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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. 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

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

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

Challenger disaster: Engineering and psychology research paper topics

On Jan. 28, 1986, NASA faced its first shuttle disaster, the loss of the Challenger orbiter and its seven-astronaut crew. (Credit: NASA)

On Jan. 28, 1986, NASA faced its first shuttle disaster, the loss of the Challenger orbiter and its seven-astronaut crew. (Credit: NASA)

The tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger exploding after launch in 1986 was the topic of a recent Science Channel movie aptly called The Challenger Disaster. But the real tragedy, as the movie and recent science articles depict, was the bureaucratic gridlock that almost prevented the true cause of the malfunction from being discovered. Engineering students looking for good research paper topics may want to explore the science involved in the malfunction. Psychology and government majors could examine the group-think that permeates large organizations and hampers investigations when things go wrong. Read more

Research the scientific events of Comet ISON, comet of the century

View of comet ISON atop Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter. (Courtesy of Adam Block)

View of comet ISON atop Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter. (Courtesy of Adam Block)

Dubbed the “comet of the century,” Comet ISON is a scientist’s dream. The comet has provided much anticipation, speculation and surprise for professional and amateur astronomers around the world. Good research paper topics could be to take an upcoming scientific event, such as the comet’s progress through our solar system, and use scientific principles to speculate possible outcomes or results. Research a science journal or reputable science article online to offer probability and consequences or repercussions for your scientific event. Read more

Recent science articles expose bad science in Gravity movie

An artist's concept showing the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. (Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry)

An artist’s concept showing the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. (Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry)

Science facts and Hollywood have a tenuous relationship. There’s a little thing called “drama” that gets in the way. Recent science articles have taken the Gravity movie to task for its bad science. While suspenseful with superb special effects, the movie lacks accuracy in orbital science. When searching for good research paper topics, physical science majors could consider setting Hollywood movies straight and fix their dramatic yet erroneous science. Consult a science article or science journal to research the truth. Read more