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Of note: MIT Museum opens its doors for ‘Innovation Sunday’

Graduate student José A. Dominguez-Caballero sets up a holopod camera designed to help scientists capture more accurate data from the deep sea. The exhibit permits visitors to capture three-dimensional images of plankton in a mini-aquarium. The camera is being developed with the 3D Optical Systems Group, Professor George Barbastathis and Dr. Cabell Davis from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institut...
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Graduate student José A. Dominguez-Caballero sets up a holopod camera designed to help scientists capture more accurate data from the deep sea. The exhibit permits visitors to capture three-dimensional images of plankton in a mini-aquarium. The camera is being developed with the 3D Optical Systems Group, Professor George Barbastathis and Dr. Cabell Davis from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Lend your brain to science. Check out a 21st-century space suit. Bend light with water and prisms. Take part in these and other activities on Oct. 4 during the MIT Museum’s Innovation Sunday, in which the museum opens its doors to the public for free.

Visitors will have the chance to explore the museum’s newest exhibition, “Sampling MIT,” featuring a rich collection of research topics being explored at the Institute. In typical MIT fashion, the questions being asked are large, and the techniques used to discover answers are broad — from bio-engineering a virus to build a battery, to developing delightful-to-use consumer devices, to creating a system that allows people all over the planet to work together on climate change.

In each case, the research shown represents MIT’s commitment to working creatively, effectively and wisely for the betterment of humankind. “Our region is dependent on science and technology in all kinds of ways,” notes MIT Museum Director John Durant in explaining the value of Innovation Sunday. “It’s vitally important that the wider community be able to find out about what the future has in store.”

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