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

Harold Lasswell is a good political science research paper topic

If you are searching for good political science research paper topics, I personally recommend writing about Harold D. Lasswell. I have often written about his model of communication, which focuses on “Who says what in which channel to whom with what effect?”

Harold Dwight Lasswell, 1902-1978. (Credit: Yale Library)

Harold Dwight Lasswell, 1902-1978. (Credit: Yale Library)

But Lasswell was a 20th-century political scientist as well as a communication theorist. Lasswell acted as president of the American Political Science Association. He is best known for his theoretical grouping of psychology and politics, specifically as it relates to political propaganda. Read more

“Interstellar” movie offers good science research paper topics

The Interstellar movie offers many ideas for good research paper topics, including historical perspective on the dust bowl, science fiction and lots of science facts, climate change, and discussion about the future of mankind. Consider writing about some of the movie’s themes for your term paper.

Interstellar offers great topics in science. (Credit: blastr.com)

Interstellar offers great topics in science. (Credit: blastr.com)

The premise of the movie is that Earth has been devastated by climate change, and humanity has only a few generations left before it must find another world to live. Several daring explorers travel through a wormhole near Saturn into another galaxy that has a few planets that might support human life. Read more

The Keystone Pipeline — Playing politics for your research paper

The recent defeat of the Keystone Pipeline bill in the Senate means that President Obama won’t be vetoing the bill, yet, if at all. When the new Congress takes office after the first of the year, however, the bill will be reintroduced. Opponents of the bill express worries about the global warming and climate change that will result from the pipeline’s fossil fuels.

Proposed Keystone Pipeline expansion. (Credit: CNN)

Proposed Keystone Pipeline expansion. (Credit: CNN)

Meanwhile, the White House has indicated that they may be willing to make a deal with the soon-to-be Republican-controlled Congress. Is playing politics in the future for this and other environmental policies?  Read more

Philae probe lands on comet 67P: Term paper topic

Last week for the first time, a spacecraft has landed on the surface of a comet. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta satellite traveled billions of miles to deliver the little Philae probe onto comet 67P to discover facts about comets.

The Philae lander snaps a selfie with comet 67P in the background. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA/EPA)

The Philae lander snaps a selfie with comet 67P in the background. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA/EPA)

Good research paper topics for your next term paper could be to research the progress humanity has made to examine comets and asteroids and learn more about how our solar system was formed. Read more

Effects of California drought for your research paper

Some good research paper topics could be to write about the current years-long California drought, one of the most severe droughts on record. Farmers are especially hard hit as California is one of the biggest agricultural producers in the country.

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

Water shortages are pervasive and water conservation is key. For your next term paper, consider writing about the drought in California and its affects for the state and for the global economy. Read more