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    • 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 ...
    • The twitcing eye : REM sleep and the emotional brain 

      Beck, Taylor McGowin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      Sleep and emotion have been linked since the discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep sixty years ago. Sleep, in particular REM sleep and the dreams it harbors, seems to modulate mood, restoring stability to the weary ...
    • The unfinished miracle : how plastics came to be lost at sea 

      Martinez, Amanda Rose (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      Plastic trash is an increasingly significant source of pollution in the world's oceans. In some remote ocean regions, it is aggregating by the ton. This thesis investigates plastic trash as an emerging marine contaminant, ...
    • When machines touch back : simulating-- and stimulating-- the most intimate of senses 

      Bullis, Kevin (Kevin James) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      Thomas Massie invented the Phantom, a computer peripheral for simulating the sense of touch, that became the de facto device for haptics research. The thesis recounts the story of Massie, his invention, and present and ...
    • Why we sing : an ode to our musical origins 

      Subbaraman, Nidhi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      Music is part of human culture and has been around for several thousand years. In spite of its strong emotional appeal, the history of this human characteristic, and the source of its allure remain elusive. This thesis is ...
    • Winging it : a bold step toward the whooping crane's return 

      McKenna, Philip Rood (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      Since the fall of 2001, biologists have taught endangered whooping cranes how to migrate over a once-lost course stretching from the wetlands of central Wisconsin to the mud flats of Florida's Gulf Coast. Wildlife biologists ...
    • Your brain on 9 volts : the specter and hype of electrical brain stimulation 

      Phares, Madeleine Margaux (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The potential of electricity to improve the brain has captivated many. Electrical gadgets attract the rich and the poor, the educated and uneducated, the scientist and the charlatan. Over hundreds of years, people have ...