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"16.01.2017 18:00:00" Oxford Choral The Oxford University Press Choral Facebook page provides inspiration, resources, and news for the choral world. A warm welcome to Facebook to our friends working on the OUP Choral page! Here you will find inspiration, news, and resources from the world of choral singing.
"16.01.2017 05:00:00" Did Einstein have political influence? Was there a reason why Albert Einstein rarely voiced his political opinions?
"16.01.2017 04:00:00" blog.oup.com Which "little woman" are you? [quiz] The twenty-ninth of November 2016, marked the 184th birthday of American author Louisa May Alcott, best known for her literary classic Little Women. Taking Which March sister are you most like?
"15.01.2017 04:00:00" blog.oup.com How to write a good sentence Some years ago, I sent off a manuscript to an editor. After the usual period of review, the editor sent back a note saying that he liked the work, but suggested that I should make it “less academic.” I reworked a number of things and sent back a revised "A sentence, like a scientific theory, should follow Occam's Razor. It should be as simple as possible, but no simpler than is necessary."
"14.01.2017 04:00:00" theguardian.com Brexit exposed deep rifts in Britain. Universities can help heal them Students and staff are leaving the lecture theatres and reaching out to those in the local community who need it most What is the role of higher education in supporting social progress?
"13.01.2017 04:00:00" blog.oup.com How many famous philosophy quotes do you know? [quiz] Can you tell the difference between a Bertrand Russell quote and a quote by Mary Wollstonecraft? Who said the following: “The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution”?
"12.01.2017 04:00:00" blog.oup.com Tracing viking travellers The medieval Norse were far travellers: not only raiders but also traders, explorers, colonisers, pilgrims, and crusaders (to name a few). Traces of their adventures survive across the world, including ruined buildings and burials, runic graffiti, From Greenland to Baghdad, discover the adventures of the Vikings in our interactive map.
"11.01.2017 04:00:00" blog.oup.com 11 things about women in Ancient Israel you probably didn't know In a book that is mostly written by men and about men, what is the role of women? Over 90% of the names in the Hebrew bible are men. Most of the main actors of the text are men, and the books were originally written by and for men. Finding out about "While women were largely confined to the household, they also were a critical part of a society's social, political, and economic well-being"
"10.01.2017 04:00:00" blog.oup.com Why is the Bible so much like a horror movie? What does the Hebrew Bible have in common with horror movies? This question is not as strange as it might seem. It only takes a few minutes with the biblical texts to begin to realize that the Bible is filled with all kinds of horror. There are strange If you think about it, there are many parallels between scary movies and stories in the Bible...
"09.01.2017 03:00:00" An Introduction to the Violin Assistant Concertmaster Elita Kang of the Boston Symphony Orchestra gives an overview of the violin and her path to becoming a professional violinist.
"08.01.2017 03:00:00" blog.oup.com "An infernal journey" - an extract from Homer Homer, despite being the author of the hugely influential The Odyssey and The Iliad, remains a bit of a mystery. We know very little about his life, but what we can see is the huge legacy that he has left behind in art, music, philosophy, literature, and What can we learn from ancient Greek tales of journeys into the underworld?
"07.01.2017 03:00:00" timeshighereducation.com Academics' new year's resolutions: from actual self to ideal self From giving up Bremoaning and plastic cutlery, to publishing 10 papers in one year and sketchnoting, scholars share their goals for 2017 New year, new goals in academia.
"06.01.2017 03:00:00" blog.oup.com Marlowe, not Shakespeare—so what? The recent media furore surrounding the publication of new findings about the authorship of Shakespeare's works reassures us of one thing: people care about Shakespeare. Or, perhaps better stated, people care about caring about Shakespeare. A momentary "[W]hile we might care (or not care) about Shakespeare, why does any of this new attribution work matter? Why, in this sense, does authorship matter?"
"05.01.2017 03:00:01" blog.oup.com 6 common misconceptions about Salafi Muslims in the West Salafism, often referred to as 'Wahhabism', is widely regarded as a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that fuels Jihadism and subjugates women. Some even lump ISIS and Salafism together—casting suspicion upon the thousands of Muslims who identify as Misconception #1: They're all foreigners.
