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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Changing her tune : how a transsexual woman claims a new identity through voice 

      Gammon, Katharine Stoel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      The human voice is an important indicator of a person's gender. For male-to-female transgender individuals (or transsexuals) the voice is one of the most difficult parts of the gender transition. Males have larger and ...
    • The chosen genes : Jews, genetics, and the future of ethnic medicine 

      Anthes, Emily Kennedy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      All humans have certain genes that cause or predispose them to various diseases. In the ideal medical future, scientists will have hyperfast gene analyzers able to sequence anyone's DNA in a matter of minutes. In that ...
    • The clearest mirror : the science of laughing and crying 

      Wanucha, Genevieve M. (Genevieve Marie) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      There are few things as familiar to us as the experience of laughing and crying. Studying the two emotional expressions side to side is a way to see our species anew. A way of linking what we share with other mammals 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 ...
    • Computer, MD 

      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, ...
    • 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 ...
    • Cosmos incognito : Vera Rubin shines light on dark matter 

      Yeager, Ashley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis, a profile of astronomer Vera Rubin, highlights her scientific achievements, most notably the irrefutable evidence she gathered to persuade the astronomical community that galaxies spin at a faster speed than ...
    • The dancer in nature 

      Naone, Erica (Erica Beth Aana) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      A rich body of science has grown up around the art of dance. It includes study of a dancer's relationship to Newtonian physics, dance medicine, the role of the spine in balance, and the emerging study of the neuroscience ...
    • Distant harvest : the production and price of organic food 

      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 ...
    • Don't call it a seagull! 

      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 ...
    • Drinking up the desert 

      Song, Lisa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      As one of the fastest-growing cities in America, Tucson, Arizona suffers from a classic case of urban sprawl. Fueled by the prevalence of lot splits and cheap suburban land, little was done to curb the city's unsustainable ...
    • Earthlings : humanity's essential relationship with gravity 

      Vargas Medina, Iris Mónica (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      A realm of serious scientific questions about gravity's role in biology is being researched in labs around the world, from NASA's Dryden Research Laboratories in the Mohave Desert, to Japan's Radioisotope Center at the ...
    • Eavesdroppers : how scientists are learning to listen in on the animal kingdom : four stories on wildlife and sound 

      Quill, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Helene) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      Typically, if scientists want to study animals in the wild they rely on field observations by eye. If they want to track those species to know where they are, where they are going, and how they behave, then researchers may ...
    • Embodied cognition in robots and human evolution 

      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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...
    • Eye to I 

      Brunstein, Ada (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This is the story of the language of eyes - what they say about our emotions, what they reveal about our intentions, how they interact with our face, and how they connect us to one another. The story follows our experience ...