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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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“The future postponed”Today’s Spotlight features an illustration by Christine Daniloff/MIT.

Last year was a notable one for scientific achievements: In 2014, European researchers discovered a fundamental new particle that sheds light on the origins of the universe, and the European Space Agency successfully landed the first spacecraft on a comet. Chinese researchers, meanwhile, developed the world’s fastest supercomputer, and uncovered new ways to meet global food demand.

But as these competitors increase their investment in basic research, the percentage of the U.S. federal budget devoted to research and development has fallen from around 10 percent in 1968 to less than 4 percent in 2015.

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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). For more information, e-mail the spotlight team.

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Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Kojo Acquah, of Ben Moss, a current graduate student in Course 6, and his partner, Esther Rheinbay, currently at the Broad Center.

A prominent activity amongst MIT community members is ballroom dancing. At the institute there are two organizations that comprise ballroom. The MIT Ballroom Dance Club is a recognized student group focused on social dancing. The MIT Ballroom Dance Team focuses more on competitive ballroom dancing with MIT students, alums, and other MIT affiliates. Although they are separate entities on paper, there are a lot of overlap between the two.

MIT Ballroom Dance Team: http://ballroom.mit.edu/

MIT Ballroom Dance Club: http://web.mit.edu/bdclub/

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