Author Archives: Alana Joli Abbott

Science and technology latest: Ships, smartphones, and lunar eclipses

This week in trending news, science and technology have been making headlines on topics from the lunar eclipse and this year’s blood moon frequency, plans by NASA and Lockheed to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2016, the Navy’s christening of …

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Dido Elizabeth Belle’s true story told in Belle movie

In 2013, two award-winning films highlighted the black historical experience in America. Chiwetel Ejiofor played Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who is sold into slavery, in the Oscar award winning 12 Years a Slave. In director …

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Muppets Most Wanted: Perfect film studies research topic

The Muppets have been around since the 1950s, and they became household icons in 1976, when The Muppet Show hit the air. Follow that with feature films, Webby-award winning YouTube videos, and a return to feature films with 2011′s The …

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as a research paper topic

The mystery behind missing plane Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has gotten more complex as investigating officials find further information. The revelation that two passengers were traveling on stolen passports, their tickets purchased by an Iranian middleman, had some speculating that …

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How to research topics in women’s history

Women’s history is a relatively new academic branch, so finding the right resources when you’re pursuing good research paper topics in the field can be important. Whether you’re researching famous women in history, famous black women or women of color, …

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Following Bill Nye creationism vs. evolution debate, use the oldest piece of Earth dated as a research topic idea

It was hard to miss the news at the beginning of February 2014: Bill Nye faced off in a debate on creationism vs. evolution against Ken Ham, who founded the biblically literalist Creation Museum in Kentucky. But while no one …

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Fan-funded Veronica Mars movie: Film studies research topic on inspiring other filmmakers to use Kickstarter

If you missed the news in March 2013 about the tremendously successful Veronica Mars movie funded through Kickstarter, which raised close to 300% of its initial funding goal of $2 million, you can catch it in the newsstands again. Entertainment …

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Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” and “Anansi Boys” as media and literature research paper topics

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to the screen. His novel “Neverwhere” began its life as a BBC mini-series. His novels, “Mirror Mask,” “Stardust,” and “Coraline,” have all been adapted as movies. Gaiman wrote an adaptation of Beowulf for the big …

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Documentary Oscar nominees: What research topics are featured in this year’s Academy Awards?

Documentaries have a long and sordid history with the Academy Awards. It’s a highly contested category, and the rules of Oscar nominees’ eligibility have changed a number of times. This year, topics include genocide (“The Act of Killing”), backup singers …

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Research paper help on Lyubov Orlova ghost ship, cannibal rats, and ocean conservancy

Ghost ships and cannibal rats don’t immediately bring to mind good research paper topics, even in folklore courses. They bring to mind bad films (such as the critically panned 2002 Ghost Ship movie, or the 1943 film of the same …

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