Science and technology latest: Ships, smartphones, and lunar eclipses

A new class of technology includes the Zumwalt class destroyer DDG 1000. (Credit: U.S. Navy)

A new class of technology includes the Zumwalt class destroyer DDG 1000. (Credit: U.S. Navy)

This week in trending news, science and technology have been making headlines on topics from the lunar eclipse and this year’s blood moon frequency, plans by NASA and Lockheed to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2016, the Navy’s christening of the USS Zumwalt, rumors of an Amazon smartphone and sneak peeks at the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. Not to mention that Google Glass is going to be shipping to a wider customer base. If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in science and technology, check out some of these recent advances hitting the news. Read more

Heartbleed virus highlights need for strong password list

The latest computer virus Heartbleed puts user information at risk. (Credit: Berishafjolla)

The latest computer virus Heartbleed puts user information at risk. (Credit: Berishafjolla)

The latest computer news concerns a new computer virus that is putting user information at risk. Known as “Heartbleed,” the virus may affect as many as half a million computer sites. Experts recommend that users create a strong password list that will ensure a different password for each site where they have sensitive information stored. After the affected sites have installed a bug fix, users should change their passwords. Here are more details about the virus.

What sites are affected by the computer virus?

Those sites that use the security system OpenSSL are vulnerable to the Heartbleed virus. Sites that use this protocol tend to be large services like Facebook, GMail, many company websites and even some government sites. OpenSSL is used to encrypt data for security. Read more

Today’s cyborgs: Science articles discuss man & machine

From Frankenstein’s Monster to Tony Stark to Neil Harbisson, science and technology have played a role in enhancing human ability, whether science fiction or real life. Now brain-computer interface (BCI) is becoming more real and more promising for technological advancements. For a good research paper topic for your science and technology major consult science articles and a reputable science journal for information on today’s cyborgs.

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Cyborg technological advances

Research into the technological advances that BCI can achieve is immense. Advances so far include testing with animals and humans. Read more

Fukushima radiation leak raises nuclear power concerns

Gate guard in a hazmat suit, helmet and dual intake respirator following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Credit: VOA S. Herman)

Gate guard in a hazmat suit, helmet and dual intake respirator following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Credit: VOA S. Herman)

It’s been three years since the Fukushima radiation leak but the effects are still keenly felt. On Saturday, March 15, 2014, protestors rallied in London to voice their opposition to the use of nuclear power plants. By massing in the streets they hoped to draw attention to the forces that are driving the move to nuclear power. Forces they say are founded more in politics and economics than in human safety. What are the dangers of nuclear power? If you’re interested in learning more about the use of nuclear energy, the Fukushima radiation disaster is a good research topic to explore. Read more

M82 supernova: good research paper topics for astronomy

Supernova in M82. (Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright)

Supernova in M82. (Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright)

The recent discovery of the supernova in the M82 galaxy is a great opportunity for good research paper topics for your astronomy class. For information for your term paper on this event or the formation or significance of supernovae in general, you can research recent science articles or look up keywords and search terms in a prominent science journal or website.

Astronomy students discover supernova

On January 21, 2014, a nearby supernova was discovered by astronomy students from the University of London Observatory. After doing preliminary checks on the popular cigar-shaped galaxy known as M82, students found a superbright star that was not there the week before. It was a Type 1a supernova—an exploded white dwarf star. Read more

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as a research paper topic

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, the same model that disappeared. (Credit: mailer_diablo)

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, the same model that disappeared. (Credit: mailer_diablo)

The mystery behind missing plane Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has gotten more complex as investigating officials find further information. The revelation that two passengers were traveling on stolen passports, their tickets purchased by an Iranian middleman, had some speculating that the flight’s disappearance was a terrorist act. Officials, who believe that terrorists are not involved, are using new data to broaden their search for the Boeing 777, which may have been deliberately diverted toward the Andaman Islands by an experienced pilot. The ongoing investigation of the Malaysia Airlines missing plane may provide good research topics in transportation safety and its implications for commercial aviation. Read more

Her movie: Recent science articles discuss today’s technology

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The new movie Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, involves a recently divorced man, Theodore, who falls in love with his operating system. The OS, with an artificial intelligence and a woman’s voice, offers the troubled man emotional support and the promise that she’ll never leave him. Some good research paper topics might be to discuss some of the real and soon-to-be real technology envisioned in the film. You can revisit classic science fiction or consult recent science articles to acquire technology information for your term paper. Read more

Research topic on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: A reboot by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the November 29, 2005 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, in Washington, D.C. (Credit: NASA)

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the November 29, 2005 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, in Washington, D.C. (Credit: NASA)

On Sunday March 9, 2014, Fox, National Geographic and 9 other networks premiered the 13-part documentary series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” with host, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Produced by Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, the series is an updated version of Carl Sagan’s landmark series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” that ran on PBS in 1980. The series will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and how we found our location within space and time, which could make for a good research paper topic.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is a familiar face to television audiences. They have seen his friendly and approachable explanations of science and the universe on various shows and documentaries. “A Spacetime Odyssey” promises to be both educational and entertaining with Tyson at the helm. Read more

Abnormal psychology good research paper topics

Illustration of Schizophrenia's effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

Illustration of Schizophrenia’s effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

If your next research paper that’s due is on the subject of abnormal psychology, here are some tips for finding good research paper topics. You can consult scholarly articles on abnormal psychology or recent science articles; there are the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the Casebook in Abnormal Psychology and library databases. One trend in abnormal psychology you might write about is body dysmorphic disorder.

You can choose from many topics under the umbrella of “abnormal psychology” such as eating disorders, antisocial behavior, cannibalism, multiple personalities, narcissism, Oedipus complex, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-mutilation, separation anxiety, social pathology and suicide. Read more

The Malaysia Airlines plane—college research topic in aviation history

Malaysia Airlines airplanes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in front a Boeing 777. (Credit: Craig)

Malaysia Airlines airplanes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in front a Boeing 777. (Credit: Craig)

While air travel is safer than hitting the road in a car, there is always a risk of aircraft crashes. What is more unusual and shocking are the missing planes found throughout aviation history. The most recent disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane has left everyone baffled. What about other aircraft crashes and missing planes throughout the years — is there more to be discovered with a little research into aviation history?

Mysterious disappearance

Carrying 239 passengers on their way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Malaysia, Airlines Flight MH370 was last heard from March 7, 2014, at 2:40 p.m. local time (18:40 GMT Friday). When the plane went off the radar there was no distress signal and to date, no evidence of the plane or what happened to it has been found. Read more