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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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Success storyToday’s Spotlight uses a photograph, courtesy of Michael Studinger/NASA Earth Observatory, showing an aerial view of clouds over a mountain range in Greenland.

Since the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists, policymakers, and the public have wondered whether we might someday see a similarly extreme depletion of ozone over the Arctic.

But a new MIT study finds some cause for optimism: Ozone levels in the Arctic haven’t yet sunk to the extreme lows seen in Antarctica, in part because international efforts to limit ozone-depleting chemicals have been successful.

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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) and you are free to submit an Of Note to the MIT News office. For more information, e-mail the spotlight team.

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Cities are the future

Cities are the future

Today’s Spotlight uses an image courtesy of H÷weler and Yoon Architecture. Rotating between asphalt, grass, and photovoltaic cells, spaces can dynamically shift from city street to park to energy source ‑ on demand. Roads cover 4.8 square miles of Manhattan, nearly four times the size of Central Park. If roads were solar panels, they could power 23.2% of Manhattan households.

Cities around the world are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. More than half the world lives in cities, and by 2050, it will be two‑thirds. In China alone, 300 million people will move to the city within the next 15 years, and to serve them, China must build the equivalent of the entire built infrastructure of the United States by 2028.

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