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100 Science Topics for Research Papers

Updated on January 7, 2017
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How to Begin

Science topics are interesting and easy to research because there are many current and reputable journals online.

Start by browsing through the topic questions below, then look at some of the linked articles or continue your search online with the links provided.

Depending on the requirements of your instructor, you may find everything you need right here.

Ideas for Topics

  1. Can microbial factories be an answer to the shortage of raw metals?
  2. Is the paleo diet (eating mostly meat) really the way prehistoric people lived? Is it the optimal diet for humans?
  3. Is Europe's opposition to genetically modified crops about science or economics?
  4. Is autism a kind of brain damage?
  5. How can we help autistic savants become productive members of society?
  6. Are annual doctor's check-ups really necessary? Are they really the best way to help people stay healthy?
  7. Can endangered areas and animals be saved by helping local people develop alternative economies like raising tropical fish or ecotourism?
  8. Can researching rare genetic disorders help provide keys to understanding cancer and other illnesses? (see Laron syndrome)
  9. How important is it to explore our solar system? Is space exploration really necessary?
  10. What is dark energy? What do we really know about the universe we live in?
  11. Why do we sleep? How much sleep do we really need?
  12. What is chronic fatigue? Is it a real disease and if so, what causes it? Can it be cured?
  13. Is it beneficial or harmful for wild animals to have interactions with people?
  14. Which of the current science fiction movies is the most plausible? (pick one or more and evaluate its representation of science)
  15. How well do science museums really teach science?
  16. Why do birds have such beautifully colored feathers?
  17. Scientists who study behavioral epigenetics suggest that traumatic experiences such as the Holocaust or the Cultural Revolution in China actually affect the DNA handed down to the next generation. Is behavioral epigenetics true? If so, how should we apply this idea?
  18. How are insects being used as models for miniature robots?
  19. What have we learned about the universe from meteorites?
  20. Did humans interbreed with Neanderthals?
  21. How did human speech develop? Are there clues we can find in researching primate social interactions?
  22. How do we remember things? How reliable are our memories in recalling how things really happened?
  23. Why are some diseases that we thought we had eradicated (like the measles or whooping cough) returning to infect people?
  24. Why do animals hibernate?
  25. As men age, do they pass on genetic abnormalities to their children?

Molecular Imaging and Therapy for Cancer Treatment
Molecular Imaging and Therapy for Cancer Treatment | Source


  1. How can microelectronics be used to help people with chronic ailments?
  2. What developments in nanotechnology are currently being made for medical applications?
  3. What is the effect of nanotechnology on research and development of medical technologies?
  4. Can microelectronics inside of contact lenses help diabetics control their blood sugar?
  5. What is nanotechnology for medical use?
  6. How can "smart clothes" be used to help medical patients?
  7. How can nanotechnology be used to treat cancer patients?
  8. Do the benefits of nanotechnology for medical uses outweigh the risks?
  9. What are the risks of developing nanotechnology in medicine?
  10. How can nanotechnology be used to work with DNA?
  11. Should we use nanobots to produce and deliver drugs to human patients?
  12. Are nanofibers the answer to repairing spinal cord and brain injuries?
  13. Should we use nanotechnology to feed ourselves?
  14. What are the challenges of nanomaterials and nano designs?
  15. How could nanomedicine be used to better treat patients in remote regions or the developing world?
  16. Can nanomedicine potentially extend the human lifespan?
  17. Will nanotechnologies make it possible for people to live in outer space?
  18. How can nanotechnologies help us clean up toxic waste?
  19. What is nanomaterial?
  20. How should nanomaterial be regulated?
  21. How can nanotechnology improve diagnostic testing in patients?
  22. Can covering surfaces with nanoparticles improve airplanes, houses, and other structures?
  23. Is nanotechnology a viable commercial idea? Should we invest in further research and development?
  24. Is the desktop nanofabrication tool a viable option for low-cost, easy nanotechnology?
  25. Can nanomaterials be used to reduce CO2 emissions?

Nanotube-Created Nanofibers
Nanotube-Created Nanofibers | Source

Your Science Interest

Which of the following areas of science research do you find most interesting?

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Nanogears | Source

Nanotechnology Resources

  • Nanomedicine Journal includes abstracts of current research as well as many free articles.
  • Institute of Nanotechnology includes articles on the most recent developments as well as links to information on nanotechnology and reports of commercial viability.
  • PhysOrg links to many bio and medicine nanotechnology articles.
  • Nanotechnology in Medicine: Huge Potential But What Are the Risks has science reviews which cover a variety of new nanotechnologies and their potential for helping people, with a discussion of the possible risks.
  • Google Smart Contacts and NPR Report on Google Contacts for Diabetics: Google has developed "smart glasses" which are being tested, but the company is also interested in using microcomputers to help diabetics monitor blood sugar levels.
  • Smart Clothes for Medical Uses: NPR interview on Science Friday with a scientist developing nanofibers which could be used to produce "smart clothes" to monitor patients with cancer and other medical conditions.

