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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Flashback : the return of psychedelic medicine 

      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 ...
    • From enclosure to embrace : punitive isolation and network culture 

      Rockwood, Jason Willis Krider (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      Cultural theorists such as Henry Jenkins¹, Lawrence Lessig², Yochai Benkler³ , Robert Hassan⁴, and Manuel Castells⁵, have written extensively on the role of network communications technologies in reconfiguring contemporary ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 at the machine : Internet addiction and compulsive computer use 

      VanCott, Rachel Diane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      Technology use-particularly the use of the Internet-is a pervasive component of modem society. The Internet has changed the way we work and the way we play, creating new possibilities for self expression and communication. ...
    • The grass is half-full : new biofuels from field to wheel 

      Moseman, Andrew (Andrew Garet) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      The current biofuels market in the United States is dominated by ethanol made from corn. But corn ethanol has limitations that will prevent it from displacing a large amount of fossil fuel use in the U.S. To achieve that ...
    • Hallowed hands 

      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, ...
    • Heart of darkness 

      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, ...