Research paper: Life on Mars and the challenge of space exploration

The question of life on Mars goes back more than a century to 1877 when an Italian astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli, drew maps and conclusions about the planet and its inhabitants. As time passed and telescopes improved, we learned that Mars is less than the Eden it was thought to be.

Learn more about Mars and space exploration here. (Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

Learn more about Mars and space exploration here. (Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

Now in the film The Martian starring Matt Damon, we can learn more about this mysterious planet that has such a fascination for us. If you’re interested in space exploration in all its possibilities, consider exploring Mars for your next research paper. Read more

Science education and STEM topics for your research paper

The fields of science education and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) provide many interesting research paper topics, from declining enrollment and follow-through in science majors in higher education, to women in science and teachers making science learning fun.

Learn more about science education and STEM fields. (Credit: Equality Magazines)

Learn more about science education and STEM fields. (Credit: Equality Magazines)

For your science and technology or education term paper, consult science articles for current science in the news topics. Read more

Colleges practice environmental sustainability as your research topic

Good research paper topics in the fields of environmentalism or sustainable development is to write about colleges and universities going green. More and more, institutions, faculty and students are all taking initiatives to go green, adopting ways to help the environment, save energy, recycle and discuss green initiatives.

Learn how your college can practice environmental sustainability. (Credit: Goucher College)

Learn how your college can practice environmental sustainability. (Credit: Goucher College)

Consider writing your term paper about ways colleges practice environmental sustainability. Read more

Environmental research topic: EPA behind polluted water spill

A team of EPA workers caused a major spill of polluted water and toxic waste while working on a waste containment project at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The team’s goal had been to take the polluted water, treat it and ultimately reduce the metal pollution entering into nearby Cement Creek.

The EPA is to blame for the mine waste in Gold King Mine. (Credit: Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The EPA is to blame for the mine waste in Gold King Mine. (Credit: Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The plug holding back the toxic waste was released, accidentally causing groundwater contamination not only in Cement Creek, but also traveling into the Animas River, a tributary of the San Juan River. For your next research paper in your environmental sciences class, consider discussing the contamination and its impact on the communities affected. Read more

Women and minorities in STEM fields as your research topic

In July 2015, U.S. News hosted a symposium on ways to attract women and minorities to STEM fields in higher education.

Discuss the disparity in STEM fields in your next research paper. (Credit: OnlineUniversities.com)

Discuss the disparity in STEM fields in your next research paper. (Credit: OnlineUniversities.com)

Good research paper topics for a science and technology or engineering class could be to discuss the disparity of women and minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and ways to encourage more participation. Read more

Take on technology for your next research paper

What does technology mean? The Oxford dictionary defines technology as “application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.” The advancement of technology has changed every major career path that you are likely to pursue. Whether it’s the use of computers in creating music, genetic engineering in creating new crops or artificial intelligence in computer science and medicine, you’ll find the application of technology.

Learn more about technology for your research paper. (Credit: Forbes.com)

Learn more about technology for your research paper. (Credit: Forbes.com)

Because of its influence on future developments you might want to consider looking at technological innovation in your field of study for your next research paper. Read more

New Horizons Pluto mission to the Kuiper Belt as your research topic

Earthlings will get an up close and personal look at the Pluto system as the New Horizons spacecraft is nearing the end of its 3 billion mile journey to the recently downgraded planet and its moons. The New Horizons probe is the first to travel to the Kuiper Belt where it will take pictures of Pluto and Charon.

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015. (Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015. (Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)

Interesting research paper topics are: why is Pluto not a planet anymore, the New Horizons’ Pluto mission and the spacecraft’s Pluto images. Read more

Term paper topic: Genetically modified food (GMO) pros and cons

Looking for some good research paper topics for an environmental science or genetics class? Consider writing about genetically modified food pros and cons. Genetically modified foods (also known as genetically modified organisms, or GMO) and the labeling of foods that are genetically modified is a contentious debate.

Learn more about GMO pros and cons. (Credit: John Pritchett/Civil Beat)

Learn more about GMO pros and cons. (Credit: John Pritchett/Civil Beat)

Some say GMO food is no different than conventionally grown food, while others say “Frankenstein” tactics have no place in our food supply. Your term paper could discuss what is GMO, GMO crops, the non-GMO movement and federal legislation regarding GMOs. Read more

Research paper: San Andreas movie and the science of earthquake prediction

The disaster movie genre has long exploited the theme of the average man standing against forces beyond their control–like natural disasters. That may be because natural disasters, such as earthquakes, are very likely to happen and if they do, there is little that can be done to avoid them. For those who live on the west coast of the U.S. the San Andreas Fault presents the constant threat of a serious earthquake.

Discuss the San Andreas movie and earthquakes for your next research paper. (Credit: Boom champions)

Discuss the San Andreas movie and earthquakes for your next research paper. (Credit: Boom champions)

We know a lot about what causes earthquakes but we don’t know for sure when they will happen. That’s why the science of earthquake prediction is so important. If you enjoyed watching Dwayne Johnson’s performance in San Andreas, which hit #1 at the box office its opening weekend, you might consider a research paper on earthquake prediction. Read more

Research paper topics: American inventors and innovation

The innovation process doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Those American inventors such as Thomas Edison were often driven and inspired by rivals who were just as capable but who have not always gotten the recognition they deserve. The history of innovation is filled with jealousy, near misses, warring egos and the luck of timing.

Research American inventors for your next term paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Research American inventors for your next term paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

The National Geographic Channel miniseries American Genius, explores several inventors and how their competition drove them to success. If you’re looking for science and technology research paper topics, you should take a look at the episodes in this miniseries. Read more