How Does Bio Nanotechnology Work?


  1. Is stem cell research ethical?
  2. What is a chimera and how could it help stem cell research?
  3. What are the potential benefits and risks of stem cell research?
  4. Are microbes that create chemicals and antibiotics going to help us prevent infections?
  5. What is the best treatment for leukemia?
  6. What is gene therapy?
  7. What causes skin cancer?
  8. What is the best strategy for people to avoid getting cancer?
  9. Which cancers are we closest to finding cures for?
  10. What has been the impact of colonoscopy testing on colon cancer rates?
  11. Why do so many women get breast cancer?
  12. Why is malaria such a difficult disease to eliminate?
  13. Will global warming make tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever travel north?
  14. What is the best strategy to slow the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases?
  15. Why doesn't the flu vaccine work all the time?
  16. How likely is it that a pandemic will arise that will kill large numbers of people in the world?
  17. How well do childhood vaccines prevent diseases?
  18. What is the West Nile virus?
  19. Why do people get epilepsy? How can it best be treated?
  20. Do doctors rely too much on expensive medical imaging technologies?
  21. What causes Alzheimer's disease?
  22. Can memory loss and dementia be prevented?
  23. How do cells protect the body from disease?
  24. Does Chinese traditional medicine work better than Western medicine in some cases?
  25. What is the best indicator of an increased risk of heart disease?

How Will Robotics Change Lives?


Health Science Resources

  • Science Daily: Offers many reviews of new topics in science. Search for your topic to find articles and links for further research.
  • Los Angeles Times Science and Health: This online science news source offers readable articles on many of the most current science topics. You can find good ideas for topics here as well as research for your own paper. If you are required to get peer-reviewed articles, then you can search here for easy-to-read summaries and then look up the original articles online or in the library.
  • Live Science Health: You can search this site for articles on science topics, including health science. This site often gives you links to original articles and government reports that can help you do your research.
  • Medical News Today: Contains over 250,000 articles on a variety of health topics. This site gives concise explanations of current research along with links to original papers or other information to help you further your research ideas. You can email or print the articles on this site and find out if they are from academic publications.

Scientist and DNA
Scientist and DNA | Source


  1. What technologies are in development to help people who are paralyzed?
  2. How does sleep deprivation affect health?
  3. Should sugar be regulated like a drug?
  4. What are the benefits and disadvantages of individual genome profiling?
  5. What is the Human Connectome Project and how will mapping of the human brain contribute to scientific knowledge?
  6. Are some cancers caused by genes?
  7. Who are the Denisovans and how does their discovery alter our view of human evolution?
  8. Can we develop an anti-cancer vaccine?
  9. What can we do about crops which absorb toxins, such as the recent discovery of arsenic-tainted rice?
  10. What is the ideal weight for longevity? What is the connection between diet and lifespan?
  11. What is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)? Are we really in a post-antibiotic era as the CDC recently announced? What does this mean?
  12. Should scientific publication and grant systems be changed to give private citizens and younger scientists a voice if they have good ideas?
  13. Which diet choice is better: low fat, low sugar, or low carbs?
  14. How can polio be eradicated? Why has the disease resurfaced?
  15. How important are the bacteria living in your bowels?
  16. How close are computers to mimicking the human brain?
  17. How can video games be used to solve scientific problems?
  18. Do cell phones or microwaves cause cancer?

Astronomy and Physics

  1. How old is the universe?
  2. What happened in the "Big Bang?"
  3. Was there ever life on Mars?
  4. Why is Pluto no longer a planet?
  5. What caused the Astroid Belt?
  6. What has the International Space Station discovered that is most important?
  7. Is it realistic that people can live on another planet?
  8. How will private space flight companies change the future of space exploration?
  9. Should the United States return to the moon and try to go to other planets?
  10. It has been claimed that going into space is important for scientific development. Is that true? What scientific breakthroughs have come about through the space programs?
  11. What is the future of commercial space flight?
  12. What is the likelihood that a comet will strike the earth? What is the best way to detect and stop this?
  13. How can we solve the problem of "space junk"?
  14. How have meteorites changed our view of the Universe?
  15. Is it likely that there is life on other planets? What would it take for a planet to have life?
  16. What is "Dark Matter" and why is it important?
  17. What are black holes?
  18. How has the Hubble Space Telescope changed the way we look at the Universe?
  19. What is Higgs Boson? Will it destroy the Universe?
  20. How do sunspots affect us on earth?
  21. How will private space flight companies change the development of space resources?
  22. What is the likelihood that the Earth would be struck by a large asteroid or comet like the one believed to have killed off the dinosaurs? What can we do about it?
  23. Should humans really make the effort to find a way to live in space or on other planets?


