Research Paper Topics on the Cassini Spacecraft and Space Exploration

Since its launch in 1997, the Cassini spacecraft has spent 20 years in space exploration of Saturn. The mission scientists from NASA have learned a great deal during the craft’s 22 orbits of the planet and its rings and moons, and all of that information has been beamed back to them.

Discover more on the Cassini spacecraft. (Credit: NASA)

Discover more on the Cassini spacecraft. (Credit: NASA)

A research paper could examine the many aspects of what has been learned from our study of outer space so far and what the future of space exploration holds. Read more

Research Paper Topics on the Environmental Movement

April is Earth Month, a time to reflect on how humanity is caring for the welfare and well-being of the planet. The environmental movement has changed a great deal since the first Earth Day in 1970, but in the quest to slow down climate change experts agree much remains to be done to save the earth.

See what you can learn about the environmental movement here. (Credit: SCRLC)

See what you can learn about the environmental movement here. (Credit: SCRLC)

A research paper could focus on how environmental issues have changed over the years, as well as which issues have remained a constant. Read more

Historiography or Pseudoscience? Research Paper Topics on Event Clusters

According to Questia, “Historiography contributes a meta-analysis to the discipline of history, studying how the history of a topic is interpreted and reconstructed, to form a body of knowledge that is accepted as true.” Sometimes history is thought of as static, but not only do events build on each other, but certain dates, such as the Ides of March, seem to be marked as more historically significant than others.

See the connection between historiography and pseudoscience. (Credit: Josiah Way)

See the connection between historiography and pseudoscience. (Credit: Josiah Way)

Of course, many view this idea of clustered events as part and parcel of pseudoscience. Deciphering how the interpretation of certain historical events has altered over time, and the way cognitive biases influence us offers many areas to explore in a research paper. Read more

Research Paper Topics: Arrival’s Science Spin on First Contact

In the 2016 film Arrival, Amy Adams acts as a linguistics professor who is summoned by the government to translate an alien language (and find out if the aliens are planning to destroy the world), and tackles more cerebral aspects of actually doing science before taking a shortcut in the final act.

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

This philosophical look at the first contact movie trope in a film that has garnered several nominations in the Academy Awards, could provide a number of research paper topics on language, science, or film depictions of science. Read more

Research Paper Topics on a Mission to Mars

The race is on to see if humans will mount a successful mission to Mars by 2030. U.S. astronauts are preparing, as are private companies and space programs in other countries. Would seeing humans on Mars reinvigorate space exploration?

Find out more on the mission to Mars for your research paper. (Credit: Bimber)

Find out more on the mission to Mars for your research paper. (Credit: Bimber)

Can people survive the physical and psychological rigors of the trip? Could the travelers to Mars be able to return to Earth? These are just some of the areas that could be addressed in a research paper. Read more

Black History Month Research Paper Topics

Ever since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History month. It is a time when the country focuses attention on the many historic contributions of African-Americans to our American culture.

Learn more about Black History Month here. (Credit: CMU)

Learn more about Black History Month here. (Credit: CMU)

Research into Black history facts will take one into topical areas that include civil rights, modern literature, music, theatre and culture, inventions in science and technology, and much more. The choice of research paper topics seems endless. Read more

Hidden Figures Movie, NASA: Research Paper Topics

The Hidden Figures movie provides many interesting research paper topics. It’s a fact-based biography of Katherine G. Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), a black woman mathematician at NASA in the 1960s who helped win the Space Race. The movie also features Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), a mechanical engineer, and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), a researcher in supersonic flight. These women were literally rocket scientists!

Use Hidden Figures as an interesting research topic. (Credit: BGN)

Use Hidden Figures as an interesting research topic. (Credit: BGN)

We’ve all seen old television images of the Houston control room monitoring the progress of manned space flights. They are filled with only white men in white shirts and buzz cuts. But a diverse group of people helped accomplish NASA’s space race. Read more

The Dangers and Challenges of Space Travel: Research Paper Topics

The movie Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, tells a gripping story about the challenges of interstellar space travel. Part of a contingent numbering 5,000, the characters are on a space flight that will take 120 years to reach its destination. Things go awry when the main characters are awakened 90 years too early.

Learn more about the challenges of space travel. (Credit: Coole)

Learn more about the challenges of space travel. (Credit: Coole)

When planning space flights scientists need to take into account not only technical factors, but human factors as well. How humans react and adapt to conditions that they will encounter in space are subjects that would make for an exciting research paper. Read more

Research paper topics in transportation

Transportation covers a huge field of interest, so narrowing down a good idea for a research paper topic can be a real challenge. Are you primarily interested in mass transportation, or are you considering looking into theories of transportation planning? Other parts of transportation are aerospace, railroads, subway systems and personal vehicles.

Learn more about the many modes of transportation here. (Credit: SGS)

Learn more about the many modes of transportation here. (Credit: SGS)

While your professor is likely to narrow the focus of your paper topics for you somewhat, there’s still a wide variety of approaches you could take in aiming at a particular topic in transportation. When you’re looking for a good idea, consider getting started at Questia and head to the writing center for tutorials on choosing a paper topic. Read more

Discuss Pearl Harbor virtual reality world in your history research paper

December 7, 2016, was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States entering World War II. The sneak attack is a topic that offers many research paper topics, from how the U.S. missed the signs of the attack to how the U.S.’s entry into the war changed the course of events for that global conflict.

Time, Inc. is incorporating virtual reality into remembrance of Pearl Harbor. (Credit: CNN)

Time, Inc. is incorporating virtual reality into remembrance of Pearl Harbor. (Credit: CNN)

As fewer and fewer survivors of the attack are left to help others remember that day, new technologies are offering new ways of honoring historic events by creating a virtual reality world, including a Time Inc. VR experience, Remembering Pearl Harbor. Read more