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    • 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 ...