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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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Engineering biological sensors Today's Spotlight features an image of an ingestible sensor by Lillie Paquette, 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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How habits form

How habits form

Today's Spotlight features an illustration by Chelsea Turner, MIT, using stock images.

Our daily lives include hundreds of routine habits. Brushing our teeth, driving to work, or putting away the dishes are just a few of the tasks that our brains have automated to the point that we hardly need to think about them.

Although we may think of each of these routines as a single task, they are usually made up of many smaller actions, such as picking up our toothbrush, squeezing toothpaste onto it, and then lifting the brush to our mouth. This process of grouping behaviors together into a single routine is known as "chunking," but little is known about how the brain groups these behaviors together.

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