Evolutionary history of a species—skull fossil could change the human genus

A a coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae Smitha, or living fossil fish on display in the Untied States National Museum. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives)

A a coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae Smitha, or living fossil fish on display in the Untied States National Museum. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives)

The evolution of humans is a branch of science that continues to, well, evolve, particularly when it comes to the evolutionary history of a species such as the human genus, Homo. Mankind may undergo yet another update thanks to the discovery of Skull 5, a 1.8-million-year-old skull fossil uncovered in the republic of Georgia eight years ago. But it isn’t just humans that are learning new things every day about how mankind came to be—scientists are also uncovering new insights into the evolution of a host of creatures, from mammals to fish.

Ever-evolving understanding

After eight years of study, an international team of scientists led by David Lordkipanidze, a paleoanthropologist at the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, believe they may have new insight into the evolutionary history of the human genus. Read more

Scary books and literary classics for Halloween

Reading a classic scary novel is bound to put yourself in the Halloween spirit. (Modifications by Papa Lima Whiskey)

Reading a classic scary novel is bound to put yourself in the Halloween spirit. (Modifications by Papa Lima Whiskey)

Halloween is the time to indulge in scary things. Hollywood may think it has cornered the market on scares, but I declare there are plenty of literary sources that can scare your pants off! I also offer my Halloween book suggestions of short stories, classic books, modern literature and graphic novels that will make you shiver. I dare you to read them late at night in a dark room by yourself!

Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe. Of course, master of the macabre Poe would be on my list. Rather than his classic Tell-Tale Heart, which involves a mentally disturbed man hearing strange noises, my selection is far scarier. Read more

Elements of fiction and other research paper topics for your literature research paper

With so many categories of literature from many parts of the world, there is a vast amount of topics to choose from. (Courtesy of William George Aston)

With so many categories of literature from many parts of the world, there is a vast amount of topics to choose from. (Courtesy of William George Aston)

Literature courses come in many forms. Your course might focus on the elements of fiction or on world literature. When you have to complete a research paper for your literature class, you’ll find that there are a vast number of possible research paper topics. Before you begin to panic, let’s check out a few tips and resources that can help you to manage your assignment.

Literature

According to Questia, literature is the “… sharing and preservation of knowledge, stories and ideas in the form of written communication.” And the folks at Questia should know. The website houses millions of full-text books and articles on a multitude of subjects. Read more

Brainstorm current trends for term paper research topics

Brainstorming.

Brainstorming.

Get a head start on your term paper by browsing websites and news outlets for current trends. To help you decide, here are some sources for research topics and some ideas for term paper subjects, for each field of study.

For more advice on choosing a topic, Cengage Learning’s “Business Resources for Students” says to ask yourself: “Can the subject be properly covered? Consider whether you can adequately explore the subject in the number of pages you are allowed. …You may not have enough information to fill a longer paper if your subject is defined too narrowly.” Read more

NFL’s Washington Redskins and the Oneida Nation

Joe Gibbs, professional football coach, at training camp for the Washington Redskins.

Joe Gibbs, professional football coach, at training camp for the Washington Redskins.

Looking for a good research paper topic for your course on Native American Studies? The news is ripe with one of the long controversial topics in that subject area: team mascots. Since the 1960s, there has been contention about the use of Native American tribal names – or, worse, slurs – as the names for sports or school teams. In 2005, the NCAA required schools with Native American team names to change their logos and mascots – unless they received a waiver from the tribe they were named after. And in 2013, the controversy has been stirred up again as the Oneida Nation launched an ad campaign during the NFL season, targeting National Football League team the Washington Redskins. Read more

Short story author Alice Munro one of 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Alice Munro at her home in Clinton, Ontario. Canadians expressed pride over her Nobel honor. (Courtesy of Ian Willms for The New York Times)

Alice Munro at her home in Clinton, Ontario. Canadians expressed pride over her Nobel honor. (Courtesy of Ian Willms for The New York Times)

Awards are nothing new for short story author Alice Munro, but with the announcement of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winners, the Canadian short story writer of 14 collections adds yet another accolade to her resume. Writers and readers have sung Munro’s praises for years, and, in presenting the award, the Nobel Peace Prize committee proclaimed her the “master of the contemporary short story.” But why? What makes her work so special and deserving of such a high honor? Read more

What is Wikileaks: The Fifth Estate reveals impact of citizen journalism

A WikiLeaks protester in support of Free Speech.

A WikiLeaks protester in support of Free Speech.

If you’ve been following the recent news stories about Wikileaks, its founder Julian Assange and other stories about leaks and citizen journalism, then you’ll be interested in the new film, The Fifth Estate. Directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) and starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), the film follows events surrounding the largest exposure of government secrets in history.

Wikileaks history

By now everyone knows the role that Julian Assange has played in developing the web site Wikileaks. What they may not know is that he was not alone in developing the concept of a site that would assist whistle-blowers in spreading information about corporate crimes and government secrets. Read more

Writing a research paper part one: How to get started finding research paper topics

Research paper tips

Research paper tips (Image by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia.)

When you’re assigned writing a research paper, don’t panic. Get started right away. The sooner you begin, the more time you’ll have to find the best research paper topics, gather information, and polish your paper into a portfolio piece that earns you an A.  Follow this how-to for some tips and resources to help you get off to a good start on your next research paper assignment.

Get started

First, make sure that you completely understand the assignment. Read the description that was given to you by your professor. Read more

Issues in education: Research paper topics for your education research paper

Rows and rows of books to help contribute in researching topics.

Rows and rows of books to help contribute in researching topics.

If a career in teaching is in your future you may be interested in research paper topics about the current issues in education. There is no lack of education-related topics from which to choose. Whether you’re interested in technology, psychology, history or the new standards in testing, you’ll be able to tailor your research paper in the direction of your choice. Here are a few ideas and sources to get you started on your education research paper.

Research paper topics

A good place to start sorting out your options for research paper topics is at Questia. Read more

Computer science term papers: Tips and topics — release your inner nerd

Student practicing his coding skills.

Student practicing his coding skills.

You’re studying computer science because you like to code and create magic on the computer. But now you have to create a research project and write a term paper. Yikes! Bet you could use some tips on how to get started and what topics would be a good choice for you. No problem. Let’s get started and release your inner nerd.

Start your quest for info at Questia

You can start your research project on the right foot by heading over to Questia, the world’s largest online library providing thousands of full-text books and articles. Read more