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June 29th 2020 0

COVID-19 and the Vulnerability of Migrants

One of the many―arguably lesser attended―effects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the continued exacerbation of the vulnerability of migrants. With borders closed and the threat of the “end of asylum” looming large, people on the mo…

June 29th 2020

Vision, Gaze, and Islamic Objects

Imagine it’s the middle of the fourteenth century, and you fall from the sky, landing in the heart of medieval Cairo. I’m assuming we’re all historians of religion, so upon arrival you immediately set out to explore the Islamic landscape…

June 29th 2020

Managing memory

The rewriting of history to suit a current political agenda is not new. Nor is the creative representation of particular individuals or institutions only a modern phenomenon. The extraordinary serial biography of the ancient and early medieval popes known…

June 26th 2020

The East India Company and Britain’s Pursuit of a Global Role

As the United Kingdom scrambles to find a new place for itself in the world following its withdrawal from the European Union in January 2020, there is much talk in political circles of building a ‘Global Britain’. The promise of the country&rs…

June 25th 2020

Resistance in the Time of Coronavirus

“I can’t breathe” is the phrase that will define 2020. It captures the fear of the coronavirus that attacks the respiratory system of those who contract it and they were the last words of George Floyd before he died with a police officer…

June 25th 2020

Understanding Evolution: Why do ostriches have wings, anyway?

“Evolution is a fact of life” scientists tell us. “Evolution best explains both the unity and the diversity of life” they continue. Both the marvelous adaptations that organisms exhibit and their striking similarities are explained…

June 24th 2020

Sinking Feelings: the Cause of Allied Victory in the Mediterranean during the Second World War

‘My illness has a name: convoys’ was the gloomy remark from the fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943, as the Axis powers’ war in North Africa neared its disastrous conclusion. It is hardly surprising that he reached such a v…

June 23rd 2020

Potatoes in a Pandemic

‘Baked potato saved my life’, sang Matt Lucas, in a fundraising video for the NHS that brought smiles to faces across the UK. The joyful silliness helps explain its appeal. Of course a baked potato can’t save anyone’s life. Or can …

June 22nd 2020

Harms, Benefits, and Trade-Offs in a Pandemic

A crucial topic in moral philosophy involves the aggregation and comparison of harms and benefits.  How many, for instance, minor headaches relieved is worth a single human life?  How many people being able to travel 75 miles per hour rather tha…

June 20th 2020

The Big Question (Statistical Analysis of Climate Extremes: The Blog about the Book. Part 4)

“Climate extremes cost human lives. They do harm to the economy. Examples are the Elbe flood in 2002, the European heatwave in 2003 or hurricane Katrina in 2005. The big question is how global climate change influences climate extremes. This plagues…

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July 3rd 2020 0

Suspension of Labour Rights during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Possible Implications under the Revised Draft

Introduction Many state governments of India have amended their labour laws in the wake of the economic crisis posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.…

July 2nd 2020 0

The Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP): documenting the discovery of a lost kingdom in Anatolia from the Late Bronze and Iron Ages

“The Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP), led by James Osborne (University of Chicago), was begun in 2019 and determined that the site might not just be big, but among the very largest sites in Anatolia during the Late B…

July 2nd 2020 0

What are the avenues for corporate liability for COVID-19-related human rights abuses?

This post was originally published on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s website and can be accessed here.  The devastating human rights implications of the global COVID-19 pandemic have been thoroughly documented: Civi…

July 2nd 2020 0

Growing numbers of alcohol related hospital admissions linked to local spending cuts

A new study by King’s College London, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown an association between increases in alcohol related hospital admissions and decreases in spending on alcohol services since they came under the responsibi…

July 1st 2020 0

How to refine immunological memory to tackle the malaria parasite

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is “IgM+ memory B cells induced in response to Plasmodium berghei adopt a germinal centre B cell phenotype during secondary infection“ Malaria remains one the most serious infectiou…

July 1st 2020 0

Study Shows Few Control Options Remain for Annual Bluegrass in Turf

Greenskeepers and landscape managers may be losing their battle with annual bluegrass – an unsightly weed that competes with desirable turf and produces an uneven surface for golf and other sports.…

June 30th 2020 0

2019: an impactful year for MRS journals

2019 was a bumper year for the publications of the Materials Research Society, and we are delighted to announce that all three journals included in the Journal Citation Reports significantly increased their Impact Factors, usage and website visits.&hellip…

June 30th 2020 0

Experimental Results: the challenge of implementing our first open peer review process

Experimental Results is a truly innovative project for Cambridge University Press – it is the first of our journals to have an open peer review process, as well as being designed to address the positive bias and replication issues often seen with tr…

June 30th 2020 0

Reparations as Reconstruction, Not as Alibi

In this post Lawrie Balfour expands on her 2003 American Political Science Review article ‘Unreconstructed Democracy: W.E.B. DuBois and the Case for Reparations‘.…

June 26th 2020 0

Seafarers Trapped Serving Global Supply Chains amounts to Egregious Abuse of Human Rights: States must fulfil their Duty to Protect

As the Covid-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions put in place to attempt containment drag on, around 200,000 merchant seafarers are trapped aboard ships in violation of international law.…

June 25th 2020 0

Q&A with Wearable Technologies Associate Editor: Helen Huang

Associate Professor He (Helen) North Carolina State University, answers our questions about her work and Cambridge University Press’s new journal Wearable Technologies

June 25th 2020 0

Why are we launching Higher Education from Cambridge University Press?

Higher Education from Cambridge University Press is our new online textbook website. The beta version of the site has launched on 30th June, 2020.…

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