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    • 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 ...
    • Searching for life where the sun don't shine : explorations to the seafloors of Earth and Europa 

      Fitzpatrick, Garret R (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      Hydrothermal vents on Earth's seafloor host entire ecosystems that live off energy from chemosynthesis rather than photosynthesis. This energy process uses chemical reactions between metals and hot gases from inside Earth's ...
    • Seizing a species : the story of the Great Salt Lake brine shrimp harvest 

      Wotipka, Samuel Alex (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In the early 1950s, C.C. "Sparkplug" Sanders began harvesting brine shrimp from Utah's Great Salt Lake. Sanders built up a small business selling their eggs, called "cysts, to aquarium stores across the country. During the ...
    • Sense and sense-ability : the artful science of hands-on medicine 

      Collins, Allyson T. (Allyson Therese) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      Listening to lung sounds, feeling the pulse, observing posture and gait-these are just a few of the examinations that doctors perform on their patients. A physical exam exists for every organ, from the brain to the bones ...
    • Side effects : the new age of AIDS in America 

      Humphries, Courtney (Courtney Elizabeth) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      When the cocktail of AIDS drugs called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) was introduced in 1997, it radically changed the picture of HIV and AIDS in the U.S. Deaths from AIDS plummeted by two-thirds. Now, far ...
    • Singing the Brain Electric 

      Chua, Grace (Grace W. J.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      Singing the Brain Electric Brain pacemakers, scientists have found, can treat depression by correcting neural circuitry gone haywire. This thesis examines how such technology - a technique known as deep-brain stimulation, ...
    • Stronger : the architects of a new intelligence 

      Craft, Stephen Paul (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      The modem world is awash in technology, little of which amazes like artificial intelligence. Siri speaks to us out of our iPhones. Google answers our every question. Watson, IBM's Jeopardy!-playing supercomputer, is popularly ...
    • Subconcussive blows in high school football : putting young brains at risk 

      Caruso, Catherine Curro (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      In 2009, Larry Leverenz, Eric Nauman, and Thomas Talavage at Purdue University formed the Purdue Neurotrauma Group (PNG), and set out to study concussions in high school football. They set up a study that combined helmet ...
    • Succulent and spiny : the Bahamas' quest for a sustainable lobster fishery 

      Rood, Jennifer E., S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      The Caribbean spiny lobster fishery is one of the most important industries in the economy of the Bahamas, and in turn it is one of the largest lobster industries in the world. The natural geography of the Bahamas makes ...
    • Superfish : the coming blue revolution 

      Avasthi, Amitabh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    • Swimming sentinels : climate clues from stranded marine mammals 

      Geib, Claudia M. (Claudia Marjorie) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      From skinny sea lions on beaches in California, to hundreds of enormous dead whales in the fjords of Chile, scientists have been recently puzzled by a spate of dead and dying marine mammals. These events are so complicated- ...
    • To create live treatments of actuality : an investigation of the emerging field of live documentary practice 

      Fischer, Julie (Julie Lynn) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Keywords: documentary, interactive, live, liveness, ephemerality, interactivity, theater, performance, television, televisuality, database, data, live data, real time Abstract: The field of documentary is undergoing a ...