Learn more about dyslexia for your next research paper

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, HBO will air the documentary, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. The program is also available on demand at HBOGo.com. Through narratives of doctors, students, parents and successful professionals, filmmaker James Redford sheds light on dealing with the challenge of dyslexia.

"The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" presents the struggles those with dyslexia face. (Credit: TheBigPictureMovie.com)

“The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” presents the struggles those with dyslexia face. (Credit: TheBigPictureMovie.com)

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia symptoms result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading.

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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?

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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.

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Civil War nurses: Why are battlefield angels the unsung heroes?

Richard F. Welch recently wrote “A Civil War Love Story” for The New York Times Opinionator blog. It tells the story of Arabella Wharton Griffith, one of the volunteer nurses in the United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the Red Cross. Griffith died of typhus 150 years ago in 1864. Her husband, Francis Channing Barlow, was one of only a few men who entered the Civil War as an enlisted man and ended it as a general.

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

In 1895, as he lay near death, Barlow told a visiting friend, “The finest monument in this country” would be built to commemorate the “loyal women of the Civil War.” However, most Civil War nurses remain unknown today. So, why are these “Battlefield Angels” the unsung heroes 150 years later?

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Good research paper topics on special education

Good research paper topics for special education teaching could include debates about mainstreaming special needs children into public school, the obligations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and new developments in teaching children with autism.

Special education should be tailored to students’ specific needs. (Credit: EdGeeks)

Special education should be tailored to students’ specific needs. (Credit: EdGeeks)

Here are some discussions of issues relevant to special ed and teaching children with intellectual disabilities that you could focus on for your next term paper.

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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.

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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.

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Research paper topic ideas on immigration

The U.S. Congress missed its August 1, 2014, deadline for dealing with the thousands of child refugees at the U.S.-Mexican border. On Thursday, July 31, it became apparent that debate on immigration had stalled, leaving the asylum seekers with no resolution.

'Time Is Now' Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

‘Time Is Now’ Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

In July 2014, President Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. Yet the Republican-controlled House of Representatives could not reach an agreement on the passage of a $659 million funding proposal backed by the House leadership. For your next research paper, look to some ideas including illegal immigration, immigration reform or immigration policy for help.

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Dystopian literature is catching fire

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins consists of The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010). The first two books in the series were both New York Times best sellers, and Mockingjay topped all U.S. bestseller lists upon its release.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The popularity of these young adult science fiction adventure novels has created a corresponding surge in interest in dystopian literature.

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Ebola virus outbreak for your health research paper

The latest Ebola virus outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 670 people in West Africa in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Two doctors from the United States are the latest to be diagnosed with the severe and generally fatal infection.

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that a man arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, on an international flight, already sick with Ebola, and died there on July 25. This raises concerns about the disease being transmitted beyond Africa. For your next research paper, you can focus your topic on the Ebola virus itself or health in third world countries.

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