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

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

The influence of David Bowie as your research topic

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Major Tom. Aladdin Sane. Jareth the Goblin King. Whichever persona you identify the most with the late David Bowie, the musician not only transformed rock music, but he also was a master of reinvention, continually transforming himself.

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

David Bowie shed personas and displayed a gender fluidity that was groundbreaking, just one of the many fascinating areas to explore in a research paper on his influence. Read more

Fraudulent research papers in scientific journals

I know how daunting it is to scour research databases and libraries looking for good research articles in business or scientific journals from which to write your term paper.

Don't be fooled by fraudulent journals when conducting research. (Credit: FoxNews.com)

Don’t be fooled by fraudulent journals when conducting research. (Credit: FoxNews.com)

I always consulted the research librarian who seemed to know just what I was looking for. To add to the stress is the increasing prevalence of fraudulent articles. Here are some famous cases of fraud and how to detect fraudulent research. Read more

Research paper topics: The China landslide and natural disasters

A landslide toppled 33 buildings in the city of Shenzhen, China, just before noon on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Landslides are a deadly natural disaster, and while it’s possible to predict them using modern technology, in practice, the damage is almost impossible to fully avoid.

Rescuers search for survivors of the China landslide. (Credit: Color China Photo/AP)

Rescuers search for survivors of the China landslide. (Credit: Color China Photo/AP)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your environmental studies or disaster management courses, consider looking at the China landslide, comparing the deadliest landslides, or looking into the technologies that might be used to predict them. Read more

Research paper: COP21 climate talks in Paris

Good research paper topics are the current negotiations at the climate talks going on in Paris. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty to discuss the effects of global warming and to stabilize emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that leads to global climate change.

Learn more about the current climate talks here. (Credit: diplomatie.gouv.fr)

Learn more about the current climate talks here. (Credit: diplomatie.gouv.fr)

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the association of countries that participate in the convention. COP21 is the twenty-first conference addressing climate change and carbon emission taking place in Paris in November/December 2015. Read more

Science education research paper topics

Science education in the United States is still lagging behind other First World countries. Many people have suggested new teaching methods and strategies to encourage students to pursue and enjoy studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Learn more about science education here. (Credit: Mashable)

Learn more about science education here. (Credit: Mashable)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on science education for teaching STEM fields. Read more