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

Ethical issues in science and technology for your term paper

The list of social and ethical issues in science and technology is vast. Scientific achievement often advances faster than man’s ability to emotionally, socially and politically catch up.

There are many ethical issues faced in the field of science and technology. (Credit: reilly.nd.edu)

There are many ethical issues faced in the field of science and technology. (Credit: reilly.nd.edu)

Moral and ethical dilemmas arise when people do not understand the pros and cons of scientific advancements. Two interesting research paper topics you could write about are the ethics of nanotechnology and the modern day eugenics movement. Read more

Privacy issues and drone technology for you next term paper

If you think that you have a reasonable expectation of privacy at work, school or at home, then think again. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) otherwise known as drone technology have become so invasive that you may never know true privacy again.

Drone technology has increased privacy concerns. (Credit: Brookings.edu)

Drone technology has increased privacy concerns. (Credit: Brookings.edu)

Once the subject of science fiction, surveillance methods are such that a robotic vehicle can literally be the fly on the wall at a business meeting, political conference or in your home. Privacy issues aren’t just for political figures or the rich and famous. It may be time for you to explore this topic in your next term paper. Read more

Write about Jack the Ripper in your criminology research paper

For more than 125 years the world has speculated about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Armchair detective Russell Edwards, in his book Naming Jack the Ripper, claims the mystery has been solved thanks to forensic and DNA evidence.

Due to DNA evidence, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been solved. (Credit: The London Dungeon)

Due to DNA evidence, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been solved. (Credit: The London Dungeon)

With this new research, the Jack the Ripper victims can rest in peace and the other Jack the Ripper suspects will have their names cleared. Why have Jack the Ripper and other famous serial killers fascinated us for so long? Exploring research in criminology and crime scene investigations provides answers. Read more

Go geeky with a computer systems research paper

You don’t have to be a geek to write a research paper on the subject of technology. Whether it’s the latest in computer systems, the Internet or the web, you can easily find good resources that are easy to understand and use in your papers.

Learn more about technology by writing a research paper on computer systems. (Credit: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

Learn more about technology by writing a research paper on computer systems. (Credit: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

The big challenge in researching these subjects is that things are changing so fast you have to make sure that your information is up to date. Let’s look at some resources and ideas on how you can research technology, computers and the Internet. Read more