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

Questia Reading Room: Recognize National Aviation History Month

During the month of November we recognize National Aviation History Month and its dedication to explore and celebrate America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation.

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Learn more about aviation and its history. (Credit: WLpapers)

Read more on the history of aviation here – FREE for the next month. Read more

Explore science education for your research paper

Among the 40 most advanced countries, the U.S. ranks at 38 for science graduates. Figures from 2012 indicted that the number of undergraduates earning STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math) was only 16 percent. As the pace of scientific research accelerates it’s important for all students to understand the link between science and public policy issues such as climate change that impact our lives.

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Learn more about the importance of science education. (Credit: Battelle)

With so much at stake, it could be an ideal time to take on science education for your next research paper topic. Read more

Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Research paper topics: Twitter and the presidential debate

U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been squaring off on Twitter since June. But Twitter played an additional role in the recent conversation between the two candidates by livestreaming the presidential debate on September 26, 2016. The debate had over 84 million viewers across the 13 networks carrying it live, according to a Nielsen tally, but for viewers who have cut the cable and only have Internet, Twitter and Facebook provided an additional arena for watching the debate.

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Twitter has had a continuing impact on news reporting and politics since the social media platform debuted in 2006. How the impact of Twitter has grown and changed, how the most recent U.S. presidential candidates are using it in the current election cycle or how President Obama became known as the first “meme president” could all be interesting research paper topics for your politics or journalism classes. Read more