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    • 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 ...
    • One fish, two fish, lungfish, youfish : embracing traditional taxonomy in a molecular world 

      Brownell, Lindsay Kirlin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In today's increasingly digitized, data-driven world, the "old ways" of doing things, especially science, are quickly abandoned in favor of newer, ostensibly better methods. One such discipline is the ancient study of ...
    • The placenta's second life 

      Glausser, Anne O. (Anne O'Brien) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      This thesis, written for a popular audience, explores the many facets of the placenta, an organ that facilitates the growth of the fetus during pregnancy. It looks at what happens when the placenta dodges the hospital ...
    • Preying on the predator : the shark fin controversy 

      Morris, Alexandra H (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      The consumption of shark fin soup dates back to the Ming Dynasty in China, when it was served to emperors. Today, the cultural delicacy represents wealth, status, and power. Over the past 30 years, with the rising middle ...
    • Proof positive : finding the cause of AIDS 

      Rulison, Megan R. (Megan Rebecca) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      In 2008, it will have been 25 years since HIV was first isolated from a patient with AIDS. In the early 1980s, when the mysterious disease of the immune system spread across the globe, scientists began a race to find the ...
    • Reentry 

      Corley, Anne-Marie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      "Reentry" most often evokes an image of the space shuttle flying through earth's atmosphere, glowing hot from friction, then landing on the runway and rolling to a halt. By then, the astronauts' job is finished. The hard ...
    • Rice : how the most genetically versatile grain conquered the World 

      Montenegro de Wit, Maywa, 1979- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    • The ruins of science : whatever happened to the Tevatron? 

      Jacobs, Suzanne E., S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      The Tevatron was the world's highest energy particle accelerator for more than two decades. Built at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois in the early 1980s, the machine accelerated protons and ...
    • Scroop, luster, and hand : the science and sensuality of silk 

      Boyce, Jennifer E. (Jennifer Elaine) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      For five thousand years, silk threads have woven through the fabric of human history. Since its accidental discovery in China all that time ago, silk has played roles, major or minor, in many cultures. In both the East and ...