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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Conahan, Gillian S (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Spider silk is a material of extraordinary beauty and utility. From the spider's perspective, it is foremost a building material, but also a safety net, a sensory organ, a weapon. From a human perspective, it is a material ...
  • MacLachlan, Allison (Allison Stollery) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Aspartame has become an extremely popular artificial sweetener since its entry into the American market in 1981. Humans have an evolutionary preference for sweet tastes, and artificial sweeteners became a mainstream ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • McPherson, Stephanie M. (Stephanie Mae) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    There are conditions on the Earth that are completely inhospitable to humans. Macroscopic life forms in these conditions are extremely rare. Microscopic life forms, however, thrive. They are called extremophiles. One subset ...
  • Ruppel, Emily (Emily C.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Human hand transplantation became a medical reality at the turn of the 2 1st century. Often hailed by media and the general public as miraculous, these life-changing surgeries are also highly controversial. Many doctors, ...
  • Feblowitz, Joshua (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Clinical decision support is an emerging type of healthcare information technology that aims to actively guide doctors' decision-making processes. In its various forms, it can help physicians design treatment regimens, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Carlisle, Camille M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    A few decades ago, black holes were a theoretical quirk. Highly probable on paper, they were doubted more than touted; many scientists didn't believe they even existed. Today, however, black holes appear to be everywhere, ...
  • Sherburne, Morgan (Morgan L.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Organic food is growing in popularity, enjoying a 15 to 20% increase in sales, yearly, since about 1997, according to the Organic Trade Association. Organic produce makes up about 2% of the United States' total food sales ...
  • 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, ...
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