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  • Dutchen, Stephanie Lynn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Progeria is a genetic aging disease of childhood affecting an estimated one in four to eight million births. Children with progeria experience a range of developmental disorders and aging-like symptoms, including wrinkled ...
  • Calmes, Jordan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Over the past century, the mass spectrometer has become commonplace in scientific fields ranging from chemistry to geology to environmental science. Its ability to identify compounds and determine concentrations of those ...
  • Vezina, Kenrick (Kenrick Freitas) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Cities are very much alive. Like islands, they provide a natural testing ground for evolution. With more than half of the world's population living in urban areas now, the influence cities have on the planet's life is ...
  • Hoekenga, Barbara Christine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    On May 11th 1997, the world watched as IBM's chess-playing computer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match. The reverberations of that contest touched people, and computers, around the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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