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      Virginia Kearney 7 days ago from United States

      Hi Jessica--If you want to build something, you might want to consider engineering topics. I have some articles about building a bomb detecting robot. You might also want to research how to build nanobots.

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      Jessica 7 days ago

      I am in research science and I have no idea what I want to do. I'm interested in building something

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      Virginia Kearney 2 weeks ago from United States

      Hi Jonah--Look out for a new article I'm writing on easy topics. Most of these are aimed at college students but I'm discovering that there are a lot of younger students looking for topics too. Another place to get some inspiration right now is my technology topics article, which gives a lot of links to research articles that you can use. That makes it easier because you get a head start on your research.

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      Jonah 2 weeks ago

      Hi! These research ideas are all good. If you have any easier research topic pls do tell - still science related. Thank you!

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      Virginia Kearney 2 weeks ago from United States

      Hi ALX--If you are going to do a science project rather than a research paper, you might want to look up my science fair ideas. I have over 10 proven science fair projects for ages from kindergarten through secondary school. If you are doing a paper and want a project to research, you might want to try looking at my article 100 Technology topics for essay because that one has a lot of links to articles you can use.

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      ALX 2 weeks ago

      Hello, I am going to enter a science competition but still can't find an interesting topic. These topics are good but hard for me to understand because I am only in secondary school (first year). Can anyone please help me ???

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      Virginia Kearney 3 weeks ago from United States

      Hi Maleni--Here are some topics that are very current: How can chemistry contribute to the development of new types of batteries? What are the ways biomacromolecules or synthetic molecules can be used in imaging or for new medical therapies?

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      Maleni Anguisaca 3 weeks ago

      Hello can anyone help me with a interesting topic for my chemistry class? I have to do a paper bases on anything that has to do with chemistry!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 weeks ago from United States

      Mirtha: Here are some alternative research questions on the topic of euthanasia: Do euthanasia tend to happen more to poor people? Should an individual be able to consider the burden of medical costs on their family when making a decision about euthanasia? What is the cause of most people wanting to choose euthanasia? Is there a moral difference between passive euthanasia vs. active physician-assisted dying?

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      Mirtha Torres 4 weeks ago

      What are other research questions that involve euthanasia? I am really interested in writing about this, I'm just not sure how to form a scientific question about it for my research paper.

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      Sangeetha 5 weeks ago

      Please let me know the topics of Neuroscience?

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      Virginia Kearney 5 weeks ago from United States

      Tanner: for physical sciences, I'd do a nanotechnology topic. That is interesting and current and you should be able to find plenty to write about. Consider questions like: What is the future of nanotechnology? Or How nanotechnology will improve our lives.

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      tanner 5 weeks ago

      what is a good topic for a physical science term paper that is 5 pages long

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      Virginia Kearney 5 weeks ago from United States

      James: here are a couple of current topics you can consider:

      Are radiography departments prepared for morbidly obese patients? Another along this line would be: How has the increase in morbid obesity changed the medical field or changed radiography?

      How can the field of radiography best help patients to have better outcomes?

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      JAMES VICTOR 5 weeks ago

      Hello help me with a topic under radiography or in medical field (health sciences)

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      Virginia Kearney 6 weeks ago from United States

      Hi Jafta, I would suggest that you look up some forensic study journals. That will give you an idea of the types of articles and studies that are done in forensic investigations. Getting a couple of sources on the same topic will put you ahead in writing your paper. To write a topic for research, you need to find something that people are debating in forensic studies. Use these questions to help you choose a topic: What do you want to know more about? What is the most important unsolved problem? What can I research that will help me understand this job better?

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      Jafta 6 weeks ago

      Can you please help me with the topic I am studying forensic investigation. The question is Based on your field of study, propose a suitable research topic for your study?

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      Christiana Bethea 7 weeks ago

      It really helps to find topics

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      Matthew Zhu 7 weeks ago

      Wow, how did you know I needed this? Thank you! I have a presentation at /2017/3/6/.

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      please 8 weeks ago

      hey can you post more science questions and ideas involving science?

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      Virginia Kearney 8 weeks ago from United States

      Hi Manelisi--If you are looking for research topics in a particular field or area, you will often get the best ideas by searching for "current trends" or "current research" in that field. You can also look at the most recent journal articles in top journals of that field.

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      Manelisi 8 weeks ago

      hi there I am mostly interested in chemistry. Both organic and inorganic chemistry. What fascinating research topics can I find there

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      Virginia Kearney 8 weeks ago from United States

      Hi, Keroki! Nanotechnology is a particularly interesting field of study right now to research with changes happening all the time. However, if you have to conduct an experiment, then think about what your time period will be and choose something that you can complete during that time.

