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Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press.

March 20th 2017 0

The Decline of American Democracy

The United States is no longer a fully functioning democracy. This according to the Intelligence Unit of The Economist magazine. The Democracy Index 2016, released in January 2017, now lists the United States as a flawed democracy. The basis for the decli…

March 20th 2017 0

The pleasures and complexities of the literature of the Beats

Some sixty years after the appearance of their most famous books, the Beat Generation writers are certainly not hurting for fans or publicity. In 2001, the literary world was rocked by the sale of the original “scroll” manuscript of Jack Kerou…

March 20th 2017 0

Is the Hippocampus Associated with Implicit Memory?

For over half a century, the hippocampus has been associated with conscious/explicit long-term memory for previously experienced items or events; however, this region has recently been linked to nonconscious/implicit memory. This has been shown in numerou…

March 17th 2017 0

Michael J. Hogan Leads a Journey through the Life and Afterlife of President John F. Kennedy

With the publication of The Afterlife of John F. Kennedy: A Biography, Michael J. Hogan explores some of the most memorable moments of JFK’s presidency and afterlife.

March 17th 2017 0

An Interview with Rolf Reber author of ‘Critical Feeling’

‘Critical Feeling‘ – a new concept combining insights from different disciplines to address personal and societal issues. Cambridge author Rolf Reber discusses the theoretical and empirical foundations and provides an overview of applica…

March 16th 2017 0

The Birth of Jazz Diplomacy

In November 1955 a foreign correspondent for the New York Times declared  “America’s secret weapon” in the Cold War to be “a blue note in a minor key.” Since then, countless scholars have designated the mid 1950s as the …

March 13th 2017 0

Trump and Transgender Bathroom Access

On February 22, 2017, the Trump Administration withdrew guidance issued by the Obama Administration on access to public school bathrooms for transgendered students. The Obama Administration guidance explained that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1…

March 13th 2017 0

Superior Memory Does Not Come Without a Cost

Long-term memory abilities naturally vary among people within the range of normal, but there are rare individuals that have truly superior memory. Surprisingly little is known about the brain basis of superior memory. Fortunately, there are a few sparse l…

March 10th 2017 0

Steve Reich: 80th Birthday Celebrations – Part 2

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention is a four-day event featuring concerts, workshops, master classes, and lectures. This year it was held in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 9-12. As a tribute to Steve Reich’s 80th birthday year…

March 10th 2017 0

Steve Reich: 80th Birthday Celebrations – Part 1

On October 3, 2016, Steve Reich celebrated his 80th birthday. This festive occasion was the catalyst for a year-long tribute to the man who has been acclaimed as “our greatest living composer” (New York Times) and “the most original musi…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List


An online resource for linguists worldwide.

March 20th 2017 0

Enter the Gnome Chomsky Competition #findgnomeahome

It's competition time and we'd like to find Gnome Noam a Home. Enter the competition to be entered into the prize draw. Good Luck! . . . → Read More: Enter the Gnome Chomsky Competition #findgnomeahome

March 20th 2017 0

Tasks, methodological transparency and the IRIS database of research materials

Commentary by Emma Marsden, University of York and Margaret Borowczyk, Georgetown University IRIS is a repository of instruments used in second language research. It was created to increase access to the variety of materials used to elicit data for empiri…

March 17th 2017 0

The American Association for Applied Linguistics and the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics: New format/closer ties

Commentary by Kathleen M. Bailey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and President, AAAL and Alison Mackey, Georgetown University and Lancaster University and editor of ARAL Every year for almost four decades, ARAL has ser…

March 7th 2017 0

The merits of a case study approach in communication disorders

Blog post by Louise Cummings, Nottingham Trent University . . . → Read More: The merits of a case study approach in communication disorders

February 3rd 2017 0

Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series

This series highlights key topics in Applied Linguistics. Each book presents original research, either up-dating and re-thinking a traditional theme, or introducing important new concepts. . . . → Read More: Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series

January 20th 2017 0

Trump’s Monolingual Disadvantage

Blog Post by Douglas Kibbee, author of Language and the Law: Linguistic Inequality in America Early in the fall of 2016 several news agencies speculated that Donald Trump might be suffering from early onset dementia.  Could this be related to his ada…

January 18th 2017 1

The Study of Language 6th edition by George Yule

This bestselling textbook provides an engaging and user-friendly introduction to the study of language. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics thro…

January 12th 2017 0

This month in Linguistics from Cambridge

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December 19th 2016 0

Imagery in Albert Camus’s L’Étranger (1942)

Cambridge author Dr. Ron Batchelor explores the style of Camus’s L’Étranger . . . → Read More: Imagery in Albert Camus’s L’Étranger (1942)

November 23rd 2016 1

What are the most popular English language children’s books?

