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July 20th 2019 0

A mirror on the Moon: 50th anniversary of the Apollo-11 mission

  In this memorable photograph (courtesy of NASA), we see astronaut Buzz Aldrin holding in his right hand a sophisticated mirror: the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR3). This mirror has now been standing on the Moon for 50 years. By sending a laser …

July 18th 2019 0

Brings together ‘church history’ and ‘Roman history

When Attalus III died, Aristonicus seized the throne and called himself Eumenes III. Slow to claim their rights under Attalus’ will, the Romans moved in, years later, and―at the second try―defeated Aristonicus. They took the parts of the…

July 18th 2019 0

Literature, Value, and the Market

In a much-discussed recent article for Critical Inquiry, Michael W. Clune identifies contemporary literary culture’s most pressing challenge: that of the market. The dominant ideology of the past four decades – neoliberalism – denies &ld…

July 17th 2019 0

Is Sovereignty dead?

Sovereignty has been a key concept in Western legal and political tradition. Since the mythical origin of an international order based on equal states that do not recognize any superior with the Peace of Westphalia of 1648. With Western imperialism and co…

July 11th 2019 0

Whatever Happened to the Property-Owning Social Democracy?

Like many other countries, Britain faces a desperate housing crisis.  The disaster at Grenfell Tower, rising rough sleeping and homelessness, a dismal private rental market, despair among millennials at the prospect of ever owning their own homes: sm…

July 10th 2019 0

Tides: modern twists on an ancient topic

In the mid 17th century, Varenius, the founder of modern geography, wrote that of all the natural phenomena, none had perplexed scientists more than the tides: the connection to the Moon was as empirically evident as it was causally elusive. Not much more…

July 9th 2019 0

The Dilemma of Migrant Rights

Controversies surrounding the treatment of vulnerable migrants top the news almost daily. And while quite expectedly framed in terms of human rights – the moral lingua franca of our age – it may still be surprising to see the extent to which E…

July 4th 2019 0

Communicating climate change effectively and creatively

Lately, climate change has been unmistakably present in the public sphere…Yet, conversations about climate change have remained stuck. Lately, climate change has been unmistakably present in the public sphere. An evident swirl of extreme events lin…

July 2nd 2019 0

Why Does Counting Civilian Casualties Matter?

In May, the U.S. Department of Defense released a report—its most thorough yet—purporting to account for all the civilian casualties of U.S. military activities in 2018: 120 deaths and 65 injuries in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. T…

July 1st 2019 0

How digitization impacts the creative economy

In the ten years since I wrote the first edition of A Textbook of Cultural Economics, the cultural sector – the arts, heritage and cultural industries, jointly known as the creative industries – has been revolutionised by digitization and, as …

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July 19th 2019 0

How bot flies affect mouse opossums, and how climate change can make it worse

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘The impact of botfly parasitism on the health of the gracile mouse opossum (Gracilinanus agilis) by Emerson Vieira Two of the researchers associated with my lab, Priscilla L. Zan…

July 19th 2019 0

‘Let’s Talk’: The importance of collaborative diagnosis in psychiatry

The RCPsych Article of the Month for July is from BJPsych Advances and is entitled ‘Collaborative diagnosis between clinician and patient: why to do it and what to consider’ by Authors Corinna Hackmann, Jon Wilson, Amorette Perkins Hannah Zeil…

July 18th 2019 0

Will Gene Sequencing Lead to New Weed Control Strategies?

Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are two troublesome amaranthus species weeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides. They also have unique reproductive features.…

July 18th 2019 0

Q&A with Wireless Power Transfer Handling Editors

Wireless Power Transfer has welcomed new Executive Editors Patrick Hu, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Naoki Shinohara, Kyoto University, Japan as well as editorial board members Alessandra Costanzo, University of Bologna, Italy and Chunhua Liu, C…

July 18th 2019 0

Government and the food and drink industry: an unhealthy relationship

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight ‘Seven-year itch: The UK Government’s difficult relationship with the food and drink industry since ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England (2011)’ Authors …

July 18th 2019 0

Do emojis pose a threat to the future of language?

Any headline that includes a yes/no question can usually be answered with an emphatic ‘no’. This is known as Betteridge’s law.…

July 17th 2019 0

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…

July 17th 2019 0

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 gravit…

July 17th 2019 0

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.&helli…

July 16th 2019 0

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.…

July 15th 2019 0

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.…

July 14th 2019 0

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…

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