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Where the Sun Sets Twice. NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most “Tatooine-like” planet yet found in our galaxy and is depicted here in this artist’s concept with its two stars. Tatooine is the name of Luke Skywalker’s home world in the science fiction movie Star Wars. In this case, the planet is not thought to be habitable. It is a cold world, with a gaseous surface, but like Tatooine, it circles two stars.
Elaine M. Kung
Alchemist, originally on loan, will now call the Institute home. The sculpture was gifted to the Institute “in honor of all the alumni who have helped support MIT over the years.”
courtesy of Claudette Barius, warner bros. pictures
Jude Law as blogger and conspiracy theorist Alan Krumwiede in Contagion.
courtesy of Claudette Barius, warner bros. pictures
Even the slightest contact can spread the virus: Gwyneth Paltrow stars in Contagion.
Infographic by Connor Kirschbaum
Elizabeth D’Arienzo—The Tech
Erin B. Kenney ’14 catches the ball in the women’s field hockey game this Wednesday. MIT won 4 to 1 against Gordon College after Molly K. Duffy ’14 scored twice in the first five minutes. The Engineers dominated the game, rarely letting the opposing team get close to the net, losing only one point in the last ten minutes.
Steve Howland—The Tech
This Virginia Brickfair exhibit shows a radioactive spill with LEGOmen in HazMat suits attempting containment.
Jessica L. Wass—The Tech
This summer the Prudential Building lit its windows in support of the Boston Bruins prior to their Stanley Cup win in June. This was a historic victory, as it was the first time the Bruins took the Cup since 1972.
Meng Heng Touch—The Tech
A model of the LHC superconducting magnet displayed at the CERN Meyrin site in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN is the European Organization of Nuclear Research where the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, is located.
Steve Howland—The Tech
The Brickfair exhibit this past August featured intricate LEGO structures. This model from the Virginia Brickfair, “Apocalypse Area,” depicts a building with foliage growing on the collapsed structure.
Jennifer WAng—The Tech
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City grants visitors a grand view as they enter. The Basilica is the largest Christian church in the world and is regarded as one of Catholicism’s holiest sites.
Jennifer Wang—The Tech
Männlichen, Switzerland, affords tourists breathtaking mountain views. Here, you can clearly see lush green areas in lower elevations and crisp snow at much higher elevations, even in the summer months.