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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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" ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Berger, Larisa (Larisa A.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Catalogue of a Loss is a collection of sixty-two prose poems written within the past year and half. The work is printed on 4x6 cards. Each poem may be read individually from a single card or the poems can be read in ...
  • McBride, Abigail D. (Abigail Downing) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Many people assume there's only one kind of "seagull." On the contrary, the world is home to dozens of gull species spanning an array of shapes, sizes, plumage patterns, behaviors, and lifestyles (and some of those gulls ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Krakauer, Hannah Lauren (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Octopuses are extraordinary creatures: Despite their numerous biological divergences from humans, they display impressive intelligence. Aquarists and scientists alike have noted instances of octopuses having what appear ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Myhrvold, Conor L. (Conor Lachlan) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This thesis investigates the notion of embodied cognition in humans using the research of former University of Washington researcher William Calvin and robots using the research of former MIT professor Rodney Brooks. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • Maurer, Lauren N. (Lauren Nichole) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    In the 1960's, psychedelic drugs were a part of not only popular culture, but also cuttingedge psychology research. Scientists were studying these drugs in the hope of understanding and treating various psychological and ...
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