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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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No more injections?Today’s Spotlight features an iillustration by Christine Daniloff/MIT based on an image courtesy of the researchers. It is a schematic drawing of a microneedle pill with hollow needles.

Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those made from large proteins, cannot be given as a pill because they get broken down in the stomach before they can be absorbed. To help overcome that obstacle, researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have devised a novel drug capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed.

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

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A burst of activity

A burst of activity

Today’s Spotlight features an image from NASA/JPL Caltech/S. Stolovy, of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The brightest white spot in the middle is the very center of the galaxy, which also marks the site of a supermassive black hole.

As black holes go, Sagittarius A* is relatively low‑key. The black hole at the center of our galaxy emits very little energy for its size, giving off roughly as much energy as the sun, even though it is 4 billion times as massive.

However, astronomers have observed that nearly once a day, the black hole rouses to action, emitting a brief burst of light before settling back down. It’s unclear what causes such flare‑ups, and scientists have sought to characterize these periodic bursts in order to better understand how black holes evolve.

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