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    • Barren promise : the hope and heartache in treating infertility 

      McDonough, Maureen (Maureen Ann) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive medicine technology that allows the genetic characteristics of embryos to be examined. Created through in vitro fertilization, embryos are grown in a Petri dish for ...
    • 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 ...
    • Cancer and the clock : chronotherapy's struggle for legitimacy 

      Kagan, Emily M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      Circadian rhythms govern almost every process in our bodies. Chronotherapy is the practice of giving medications in synchrony with these rhythms. For cancer chemotherapy, study after study has shown that paying attention ...
    • Catalogue of a Loss 

      Berger, Larisa (Larisa A.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      Catalogue of a Loss is a collection of sixty-two prose poems written within the past year and half. The work is printed on 4x6 cards. Each poem may be read individually from a single card or the poems can be read in ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...
    • 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 ...
    • Drinking up the desert 

      Song, Lisa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      As one of the fastest-growing cities in America, Tucson, Arizona suffers from a classic case of urban sprawl. Fueled by the prevalence of lot splits and cheap suburban land, little was done to curb the city's unsustainable ...
    • Earthlings : humanity's essential relationship with gravity 

      Vargas Medina, Iris Mónica (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      A realm of serious scientific questions about gravity's role in biology is being researched in labs around the world, from NASA's Dryden Research Laboratories in the Mohave Desert, to Japan's Radioisotope Center at the ...
    • Eavesdroppers : how scientists are learning to listen in on the animal kingdom : four stories on wildlife and sound 

      Quill, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Helene) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      Typically, if scientists want to study animals in the wild they rely on field observations by eye. If they want to track those species to know where they are, where they are going, and how they behave, then researchers may ...
    • Embodied cognition in robots and human evolution 

      Myhrvold, Conor L. (Conor Lachlan) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      This thesis investigates the notion of embodied cognition in humans using the research of former University of Washington researcher William Calvin and robots using the research of former MIT professor Rodney Brooks. The ...
    • The endless mantra : innovation at the Keck Observatory 

      Bobra, Monica Godha (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      A study of historical, current, and future developments at the Keck Observatory revealed a thriving philosophy of innovation. Intended to defy obsoletion and keep the observatory competitive over long time scales, this ...