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Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press.

February 23rd 2017 0

Reading Comprehension and the Future of Textbooks

Reading comprehension is one of the most remarkable human skills. People speak at about 120 words per minute but read at 250 – 300 words per minute, which means that a person can acquire information more than twice as fast by reading than by listeni…

February 22nd 2017 0

Can Climate Change be Blamed for the Record Number of Refugee Deaths?

2016 Sets Sad Record for Refugee Drowning in Mediterranean – Connection to Climate Change?   2016 saw a record number of deaths by drownings on the Libya to Italy refugee route, according to Frontex I’m sometimes asked by students what th…

February 15th 2017 0

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: A.I. Alexa

My daughters got me something very different for my birthday this year – my very own artificial intelligence: Amazon Echo, also know as “Alexa.” After seating her at the head of our dinner table, approximately eight inches from the wall …

February 13th 2017 0

On Freud on Us

A good deal of attention has focused on the psychological makeup of the man who sought and won the Presidency in 2016, including the provocative “Is Donald Trump a Psychopath” by fellow Cambridge author, Steven M. Stahl.  (Stahl’s a…

February 10th 2017 0

Remembering Justice Scalia

In late 2011, when I started what turned out to be The Unexpected Scalia: A Conservative Justice’s Liberal Opinions the furthest thing from my mind was that the book would play a role in the confirmation of Justice Scalia’s successor.&nbs…

February 10th 2017 0

Luring Your Child into this Life of Troubled Times

Babies everywhere are delivered, usually welcomed, and often celebrated . . . but in the Beng community of Côte d’Ivoire, they are also lured back into this life from wrugbe, the afterlife, where Beng souls are said to live after death until t…

February 6th 2017 0

Deep Geologic Disposal of Nuclear Waste: Inaction is a Recipe for a Crisis

A Third Cambridge University Press title by A.P.S. Selvadurai Trained as both a civil engineer and an applied mathematician, Professor Selvadurai is an internationally recognized authority in the area of Environmental Geomechanics, which deals with the ap…

February 1st 2017 0

#MuslimBan The Importance of Diversity

The Importance of Diversity Potatoes, Wild Flowers, and Human Rights     On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by an earthquake and tsunami that would eventually prove to be the world’s costliest natural disaster.  The main problem was …

January 31st 2017 0

Curbing Catastrophe: Sugar is the New Lead

Sugar Is the New Lead: The Toxic Power of Special Interests, and Why Medical Researchers Should Take a Geology Course   Geologists who study natural hazards spend a lot of time worrying about historical and longer-term records of events such as earth…

January 30th 2017 0

An Interview with Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company

In 2016, as part of our Shakespeare 400 commemorations, we invited the public to submit short play skits inspired by the works of the Bard. In this interview we talk to Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman, the co-founders of Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Co…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List

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An online resource for linguists worldwide.

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…

November 18th 2016 0

Language, cats and extra-terrestrials

Cambridge Professor Ian Roberts discusses Language, cats and extra-terrestrials.... . . . → Read More: Language, cats and extra-terrestrials

October 18th 2016 0

Hipsters in the hood: Authentication in young men’s hip hop talk

A limited number of studies have approached the topic of hip-hop authenticity with an analytic focus on discourses/ideologies rather than linguistic style and even fewer studies have investigated what we might call ‘third sphere’ of hip hop, t…

October 10th 2016 0

Essential reading in applied linguistics: The Language Teaching reading pack for MA/PhD students

The Applied Linguistics Reading Pack from Language Teaching is an invaluable resource for language professionals in applied linguistics, and it's now been updated with new content. . . . → Read More: Essential reading in applied linguistics: The Lan…

October 3rd 2016 0

Hillary Clinton talks more “like a man” the more powerful she becomes

By tracking Hillary Clinton's subtle linguistic behavior over time, Jennifer Jones' research shows how these forces manifest in Clinton's self-presentation. Jones' findings suggest that as the Democratic nominee transitioned from First Lady to U.S. Senato…

Cambridge Medicine

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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

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Books of enduring scholarly value.

March 20th 2015 0

Goodbyeee!

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

Tulipomania

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…

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Advancing learning, knowledge and research.

February 23rd 2017 0

Long-term surveys reveal Singapore as the global stronghold of endangered songbird

In a recent study published in Bird Conservation International, authors from The Australian National University and Nature Society (Singapore) found that wild populations of the Straw-headed Bulbul in Singapore have steadily risen over the last 15 years, …

February 22nd 2017 0

Are Cats Bad For Your Mental Health? Probably Not.

This blog post is written by Francesca Solmi and James Kirkbride. Over the past few years, a number of scientific studies and media outlets have reported that Toxoplasma Gondii (T.…

February 22nd 2017 0

If ‘small is beautiful’ in business… why does it have to be so hard to research?

The notion of ‘small is beautiful’ has been a catchcry since British economist; Ernst Schumacher first published his book with this title back in 1973.…

February 22nd 2017 0

Liquid hydrogen may be way forward for sustainable air travel

With sustainable solutions in mind, a new study published by eminent physicist Jo Hermans in MRS Energy and Sustainability—A Review Journal (MRS E&S) looks at the energy efficiency of current modes of transportion.

February 15th 2017 0

Semiochemicals, Pheromones and Interomones: Opportunities for application of natural technologies to improve animal health and welfare

The animal article of the month for February is ‘Short communication: natural interomone 1 2-methyl-2-butenal stimulates feed intake and weight gain in weaned pigs‘.…

February 13th 2017 0

All in it Together? The uncomfortable realities of food poverty and food aid in the UK

It is almost two months after Christmas and food banks are recovering from one of their most active periods of the year.…

February 13th 2017 0

What’s the West got to do with it? Challenging assumptions in the history of education

In this blog Nancy Beadie, Senior Editor of History of Education Quarterly discusses the latest issue of the journal and how this special collection of articles, book reviews and a two-part historiographical essay on Rethinking Regiona…

February 9th 2017 0

What’s the problem with Payday Lending?

What is payday lending? Payday loans have become synonymous with ‘irresponsible lending’ but the original aim of such lending was to help people borrow a small amount of money in advance of their pay-day.…

February 8th 2017 0

Meet the Editorial Board for Modern American History: Q&A with Madeline Hsu

As part of our ongoing blog series introducing the board members of the new Cambridge University Press journal, Modern American History, Madeline Y.…

February 8th 2017 0

Breakfast Cereals Contain Shocking Levels of Sugar (Up to 35%) In Spite of Manufacturers’ Claims Over the Last 20 Years

According to a new study by Action on Sugar and Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) at Queen Mary University of London[i], published by the journal Public Health Nutrition, the salt content of popular breakfast cereals sold in the UK since 2005 has…

February 7th 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.…

February 6th 2017 1

Journal of the APA receives PROSE Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Journal of the APA receives PROSE Award NEWARK, Del. — Feb. 3, 2017 — The American Philosophical Association and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce that the Journal of the American Philosophical Associatio…

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