Malthusian Moments – a special issue from The Historical Journal

This special issue offers a series of essays focused on variously pivotal Malthusian ‘moments’, showing the extent to which Malthus remains a living presence in debates about demography and the industrial revolution, as well as the history and reception of political theory, particularly radical forms of egalitarianism.


Fish’s Clinical Psychopathology

In 2005, I received a phone call from Patricia Casey, Professor (now Emeritus) of Psychiatry at University College Dublin. Would I be interested in working on a new edition of Fish’s Clinical Psychopathology with her? I stood up at once - the gravity of the occasion clearly required this - and I answered with the most emphatic Yes that I have ever uttered (apart from my wedding vows, of course). Certainly, I would revise Fish with her. Could we start today?


Using social media to learn other languages: The potentials and pitfalls

With the growth of the Internet and social media, learning another language is no longer something we do only through books, in school, or on holiday abroad, but informally and often autonomously, apart from the guidance (or hindrance) of a teacher.…


Innovation in Librarianship Award – 2019

The role of librarians has evolved so much over the years. Maybe they used to just shelve and help student’s find books, but these days a librarian needs to be involved with everything that goes into, and out of a library.…


The UK’s Closure of Investigations into Alleged Torture and Ill-Treatment in Iraq

The way a state responds to alleged war crimes and human rights violations says much about its approach to international law, transparency, and redress for victims.…


Chick embryo can discriminate different light wavelengths

The animal article of the month for August is ‘The effect of different wavelengths of light during incubation on the development of rhythmic pineal melatonin biosynthesis in chick embryos’ Melatonin is a neurohormone, which is involved in the control of day/night rhythms in a number of biochemical, physiological and behavioural processes.…


Introducing Data-Centric Engineering: an new open-access journal dedicated to the transformation of engineering science and practice

I am delighted to announce the launch of Data-Centric Engineering, a new open access journal which aims to develop the emerging nexus between all the fundamental Engineering and Data Sciences.…


Pursuing the prayerstone hypothesis

Incised stones have long attracted my attention because of the large assemblage (more than 400) that we excavated at Gatecliff Shelter. My interest was recently re-awakened after learning of Southern Paiute oral histories about the use of incised stones as prayerstones, and I reached out to indigenous colleagues in the Great Basin...


Is low vitamin D during pregnancy predictive of postpartum depression?

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight ‘Association of antepartum vitamin D deficiency with postpartum depression: a clinical perspective' Author Mercedes J Szpunar discusses their research below. 


The SDI: a new index for assessing the sustainability of dietary patterns

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for June is from the British Journal of Nutrition and is entitled ‘Development and validation of an individual sustainable diet index in the NutriNet-Santé study cohort’ by Authors Louise Seconda, Julia Baudry, Philippe Pointereau, Camille Lacour, Brigitte Langevin, Serge Hercberg, Denis Lairon, Benjamin Allès and Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot.


May the force be with you: Antecedents and consequences of organizational resilience

Organizations have to strive in an uncertain and challenging environment, that is a fact. Then, why some organizations not only survive but emerge stronger, whereas others do not?…


Addressing misconceptions about dairy and obesity in children and adolescents

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for May is from Nutrition Research Reviews and is entitled ‘A critical review of the role of milk and other dairy products in the development of obesity in children and adolescents’ by Authors Anestis Dougkas, Suzanne Barr, Sheela Reddy and Carolyn D. Summerbell.