Use Facebook news as your media or technology research paper topic

Once again there is news about Facebook that has users upset. The social media giant is no stranger to criticism, from concerns about invasion of privacy to changes in the user interface.

A Facebook "like" marks the entrance to Facebook headquarters. (Credit: Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

A Facebook “like” marks the entrance to Facebook headquarters. (Credit: Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

But the latest Facebook controversy revolves around an app scam—the color change app—and changes to Facebook Messenger. Read more

Research paper topic on Shark Week: More fact or fiction?

Fans may still be tuning in, but that doesn’t mean that many aren’t furious with the Discovery Channel, which has yet again offered up mostly fictitious programming during their now infamous Shark Week. This season’s “catch”?

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

That would be Shark of Darkness: The Wrath of Submarine, which follows on the heels of last year’s Megalodon Mockumentary. Will the lack of facts create yet another Shark Week controversy? Read more

SpaceX Dragon as your aeronautics research topic

Have you heard of SpaceX? Short for Space Exploration Technologies, SpaceX is a leader in the field of commercial space flight. NASA has purchased SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ships to resupply the International Space Station. Recently, the company, headed by Tesla Motors exec Elon Musk, aired a live broadcast of the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on its way to put a new commercial satellite into space.

The SpaceX Dragon. (Credit: SpaceX.com)

The SpaceX Dragon. (Credit: SpaceX.com)

The company is looking to build a launchpad in Texas, supported by state and local funds. With NASA out of the space shuttle business since 2011, it has begun relying more and more on commercial space flight companies to support its missions. If you are looking for a good research paper topic in aeronautics, astronomy, or aviation, consider looking into SpaceX and other commercial space flight companies. Read more

Use “Mission Blue” for your next marine biology research paper topic

Worried about saving the planet? Well, oceanographer Sylvia Earle would say that we should start by saving the ocean. Earle is at the center of the Mission Blue documentary by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens, which opened in early 2014.

DJ And Sylvia Shooting. (Credit: Kip Evans/Mission Blue)

DJ And Sylvia Shooting. (Credit: Kip Evans/Mission Blue)

The film not only captures the damage being done to earth’s oceans, but also showcases Earle’s fascinating life and barrier-breaking work in the sea. If you’re interested in learning more about oceanography, marine biology or water pollution, you should use the Mission Blue documentary as your main research topic. Read more

Mars exploration: Astronomy research paper topic

The joint is jumping – on Mars! A good research topic for your science, engineering or astronomy class is to report on the exciting new projects happening on the Red Planet.

View of Victoria Crater from panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. (Credit: JPL.NASA.gov)

View of Victoria Crater from panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. (Credit: JPL.NASA.gov)

Recent science articles report how the Opportunity rover broke the record for off-Earth travel, and how a new lander will research Martian soil, minerals and atmosphere. Consult science and technology journals and websites for information on Mars exploration. Read more

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