Language learning is affected by input, and reading to children is one of these input sources. Which children's books are most-read to children by parents and caregivers? . . . → Read More: What are the most popular English language children’s…

Cambridge Medicine


Keeping a finger on the pulse.

February 8th 2017 0

Knowledge gaps in the epidemiology of Toxocara: the enigma remains

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “Knowledge gaps in the epidemiology of Toxocara: the enigma remains” by Celia Holland. Some parasites seem to have a Cinderella status. Down in the basement of the ugly stepmother’s house, th…

November 28th 2016 0

The challenges of big data in low- and middle-income countries: from paper to petabytes

Generation of digital data has expanded exponentially over the last decade, inspiring visions of data-driven healthcare and precision medicine. But the promise of big data is tempered by today’s reality in low resource settings: weak health systems …

November 18th 2016 0

Which behaviours and symptoms are the most distressing for family carers of people with dementia?

The November International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “A systematic review of the relationship between behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD) and caregiver well-being” by Alexandra Feast, Esme Moniz-Cook, Charlotte…

November 9th 2016 0

Insomnia more common in teens whose mums had postnatal depression

More than a third (36%) of teenagers whose mothers suffered from postnatal depression experienced sleep problems at the age of 18, compared to only one in five (22%) teenagers whose mothers didn’t suffer from postnatal depression. Insomnia affects b…

October 11th 2016 0

Towards an exposure-dependent model of post-traumatic stress

Imagine sitting at your desk at work, on a Friday afternoon, just waiting for the weekend to begin. Then; a loud bang, the walls are shaking, your office windows shatter. With ears ringing, you crawl out into the corridor. The guy in the office next to yo…

October 4th 2016 0

Danish Suicide Prevention Clinics prevent more than deaths by suicide

This post was written by Johannes Birkbak and Annette Erlangsen. A new Danish study finds that psychosocial therapy for suicide prevention does more than preventing deaths by suicide. The treatment also reduces risk of death by other causes. Mental a…

September 21st 2016 0

Get your sleep and treat depression to guard against Alzheimer’s disease

The September International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Associations between depression, sleep disturbance, and apolipoprotein E in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: dementia” by Shanna L. Burke, Peter Marama…

September 13th 2016 0

Medicalisation of young minds: new study reveals 28% rise in antidepressant prescribing amongst 6-18 year olds « Swansea University

Antidepressant prescribing amongst children and young people has shown a significant increase of 28% in the past decade, even though recorded diagnoses of depression have gone down, according to new research published today. One in ten children and young …

September 7th 2016 0

A centenary of Robert T. Leiper’s lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “A centenary of Robert T. Leiper’s lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases” by J. Russell Stothard, Narcis B. Kabatereine, John Archer, Haj…

August 29th 2016 0

The road to depression: understanding the consequences of driving cessation in older women

The August International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Moderating effects of social engagement on driving cessation in older women” by Nancy A. Pachana, Janni K Leung, Paul A Gardiner and Deirdre McLaughlin. This blog piec…

Cambridge Library Collection


Books of enduring scholarly value.

