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    • Abandoned minds : the escalating crisis of geriatric mental illness 

      Sipics, Michelle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      Older adults are susceptible to the same mental afflictions that affect other age groups; depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other illnesses affect all adult age groups to varying degrees. Yet despite recent ...
    • AcidopHiles : a not- so-basic life 

      McPherson, Stephanie M. (Stephanie Mae) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      There are conditions on the Earth that are completely inhospitable to humans. Macroscopic life forms in these conditions are extremely rare. Microscopic life forms, however, thrive. They are called extremophiles. One subset ...
    • Air trade : promises -- and pitfalls -- in the coming carbon market 

      Harris, Lissa E (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      Market mechanisms for controlling pollution and other environmental problems, once considered experimental, have recently become favored tools for regulation, both in the U.S. and abroad. In the last several years, a $64 ...
    • Aspartame : artifice and the science of sweet 

      MacLachlan, Allison (Allison Stollery) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      Aspartame has become an extremely popular artificial sweetener since its entry into the American market in 1981. Humans have an evolutionary preference for sweet tastes, and artificial sweeteners became a mainstream ...
    • The beast within : measuring the minds of zoo animals 

      Duke, Julia Jane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Though zoos have come far from their early days of concrete boxes in caring for their residents' physical health, zoo animals' mental health-the feelings and thoughts beneath the furry and scaly exteriors-has only recently ...
    • A bright idea? : the promise and peril of a memory drug 

      Dowd, William (William Michael) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      In the MIT lab of neuropharmacologist Richard Wurtman, rodents that received a new Alzheimer's drug have shown a marked improvement in learning and memory. They are able to master elaborate mazes in half the time of their ...
    • The buffalo wars 

      Nasr, Susan L (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      The wandering buffalo of Yellowstone National Park are the subject of a heated debate in the western United States. The animals carry a disease called brucellosis, which infects both buffalo and cattle and has economic ...
    • Bulletproof gossamer : spinning a superfiber 

      Conahan, Gillian S (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      Spider silk is a material of extraordinary beauty and utility. From the spider's perspective, it is foremost a building material, but also a safety net, a sensory organ, a weapon. From a human perspective, it is a material ...
    • The butterfly clock : illuminating the molecular mysteries of monarch migration 

      Rice, Jocelyn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      Each fall, the entire monarch butterfly population of the Eastern United States and Canada funnels into a handful of oyamel pine groves in Michoacan, Mexico, to weather the winter months. Each spring, the butterflies mate ...
    • Champagne for the Blind : Paul Bach-y-Rita, neuroscience's forgotten genius 

      Rutkin, Aviva Hope; Bach-y-Rita, Paul, 1934- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was a visionary neuroscientist and an early pioneer of the theory of neuroplasticity. He is the father of sensory substitution, a field which explores how one sensory modality can be transferred to ...
    • Changing her tune : how a transsexual woman claims a new identity through voice 

      Gammon, Katharine Stoel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      The human voice is an important indicator of a person's gender. For male-to-female transgender individuals (or transsexuals) the voice is one of the most difficult parts of the gender transition. Males have larger and ...
    • The chosen genes : Jews, genetics, and the future of ethnic medicine 

      Anthes, Emily Kennedy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      All humans have certain genes that cause or predispose them to various diseases. In the ideal medical future, scientists will have hyperfast gene analyzers able to sequence anyone's DNA in a matter of minutes. In that ...
    • The clearest mirror : the science of laughing and crying 

      Wanucha, Genevieve M. (Genevieve Marie) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      There are few things as familiar to us as the experience of laughing and crying. Studying the two emotional expressions side to side is a way to see our species anew. A way of linking what we share with other mammals to ...
    • Climate nudges : psychological tools to fix a warming planet 

      Bein, Eben Eliot Bolte (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      What if, during your next luxuriously long shower, a small device on the showerhead catches your eye? It counts gallons like a stopwatch. As the numbers grow, a cartoon polar bear despairingly watches the iceberg beneath ...
    • Computer, MD 

      Feblowitz, Joshua (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      Clinical decision support is an emerging type of healthcare information technology that aims to actively guide doctors' decision-making processes. In its various forms, it can help physicians design treatment regimens, ...
    • Conflicting Frames : the dispute over the meaning of rolezinhos in Brazilian media 

      Goncalves, Alexandre A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      This research analyzes the battle of frames in the controversy surrounding rolezinhos- flashmobs organized by low-income youth in Brazilian shopping malls. To analyze the framing of these events, a corpus of 4,523 online ...
    • Cosmos incognito : Vera Rubin shines light on dark matter 

      Yeager, Ashley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis, a profile of astronomer Vera Rubin, highlights her scientific achievements, most notably the irrefutable evidence she gathered to persuade the astronomical community that galaxies spin at a faster speed than ...
    • The dancer in nature 

      Naone, Erica (Erica Beth Aana) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      A rich body of science has grown up around the art of dance. It includes study of a dancer's relationship to Newtonian physics, dance medicine, the role of the spine in balance, and the emerging study of the neuroscience ...
    • Distant harvest : the production and price of organic food 

      Sherburne, Morgan (Morgan L.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      Organic food is growing in popularity, enjoying a 15 to 20% increase in sales, yearly, since about 1997, according to the Organic Trade Association. Organic produce makes up about 2% of the United States' total food sales ...
    • Don't call it a seagull! 

      McBride, Abigail D. (Abigail Downing) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      Many people assume there's only one kind of "seagull." On the contrary, the world is home to dozens of gull species spanning an array of shapes, sizes, plumage patterns, behaviors, and lifestyles (and some of those gulls ...