Research topic: Planet Nine discovered near Kuiper Belt

Poor Pluto. Until recently, it was the ninth planet in our solar system, located way beyond Neptune. Then in 2006 it was demoted to a dwarf planet. Now something else is claiming to be the real ninth planet. Caltech Astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin have mathematically postulated the existence of a huge body with an elliptical orbit near the Kuiper Belt that they are calling Planet Nine.

Learn more about Planet Nine here. (Credit: Caltech)

Learn more about Planet Nine here. (Credit: Caltech)

Some good research paper topics are to write about past and present planetary discovery. Read more

New study on concussions as a health research topic

Even if the Super Bowl hadn’t just happened, concussions have been a big news topic in the last several years. A recent study from Georgetown has revealed new insights into how the brain can better heal, but many are still questioning if the possibility of incurring these sports injuries are even worth playing sports, particularly when it comes to younger athletes.

Effects of concussions on the brain. (Credit: MIC.com)

Effects of concussions on the brain. (Credit: MIC.com)

Research paper topics could explore potential safety solutions, as well as the health ramifications of concussions in athletes of any age. Read more

Research paper topic ideas for your Black History research paper

Just in time for Black History Month and in stark contrast to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, The Birth of a Nation has garnered top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by newcomer, Nate Parker, the film tells the story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave who led a slave rebellion in 1831.

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

While waiting for the film to appear in theaters, college students can check out Black History research paper topics and get a background in Black History. Read more

Flag desecration bill challenges first amendment as your research topic

Interesting research paper topics would be to discuss the 2006 bill in Congress that would have made flag burning and other desecration against the American flag a crime. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that burning the flag is a form of free speech, which is protected under the First Amendment.

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Yet while incidents of people burning the U.S. flag in America are rare, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsored the Flag Desecration Amendment, which would give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. For your term paper, you can discuss the pros and cons of a burning American flag amendment and its challenge to freedom of speech. Read more

Research topic: Jesse Owens and Race biopic

Films about important historical figures may not be the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood, but they are movie staples that offer a combination of entertainment and history (some more accurate than others). Race, starring Stephan James as Jesse Owens, is one biopic that comes out in theaters this month. The Race movie is additionally important in the current Hollywood climate, in which the Academy is being highly criticized for snubbing African American actors for awards.

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic for a film studies or American studies class, consider taking a look at this new film about athlete Jesse Owens. Read more

#OscarsSoWhite and diversity as your research topic

For the second year in a row, all of the actors in the 2016 Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories are white. In 2015, the hashtagged phrase #OscarsSoWhite made the rounds on Twitter, protesting the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. When the situation repeated itself in 2016, noted Hollywood voices including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith announced their intentions to boycott the Oscars to make a statement.

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

The Academy was quick to react, and has released a number of changes dedicated to increasing the diversity of the Academy—and thus, they hope, its award winners—by 2020. If you are looking for a research paper topic in your courses on film studies, African American studies, or civil rights, consider taking a look at the changes being made by the Academy—and weighing in on whether or not this is enough. Read more

International economics and the TPP: Research topics

Students of economics know that it is the study of supply and demand. A key feature is the fact of scarcity. Research paper topics can cover a wide range from the history of economics to money, the economy and financial markets. International economics is especially rife with good topics.

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

One such topic is the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), an agreement between 12 Pacific nations that, if passed, would have far-reaching effects on job growth, food safety, healthcare and more. Now more than ever, it’s important to consider a research paper on international economics issues. Read more

Iowa caucus and beyond for your research paper

For those who don’t spend their lives glued to C-SPAN, U.S. elections can be a crazy, confusing thing. Even if you do understand how the Iowa caucus and other presidential primaries play a part in getting someone elected president, the 2016 presidential election so far has been wilder than most.

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

There are multiple research paper topics to explore in Presidential politics, from understanding how our election process works to ways it could be improved. Read more

Oxfam report on income inequality as your research paper topic

The issue of income inequality has been much discussed since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, but the latest Oxfam report indicates that more of the global economy than ever is in the hands of the wealthiest.

Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

With the rich getting richer, the areas to explore in a research paper also increase, as the income gap grows to encompass more and more issues, including health and mortality. Read more

Gardening in space as your astronomy research topic

On January 16, astronaut Scott Kelly posted a tweet from the International Space Station that their ongoing experiment in growing plants in space had resulted in a success: a zinnia showed off its first blossom. This is one step of many in helping astronauts and scientists learn how to grow fresh food in space. While there’s a great variety in space food, much of it is freeze dried or needs water added to it before it can be eaten.

Zinnia, the first flower grown in space. (Credit: Scott Kelly)

Zinnia, the first flower grown in space. (Credit: Scott Kelly)

As scientists look into the future of space travel, in which astronauts might visit Mars, the necessity of providing fresh food for those space travelers becomes more crucial. For your next research paper in agriculture or astronomy, consider taking a look at the importance of gardening in space. Read more