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    • Champagne for the Blind : Paul Bach-y-Rita, neuroscience's forgotten genius 

      Rutkin, Aviva Hope; Bach-y-Rita, Paul, 1934- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was a visionary neuroscientist and an early pioneer of the theory of neuroplasticity. He is the father of sensory substitution, a field which explores how one sensory modality can be transferred to ...
    • Living in the shadow of Mauna Loa 

      Hirji, Zahra R.(Zahra Rafik) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      One of Hawaii's most dangerous natural hazards is sitting in plain sight: Mauna Loa volcano. The mighty mountain makes up more than fifty percent of the island and is the largest volcano on Earth. Since 1843, when people ...
    • Troubled waters : the battle over shipwrecks, treasure and history at the bottom of the sea 

      Baehr, Leslie G. (Leslie Gail) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Though shipwrecks and treasure are deeply seductive to the public, the political, ethical, and scientific geography surrounding these sunken ships is not well publicized, except in cases involving large amounts of money. ...
    • SIGN HERE : informed consent in personalized medicine 

      Ahmed, Abdul-Kareem H (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      The next era of medicine will be one of personalization, scientists and physicians promise. Personalized medicine is a refined clinical approach in which clinicians will utilize your genomic information to help you prevent ...
    • Maximum containment : the most controversial labs in the world 

      Bruzek, Alison K. (Allison Kim) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      In 2002, following the September 11th attacks and the anthrax letters, the United States allocated money to build two maximum containment biology labs. Called Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facilities, these labs were built to ...
    • The beast within : measuring the minds of zoo animals 

      Duke, Julia Jane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Though zoos have come far from their early days of concrete boxes in caring for their residents' physical health, zoo animals' mental health-the feelings and thoughts beneath the furry and scaly exteriors-has only recently ...
    • One fish, two fish, lungfish, youfish : embracing traditional taxonomy in a molecular world 

      Brownell, Lindsay Kirlin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In today's increasingly digitized, data-driven world, the "old ways" of doing things, especially science, are quickly abandoned in favor of newer, ostensibly better methods. One such discipline is the ancient study of ...
    • The ruins of science : whatever happened to the Tevatron? 

      Jacobs, Suzanne E., S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      The Tevatron was the world's highest energy particle accelerator for more than two decades. Built at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois in the early 1980s, the machine accelerated protons and ...
    • Seizing a species : the story of the Great Salt Lake brine shrimp harvest 

      Wotipka, Samuel Alex (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In the early 1950s, C.C. "Sparkplug" Sanders began harvesting brine shrimp from Utah's Great Salt Lake. Sanders built up a small business selling their eggs, called "cysts, to aquarium stores across the country. During the ...
    • To create live treatments of actuality : an investigation of the emerging field of live documentary practice 

      Fischer, Julie (Julie Lynn) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Keywords: documentary, interactive, live, liveness, ephemerality, interactivity, theater, performance, television, televisuality, database, data, live data, real time Abstract: The field of documentary is undergoing a ...
    • I carry you in my heart : facing an incurable prenatal diagnosis 

      Sconyers, Emma (Emma G.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Prenatal diagnosis has given doctors the ability to predict problems before a child is even born. But what happens when the information gleaned from these tests is that the child is fatally sick? Doctors call these "futile" ...
    • Succulent and spiny : the Bahamas' quest for a sustainable lobster fishery 

      Rood, Jennifer E., S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      The Caribbean spiny lobster fishery is one of the most important industries in the economy of the Bahamas, and in turn it is one of the largest lobster industries in the world. The natural geography of the Bahamas makes ...
    • Preying on the predator : the shark fin controversy 

      Morris, Alexandra H (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      The consumption of shark fin soup dates back to the Ming Dynasty in China, when it was served to emperors. Today, the cultural delicacy represents wealth, status, and power. Over the past 30 years, with the rising middle ...
    • Taking nature's pulse 

      Nighthill, Abigail Stokes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      People have taken delight in nature throughout human history, but more recently the work of the natural historian has become more like that of the scientist. Using methods and tools of science, today's naturalists can ...
    • Conflicting Frames : the dispute over the meaning of rolezinhos in Brazilian media 

      Goncalves, Alexandre A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      This research analyzes the battle of frames in the controversy surrounding rolezinhos- flashmobs organized by low-income youth in Brazilian shopping malls. To analyze the framing of these events, a corpus of 4,523 online ...
    • You smell : the mysterious science of scent 

      Becker, Rachel A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      The sense of smell is a mystery-and the human sense of smell is a particularly inscrutable one. Only in the last 25 years have scientists identified the molecules in our noses responsible for detecting odors, and since ...
    • Subconcussive blows in high school football : putting young brains at risk 

      Caruso, Catherine Curro (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      In 2009, Larry Leverenz, Eric Nauman, and Thomas Talavage at Purdue University formed the Purdue Neurotrauma Group (PNG), and set out to study concussions in high school football. They set up a study that combined helmet ...
    • Swimming sentinels : climate clues from stranded marine mammals 

      Geib, Claudia M. (Claudia Marjorie) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      From skinny sea lions on beaches in California, to hundreds of enormous dead whales in the fjords of Chile, scientists have been recently puzzled by a spate of dead and dying marine mammals. These events are so complicated- ...
    • Climate nudges : psychological tools to fix a warming planet 

      Bein, Eben Eliot Bolte (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      What if, during your next luxuriously long shower, a small device on the showerhead catches your eye? It counts gallons like a stopwatch. As the numbers grow, a cartoon polar bear despairingly watches the iceberg beneath ...