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This image shows the massive scale of the soon-to-be-completed Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa, in West Yorkshire, England. The building will serve as the central repository for the British Library’s collection, which includes more than 300 years of print newspapers. The 64- by 24- by 24-meter space will be outfitted with robotic shelving, so no human will ever have to go inside. To keep the newsprint from degrading or catching fire, there will be close monitoring of temperature, humidity, light, and oxygen levels.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.