Promiscuous Presbyterians? Courtship, marriage and sexual activity in 18th and 19th century Ireland

This blog accompanies Leanne Calvert’s Irish Historical Studies open access article ‘‘He came to her bed pretending courtship’: sex, courtship and the making of marriage in Ulster, 1750–1844‘.…


Improving dairy herd health management programs

The animal article of the month for February is ‘Effects of a participatory approach, with systematic impact matrix analysis in herd health planning in organic dairy cattle herds‘ There is a strong focus on animal health and welfare in organic farming, and herd health and production management services are therefore important.…


Hearing loss in the trenches – a hidden morbidity of WWI

The latest Paper of the Month from The Journal of Laryngology & Otology is ‘Hearing loss in the trenches – a hidden morbidity of World War I‘ by K Conroy and V Malik.…


Welcome to Cambridge Elements, a new concept in academic publishing

Today marks the official launch of Cambridge Elements! Cambridge Elements provide a completely new format for publishing scholarly material: succinct and significant, peer-reviewed research that combines the best features of books and journals.…


‘…the Parliament’s Favourite’: Helen Arthur and the Williamite confiscation

This blog accompanies Frances Nolan’s Irish Historical Studies article ‘‘The Cat’s Paw’: Helen Arthur, the act of resumption and The Popish pretenders to the forfeited estates in Ireland, 1700–03‘.…


Identifying conservation priorities for the Critically Endangered Balkan Lynx

A detailed IUCN Red List assessment placed the Balkan lynx (Lynx lynx balcanicus) just one step away from extinction.…


Using human head lice to unravel neglect and cause of death

Abandonment, neglect, sexual abuse, and even what triggers an individual’s death can be unwrapped by just studying the biology and reproductive behaviour of human lice.…


Making city infrastructure more resilient

The systems that help us heat and cool our homes, provide drinking water, take away our garbage, let us communicate instantly with one another and enable travel — collectively known as infrastructure — will need to be designed differently in the future to become more sustainable and resilient.


Rethinking Invasive Weed Control: Sometimes treating fewer plants can produce a greater impact

When battling invasive weeds, it’s easy to conclude that treating the largest masses first is the best strategy. But scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management say that isn’t always best.…


An Englishman’s Home is His Castle? Shakespeare’s Violent Homes

In Woody Allen’s Amazon Prime series, Crisis in Six Scenes, his character Sidney suffers a home invasion. Sidney complains: ‘This is my home, this is my castle, you’re going into the moat!’ Allen is drawing on an Elizabethan proverb that still resonates today: ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle.’ This proverb encapsulated the ideal of a home as a bedrock of the state, ruled over by the (male) householder, and protected from dangers outside.…


Is Entertainment News Really News?

Is entertainment news really news? How much notice should actors receive in the newspapers, and why? In London’s media in the mid-eighteenth century, questions about the value of celebrity news were as warmly contested as they are now.…


The Bureaucratization of Religion in Southeast Asia: Expanding or Restricting Religious Freedom?

Although the narrative of the secular state is pervasive, most countries in the world do regulate the religions in their jurisdictions in one way or another, and thus, public commitments notwithstanding, do not abide by a secular-separationist ideology.…