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.

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How to prepare for college finals—do’s and don’ts

Choose to be the hero in your final exams this semester.

Choose to be the hero in your final exams this semester.

Finals are fast approaching, and if you want to be the hero in your final college experience you had better start prepping now. If you are frozen in fear of your impending exams—either because this is your first go around or because your last batch of finals went, well … let’s just say your efforts could use some improvement—never fear. We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts for how to prepare for college finals that will keep you from being the zero once your favorite pen takes the ready when the testing hour strikes. Take a look at these tips on how to study and succeed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monuments Men movie: Art history topic for research paper

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

The recent Monuments Men movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, is remarkably accurate for a Hollywood production. Many of the characters and locations were based on real people and places. For good research paper topics, watch the movie for the basis of the dramatic story, then consult a scholarly article on art preservation, or research some best history books on World War II operations or biographies of real Monuments Men and women.

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The importance of college GPA in finding a job

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Academics is one important part of student success in college and student advantage when looking for a job after graduation. When you graduate, your college transcript plays an important role in getting the job of your choice and your desired salary. But many say GPA is not the only consideration, citing job experience and internships as also important. 

GPA matters more than you think

A common misconception is that once you pass the grueling admissions process and finally get into a prominent or prestigious college or university, you can have your pick of jobs after you graduate, no matter what your grades are. Don’t count on it. Many employers want to see your GPA on your résumé, and they use GPA to screen out low achievers.

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How to research topics in women’s history

History professor Gerda Lerner, one of the major forces behind the field of women's history. (Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

History professor Gerda Lerner, one of the major forces behind the field of women’s history. (Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Women’s history is a relatively new academic branch, so finding the right resources when you’re pursuing good research paper topics in the field can be important. Whether you’re researching famous women in history, famous black women or women of color, or are focused on an aspect of more general topics such as women’s suffrage, you want to be sure that your resources are relevant. To help celebrate Women’s History Month (March), here are some tips for finding good research paper topics in women’s history, and following up those ideas with solid research.

Women’s history

The field of women’s history didn’t really begin as an academic discipline until the 1960s. At the forefront of the movement to not only represent women’s stories in history but to focus on the impact women have made—a topic previously ignored in most history classes—was Gerda Lerner.

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NASA missions and dangers in space—research topic on the accuracy of Gravity the movie

A box office hit and winner of seven Academy Awards shows how heavily interested the public is with space. (Credit: Thomas Harbaugh)

A box office hit and winner of seven Academy Awards shows how heavily interested the public is with space. (Credit: Thomas Harbaugh)

Now that the Academy Awards have come and gone, with Gravity the movie garnering seven total statues, attention is once again focused on how accurately the film represents the dangers in space for NASA missions. The fact that the movie has made more than $270 million so far indicates that the public is very interested in space, but are they receiving inaccurate information? Astronauts and space experts have weighed in with research and explanations for what the movie gets right and where it veers into fantasy.

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How to self-edit your college term paper

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

Being your own editor is often difficult. You know what your paper is supposed to say, and you tend to skim over your own writing without a critical eye. You need to make a clear thesis, include pertinent supporting information, write clearly and cut extraneous material. For a student advantage in writing term papers, here are some tips for college students for editing your paper into a professional scholarly article.

The basics of editing

As explained in “How to Self Edit (to Improve Writing),” by Dianne Bates in Practically Primary, October 2011, found on Questia.com, there are four major components of editing: adding words, deleting words, changing words and moving words.

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