What is a Thesis Statement? Almost all of us—even if we don’t do it consciously—look early in an essay for a one- or two-sentence condensation of the argument or analysis that is to go after. We refer to that condensation as a thesis statement. Why Should Your Essay Contain a Thesis Statement? to test your ideas by distilling them into a sentence or two to better organize and develop your argument to provide your reader with a «guide» to your argument In general, your thesis statement will accomplish these goals if you think of the thesis as the response to the question your paper examines. How Can You Write a Good Thesis Statement? Here are some helpful hints to get[…]

This article discusses a recently published chunk of research that has been making sways and receiving a lot of attention in international science news. A group of three researchers affiliated to different institutions in Chicago, IL, recently published a paper in Nature, in which they have proposed a fresh formula that researchers can use to predict what their h index will be five years later. The h indexed, designed by and named after Jorge Hirsch, a physicist at the University of California, aims to provide a measure of both the quality and quantity of papers a researcher has published, and thus to indicate the scientific influence of that researcher. Since the invention of the h index, numerous research groups have[…]

Pushing the boundaries of biology, a group of researchers was able to succeed in an utterly ambitious experiment—storing a movie in the DNA of a living bacteria cell. While storing data in DNA is not a fresh concept, this is the very first time information was encoded in the DNA of a living cell. A five-frame clip of a galloping pony from Eadweard Muybridge’s immortalized Human and Animal Locomotion series of 1878  was used by scientists for this purpose. Incidentally, the galloping pony was the very first ever example of a moving image and has now become the very first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell. Led by George Church, a team from Harvard University’s[…]

As a subject matter pro, you are permanently asked to summarize your work. Uncommonly do you have the chance to “geek out” and share everything you know with someone who indeed cares. One colleague was so frustrated with this phenomenon he told me it felt like his entire life was an exercise in the executive summary. Sound familiar? We summarize our work in executive summaries, blog posts, presentations, abstracts, briefing papers. Of these, briefing papers are possibly the most difficult, for a diversity of reasons. Very first, they are high-stakes. People do not request briefing papers to pack space in a newsletter. Senior management relies on briefing papers either to represent our organization and its position or to make difficult[…]

The conclusion of a research paper needs to summarize the content and purpose of the paper without seeming too wooden or dry. Every basic conclusion must share several key elements, but there are also several tactics you can play around with to craft a more effective conclusion and several you should avoid in order to prevent yourself from weakening your paper’s conclusion. Here are some writing tips to keep in mind when creating the conclusion for your next research paper. Steps Edit Part One of Three: Writing a Basic Conclusion Edit Restate the topic. You should shortly restate the topic as well as explaining why it is significant. [1] [Two] Do not spend a good amount of time or space[…]

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