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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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