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Rescued from the Scrap Heap

Almost forgotten, Nebraska’s 1942 metal drive spurred a World War II documentary.

Working in the Duke University archives in 2005, Assistant Professor James J. Kimble almost didn’t open the plain folder marked “scrap metal drives.” But the familiar front page of a newspaper from his home state of Nebraska caught his eye, and after a few minutes, the story of the 1942 Nebraska Scrap Drive pulled him in.

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At a Glance

Depicting complex data to reveal clear implications.

Seeing is believing. Or is it? Take a look at the graphic below. See if all those little cartoon rockets vividly predict the increasing likelihood of the 1986 space shuttle disaster (as temperatures dropped) from failure of the Challenger’s O-rings.

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