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      Keroki 8 weeks ago

      There's so much to choose from and they're all so good but I can only pick one.

      What topic is best for a quantitative research, around 50 pages long? I really want an interesting topic so I can develop it further.

      Not astronomy related because I might have to conduct action research.

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      Xavier Keaton 2 months ago

      I don't know what to choose, I'm a senior in high school, and have to find a topic that i will be and to write a ten page resaerch paper with. Any ideas?

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      Makaya 2 months ago

      Thanks i need these ideas for my science report.

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      Marie Impriem 2 months ago

      Very helpful...Thanks

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      Bebicha 2 months ago

      I liked the topics

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      Gifty 3 months ago

      Very helpful. Thank you.

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      luke siglow 3 months ago

      this is just awesome thanks for this

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      faith brugler 3 months ago

      these ideas are great

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      Tayef Hasan 4 months ago

      I really love science

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      Virginia Kearney 5 months ago from United States

      So glad it helps Zach! Hope your presentation goes well.

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      zack smith 5 months ago

      thank you for these ideas im doing this for my science presentation

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      Emmanuella 5 months ago

      Wonderful! Thanks for all these useful ideas

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      Virginia Kearney 5 months ago from United States

      Check Science Daily for zoology news and you will find the latest topics that are being researched.

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      eraj 5 months ago

      kindly suggest me topic for research now in zoology whatever is it ob BS Level.

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      Lily 6 months ago

      You should do one on animals and other organisms

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      lokcxkvjhbd 6 months ago

      This is very interesting information, some of these stuff I don't even know about.

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      awesome 9 months ago

      this is so interesting

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      Virginia Kearney 9 months ago from United States

      That is a good idea. Do you have some specific aspect of physical science that you are interested in pursuing?

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      asdfghjk 9 months ago

      can you add some ideal topics about physical science?

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      Virginia Kearney 11 months ago from United States

      Hi, Kirti! Glad you were helped by the topics. My students are the ones who have helped to write many of my topics. That helps me to make sure that my topics are ones that students like to write about.

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      Kirti kannojiya 11 months ago

      I love all the topics posted on this site

      LOVE IT!!!!!

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      tuulai 12 months ago

      Chemistry and philosophy

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      Aiysha 13 months ago

      Thanks! This is great, has so many helpful topics. :)

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      Dylan Corey 14 months ago

      Genetic engineering/ recombinant DNA

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      nimisha 15 months ago

      all are such an interesting topics i am a student .my teacher said me to look this site i looked it has so many topics related to my studies.......................i like it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Carmen 15 months ago

      My favorite thing to learn about is the big bang theory and what it was like during caveman times

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      luvscience 16 months ago

      LUV all these ideas!!!!!

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      ihatescienceyay 16 months ago

      I hate science (yay) but some of these are really good! For example, the veraflu add!!

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      ilovescience34 16 months ago

      Amazing! I loved these ideas! Thank you so much!

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      poo 17 months ago

      how colors effect the mood

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      Amy 18 months ago from Darlington, England

      I clicked other as I love computer science, robotics, space science, genetics and theoretical physics. The latter being my main focus.

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      Aryan paharia 22 months ago

      Very nice for young students I really liked it

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      aaaaa 23 months ago

      I guess you should have an example of scientific research. What I mean is you will give us topics then we will reasearch about it. Experiment is the exact word.

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      Virginia Kearney 23 months ago from United States

      Donald--I'm sorry you didn't find anything here that worked for you. I have a lot of other articles with topics for papers. You might want to try those.

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      Colton 2 years ago

      Didn't see a lot of topics on physics or physical chemistry, more on those would be great :)

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      Legomatt01 2 years ago

      This is a good website for young students

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      zhanel 2 years ago

      Thank you very much! It is really helpful)

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      G Ivanova 2 years ago

      This was a big help. Thank you! Very interesting and informative!

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      MD Muniruzzaman 2 years ago from Rajshahi, Bangladesh

      Wow...This is a wonderful article for my students! Thanks for writing it. So many ideas!

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Great research ideas in many areas. Treat to read your hub.

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      Robert Feld 2 years ago from Brighton, United Kingdom

      I don't think we should use nanotechnology for feeding. If we do then in the future we'd become too overdependent on it, and if we lose the ability to create nano-food then we'll starve. We should use nanotechnology, yes, but not to the point we're overdependent on it.

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      Taylor 2 years ago

      Forensic science is my favorite branch of science, I would love an article on that if you could (:

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A very well informed, interesting and inspiring hub.


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      All so interesting and very much topics that will stimulate research. I am keeping this on file for the times when I teach science students this year. Thank you for the inspiration!

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