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How the Facebook study became an ethics debate

Facebook’s recent study of the emotional behavior of some of its 1.3 billion users without their knowledge or consent has raised ethical concerns for academic research. When the study’s results were published in a science journal, people raised questions of privacy rights and research ethics.

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

“This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about whether the privacy rights of Facebook’s nearly 1.3 billion users are being trampled by the company’s drive to dissect data and promote behavior that could help sell more online advertising,” reported the Associated Press in “Facebook Faces Inquiry over Psych Experiment: New Feed Content Manipulated for 700,000 Users” published in Daily Herald, July 3, 2014. British, Irish and French regulators are investigating the case to see if any privacy laws were violated. Read more

Today’s cyborgs: Science articles discuss man & machine

From Frankenstein’s Monster to Tony Stark to Neil Harbisson, science and technology have played a role in enhancing human ability, whether science fiction or real life. Now brain-computer interface (BCI) is becoming more real and more promising for technological advancements. For a good research paper topic for your science and technology major consult science articles and a reputable science journal for information on today’s cyborgs.

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Cyborg technological advances

Research into the technological advances that BCI can achieve is immense. Advances so far include testing with animals and humans. 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

Pompeii movie: Research paper topics on Roman conquest, festivals and an angry volcano

Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Consider the new movie Pompeii as a source for good research paper topics. The sword-and-sandal spectacular is filled with gladiators, conquered Celts, horse whisperers, corrupt senators, forbidden love and an angry mountain god. You can consult some of the best history books or a scholarly article for information on Roman gladiators, religious festivals and politics. You could also research a science journal for facts about volcanic eruptions.

The movie Pompeii is like the blockbuster Titanic from 1997—we all know it ends, so the movie is about the journey of the ordinary people caught up in the danger and drama. The historian Pliney the Younger recorded the events of that fateful day of August 24, 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted spewing ash, toxic gases and the life-ending pyroclastic flow that destroyed the city-states of Pompeii and Herculaneum. 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 probe science fact in Doctor Who 50th anniversary

Even 50 years later, we see how popular Doctor Who is in the science fiction world.

Even 50 years later, we see how popular Doctor Who is in the science fiction world.

Doctor Who first aired on British television November 23, 1963, and was popular with viewers from the very beginning. In true science fiction style, the show introduced bizarre concepts, such as time travel, different dimensions and regeneration, and scary alien monsters like the Cybermen and Daleks. For upcoming term papers, good research paper topics can include an examination of the science fact versus science fiction. Consult a reputable science journal or science article for information for your paper.

Time travel

The Doctor travels in space and time in his spaceship, the Tardis. But is time travel possible? Into the future, yes; into the past, no, according to British physicist Professor Brian Cox, who hosted the special The Science of Doctor Who as part of the BBC’s 50th anniversary celebration. 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

Recent science articles describe new mammal species: the Olinguito

Smithsonian researchers announce the olinguito as a new mammal species.

Smithsonian researchers announce the olinguito as a new mammal species.

Scientists have named a new species of mammal, the first in South America in 35 years. Actually, the little olinguito, which looks like a raccoon or small bear, had been misidentified for hundreds of years, hiding among its well-known larger cousin, the olingo. Now scientists at the Smithsonian have determined that the smaller animal is a separate species, and science journal readers are formally introduced to the cute little olinguito.

Discovery of a new mammal in the Americas

For years the olingo, a large carnivore found in South America, was kept in zoos. But some were large and some were small. Read more