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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!
Spring arts in full bloomToday’s Spotlight features a slideshow of images from spring arts events:

1. Bouncing Ball Time Exposure by Berenice Abbott. Image: MIT Museum
2. Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2014. Performance, HangarBicocca, Milan. Image: courtesy of the artist
3. Miguel Zenon. Image: Jimmy Katz/MIT Music and Theater Arts
4. MIT Symphony Orchestra. Image: courtesy MIT Music and Theater Arts
5. Skylar Tibbits, AerialAssemblies, 2014. Image: Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

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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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3-D neuron imaging

3-D neuron imaging

Today’s Spotlight uses movie clips, courtesy of the researchers, in an animation by Christine Daniloff/MIT. The clips show neural activity throughout the brain of the zebrafish and the entire nervous system of the worm C. elegans.

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. This technique, the first that can generate 3-D movies of entire brains at the millisecond timescale, could help scientists discover how neuronal networks process sensory information and generate behavior.

The team used the new system to simultaneously image the activity of every neuron in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, as well as the entire brain of a zebrafish larva, offering a more complete picture of nervous system activity than has been previously possible.

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