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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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Photos by Quentin Smith

Sen. John McCain speaks at the Hollis Pharmacy in Hollis, N.H. on Jan. 4, 2008. McCain won the Republican primaries in New Hampshire yesterday.

Judges Christopher A. Schuh, Jacob K. White, and Kate Delaney (left to right) taste brownies at the 2008 Battle of the Brownies, sponsored by the Laboratory for Chocolate Science on Jan. 17, 2008.

East Campus residents eat cookies baked for the 15th annual East Campus Cookie Bake Off on Sunday, April 6.

Crowds gather at the intersection of Causeway St. and Lomasney Way near TD Banknorth Garden where the Boston Celtics won the final game of the NBA Championship finals on June 17 by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92.

Scot G. Frank ’09 (also a Tech photographer) shows off the solar concentrator he helped develop at the Innovation Night at the MIT Museum on Sept. 12.

A chain of foam monkeys was hung from the ceiling of Lobby 7 on Monday, December 15 in honor of the game “Barrel of Monkeys.” A sign hung above the Infinite read “Hacking, more fun than …”, a sentence completed with “a barrel of monkeys.” Facilities removed the hack by 9 a.m.

Twenty-one people participated in an attempt to break the “mattress dominoes” world record. The attempt on Sept. 1 in Lobby 7 and the Infinite Corridor was organized by Admissions blogger Michael J. Snively ’11. Unfortunately, they didn’t beat the Guinness World Record of 80 mattresses.

Dustin Brackney of Apex Green Roofs shows sedum cuttings that are being planted on the new green roof on the new Sloan building, E62. Sedum, also known as stonecrop, is a large genus of popular garden plants.
The 7,000 square feet of green roof being installed by Apex Green Roofs will contribute points to the building’s LEED certification. In addition to the certification, the roof provides long-term cost savings to MIT by extending the life of the waterproof membrane covering the roof from an average of 20 years to 60–70 years. Many cities are encouraging the use of vegetation-covered roofs because they also reduce stormwater runoff by 65 percent and act as a buffer to delay stormwater from reaching drains.
“Green” roofs are so called because they are covered with vegetation. On E62, the roof is covered with 3.5 inches of a light-weight soil media planted with sedum cuttings.
The work on the roof began last Thursday and will continue through this weekend. The cuttings will put down roots in about a week and a half, and the roof will not be fully grown for another year.
Green roofs do require some maintenance, and workers from Apex Green Roofs will revisit MIT approximately three times per year to check for leaks and ensure that the plants continue to grow.

The southwestern window of 54-100 blew out on Thursday around 8:30 p.m. because of high winds. The Cecil and Ida Green Building was designed in 1962 by architect I. M. Pei ’40, the same architect who designed the John Hancock Tower in Boston, which is famous for its original glass panels cracking and falling out in high winds. Pei did not respond to an e-mail sent late last night.

Peter L. Cooper, Manager of Sustainability Engineering and Utility Planning at MIT Facilities, speaks at the MIT Efficiency Forward event in Building 14 on May 26. The Efficiency Forward program will aim to cut electricity use on campus by 15% over the next three years.

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