"04.01.2017 03:00:00" blog.oup.com Alternate realities: Brexit and Pokémon I may not have understood the allure of capturing Pokémon (...) but I hope I am not so trenchant as to run around in the hope of spotting something even rarer; UK membership of the EU as it existed prior to 23 June 2016. That truly is becoming an UK membership of the EU in the future as it existed prior to 23 June 2016 bears great resemblance to Pokémon Go: they're both alternate realities.
"03.01.2017 03:00:00" blog.oup.com 10 myths about the vikings The viking image has changed dramatically over the centuries, romanticized in the 18th and 19 century, they are now alternatively portrayed as savage and violent heathens or adventurous explorers. Stereotypes and clichés are rampant in popular culture and Eleanor Barraclough sheds light on and dispels ten common viking myths.
"02.01.2017 02:00:00" blog.oup.com Holy crap: toilet found in an Iron Age shrine in Lachish In September, the Israel Antiquities Authority made a stunning announcement: at the ancient Judean city of Lachish, second only to Jerusalem in importance, archaeologists have uncovered a shrine in the city's gate complex with two vandalized altars and a A discovery in the ancient city of Lachish reveals a biblical history of shrine desecration.
"01.01.2017 02:00:00" What can Gothic Tales tell us about Arthur Conan Doyle? While Arthur Conan Doyle's famous character Sherlock Holmes represented his rational views on the world, Gothic Tales allowed Doyle to explore his views on spiritualism.
"31.12.2016 02:00:00" nytimes.com 57 Years Later, Even the Library Had Stopped Counting the Fines A Brooklyn native checked out “Gone With the Wind” in 1959. After cross-country moves and raising four children, she returned the book to an amused and thankful branch. It's never too late to return your library books.
"30.12.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com How much do you know about al‐Kindī? [quiz] This October, the OUP Philosophy team honors al-Kindī (c. 800-870) as their Philosopher of the Month. Known as the “first philosopher of the Arabs,” al-Kindī was one of the most important mathematicians, physicians, astronomers and philosophers of his We're challenging you to test your knowledge of the philosopher, al-Kindī with a quiz.
"29.12.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com The nail that sticks out gets hammered down, or does it? Do you have a tattoo to care for? If not, shouldn't you ask yourself, why not? Butterflies on calves, angel wings on shoulders, Celtic crosses across chests of law-abiding citizens have superseded anchors and arrow-pierced hearts on biceps of the The ephemeral nature of languages and tattoo fashion
"28.12.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com What do the classics do for you? This week, Oxford University Press (OUP) and The Reader announced an exciting new partnership, working together to build a core classics library and to get great literature into the hands of people who need it most, with the Oxford World's Classics series Do you have a favorite classic work of literature?
"27.12.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com Sex, Pope Francis, and empire Pope Francis recently said in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and on several occasions over the last year, that Western nations are exporting an idea that gender is a choice. Pope Francis asserts that this “gender ideology” is the enemy of the "But as Western cultures have revealed in the last few decades, those who choose their genders are not enemies of the family."
"26.12.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com Witches, werewolves, and Christmas In Hamlet, Marcellus, referring to the royal ghost, says: “It faded on the crowing of the cock. Some say that ever gainst that season comes wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, this bird of dawning singeth all night long, and then, they say, no Are you familiar with any of these spooky Christmas myths?
"25.12.2016 01:00:01" blog.oup.com The language of Christmas [quiz] Christmas carols–a celebratory tradition spanning language and culture–were originally derived from the songs sung during the Winter Solstice. Christian lyrics were set to the tune of popular pagan carols, giving way to the festive music still played Can you identify the origins of these Christmas songs?
"24.12.2016 01:00:00" theconversation.com Here's why academics should write for the public Two scholars discuss the joys of writing for a lay audience. So why aren't more academics writing for the public? Writing for the public may improve both your academic writing skills and scientific thinking abilities.
"23.12.2016 01:00:00" Shakespeare and his collaborators Why did Shakespeare collaborate in his writings?
"22.12.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com Is there a war on Christmas? Is there a War on Christmas? Of course there is. Donald Trump is sure of it, Bill O'Reilly says so, and John Gibson agrees. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights declares it to be true and the American Family Association does too. It is a How is political correctness playing a role in the war on Christmas?
