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Catching airToday’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Allegra Boverman, of graduate student Jimy Gasore.

All around the planet, high-frequency climate observatories are collecting atmospheric data around the clock as part of the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), a 35-year-old project to study emissions and climate change.

But there’s one problem: Despite a network of observatories that covers much of the globe, AGAGE lacks data on Africa — the world’s second-largest continent. That’s something that Jimmy Gasore, along with other scientists, is trying to change.

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Welcome, Class of 2017!

Welcome, Class of 2017!

Today’s Spotlight uses a photograph, taken by Bryce Vickmark, of members of the MIT Class of 2017. Left to right: Sara Volz, Aashish Tripathee, Rachel Katz, Dominiquo Santistevan, Efetobore (Toby) Tasker and Nicole O'Brien in Killian Court at MIT.

While most students were taking down posters and packing up comforters in preparation for their trip to college, Sara Volz was dismantling something slightly more intricate: a laboratory of bubbling flasks and beakers that she had carefully amassed over the last four years in the space under her loft bed.

Volz has meticulously grown algae in her homemade laboratory, even adapting her sleep patterns to the algae’s light cycle. Why such watchful dedication? As the 17‑year‑old explains, the cultures of green slime under her bed, if grown just right, may be a promising and nonpolluting source of biofuel.

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