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The Bettmann Archive

To get into the Bettmann Archive, about 90 minutes north of Pittsburgh, you need more than a library card. You need the proper credentials to get past the armed guards at the door. You need to be gloved and swaddled in several layers to deal with the cold. And you need to be OK with claustrophobic conditions, since the trip requires being shuttled hundreds of feet underground.

Seen as the father of image resource archives, Otto Bettmann immigrated to the United States from Nazi Germany in 1935 with “a few personal effects and two steamer trunks bursting with photographs, line drawings, engravings, and art reproductions.”

(via Atlas Obscura)

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New beetle species with classic sci-fi names

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Shout out to Uhura, Kara Thrace, and Katniss Everdeen.

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Wired UK covers (1995-1997)

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Data viz of US energy consumption from 1775–2020

Made with Excel; data sourced from U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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How rare is a black opal?

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Eshima Ohashi

Eshima Ohashi Bridge

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The 25 most-collected Disney albums, according to Discogs

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Thing: remembering the Black queer zine and its relationship with house music

“Even before Thing reached peak circulation, it had become a lifeline for gay and trans people from all walks of life, Black and otherwise—and sometimes that was because of its music coverage.”

(Image credit: Terry Martin)

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