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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://www.dvice.com/2013-5-28/mits-most-popular-class-isnt-what-you-think">http://www.dvice.com/2013-5-28/mits-most-popular-class-isnt-what-you-think</a> <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><table class=MsoTableGrid border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style='background:#FBD4B4;border-collapse:collapse;border:none'><tr><td width=798 valign=top style='width:6.65in;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'><p align=center style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;text-align:center;line-height:20.4pt'><b><u><span style='font-size:20.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:red'>MIT's most popular class isn't what you think<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></p><p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:20.4pt'><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Deep underneath MIT there lies a subterranean laboratory, one which lay moldering and forgotten for years. These days, however, it is a place of</span><span class=apple-converted-space><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://www.dvice.com/archives/2009/03/robot-gardening.php"><b><span style='color:black'>wondrous</span></b></a></span><span class=apple-converted-space><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>sights and sounds &#8212; and one that plays host to MIT's most over-subscribed class.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:20.4pt'><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p style='mso-margin-top-alt:10.3pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:20.4pt'><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>The lab in question is known as the MIT Glass Lab. And the course in question is glass blowing. Students from all across the institute, regardless of their field of study, are able to sign up for the course. And though there is no credit offered for taking glass blowing at</span><span class=apple-converted-space><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://www.dvice.com/archives/2010/05/mits-future-jet.php"><b><span style='color:black'>MIT</span></b></a>, the introductory class is so popular that students must participate in a lottery to take the course.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='mso-margin-top-alt:10.3pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:20.4pt'><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p style='mso-margin-top-alt:10.3pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:20.4pt'><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Over the years, students from every focus on offer at MIT have taken glass blowing, each of them bringing a bit of their own field into the lab with them. A couple of years ago, for example, a music major who was taking part in the glass-blowing class wondered what might happen if a glass</span><span class=apple-converted-space><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><em><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>band </span></em><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>were to be formed, utilizing creations made in the glass lab. This year, with all manner of glass implements in hand, that band materialized. To see and hear some of their creations, as well as plenty of other works made in the</span><span class=apple-converted-space><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://www.dvice.com/archives/2012/05/image-of-the-da-364.php"><b><span style='color:black'>MIT</span></b></a></span><span class=apple-converted-space><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>glass lab, check out the <o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='mso-margin-top-alt:10.3pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.3pt;margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto;line-height:20.4pt'><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>[six minute] video below.<o:p></o:p></span></p></td></tr></table><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v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