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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!
Scholar of strifeToday’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Bryce Vickmark, of Fotini Christia, an associate professor of political science at MIT.

Western governments often issue travel warnings, alerting their citizens to the hazards of visiting countries beset by political instability, civil war, crime, violence, or terrorist activities.

If Fotini Christia heeded those warnings, she would barely get any work done: Christia specializes in the dynamics of civil wars, local politics, and the postwar reconstruction of states, which she has studied from Afghanistan to Yemen.

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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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Today’s Spotlight uses images, by Kenneth Cheung (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms), showing assemblies of the cellular composite material seen from different perspectives. The images show the repeating “cuboct” lattice structure, made from many identical flat cross‑shaped pieces.

MIT researchers have designed an extremely strong, lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child’s construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and possibly other large structures, such as dikes and levees.

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