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    • 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 ...
    • Interview with an octopus 

      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 ...
    • Knowing when to stop : the investigation of Flight 191 

      Vatz, Mara E., 1980- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      On May 25, 1979, an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after taking off from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. It was the worst crash in U.S. history at the time, having killed all 271 people on board and two people on the ground. ...
    • Lessons from a rare disease 

      Dutchen, Stephanie Lynn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      Progeria is a genetic aging disease of childhood affecting an estimated one in four to eight million births. Children with progeria experience a range of developmental disorders and aging-like symptoms, including wrinkled ...
    • Looking at ADHD : a personal exploration of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 

      MacArthur, Karen, 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    • Mass spec : the biography of a scientific instrument 

      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 ...
    • Metromorphosis : evolution on the urban island 

      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 ...
    • Mind over machine : what Deep Blue taught us about chess, artificial intelligence, and the human spirit 

      Hoekenga, Barbara Christine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      On May 11th 1997, the world watched as IBM's chess-playing computer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match. The reverberations of that contest touched people, and computers, around the ...
    • Mold fever : how a bizarre life form penetrated popular consciousness and launched a creeping hysteria 

      Frazer, Jennifer Tucker, 1978- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      Molds are everywhere, lately: in our homes, newspapers, and courtrooms, and on our minds. In the past few years, mold has gone from a blip on the radar of public consciousness to a major force in home inspections, insurance, ...
    • Money for the big eyes 

      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 ...
    • Morning light : the secret history of the Tagish Lake Fireball 

      Berdahl, James Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      [Spoiler alert:] On January 18, 2000, a meteoroid 4 meters in diameter hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded over the Yukon Territory in northern Canada. The size of the fireball and the contrail that it left behind ...
    • The natural history of a lost sense 

      Steiner, Siri Lefren (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      This thesis is an investigation of the vomeronasal organ, which senses pheromones. It traces the use of the organ in land-dwelling vertebrates, and suggests evidence that the organ is vestigial in humans and Old World ...
    • Neutrino capital of the world 

      Johnson, Carolyn Y., 1980- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      Neutrinos are ubiquitous particles, but they don't like to mingle. Each second, billions of them pass through our bodies, slicing imperceptibly through our delicate internal organs. They can barrel through the sun, stars, ...
    • Nico's bubbles : the story of a whale, some crows, and the search for sentience 

      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 ...
    • Ocean fertilization : ecological cure or calamity 

      Ogilvie, Megan Jacqueline, 1979- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      The late John Martin demonstrated the paramount importance of iron for microscopic plant growth in large areas of the world's oceans. Iron, he hypothesized, was the nutrient that limited green life in seawater. Over twenty ...