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The Future
The Future May 21

We haven't learned anything about what the internet is for since 1996

Another great day to be online.

The Future May 19

Old-School Texas Instruments books are a treasure trove of great graphic design

Love to master the TI-99 with my golden sword.

The Future May 18

Nobody tell Trump he might fund Paris Accord climate research

The House snuck in money on a federal spending bill for a climate program that Trump wants to axe.

The Future May 18

Facebook is tracking you on over 8.4 million websites

This is great and fine and not at all worrying.

The Future May 17

We rely on oil to make plastics. Now, plants can change that

Forget mitochondria. Lignin is the real powerhouse of the cell (wall).

The Future May 17

Facebook partners with think tank to avoid breaking the world again

For a platform that isn't an actual extension of the government, it sure seems to need to be managed like one.

The Future May 17

R.I.P. science, the International Space Station will be taken over by rich people

NASA admins are maximizing the business potential of space.

The Future May 16

Our water is in danger

According to a new study from NASA, our life-giving freshwater supply is far from secure.

The Future May 16

What, a billionaire can’t even dig a giant tunnel anymore?

Two Los Angeles community advocacy groups are alleging that their city is skirting state law to speed up the timeline on Elon Musk's project.

The Future May 16

Bitcoin is consuming as much energy as the country of Ireland

Ireland gives us whiskey, Bitcoin gives us... hmm.

The Future May 15

Get high and watch the sun churn at invisible wavelengths

The Outline has your back. Go enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.

The Future May 15

The vaping industry takes a hit

Finally, scientific evidence vaping isn’t cool

The Future May 15

Fiber could save you from the flu

According to a new study, fiber changes the way your immune system works and responds to a flu infection.

The Future May 14

New York cabbies have a surprisingly wholesome secret: group chats

How NYC cabbies span the distance using WhatsApp, conference calls, and way too many emojis.

The Future May 14

Facebook’s audit won’t get your stolen data back

The company issued a triumphant press release about its audit of third party apps on the same day as another data extraction scandal.

The Future May 13

YouTube’s search suggests racist autocompletes

Search suggestions have long been problematic; now “black men are” and many other terms have disturbing autocompletes on YouTube.

The Future May 13

What Stephen Hawking’s final paper really means

The world-famous astrophysicist’s last contribution to science shows both his dedication to “normal science” and his willingness to ask questions that shape how we think about life.

The Future May 12

Life at Antarctica’s IceCube lab seems strange and beautiful

And also very, very cold.

The Future May 12

Apple knew its computers were “defective,” sold them anyway, suit alleges

A class action suit has been filed against Apple over the keyboards in its laptops.

The Future May 11

Remember when Google said it would stop reading your email?

Yet another case of ‘If you’re not the customer, you’re the product.’