Finding Dory provides bioethics and mental health research paper topics

On its opening weekend (June 17—19), the Disney Pixar film Finding Dory had the biggest release for an animated film in history, beating out the previous record holder Shrek the Third and doubling the take of Finding Nemo, the movie it follows.

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

But aside from being a box office smash that Hollywood needed in 2016 (CNN Money reporter Frank Pallotta noted in “’Finding Dory’ reels in biggest animated opening ever,” posted June 19, 2016, that the film is a “bright spot” in a box office that has been “struggling as of late”), Finding Dory tackles several controversial topics that would make interesting research papers. Read more

The effects of climate change on endangered species as your research topic

Many discussions have centered on how climate change affects people, but the impact on the animal world is also great. One animal casualty appears to be the small mammal species Bramble Cay melomys, found in Australia. The extinction of animals and the increase in endangered species are connected to human causes, dating back to the dodo.

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Research paper topics to explore around this idea include looking back at extinctions in the past and showing the way humans have played a role in destroying animal life. Read more

Genetic engineering and GMO term paper topics

Genetic engineering offers many good hot button research topics.

Learn more about genetic engineering and GMOs here. (Credit: Nutraceuticals World)

Learn more about genetic engineering and GMOs here. (Credit: Nutraceuticals World)

Here are some term paper ideas on genetic engineering in humans, GMO foods and genetically modified crops and genetic modification of plants for medicine. Read more

Internet privacy research paper topics

There are numerous interesting research paper topics on Internet privacy.

Find out the importance of Internet privacy. (Credit: Getty Images)

Find out the importance of Internet privacy. (Credit: Getty Images)

You can discuss the need for an Internet bill of rights recommended by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web; data privacy at public libraries; and online privacy and reputation management. Read more

Mental Health Awareness month—Emerging trends in behavioral health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Behavioral health encompasses many areas for adults and children alike, making it a great area to explore for a research paper.

Find out more about mental health for your research paper. (Credit: potomacco.com)

Find out more about mental health for your research paper. (Credit: potomacco.com)

While much remains to be done in regards to how we treat mental health problems, there are some emerging trends, such as the Eliza app, that are changing our approach. Read more

Genetic mutations and inherited diseases research paper topics

Started in 2014, the Resilience Project aims to profile the DNA of thousands of healthy adults to learn more about the ways our bodies protect us from inherited diseases. The hope is that by studying a wide range of people, the researchers can learn more about natural immunity, as well as genetic mutations that help and hurt us.

Find out more about genetic mutations and inherited diseases. (Credit: Sahifa)

Find out more about genetic mutations and inherited diseases. (Credit: Sahifa)

The Project and its goals hit on a number of other research paper topics as well, from information on how DNA first came to be mapped to what we still don’t understand about the building block of our bodies. Read more

Research paper topics in bioethics: Monarch butterfly extinction and Japanese whaling

Two very different topics in bioethics have been trending in the news lately: the Japanese whaling industry, which during a recent hunt for “research purposes” slaughtered 333 Minke whales, many of them pregnant; and the possible extinction of the Monarch butterfly over the next 20 years.

Use the Monarch butterfly extinction as your bioethics research topic. (Credit: PBS)

Use the Monarch butterfly extinction as your bioethics research topic. (Credit: PBS)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your bioethics class, consider looking into recent news articles on these two issues. Read more

Trending research paper topics for astronomy class

March 2016 has been a good month for astronomy topics in the news. There have been monster stars seen through the Hubble Space Telescope, data released from pictures taken through the Karl J. Lansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealing the earliest stages in planet formation, and two comets passing remarkably close to earth being studied by the scientists at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

The VLA array makes for a good astronomy topic. (Credit: Karl G. Jansky)

The VLA array makes for a good astronomy topic. (Credit: Karl G. Jansky)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your astronomy class, take a look at these three recent news subjects. Read more

Research topic: So you want to be an astronaut?

It’s been 54 years since American astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. But while the space program has had its ups and downs over the last several years, with changes in privatized space travel bringing in companies like the Sierra Nevada Corp to bring cargo to and take it away from the International Space Station, the idea of space travel remains a dream for many.

T.J. O’Malley, astronaut John Glenn and Paul Donnelly in front of the Friendship 7, 1962. (Credit: NASA)

T.J. O’Malley, astronaut John Glenn and Paul Donnelly in front of the Friendship 7, 1962. (Credit: NASA)

So many, in fact, that NASA was shocked by the number of astronaut applications it received when it opened a call for its next class of astronauts. If you are looking for good research paper topics on space travel, the space program, or the privatization of the space industry, consider looking at these research paper topics. Read more

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