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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

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. Read more