Skip to Content
MIT News magazine

The Dome Lights Up

August 15, 2007

At around 10:30 p.m. on June 9, President Susan Hockfield flipped the switch turning on the 12 new fixtures that will illuminate the Great Dome, the Roman numerals that spell out 1916, and the façade of Building 10. The new lights, which use only as much electricity as two hair dryers, are indirectly powered by a 40-kilowatt photovoltaic array that will feed MIT’s grid three to four times as much energy as the fixtures use. The system replaces long-defunct roof fixtures, which lit the dome, and problematic fixtures that lit the façade from Killian Court trees. An anonymous donor and a Massachusetts Technology Collaborative grant provided funds for the system.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting

With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.

VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence

On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.

This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine

Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.