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  • Frazer, Jennifer Tucker, 1978- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    Molds are everywhere, lately: in our homes, newspapers, and courtrooms, and on our minds. In the past few years, mold has gone from a blip on the radar of public consciousness to a major force in home inspections, insurance, ...
  • Shen, Fangfei, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Since ancient civilization, humanity has kept its eyes on the heavens, and the invention of telescopes has only increased its scrutiny. As astronomers strive to see the universe with increasing clarity, telescopes have ...
  • Berdahl, James Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    [Spoiler alert:] On January 18, 2000, a meteoroid 4 meters in diameter hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded over the Yukon Territory in northern Canada. The size of the fireball and the contrail that it left behind ...
  • Steiner, Siri Lefren (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
    This thesis is an investigation of the vomeronasal organ, which senses pheromones. It traces the use of the organ in land-dwelling vertebrates, and suggests evidence that the organ is vestigial in humans and Old World ...
  • Johnson, Carolyn Y., 1980- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    Neutrinos are ubiquitous particles, but they don't like to mingle. Each second, billions of them pass through our bodies, slicing imperceptibly through our delicate internal organs. They can barrel through the sun, stars, ...
  • Bjoran, Kristina (Kristina Ashley) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Humans have long been drawn to the study of nonhuman animal cognitive and emotional intelligence, but have long come up short. Cognitive scientists look for signs of a sense of self, the ability to solve problems, and the ...
  • Ogilvie, Megan Jacqueline, 1979- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    The late John Martin demonstrated the paramount importance of iron for microscopic plant growth in large areas of the world's oceans. Iron, he hypothesized, was the nutrient that limited green life in seawater. Over twenty ...
  • Glausser, Anne O. (Anne O'Brien) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This thesis, written for a popular audience, explores the many facets of the placenta, an organ that facilitates the growth of the fetus during pregnancy. It looks at what happens when the placenta dodges the hospital ...
  • Rulison, Megan R. (Megan Rebecca) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    In 2008, it will have been 25 years since HIV was first isolated from a patient with AIDS. In the early 1980s, when the mysterious disease of the immune system spread across the globe, scientists began a race to find the ...
  • Reentry 
    Corley, Anne-Marie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    "Reentry" most often evokes an image of the space shuttle flying through earth's atmosphere, glowing hot from friction, then landing on the runway and rolling to a halt. By then, the astronauts' job is finished. The hard ...
  • Boyce, Jennifer E. (Jennifer Elaine) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
    For five thousand years, silk threads have woven through the fabric of human history. Since its accidental discovery in China all that time ago, silk has played roles, major or minor, in many cultures. In both the East and ...
  • Fitzpatrick, Garret R (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Hydrothermal vents on Earth's seafloor host entire ecosystems that live off energy from chemosynthesis rather than photosynthesis. This energy process uses chemical reactions between metals and hot gases from inside Earth's ...
  • Gottlieb, Mark Louis, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)
    This is an exploration of the rules and guidelines that underlie the structure of a multi-puzzle contest (a competition consisting of one large puzzle made up of a number of smaller constituent puzzles). The MIT Mystery ...
  • Collins, Allyson T. (Allyson Therese) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    Listening to lung sounds, feeling the pulse, observing posture and gait-these are just a few of the examinations that doctors perform on their patients. A physical exam exists for every organ, from the brain to the bones ...
  • Iglesias, Brian (Brian M.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    A young boy grows up in a future world buried under snow, a great factory and research lab with his father at the head. As he grows he is torn between the desire to be like his beloved father and the equally strong desire ...
  • Humphries, Courtney (Courtney Elizabeth) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    When the cocktail of AIDS drugs called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) was introduced in 1997, it radically changed the picture of HIV and AIDS in the U.S. Deaths from AIDS plummeted by two-thirds. Now, far ...
  • Chua, Grace (Grace W. J.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    Singing the Brain Electric Brain pacemakers, scientists have found, can treat depression by correcting neural circuitry gone haywire. This thesis examines how such technology - a technique known as deep-brain stimulation, ...
  • Parness, Aaron J. (Aaron Joseph), 1981-; MIT Program in Writing & Humanistic Studies. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    Stick Shift is a novel that has undergone several rounds of significant revision. Scott, the book's main character, is a sarcastic American who travels to England to move in with an ex-girlfriend. He experiences all of the ...
  • Craft, Stephen Paul (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    The modem world is awash in technology, little of which amazes like artificial intelligence. Siri speaks to us out of our iPhones. Google answers our every question. Watson, IBM's Jeopardy!-playing supercomputer, is popularly ...
  • Lewis, Allison (Allison Carol) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    Tennessee Waltz is a collection of short stories, set in Memphis, Tennessee, about the lives of three characters, a mother, daughter, and grandmother. These stories raise a series of questions: What is absolute? What is ...
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