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    • Aliens inferred 

      Petersen, Kate S. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
      The discovery of extraterrestrial (ET) life would be a revelation of scientific and cultural magnitude that rivals Darwin's theory of evolution and Copernicus's hypothesis that the Earth revolves around the Sun. But while ...
    • The Angelman Approach : hacking DNA to treat a rare disease 

      Levy, Brandon A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      One of every hundred children is born with a disease caused by a single abnormal gene. In the case of Angelman Syndrome, the genetic defect leaves patients mentally disabled, largely or completely unable to speak, and prone ...
    • Asbestos, USA : a little town once thrived as the asbestos capital of the world - now it grapples with the waste that was left behind 

      Vitale, Gina(Gina Carmela) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Ambler, Pennsylvania, a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, was formerly known as the asbestos capital of the world. After production ceased, large amounts of waste were left behind. Once portion of that waste, now ...
    • The beast within : measuring the minds of zoo animals 

      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 ...
    • A biography of the second 

      Hendrickson, Jessica(Jessica L.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
      A few blinks of an eye. The time it takes a hummingbird to flap its wings 80 times. For a photon of light to travel from Los Angeles to New York and back almost 40-fold. The second has been there since the literal dawn of ...
    • Can this burger save the planet? : synthetic beef and the dream of an American animal-free diet 

      Junger, Ashley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Sustainable food movements are focused on reducing meat consumption for one simple reason: meat is extremely environmentally costly. This enormous resource use by one industry makes it an appealing target for those looking ...
    • Champagne for the Blind : Paul Bach-y-Rita, neuroscience's forgotten genius 

      Rutkin, Aviva Hope; Bach-y-Rita, Paul, 1934- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was a visionary neuroscientist and an early pioneer of the theory of neuroplasticity. He is the father of sensory substitution, a field which explores how one sensory modality can be transferred to ...
    • Climate nudges : psychological tools to fix a warming planet 

      Bein, Eben Eliot Bolte (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      What if, during your next luxuriously long shower, a small device on the showerhead catches your eye? It counts gallons like a stopwatch. As the numbers grow, a cartoon polar bear despairingly watches the iceberg beneath ...
    • Conflicting Frames : the dispute over the meaning of rolezinhos in Brazilian media 

      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 ...
    • The conservation sacrifice : how far New Zealand will go to save its birds 

      Flaherty Payne, Brittany(Brittany Jean) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      In July of 2016, the New Zealand government announced plans for Predator Free 2050, the biggest predator control effort ever undertaken in the country-and perhaps the world. Predator Free 2050 is a government-sanctioned ...
    • The deepest paradox : seafloor mining and its future 

      Husain, Fatima, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Metals mined from the seafloor could support tomorrow's technological and clean energy innovations. Though the mineralogical and geochemical significance of seafloor deposits, which lie thousands of meters below the water's ...
    • Evolution in the Cornbelt : how a few special species are adapting to industrial agriculture 

      Gearin, Conor J. (Conor James) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Over the last 150 years, humans have wrought sweeping changes to the Great Plains. What was once the prairie is now the Corn Belt-row crops planted from fencerow to fencerow. What does this mean for the native wildlife, ...
    • Fake the dawn : digital game mechanics and the construction of gender in fictional worlds 

      Caldwell, Kyrie Eleison Hartsough (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      This thesis considers the ways in which digital game mechanics (interactive inputs) contribute to games' worldbuilding. In particular, this work is concerned with the replication and reinforcement of problematic gender ...
    • Fission and fury in Perry, Ohio : one town's fight to save their nuclear power plant 

      Tsipis, Kelsey M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Before much of America learned to fear atomic energy, towns like Perry, Ohio, learned to love it. For over thirty years the Perry Nuclear Power Plant has been the linchpin of the small Rust Belt community, bringing flush ...
    • From the sea to the stars : the forgotten journeys of the Philippines' ancient explorers 

      Dimacali, Timothy James M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Linguistic, genetic, and archaeological evidence indicate that the Philippines has been inhabited by humans for many thousands of years. By what means the earliest settlers arrived in the archipelago is still a mystery, ...
    • Future talk : the race to build a bot that gabs like a human 

      Turner, Madeleine(Madeleine Renee) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Gunrock is a chatbot designed in the likeness of an average 29-year-old woman living in Seattle. Fourteen students from the University of California, Davis, spent spring and summer of 2018 designing and testing the bot. ...
    • Geographies of nowhere : Smeltertown and the rising wave of environmental refugees 

      Pierre-Louis, Kendra (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      We don't often think of modern American communities as places that disappear. But lead pollution erased the tiny Texas community of Smeltertown from the map. And Smeltertown isn't alone. Across America we've scraped ...
    • Ghost Forests of the Mid-Atlantic : how sea-level rise is killing our coastlines 

      Friar, Greta (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States, ocean levels are rising at rates faster than just about anywhere in the world. Coastal forests are dying off as a result-an early warning, if people will pay attention, ...
    • I carry you in my heart : facing an incurable prenatal diagnosis 

      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" ...
    • Invisible scars : how domestic violence victims have been left out of the discussion on traumatic brain injuries 

      Mongilio, Heather (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common injuries in domestic violence, with studies finding that approximately 75 percent of women tested report at least one TBI. These injuries leave invisible scars in the ...