Discuss air pollution in China for your next research paper

175. That’s the number of polluted days Beijing experienced last year, according to journalist Chai Jing, who created the documentary film, Under the Dome. The movie looks at the effects of air pollution in China, its causes and what the lack of clean air is doing to the people.

Visitors wear masks at Tiananmen Square as heavy air pollution shrouds Beijing. (Credit: AFP/Files)

Visitors wear masks at Tiananmen Square as heavy air pollution shrouds Beijing. (Credit: AFP/Files)

If you’re interested in learning more about air pollution or environmentalism, consider discussing either in your next science research paper. Read more

The latest news on the climate change debate for your research paper

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Pope Francis joined the climate change debate. The pope stated that, contrary to climate change skeptics, he believes that climate change is man made for the most part. It’s hard to not notice how global temperature continues to rise. In fact, 2014 was the hottest year since 1880.

See how climate change affects temperature difference from 2014. (Credit: Washington Post)

See how climate change affects temperature difference from 2014. (Credit: Washington Post)

Climate change can be a good starting point for a research paper. It will allow you to explore greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect, rising sea levels and the social and political impacts of climate change. Read more

Let The Theory of Everything inspire your next science research paper

Released in the fall of 2014, the Stephen Hawking biography film, The Theory of Everything, is getting renewed interest due to its academy award nominations. Directed by James Marsh, Theory tells the story of the romance between theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde Hawking.

The Stephen Hawking drama, The Theory of Everything, would make a great topic for your research paper. (Credit: Variety)

The Stephen Hawking drama, The Theory of Everything, would make a great topic for your research paper. (Credit: Variety)

The script, which was adapted from Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, depicts how the couple met, married and dealt with Stephen’s struggle to fulfill his destiny as a scientist despite the challenge of dealing with a motor neuron disease. Read more

“The moon is a planet”— Science education in America

The title of this article comes from a frightening—to American educators—conversation between two TV personalities who were discussing whether the moon was a planet or a star. You certainly don’t need to know solar system facts to sell shirts on TV, but the conversation was another face slap to the deplorable state of math and science education in the United States.

The Earth and Moon offer great topics for science research papers. (Credit: MikkelHH)

The Earth and Moon offer great topics for science research papers. (Credit: MikkelHH)

For good term paper topics, consider writing your research paper about ways to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) studies in the U.S. Read more

Celebrating Black History month—Top 10 African American scientists and inventors

Many scientific achievements that have changed our lives can be traced back to African American scientists and inventors. Black History month offers an opportunity to draw attention to these innovators and their work.

Learn more about African American innovators, such as George Washington Carver, for your next research paper.

Learn more about African American innovators, such as George Washington Carver, for your next research paper.

Although not a comprehensive record of the extensive number of African American men and women who have shaped technology and science, here is a top 10 list to start in your search for more information. Read more

Archaeology news and discoveries for your term paper

The top archaeological discoveries of 2014 would make some good research paper topics for your archaeology class. You could write about the new digital maps made at Stonehenge or the origins of Buddhism.

There are many interesting topics you can cover on archaeology. (Credit: Mark Godfrey)

There are many interesting topics you can cover on archaeology. (Credit: Mark Godfrey)

Another good term paper topic from today’s archaeology news is the difficulty in recreating an authentic “Paleo diet.” Here are some other interesting research paper topics. Read more

Discuss climate change and the warmest year on record for your research paper

Two separate reports, one published by NASA and one by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that 2014 was the warmest year on record. While this latest breaking news about climate change may not surprise many, will it change our behavior?

Chart representing possible climate change globally. (Credit: Climate Central)

Chart representing possible climate change globally. (Credit: Climate Central)

With faster rates of sea level rise, accelerated loss of Arctic ice, increased flooding along coastlines and severe heat waves, the effects of climate change are already upon us, but as temperatures keep climbing, things can and will get worse. Read more

The Imitation Game: Good research paper topics

The new biopic The Imitation Game chronicles the ability of British mathematician Alan Turing to decode the Enigma machine during World War II.

Alan Turing (left) and his onscreen counterpart Benedict Cumberbatch (right) in The Imitation Game. (Credit: HistoryVsHollywood)

Alan Turing (left) and his onscreen counterpart Benedict Cumberbatch (right) in The Imitation Game. (Credit: HistoryVsHollywood)

While many of the film’s events were fictionalized for dramatic effect, here are some actual historical events in the Alan Turing movie that would make good research paper topics. Read more

Explore the Big Bang and cosmos for your next research paper

If you have access to the Science Channel on Wednesday nights then lucky you. You can watch the science series that goes where you never thought to go before – beneath the surface of alien worlds and the Big Bang.

"Strip the Cosmos" discusses the Big Bang, galaxies and more. (Credit: r.ddmcdn.com)

“Strip the Cosmos” discusses the Big Bang, galaxies and more. (Credit: r.ddmcdn.com)

I refer to Strip the Cosmos where the technology of computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation strips planets, black holes and entire galaxies into layers in order to solve the origin of the universe and other compelling mysteries. Along the way you’ll meet the scientists and engineers who explore, interpret and predict our place in the universe. Read more

Research topic: How the Philippines’ typhoon affects climate talks

The latest extreme weather news is all about the Philippines’ typhoon, Hagupit. At least 21 people are believed dead and close to 1 million were displaced from their homes as they sought safe shelter. The storm, which had sustained winds of 85 miles per hour when it made landfall, may still cause problems with ongoing storm surges.

The path of the Philippines' typhoon Hagupit. (Credit: CNN)

The path of the Philippines’ typhoon Hagupit. (Credit: CNN)

The third such storm in three years has led the island nation to better natural disaster preparedness, but has it affected the climate change debate? While the Philippines braced for the worst, others around the world are wondering how the typhoon will impact the current climate talks. Read more