"21.12.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com How would the ancient Stoics have dealt with hate speech? Insults have lately been making headline news. Last year, the world witnessed an attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The ancient Stoics can teach us a thing or two about dealing with insults.
"20.12.2016 01:00:00" totalpolitics.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) Rebuilding the House Of Parliment involved years of enormous challenges.
"19.12.2016 00:00:00" time.com Why We Shouldn't Dismiss People Who Deny Facts We're all prone to the same human principles that cause science denial "If we really want people to make decisions using sound scientific evidence, then we need to take an honest look at what's driving those unscientific beliefs."
"18.12.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com The early promise of “liquid” cancer tests A powerful technology that continues to evolve, researchers say, has rekindled interest in liquid biopsies as a way to disrupt tumor progression. The technology, genetic sequencing, is allowing researchers a closer look at the genetic trail tumors leave "Liquid" biopsies may help researchers identify changes in blood that foreshadow early, and more treatable, cancers.
"16.12.2016 14:30:00" Season's Greetings Season's greetings from everyone in the social media team at Oxford Academic.
"16.12.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com Philosopher of the month: al-Kindī Known as the “first philosopher of the Arabs,” al-Kindī was one of the most important mathematicians, physicians, astronomers and philosophers of his time. He composed hundreds of treatises, using many of the tools of Greek philosophy to address themes in How much do you know about the “first philosopher of the Arabs,” al-Kindī?
"15.12.2016 00:00:00" What is interpersonal psychotherapy? How was interpersonal psychotherapy developed?
"14.12.2016 00:00:00" washingtonpost.com Big, bad wolf or bad, big wolf? The surprising way we order our words. A viral tweet shows how important adjective order is for English speakers. Why do we care? "Old brown dog" sounds completely fine but why does "brown old dog" sound so wrong?
"13.12.2016 00:00:00" theguardian.com How not to apologize: what Donald Trump and Ryan Lochte get wrong The two men, along with comedy writer Kurt Metzger, all offered public apologies (of sorts) this week. Experts weigh in on their sincerity – or lack of it "What do [...] Donald Trump, Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte and comedy writer Kurt Metzger have in common?
They wouldn't know how to say they're sorry to save their lives"
"11.12.2016 23:00:00" blog.oup.com Designer nature: mosquitoes first and then what? We're told that we can insert a gene to confer sterility and this trait would race like wildfire through Aedes aegypti. Why this species? Because it's the vector of the Zika virus—along with the dengue and yellow fever viruses. The problem is that A. Can we - and should we - drive targeted species to extinction?
"10.12.2016 23:00:01" blog.oup.com What are human rights? Moral, political, legal theory On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights Patrick Macklem reflects on the nature and functions of human rights Why we need human rights
"09.12.2016 23:00:00" huffingtonpost.com Yes, Hamilton Was Magnificent, But Dinner With Voltaire Was Better Jeremy S. Adams reflects on the legacy of educators after dining with former student, Hamilton: An American Musical's Voltaire Wade-Greene.
"08.12.2016 23:00:00" nytimes.com Beyond 'Wonka': They Want Every Kid to Know Roald Dahl's World As the centennial of Mr. Dahl's birth approaches, the estate of the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author is developing at least 23 projects based on his works. The Roald Dahl Literary Estate contemplates the legacy they want to leave behind.
"07.12.2016 23:00:00" nypost.com Go ahead, parents, let your kids curse You hear a kid cursing a blue streak in your local shopping mall and reflexively wonder one thing: What the f - - k is wrong with his parents? However, maybe that deserves a rethink. Allowing kids to curse may help them shape, rather than be shaped by, their language.
"06.12.2016 23:00:00" Ken Bloom on Broadway audiences Be aware of your actions when going to Broadway shows; chances are, the actors on-stage can see you.
"05.12.2016 23:00:00" newyorker.com The Philosopher of Feelings Martha Nussbaum's far-reaching ideas illuminate the often ignored elements of human life—aging, inequality, and emotion. "Nussbaum is drawn to the idea that creative urgency—and the commitment to be good—derives from the awareness that we harbor aggression toward the people we love."
