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The iconic MIT home page Spotlight features a daily-changing image and design that focuses on advances in research, technology and education taking place at the Institute. Though some Spotlights do run multiple days - for example Friday's spot usually runs through the weekend, we work very hard to maintain the daily-changing tradition. We've combed our servers and have compiled a digital archive of the Institute home page through the years - well over 2000 images. Enjoy!
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AeroAstro marks a centuryToday’s Spotlight is a slideshow of photographs featuring faculty and alumni of MIT AeroAstro. In order of appearance are: Dava Newman, David Mindell, Sheila Widnall, Ian Waitz, Mark Drela, Kerri Cahoy, Paulo Luzano, and Jamie Peraire, all photographed by Len Rubenstein. The last photograph, of Greg Chamitoff, is courtesy of Chamitoff.

Aeronautics and astronautics has come a long way in the past 100 years. The Institute pioneered the nation’s first aeronautical engineering course in 1914, and many say MIT defined the field. Today, the department is the top-ranked graduate and undergraduate program of its kind in the country, and faculty are preparing for a fantastic future ...

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The MIT home page Spotlight showcases the research, technology and education advances taking place at the Institute every day.

What makes it as a Spotlight image is an editorial decision by the MIT News Office based on factors that include timeliness, promotion of MIT's mission, the balance of interest to both internal and external audiences, and appropriateness.

We do welcome ideas and submissions for spotlights from community members, but please note we are not able to accommodate all requests. We are unable to run event previews or promotions as spotlights; for those looking to promote an event, we are happy to include your listing as an event headline on the homepage (when space is available). For more information, e-mail the spotlight team.

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Taking their leaves

Taking their leaves

The colorful leaves piling up in your backyard this fall can be thought of as natural stores of carbon. In the springtime, leaves soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting the gas into organic carbon compounds. Come autumn, trees shed their leaves, leaving them to decompose in the soil as they are eaten by microbes. Over time, decaying leaves release carbon back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

In fact, the natural decay of organic carbon contributes more than 90 percent of the yearly carbon dioxide released into Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.

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