Research topic debate on women in space

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy opened on August 1, and recently, Zoe Saldana spoke to Devin Faraci of Badass Digest about how roles for women in spacemeaning roles for women actors in science fiction and fantasy films (SFF)are better than their counterparts in more realistic films. But while there may be more empowered roles cropping up in SFF films, are things really “better for women in space,” as Saldana quipped?

A history of women who have gone to space. (Credit: SpaceKate.com)

A history of women who have gone to space. (Credit: SpaceKate.com)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in women’s studies, film studies, or science fiction, take a look at the reality of both women in science fiction and fantasy and female astronauts. Spoiler alert: it’s not as rosy as the Hollywood version. Read more

“Australia” as your evolution research paper topic

The PBS Nova series “Áustralia,” which began with “Australia: First 4 Billion Years” continues on Wednesday July 23, 2014, with “Life Explodes.” This episode explores how the fossil record shows the emergence of life from the sea to dry land. Of all the continents on earth, none has preserved the story of life’s emergence on earth as Australia has. All across the continent one can find fossils that show its history; there is a story of survival in every rock, hill and mountain.

"Australia" is a PBS series that shows how life emerged from the sea. (Credit: blogs.weta.org)

“Australia” is a PBS series that shows how life emerged from the sea. (Credit: blogs.weta.org)

Not all of “Australia” is set to cover prehistoric sea creatures and the Paleozoic era. Future episodes in the series are slated to focus on the world of large reptiles and the trajectory of evolution after massive extinction. Read on for more about the series’ launch, and consider some of these ideas as possible topics for research papers in geology or paleontology. Read more

A look at Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

The Science Channel unveiled its new season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The popular show’s fifth season will offer eight episodes, researching answers to topics ranging from “Is Poverty Genetic?” to “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” The thought-provoking show has busted ratings records for the network and also garnered an Emmy-nod.

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Not conventional TV

One of the goals of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel is to ask and answer the questions that stump or puzzle most of us. Read more

How net neutrality, John Oliver crashed FCC website

Although the Internet has really only been a part of our lives for the last 25 years, it is hard to remember a time when it wasn’t ubiquitous and available to all. A debate is raging, however, over net neutrality which would allow Internet Service Providers to dramatically change the quality and price of access to the Web.

The result of comedian John Oliver telling Internet trolls to comment on net neutrality directly to the FCC. (Credit: twitter.com/fcc)

The result of comedian John Oliver telling Internet trolls to comment on net neutrality directly to the FCC. (Credit: twitter.com/fcc)

The host of the HBO series, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” John Oliver asked on the June 1, 2014, show for viewers to contact the FCC website to protest any changes in net neutrality. They did so in droves, causing the site to crash. Read more

Hero Cat Tara to the rescue!

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Tara, the hero cat, threw out the first pitch at a minor league ball game in Bakersfield, California. This is just one of many honors accorded to the cat who saved her owner’s child from a dog attack.

Hero cat Tara and her owner's son, whom she saved from a dog attack. (Credit: ABC)

Hero cat Tara and her owner’s son, whom she saved from a dog attack. (Credit: ABC)

Cat facts show that Tara is not the first cat to protect her owner from danger. Unlike the stereotype of cats as aloof and uninterested in humans, cats actually have many layers of emotion and caring. You just have to know how to read them. Read more

42,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth found

Make way for the woolly mammoth clone! At least, that’s what some are saying in response to the discovery of the 42,000 year old, mummified baby woolly mammoth currently on display at London’s Natural History Museum.

The world's most complete woolly mammoth is now on display at London's Natural History Museum. (Credit: Getty Images)

The world’s most complete woolly mammoth is now on display at London’s Natural History Museum. (Credit: Getty Images)

The ice age relic was discovered in the Yamal Peninsula and has grabbed worldwide media attention, in part because it is a great find, and in part because of the fascination people continue to have with the woolly mammoth. “We are drawn to vanished and mythical creatures,” Richard Stone wrote in his book Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant. Read more

Meet Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever

Move over T. Rex, there’s a new big, bad dinosaur in town: the Titanosaur. The latest paleontology news is about the remains of this enormous animal. The fossils found are just the most recent new dinosaur discovery to gain attention. What will these recently uncovered dinosaur fossils reveal about the giant beasts and their time on our planet?

Paleontologist Diego Pol lying next to the thigh bone of a Titanosaur in the Argentina dig. (Credit: CBSNews.com)

Paleontologist Diego Pol lying next to the thigh bone of a Titanosaur in the Argentina dig. (Credit: CBSNews.com)

Titanosaur is a colossal creature

The new dinosaur discovery of the Titanosaur dates back about 95 million years to the late Mesozoic Era. Read more

Women in STEM fields: Academics and mentoring

The percentage of women studying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in colleges is low—just 19 percent. STEM is often seen in academics as a boy’s club, and many colleges are having trouble attracting and retaining women in science and technology. Here are some ways colleges are encouraging women to study STEM and how an effective and sympathetic mentor can help them graduate.

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

Women underrepresented in STEM

Although women lead men in college enrollment and graduation rates, men still vastly outnumber women in the number of graduates in STEM fields. Read more

U.S. climate change report revealed by National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the effects of global warming and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

New data from the National Climate Assessment shows climate change that is human-driven. (Credit: Global Change)

New data from the National Climate Assessment shows climate change that is human-driven. (Credit: Global Change)

Climate change news

The continuing debate on whether human activity is driving climate change just received a shot of new data with the release of the National Climate Assessment report. Read more

“The Real History of Science Fiction” as a research paper topic

Science fiction plays an important role in modern culture and aspirations for the future. Once considered just a genre for adolescent boys, sci-fi is true literary fiction, television and film that lets all of us ask “What if?” It reflects our societal worries and fears, it lets us dream of wonderful science and technology-filled futures and it creates cautionary tales of disaster if we don’t change our selfish ways. The cable channel BBC America is airing a four-part documentary series “The Real History of Science Fiction.” The show offers good research paper topics; follow along to learn about science fiction’s history, legacy, and cultural influences.

The cast of BBC America's "The Real History of Science Fiction." (Credit: Matthew Jackson)

The cast of BBC America’s “The Real History of Science Fiction.” (Credit: Matthew Jackson)

The show’s four episodes are dedicated to space, time travel, alien invasions, and robots and cyborgs. Read more