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I signed up for the glassblowing class. It has nothing to do with my research, but oh is it fun. The class is held in the basement of Building 4, in a cluttered, sooty room. At the back of the room there are three large furnaces, one for melting glass, and the other two for keeping glass hot while you're working with it. Most of us wear sunglasses to class because the furnaces are so hot and painfully bright. It's a completely different world in the glass lab... So much of MIT is involved with cutting edge technology - nanoparticles, genetic engineering, etc. - but here it's about practicing and honing techniques developed thousands of years ago with a few simple tools.

Paperweights I made last week:

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