From diving deeper into my research paper, what I've always known about guns and gun related deaths is cemented in my brain as being the truth. Strengthening my beliefs about the subject. People only looking at the surface of the subject and not investigating the actual truths. But I feel like it's like that with a lot of different things in this country. People seeing only the tip of the iceberg and not what't under the water.
The front page of the Google Search when searching “dance” is mainly websites and locations of local dance studios. It also includes some recent news articles about dance which involve Dancing with the Stars, dance music (a type of electro/techno music), and also a basketball player’s interrupted dance party.
Throughout my research on EBSCO, I came across an interesting conversational article about the reasons why people (namely Americans) volunteer with the Peace Corps in the present day and for what reasons they do so, and it made me think back to my own research question: Is the Peace Corps Still Relevant Today?
This week I continued my research on the topic of demonic possession. However, I focused on looking into the opposing view (i.e.: that despite scientific evidence, demonic possession is real). One of the articles I read was titled "Schizophrenia or Possession?". It began by citing medical descriptions of schizophrenia. For instance, the article stated that symptoms of the illness included delusion, psychological pain, hallucinations, disorganized speech, inappropriate behavior (e.g.: crying frequently), etc.
We've all heard of Alcatraz and it being the "inescapable prison", but is this really true? There have been 36 prisoners who attempted to escape making a total of 14 attempts. Out of all of them I think there are two that are worth mentioning not only because they are very different tactics, but because they were the most likely attempts that could and would have been successful.
I began my research with one basic question, what is perfectionism? To my surprise, I have many more questions now and a much wider view on the topic and the seriousness of the condition. As of now, my overall research question is, can perfectionism be cured and how does one accumulate this condition?
Over the past week, we have been using the EBSCO database to further our research on our topics. The two articles I came across are important when examining the broader impact of Silicon Valley on the American economy and society as a whole. The first article I read was about how Silicon Valley's booming tech industry has led to a drastic increase in the cost of living in Northern California over the past few years.
My research on EBSCO resulted in both a surplus of information as well as a surplus of confusion. Interestingly, most of the sources provided on my topic, whether or not being abused as a child makes it more likely to be an abuser as a parent, were scientific reports on studies. As such, the more I researched, the more I realized how open ended my topic can be. The issue with psychological research such as this is that human beings do not act uniformly. Results can change depending on the person, and the best you can do is look for trends.
Medical advances continue to amazes us everyday. We live in a world full of endless possibilities; surrounded by people with endless potential. That is why I found Dr. Quyen Nguyen’s research on fluorescent dyes to aid in finding and removing malignant tumors was inspiring and interesting. She collaborated on this project with Roger Tsien, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 for his work on green fluorescent protein. In simplest of terms, after injecting the dye, you must shine light on the area in order to see the tumor. You can even see the difficult-to-find margins.
The question I am attempting to answer in my research paper is, “How has Star Wars became the most culturally significant movie franchise of all time?” I have explored this question on many different sites and I have discovered that there are quite a few explanations as to why Star Wars has been so successful compared to any other movie franchise (not only financially, but also in terms of its lasting legacy and the profound impact it has had on pop culture). In the latest research I did, I found an article on EBSCO that gave me some new insight.
Through EBSCO, I found a CNBC article that shows the darkest side of robot surgery: error. It describes gruesome mistakes during hysterectomies in which one patient was left dead, and one very injured. These surgeries were performed by the Da Vinci robot, which I have been researching. The article went on to state that there are a “growing number of complaints and lawsuits that allege complications and even death from Da Vinci surgery.” I have to admit, I’m a little confused that the number can be “growing” as the robot becomes more and more refined.
While the birth rate in most Western countries is declining, the rate for those in less developed countries is increasing. In the article, "Six Billion in Africa," Africa was reported to have a birth rate of 4.7 births per woman, which makes their population rise at a much higher rate than the rest of civilizations. Once it was important to have large families so that more would be about to survive and help their family around the household. But now as more children are making it through infancy, the estimated population for Africa is about 2.6 billion people by 2100.
This past week my class and I have been challenged to use the EBSCO Research Database for a topic of our choice; using EBSCO I have discovered many interesting things about my topic - encryption and governments' role in it. EBSCO brought forth many articles on the issue of encryption as a whole, however, its most interesting so far have discussed encryptions role in keeping anonymous and preventing online tracking from your government and other governments around the world.
These last few years, superhero movies have come out in droves, and many of them are wild financial success stories, racking up hundreds of millions at the box office and to much critical acclaim. Everyone loves the characters that star in these movies, and they have been pop culture icons for decades, and are only more so now. However, this same scenario used to apply to a different genre: Westerns. Westerns used to be a big deal, a huge part of american culture for many years that brought out huge amounts of people for their spectacle.
While researching the creationism v evolution debate and evidences for both sides on EBSCO the most interesting thing I found was an article written by Brian Bethune titled Are You With Us or Against Us? The article centered on two men, scientists actually, who were on opposite sides of the evolution v creationism debate. The first man is an atheist named Richard Dawkins and the other man is a devout Christian named Francis Collins. The article talks about both points of view, talks of the works both have written/done as well as how biased they might be.
I am writing a research paper on if college athletes should be paid or not. I used an EBSCO database to do a lot of research on this topic. The most interesting article discussed the legality of this issue. Basically if student-athletes want to be paid, they have to be recognized as employees of the university. They can then make unions and bargain for workers rights and compensation. The biggest argument is over common law. Common law has 3 tests.
I managed to make a breakthrough this week with an article by racebending.com. In the article (Rebecca Bigler, Developmental Psychologist), the reporter for racebending.com talked to a phycologist named Rebecca Bigler about her most recent study. Dr. Bigler and her team read stories to African American children and tested them ten minutes later about what they remembered about the book. The study showed that children form stereotypes and distort stories to fit their view of the world.
Sarah Parcak was the lead field investigator in the excavation of a new found viking settlement in Point Rosee Newfoundland Canada, this new discovery is 400 miles more south than the previous site that was discovered in the 1960s. Using satellite imagery researchers found peculiarities in the soil, and upon investigation they found some amazing evidence. When Parcak started to dig she found what seemed to be a hearth. “A blackened rock testified to intense temperature.
My research question is "Is a salary cap, or a maximum salary, necessary to maintain a functioning league, specifically in the NBA. And is it ethical in terms of the amount of money players make for a team?"
This week I researched the question: What are the effects of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic to the current day? I found many articles and journals that presented the same idea as those I had discovered previously. According to the article "Stigma of AIDS is helping to Spread the Epidemic" written by a social worker who worked with AIDS patients in the late 1980s and into the 2000s, the stigma that people fear, that of being rejected by friends, family, and even strangers, is what keeps so many people from being tested.