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May 11th 2018 0

A Hundred Years of Richard Feynman

The famous American physicist, Richard Feynman, was born a 100 years ago on the 11th May in 1918, and it is worthwhile spending a few moments reflecting on what makes his achievements so enduring. To the general public, Feynman first became widely known w…

May 8th 2018 0

Three-hundred years of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

2019 marks the tercentenary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), a novel that achieved instant popularity in Britain (Defoe wrote a sequel, The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, which appeared the same year and was published with the first…

May 2nd 2018 0

The Montpellier Psalter and ‘Writing the Early Medieval West’

Robed in elegant shades of green and purple, Christ stands holding a gospel book beneath an arch decorated with interlace. Below this portrait, a prayer has been written in a fine Carolingian minuscule, appealing for divine support. We chose this cover im…

April 29th 2018 0

Hope, Resilience and The Weeping Time

In 1859, more than 400 enslaved people – men, women and 30 babies – from the Butler plantation estates of the Georgia Sea islands were sold on the auction block in Savannah, Georgia. My new book is about this sale, the largest slave auction in…

April 16th 2018 0

This Earth Day 2018, the next generation of conservation needs to embrace another type of science

In nearly every article about Earth Day, whether it is about water scarcity in South Africa or algal blooms in Great Lakes, the same traditional message is underscored: embrace environmental science and change wasteful and polluting behavior. This message…

April 13th 2018 0

Esther Szekeres on triangle inequalities

Esther Klein (later Esther Szekeres) famously observed that five points in the plane with no three in line must contain the vertices of a convex quadrilateral. Similarly, nine points in the plane with no three in line must contain the vertices of a convex…

March 30th 2018 0

In Conversation – LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval

  LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval by Kyle Longley is available now.

March 22nd 2018 0

The Fix Is In

For several decades now, policymakers seeking to increase access to health care in the United States have struggled to fit a square peg into a round hole. The square peg represents efforts to enhance insurance coverage using public or private means. The r…

March 22nd 2018 0

On the origin of the LED lamp

The incandescent lamps was the killer application of the electrification. Just a couple of years ago we decided to say goodbye to this lighting workhorse. A first assumed successor – the CFL – was not embraced by consumers. Nevertheless it pio…

March 21st 2018 0

Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds

Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds Imagine that you are asked by students for a good reference book and there is none. This happened to me in 2009, when Swedish forestry students I was teaching asked me to recommend a volume about forest birds. In a…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List


An online resource for linguists worldwide.

March 30th 2018 0

Q & A: Registered Reports from Journal of Child Language

Beginning in summer 2018, Journal of Child Language will publish a new article format: Registered Reports. We asked two of the journal’s associate editors, Melanie Soderstrom and Elizabeth Wonnacott, a few questions about the introduction of this fo…

March 28th 2018 0

Q & A with new English Today Editor Andrew Moody

Welcome on board as Editor of English Today. What was it about the journal that attracted you to the post? Thank you for the warm welcome from CUP, and to the support and assistance I have been given in the month leading up to the formal installation…

March 23rd 2018 0

Where is Applied Linguistics headed? Cambridge Journal editors weigh in

In advance of the upcoming AAAL Annual Meeting in Chicago, we asked editors of Cambridge applied linguistics journals for their thoughts on the state of the field. Where is applied linguistics headed? Are there new approaches, methods or priorities that y…

March 13th 2018 0

‘World Englishes or English as a Lingua Franca: Where does English in China stand?

Blog post based on an article in English Today  The spread and development of the English language has triggered debates about issues related to language ideology, identity, and ELT. China is an important context where the popularity of English use a…

February 27th 2018 0

Learning Construction Grammars Computationally

Blog post by Jonathan Dunn, Ph.D. Construction Grammar, or CxG, takes a usage-based approach to describing grammar. In practice, this term usage-based means two different things: First, it means that idiomatic constructions belong in the grammar. For exam…

February 27th 2018 0

Rihanna Works Her Multivocal Pop Persona: Morpho-syntactic and Accent Variation in Rihanna’s Singing Style

Based on an article in English Today Pop music surpasses national and linguistic boundaries. It creates a marketplace of various linguistic resources that artists use in their music performances to create their pop personas. Performers are mobile, transna…

February 20th 2018 0

Extracting Meaning from Sound — Computer Scientists and Hearing Scientists Come Together Right Now

Machines that listen to us, hear us, and act on what they hear are becoming common in our homes.. So far, however, they are only interested in what we say, not how we say it, where we say it, or what other sounds they hear. Richard Lyon describes where we…

