Category Archives: News and updates

New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or …

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Medical marijuana approval on the rise

On Monday July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana under certain conditions. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Washington fulfilled voters’ wishes by opening medical marijuana dispensaries for …

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How the Facebook study became an ethics debate

Facebook’s recent study of the emotional behavior of some of its 1.3 billion users without their knowledge or consent has raised ethical concerns for academic research. When the study’s results were published in a science journal, people raised questions of …

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What has become of antibiotic drugs

You catch a bug, head to the doctor, they hook you up with an antibiotic and you go on your merry way. Right? Well, the latest news in health and medicine says we may have been overdoing it, and, in …

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The fight to overturn Proposition 8 in California

“The Case Against 8” is an HBO documentary that takes an in-depth look at the federal lawsuit to overturn California Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages. Five years in the making, the film shows the behind-the-scenes workings of a legal team dedicated …

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How the War on Drugs is a problem, not a solution

Since President Richard Nixon first declared a nationwide War on Drugs in June 1971, law enforcement and the U.S. government have operated under the idea that the best drug policy was to jail anyone using or selling drugs. Debate continues …

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Will the student loan debt crisis ever improve?

The student debt crisis received a setback recently when the Bank on Student Loan Fairness Act sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren died in the Senate. It fell four votes shy of moving on for debate. According to the Project on …

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The latest on Iraq — ISIS challenging Al-Qaeda

In recent weeks, the situation in Iraq has unraveled, with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) overtaking much of the country. Iraq news today brings new information about how ISIS is challenging Al-Qaeda by declaring a new Islamic …

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The changing attitude toward same sex marriage

The topic of same sex marriage has many areas to explore for research paper topics, from marriage benefits for same sex couples, to religion and same sex marriage, to how society’s changing its attitude on the topic of same sex …

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Cheating in college and what’s being done about it

Cheating on college campuses has been a problem for many years. College students cheat on midterms, a final exam or term paper for many reasons, usually to improve their college GPA or to “get through” a class they find uninteresting. …

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