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  • 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 ...
  • Powell, Adam C. (Adam Cooper) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    Preventable medical complications are afflicting a growing number of Americans. Meanwhile, the field of healthcare has been slow to uptake information technology. This thesis reviews existing literature in order to produce ...
  • Beck, Taylor McGowin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Sleep and emotion have been linked since the discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep sixty years ago. Sleep, in particular REM sleep and the dreams it harbors, seems to modulate mood, restoring stability to the weary ...
  • Harrison, Aimee (Aimee C.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Underneath is a full-length novel that follows Maggie Lawrence, a twelve-year-old girl growing up in the late 1970s, through the first eight months of her parents' divorce. To escape their fighting, Maggie crawls under her ...
  • Martinez, Amanda Rose (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Plastic trash is an increasingly significant source of pollution in the world's oceans. In some remote ocean regions, it is aggregating by the ton. This thesis investigates plastic trash as an emerging marine contaminant, ...
  • Bullis, Kevin (Kevin James) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
    Thomas Massie invented the Phantom, a computer peripheral for simulating the sense of touch, that became the de facto device for haptics research. The thesis recounts the story of Massie, his invention, and present and ...
  • Subbaraman, Nidhi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Music is part of human culture and has been around for several thousand years. In spite of its strong emotional appeal, the history of this human characteristic, and the source of its allure remain elusive. This thesis is ...
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