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A serious look at “laughing gas”Today’s Spotlight features a photo-illustration by Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT.

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” has been used in medical practice since the late 1700s, but the way it works to create altered states is not well understood. In a study published this week in Clinical Neurophysiology, MIT researchers reveal some key brainwave changes among patients receiving the drug.

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Two weeks and counting

Two weeks and counting

Today’s Spotlight is a slideshow of photographs provided by the MIT Strong team.

First slide: Runner Mike Gerhardt '12 (right), a member of the MIT Strong Marathon team, trains for the marathon at a 30K race with his father, Massachusetts State Trooper Wayne Gerhardt. Mike was waiting at the finish line for his father to finish the race last year with the bombings occurred. Thankfully, father and son were unharmed—and plan to cross the finish line together this year. Photo courtesy Mike Gerhardt.

Second slide: MIT Strong Marathon Team members Alex Slocum '82 SM '83 PhD '85 (left) and Ryan Borker go on a three-hour, cross-country training run in the woods of New Hampshire in March. Slocum, Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, regularly competes in Ironman Triathlons and other endurance events. Borker had completed the marathon last year in under three hours and was standing across the street from the second bomb when it exploded. Copyright Thomas Gearty.

Third slide: For Maggie Lloyd '12, a member of the MIT Strong Marathon Team and MIT alumnus, numbers matter: her watch shows that her training run in March 2014 lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes—or 179 minutes, the same number as the badge number of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Photo courtesy Maggie Lloyd.

Fourth slide: Members of the MIT Strong Marathon Team stop on the steps of 77 Mass Ave at MIT during a training run on March 29, 2014. From left: Sally Miller '16, Madeline Hickman '11, Tom Gearty, and Rachel DeLucas '03. Miller, Hickman, and DeLucas are members of the MIT Outing Club; Gearty serves as Editorial Director in MIT Resource Development. Copyright Thomas Gearty.

Fifth slide: Sally Miller '16 of the MIT Strong Marathon Team stops in front of the Great Dome at the start of a training run on March 29, 2014. The team is made up of student, faculty, staff, and alumni. Miller is one of the volunteer co-organizers of the team. Copyright Thomas Gearty.

Learn more at the MIT Strong homepage