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Nullentropy Bin  
  A compartment in which entropy was halted.  

In the novel, the ghola Duncan Idaho encounters objects from Dune's past. The nullentropy bin is a great plot device, keeping even food in a state of preservation.

Duncan sat alone at the autoscrubbed table, a cup of brown liquid in front of him. Teg recognized the smell: one of the many melange-laced items from the nullentropy bins. The bins were a treasure house of exotic foods, clothing, weapons, and other artifacts - a museum whose value could not be calculated. There was a thin layer of dust all through the globe but no deterioration of the things stored here.
From Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Putnam in 1984
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This is a spectacularly useful plot device. This is the fifth of the six Dune books written by Frank Herbert; it is an interesting work, but inevitably derivative of the original work. The nullentropy bin allows the characters to have a true experience of the past.

The earliest use of this concept that I can find is the stasis box (Larry Niven).

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