February 15th 2018 0

New: Registered Reports for Journal of Child Language – coming summer 2018

Journal of Child Language is pleased to announce the introduction of Registered Reports. The cornerstone of the Registered Reports format is that a significant part of the manuscript is reviewed prior to data collection. Initial submissions will include a…

February 1st 2018 0

Journal of Child Language Special Issue Call for Papers

Call for Papers: The influence of input quality and communicative interaction on language development Guest Editors: Elma Blom and Melanie Soderstrom While studies on the influence of the input on language development have often focused on the quantity of…

January 10th 2018 0

Announcing a brand-new Applied Linguistics Essay Prize

Language Teaching announces the award of an essay prize which honours one of the founding editors of this journal. Christopher John Brumfit (1940-2006) was Professor of Education, Head of the Research and Graduate School of Education, and Director of the…

Cambridge Medicine


Keeping a finger on the pulse.

August 23rd 2017 0

Follow us to fifteeneightyfour

We have decided to fold our Medicine blog content into our main Cambridge blog, fifteeneightyfour. This will allow you to easily view and access content from across our wide range of subjects, giving you access to new, exciting ideas and content from Camb…

May 12th 2017 0

Global challenges and opportunities for tackling antimicrobial resistance

This post was written by Sophie Allcock and originally posted on the Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics blog – view more at: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health concern. In 2014, an est…

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 …

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.

May 18th 2018 0

Business History Review Editors’ Pick Article Collection

The Editors of Business History Review, Walter A. Friedman and Geoffrey Jones, have selected 10 papers for a new Editors’ Pick Article Collection.…

May 17th 2018 0

The Feminist Origins of the Midlife Crisis

This article tells the history of the midlife crisis, for the first time. The term “midlife crisis” conjures up the image of an affluent, middle-aged man speeding off in a red sports car with a woman half his age.…

May 17th 2018 0

Finding fresh ways of tackling Negative Energy Balance in dairy cattle

The animal article of the month for June is ‘Integrated regulatory network reveals novel candidate regulators in the development of negative energy balance in cattle‘ The biological cycle of milk production for dairy cows is a c…

May 17th 2018 0

From snowball Earth to the Cambrian explosion: Evidence from China

Geological Magazine Guest Editor, Xian-Hua Li answers questions on the thematic issue “From Snowball Earth to the Cambrian Explosion: Evidence from China”.…

May 17th 2018 1

Can we learn to reuse? Digital Literacy, Data and Open Science in Archaeology

The Society for American Archaeology’s paper of the month for May comes from Advances in Archaeological Practice and is entitled: ‘Teaching Open Science: Published Data and Digital Literacy in Archaeology Classrooms‘.&hell…

May 16th 2018 0

Changes to employment network providers’ contracts significantly changes how these services engage with single mothers subject to welfare to work policies

Since the early 2000s successive Australian governments have required single parents with school age children who are in receipt of income support payments to at a minimum engage in some form of planning to return to paid work or part-time paid work or ed…

May 15th 2018 0

Beyond Procreation: Rereading Aquinas in the Context of Involuntary Childlessness in West and Central Africa

Using the work of Thomas Aquinas, the article from which this blog is extracted examines ways to construct an ethical framework for Christian communities in West Africa to address involuntary childlessness.…

May 15th 2018 0

Researchers document the role rainfall plays in organic weed control

Organic  growers can face tough challenges when it comes to weed control.  But new research published in the journal Weed Science shows weather conditions and well-timed cultural management techniques can make a big difference.…

May 14th 2018 0

Eliah Benamozegh, Franz Rosenzweig and their Blueprint of a Jewish Theology of Christianity

Recent developments in the Christian world (especially in the Catholic Church) regarding Christian-Jewish relations—initiated by the papal Nostra Aetate declaration of 1965—have led to the questioning of some classical Christian attitudes vis …

May 14th 2018 0

Making the Invisible Visible: Inviting Persons with Disabilities into the Life of the Church

Dutch theologian Hans Reinders believes that being chosen as a friend is the greatest good we can do for other people, and for the common good: “The ultimate good is.…

May 14th 2018 0

A Familiar Tale of Woe: Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Last week President Trump fulfilled another campaign promise. The move was enthusiastically welcomed by supporters as well as leaders in Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.…

May 11th 2018 0

Where There Is No Psychiatrist

The newly published second edition of Where There is No Psychiatrist is a practical manual of mental health care for community health workers, primary care nurses, social workers and primary care doctors, particularly in low-resource settings. Authors Vik…

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