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    • 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, ...
    • How to build a living thing 

      Campbell, MacGregor (MacGregor Ballard) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      A number of research groups worldwide are working on various aspects of the problem of building life from scratch. Jack W. Szostak's lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the centers of the action. Open a recent news ...
    • 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" ...
    • "If it quacks like a sphere" : the million dollar problem 

      Ornes, Stephen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      Grigori Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematician, may have proved the Poincare Conjecture, a statement first poised by Jules Henri Poincare in 1902. The problem is the most eminent challenge in the mathematical field ...
    • Implanted : technology and connection in the deaf world 

      Calamia, Joseph Benjamin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      In 1984, the FDA approved a medical device called a cochlear implant for adult use in the United States. Unlike assistive hearing technologies that came before it, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants could offer wider ...