Research paper topic on Shark Week: More fact or fiction?

Fans may still be tuning in, but that doesn’t mean that many aren’t furious with the Discovery Channel, which has yet again offered up mostly fictitious programming during their now infamous Shark Week. This season’s “catch”?

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

That would be Shark of Darkness: The Wrath of Submarine, which follows on the heels of last year’s Megalodon Mockumentary. Will the lack of facts create yet another Shark Week controversy? Read more

SpaceX Dragon as your aeronautics research topic

Have you heard of SpaceX? Short for Space Exploration Technologies, SpaceX is a leader in the field of commercial space flight. NASA has purchased SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ships to resupply the International Space Station. Recently, the company, headed by Tesla Motors exec Elon Musk, aired a live broadcast of the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on its way to put a new commercial satellite into space.

The SpaceX Dragon. (Credit: SpaceX.com)

The SpaceX Dragon. (Credit: SpaceX.com)

The company is looking to build a launchpad in Texas, supported by state and local funds. With NASA out of the space shuttle business since 2011, it has begun relying more and more on commercial space flight companies to support its missions. If you are looking for a good research paper topic in aeronautics, astronomy, or aviation, consider looking into SpaceX and other commercial space flight companies. Read more

Research paper topic ideas on immigration

The U.S. Congress missed its August 1, 2014, deadline for dealing with the thousands of child refugees at the U.S.-Mexican border. On Thursday, July 31, it became apparent that debate on immigration had stalled, leaving the asylum seekers with no resolution.

'Time Is Now' Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

‘Time Is Now’ Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

In July 2014, President Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. Yet the Republican-controlled House of Representatives could not reach an agreement on the passage of a $659 million funding proposal backed by the House leadership. For your next research paper, look to some ideas including illegal immigration, immigration reform or immigration policy for help. Read more

Ebola virus outbreak for your health research paper

The latest Ebola virus outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 670 people in West Africa in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Two doctors from the United States are the latest to be diagnosed with the severe and generally fatal infection.

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that a man arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, on an international flight, already sick with Ebola, and died there on July 25. This raises concerns about the disease being transmitted beyond Africa. For your next research paper, you can focus your topic on the Ebola virus itself or health in third world countries. Read more

Conflict in Gaza for your Middle Eastern history research paper topic

The Israeli Palestinian conflict has created a humanitarian crisis with little hope for resolution. On Thursday July 24, 2014, an estimated 16 civilians were killed and more than 200 wounded when the Israeli army shelled a United Nations shelter in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian girls run away after an Israeli air strike on a house in the northern Gaza Strip. (Credit: Reuters)

Palestinian girls run away after an Israeli air strike on a house in the northern Gaza Strip. (Credit: Reuters)

These deaths have raised the death toll in the West Bank to more than 815, many of whom are civilians. Many in the Arab world decry the extremist group Hamas for its part in spurring the conflict. By taking a look at the history of the Middle East, you can focus your next research paper on the current conflict in Gaza and how it escalated to this extent. Read more

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 journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb! Read more

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 business.

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

In November 2012, voters in both Washington and Colorado passed legislation that legalizes marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The increase in legislation approving medical cannabis seems to be part of a growing trend among states to legalize marijuana. Read more

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 privacy rights and research ethics.

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

“This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about whether the privacy rights of Facebook’s nearly 1.3 billion users are being trampled by the company’s drive to dissect data and promote behavior that could help sell more online advertising,” reported the Associated Press in “Facebook Faces Inquiry over Psych Experiment: New Feed Content Manipulated for 700,000 Users” published in Daily Herald, July 3, 2014. British, Irish and French regulators are investigating the case to see if any privacy laws were violated. Read more

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 the process, creating diseases with antibiotic resistance. So how to prevent antibiotic resistance from getting worse?

People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)

People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)

There haven’t been any new antibiotic drugs created by the pharmaceutical industry in recent years nor any on the horizon, leaving doctors stumped and more and more people worried. Read more

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 to restoring the right to marriage for all Californians.

A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in "The Case Against 8." (Credit: Flixster)

A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in “The Case Against 8.” (Credit: Flixster)

Currently running on HBO, “The Case Against 8” has won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Audience award since its opening on June 6, 2014. Read more