel of Cities | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Autonomous vehicles promise safety and efficiency. But nobody knows what it will be like to live with them.
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How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry

How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
After crops failed, botanist Kathleen Drew-Baker realized that nori wasn't what it seemed.
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For $3,200, Could This 1989 UMM Alter II 4X4 Be Your Alternate Reality?

For $3,200, Could This 1989 UMM Alter II 4X4 Be Your Alternate Reality? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If you’re in the market for a funky four-by-four look no further than today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe UMM Alter II. Yes, this Portuguese truck is a little Swiss cheesy, but will its price still make it work that look?
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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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