Ashley Madison hackers and computer safety as your research topic

What exactly is the motive of the anonymous computer hackers who have released the user names and contact information of more than 30 million people with accounts on Ashley Madison, the website that arranges extramarital affairs? While they haven’t clearly stated their reasons, they have called out the parent company and users of Ashley Madison for their “fraud, deceit and stupidity.” As journalists go through the released information, it is expected that celebrities and newsmakers, such as Josh Duggar, who had two accounts on the site, will be revealed.

What can be done to stop hackers? (Credit: Bob Choat)

What can be done to stop hackers? (Credit: Bob Choat)

But what may be more damning in the long run is what the site’s hack means for everyone’s computer safety. For your next computer science or criminology research paper, consider discussing one of the above topics and what can be done to prevent such serious hacking situations. Read more

Research topic: Depicting censorship and police abuse

The new biopic movie Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise of the gangsta rap group N.W.A. (Ni**as With Attitude) whose first studio album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988 revolutionized hip hop music and culture. Controversy erupted when N.W.A. songs contained lyrics depicting the brutal truth about living in Compton, a poor and racially charged town in southern Los Angeles County.

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The movie offers interesting research paper topics on censorship, police abuse and law enforcement. Read more

Law school enrollment and law education topics

Some interesting research paper topics for your law class are to discuss the declining number of college students taking the LSAT test, declining enrollment in law schools, and new teaching methods in law schools.

Does this describe your law school life? (Credit: Pinterest)

Does this describe your law school life? (Credit: Pinterest)

Continue reading to learn more about each of these concepts. Read more

Discuss the Iran nuclear deal in your next research paper

A historic Iran nuclear deal was struck on July 14, 2015, that will limit that country’s ability to create any nuclear weapons. Meanwhile the U.S. and other countries are expected to be lifting the economic sanctions that have restrained Iran’s economy. Many are critical of the deal because it does not require inspections at any time or anywhere.

Key nuclear facilities in Iran, most of which are impacted by the ongoing Iran nuclear deal. (Credit: IISSmaps)

Key nuclear facilities in Iran, most of which are impacted by the ongoing Iran nuclear deal. (Credit: IISSmaps)

However, the Iran nuclear deal does grant more powers to the International Atomic Energy Agency, to not only be given information about Iran’s nuclear program, but also allowing the Agency to check into any suspected nuclear facilities in the country. For your next politics or government research paper you can cover any of these areas as your topic. Read more

Research topic on El Chapo and the war on drugs

The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín Guzmán Loera (otherwise known as El Chapo), escaped from a high-security prison in Mexico via an underground tunnel on July 11, 2015. This is not the first time the head of the Mexican drug cartel has found a way to free himself from jail.

How will El Chapo's prison escape affect the War on Drugs? (Credit: KXWT.org)

How will El Chapo’s prison escape affect the War on Drugs? (Credit: KXWT.org)

El Chapo, which is Spanish for Shorty, previously escaped from prison in 2001, possibly in a laundry cart. What does this mean for the War on Drugs? Read more

Discuss the rise of Boko Haram in your next research paper

Boko Haram continued their campaign of terror on part of Africa, with another bombing in Nigeria in recent days. Suicide bombers attacked a village near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, while other members of the ISIS terrorist group shot and killed people in raids across Nigeria.

Discuss Boko Haram in your next research paper. (Credit: Reuters)

Discuss Boko Haram in your next research paper. (Credit: Reuters)

If you are looking for research paper topics in current events or for an African studies class, consider looking into the recent violent events that contributed to the rise of Boko Haram. Read more

Research paper: San Andreas movie and the science of earthquake prediction

The disaster movie genre has long exploited the theme of the average man standing against forces beyond their control–like natural disasters. That may be because natural disasters, such as earthquakes, are very likely to happen and if they do, there is little that can be done to avoid them. For those who live on the west coast of the U.S. the San Andreas Fault presents the constant threat of a serious earthquake.

Discuss the San Andreas movie and earthquakes for your next research paper. (Credit: Boom champions)

Discuss the San Andreas movie and earthquakes for your next research paper. (Credit: Boom champions)

We know a lot about what causes earthquakes but we don’t know for sure when they will happen. That’s why the science of earthquake prediction is so important. If you enjoyed watching Dwayne Johnson’s performance in San Andreas, which hit #1 at the box office its opening weekend, you might consider a research paper on earthquake prediction. Read more

Controversial research topics: Institutional racism in America

When President Obama was elected to office in 2009, many politicos proclaimed that racism in America had come to an end. But the President himself recently appeared on a radio show where he used the “N” word to emphasize the point that institutional discrimination and racism are still going strong.

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview. (Credit: CNN)

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview. (Credit: CNN)

In your search for controversial topics for your next research paper, take a look at institutional racism in America. Read more

800th anniversary of the Magna Carta for your research paper

June 15, 2015, is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. What began as a peace treaty has evolved, for many, into the originator of liberal democracy.

Learn more about the Magna Carta. (Credit: Mums do travel)

Learn more about the Magna Carta. (Credit: Mums do travel)

The historical event is a good time to look back at what the Magna Carta meant when it was first written and what it means to us today. Read more

Research topic: Tackling gun violence in America

Gun control is a topic that is very divisive in our country. No matter where you stand on the issue, for the families and friends of those who die from gun violence in America, the topic is deeply personal.

Learn more about gun violence for your research paper. (Credit: HBO.com)

Learn more about gun violence for your research paper. (Credit: HBO.com)

The HBO documentary, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, personalizes the statistics by profiling eight of the estimated 8,000 people who died during that time period. Read more