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    • Rice : how the most genetically versatile grain conquered the World 

      Montenegro de Wit, Maywa, 1979- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    • The essential message : Claude Shannon and the making of information theory 

      Guizzo, Erico Marui (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      In 1948, Claude Shannon, a young engineer and mathematician working at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, published "A Mathematical Theory of Communication," a seminal paper that marked the birth of information theory. In ...
    • Artificial intelligence and musical creativity : computing Beethoven's tenth 

      Hutson, Matt, 1978- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    • Looking at ADHD : a personal exploration of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 

      MacArthur, Karen, 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    • Atlantic crossings 

      McDonagh, Sorcha, 1975- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    • Neutrino capital of the 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, ...
    • Across the great divide : chimeras and species boundaries 

      Bourzac, Katherine Anne, 1981- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      We have always been fascinated by borderline creatures. Chimeras, hybrids of multiple animals-and sometimes humans-appear repeatedly in mythology across cultures from ancient times to the present. Since the early 1980s, ...
    • Knowing when to stop : the investigation of Flight 191 

      Vatz, Mara E., 1980- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      On May 25, 1979, an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after taking off from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. It was the worst crash in U.S. history at the time, having killed all 271 people on board and two people on the ground. ...
    • Ocean fertilization : ecological cure or calamity 

      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 ...
    • Mold fever : how a bizarre life form penetrated popular consciousness and launched a creeping hysteria 

      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, ...
    • Side effects : the new age of AIDS in America 

      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 ...
    • Cancer and the clock : chronotherapy's struggle for legitimacy 

      Kagan, Emily M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      Circadian rhythms govern almost every process in our bodies. Chronotherapy is the practice of giving medications in synchrony with these rhythms. For cancer chemotherapy, study after study has shown that paying attention ...
    • Scroop, luster, and hand : the science and sensuality of silk 

      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 ...
    • When machines touch back : simulating-- and stimulating-- the most intimate of senses 

      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 ...
    • Barren promise : the hope and heartache in treating infertility 

      McDonough, Maureen (Maureen Ann) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive medicine technology that allows the genetic characteristics of embryos to be examined. Created through in vitro fertilization, embryos are grown in a Petri dish for ...
    • The natural history of a lost sense 

      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 ...
    • The endless mantra : innovation at the Keck Observatory 

      Bobra, Monica Godha (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      A study of historical, current, and future developments at the Keck Observatory revealed a thriving philosophy of innovation. Intended to defy obsoletion and keep the observatory competitive over long time scales, this ...
    • "If it quacks like a sphere" : the million dollar problem 

      Ornes, Stephen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      Grigori Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematician, may have proved the Poincare Conjecture, a statement first poised by Jules Henri Poincare in 1902. The problem is the most eminent challenge in the mathematical field ...
    • From Gondwanaland, with love : the tale of how Boston got its rocks 

      Cull, Selby (Selby C.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      The rocks on which the city of Boston was built did not form as part of North America. They formed about 600 million years ago, at the South Pole, as the northern coast of a supercontinent called Gondwanaland. Boston's ...
    • The buffalo wars 

      Nasr, Susan L (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      The wandering buffalo of Yellowstone National Park are the subject of a heated debate in the western United States. The animals carry a disease called brucellosis, which infects both buffalo and cattle and has economic ...