March 20th 2015 0


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading &r…

March 16th 2015 1

Spring and Port Wine

 … is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto, where the wine comes from. My Portuguese vocabulary has … Co…

March 10th 2015 2

The Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is described in his ODNB entry as ‘author and wit’, which somewhat overlooks the day job as a clergyman. In the two-volume ‘life and letters’ published in 1855 by his daughter Saba (a name he invented himself), she &he…

March 5th 2015 0

A Child’s History of England

The paths of the Cambridge Library Collection and Charles Dickens have crossed several times – remarkable, given that Dickens is (of course) one of Britain’s greatest novelists, and we don’t publish much fiction. But of the short experim…

March 3rd 2015 5

The Huguenots

I have mentioned before the industrious Samuel Smiles, Victorian believer in hard work and self-education (otherwise known as pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps) as the way to social improvement and financial prosperity. His 1867 work on the Hug…

February 27th 2015 3

The Diary of John Evelyn

One of my vital tools as a scribbler of blogs on books is a little pack of those things – I don’t even know what they are called – which you can stick on to a page to mark a … Continue reading →

February 23rd 2015 3

Illustrations of Roman London

Charles Roach Smith was born on the Isle of Wight in 1806, and reared by his mother and older sisters after his father’s death when he was six years old. He was educated in Hampshire, and then brought back to … Continue reading →

February 18th 2015 1


It’s really too early in the year for a blog on this topic: galanthophilia is in full swing around the country. But we have just received the first copy of Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, Or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous, or … Continue…

February 16th 2015 0

The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Cont…

February 12th 2015 0

Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of &he…

Journals Blog


Advancing learning, knowledge and research.

March 24th 2017 0

The impact of residual herbicides on Fall-seeded cover crops

Cover crops are attracting widespread attention for the benefits they provide in crop rotations, especially for soil health. However, many growers of corn and soybean crops know it can be challenging to establish fall-seeded cover crops.

March 23rd 2017 0

ICLQ Annual Lecture 2017: ‘The Right to Life and the International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones’

There has been increased controversy in recent years surrounding the use of armed drones and their implication on the right to life.…

March 22nd 2017 0

Celebrate six months of Cambridge Core with free access to content

Cambridge Core turned six months old in March! To celebrate this milestone, we’re delighted to share free access to a range of chapters and articles from over 20 subject areas.…

March 20th 2017 0

Introducing Quaternary Research – an interdisciplinary journal

Quaternary Research has a nearly 50-year, distinguished history of publishing articles of interdisciplinary interest on the evidence for Quaternary climatic and environmental change, as well as its effects on landscapes, ecosystems, and human populations,…

March 17th 2017 0

Pilot Study for the Determination of Death After Cardiac Arrest

Written on behalf of the study investigators Loretta Norton, Raechelle M. Gibson, Teneille Gofton, Carolyn Benson, Sonny Dhanani, Sam D. Shemie, Laura Hornby, Roxanne Ward, and G.…

March 16th 2017 0

Amino acids in plants are upgraded through cattle, but the amount depends on the production system

The animal article of the month for March is entitled “Upgrading plant amino acids through cattle to improve the nutritional value for humans – effects of different production systems“.…

March 14th 2017 0

Celebrate Pi Day with Forum of Mathematics

Pi Day is celebrated around the world on the 14th day of the 3rd month. The date representation of 3.14 is the most basic ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, but it also has this going for it: Which, of course, means that mathematicia…

March 14th 2017 0

Is REDD+ Dead? Why there is still potential for business to save forests

The latest EC Perspectives paper from Environmental Conservation is entitled 'Understanding the demand for REDD+ credits' by Timothy Laing, Luca Taschini and Charles Palmer. In this blog Timothy Laing discusses the research.

March 9th 2017 0

The ear stone shape found in parrotfish reveal differences between species

Laith A. Jawad, one of the authors of ‘Morphology study of the otoliths of the parrotfish, Chlorurus sordidus (Forsskål, 1775) and Hipposcarus harid (Forsskål, 1775) from the Red Sea coast of Egypt (Family: Scaridae)&…

March 8th 2017 0

Cambridge Core launches a new citation tool

You may have noticed that our ‘Export citation’ function has changed over the last couple of days. We are delighted to announce the launch of our new citation tool, powered by Easybib.…

March 8th 2017 0

World Wildlife Day 2017: Survey of uncharted Myanmar region finds Southeast Asia’s last great wilderness

Photo credit: Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative (KWCI).   Yangon, Myanmar (3 March) – The Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative (KWCI), with financial support from WWF and other partners, have conducted six camera traps surveys in th…

March 7th 2017 0

Using Complex Inference Networks to identify and understand the ecological interactions in zoonoses

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “Understanding transmissibility patterns of Chagas disease through complex vector–host networks” by Laura Rengifo-Correa, Christopher R.…

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