"04.12.2016 22:00:00" dailymail.co.uk Truth of the Battle of Culloden finally revealed Doubts are being raised over the portrayal of Jacobitism as primitive - and the 1746 defeat for Bonnie Prince Charlie on Culloden Moor near Inverness as being one of savagery by civilisation. What really happened at the final confrontation in Jacobite rising of 1745 at the Battle of Culloden?
"03.12.2016 22:00:00" blog.oup.com Christian theology, literary theory, and sexuality in the 'Song of Songs' hy were Christian theologians in the ancient and medieval worlds so fascinated by a text whose main theme was erotic love? The very fact that the 'Song of Songs', a biblical love poem that makes no reference to God or to Israelite religion, played an Why did medieval Christian theologians put such emphasis on a biblical text which celebrated human sexuality?
"02.12.2016 22:00:00" theguardian.com World's oldest library reopens in Fez: 'You can hurt us, but you can't hurt the books' After years of restoration, the ninth-century Qarawiyyin library in north-eastern Morocco is finally set to reopen – with strict security and a new underground canal system to protect its most prized manuscripts Visitors of Morocco will soon be able to visit the world's oldest library once again.
"01.12.2016 23:01:00" blog.oup.com Joey Alexander: call me a 'musician', not a 'prodigy' If you tuned in to this year's Grammy awards, you would not have failed to witness the extraordinary performance of 12-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander. The short solo performance, which earned him a standing ovation, was without doubt the cherry on Why Joey Alexander should not be called a prodigy, but rather a jazz musician, and let his music speak for itself, without the labels.
"30.11.2016 22:01:00" blog.oup.com Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool (XL, 2016): reflecting, looking forward With the exception of Kid A/Amnesiac, Radiohead has reinvented itself sonically on every album since OK Computer. Saying that a new release represents a departure from their previous style is therefore paradoxical—the only possible departure would be "Radiohead's always separated themselves from the din of conventional rock music through their song forms."
"29.11.2016 22:00:00" blog.oup.com Father and son, inspired: Joshua and Paul Laurence Dunbar Despite the biographical clues that historical fact and fiction may afford in excavating Joshua's life, the investigation itself rests on a set of assumptions that implicate literary studies of slavery and, in particular, the social and intellectual Born after slavery, Paul Laurence Dunbar became the first professional African American writer to become an international phenomenon.
"28.11.2016 22:00:00" What is music's practical value? Understanding your own musicality is important to understanding who you really are.
"27.11.2016 21:00:00" blog.oup.com Paradoxes logical and literary A paradox is a kind of argument. In literary theory, some sentences are also called paradoxes, but the meaning of the term is significantly different. Adding a "surprising" element to philosophical paradoxes.
"26.11.2016 21:00:00" blog.oup.com Top ten essential books for aspiring lawyers Legal knowledge doesn't just come from textbooks and lectures. Last year, we asked Martin Partington, author of Introduction to the English Legal System, for his top ten film recommendations for law students and aspiring lawyers. This year he turns his A list of inspiring books to get you thinking about our legal system, our society, and the role of lawyers.
"25.11.2016 21:00:00" theconversation.com Should writing for the public count toward tenure? The American Sociological Association is starting a conversation to include “public communication” -- work often largely ignored -- in the assessment of a scholar's contributions. Why does it matter? Many academics already engage in public communication for topics in their fields. Should this be factored into consideration for career advancement?
"24.11.2016 21:00:00" blog.oup.com What would Shakespeare drive? Imagine a Hollywood film about the Iraq War in which a scene at a clandestine Al-Qaeda compound featuring a cabal of insurgents abruptly cuts to a truck-stop off the New Jersey Turnpike. A group of disgruntled truckers huddle around their rigs cursing the Shakespeare expresses his guilt in Sonnet 50 for causing his horse to moan. What would he think about the invention of automobiles?
"23.11.2016 21:02:00" blog.oup.com A brief history of corpuscular discoveries [timeline] Philosophers of science are in the business of explaining the special features of science, like the unifying power of scientific explanation and the wonderful sense of understanding it produces. We try to explain the amazing success of modern scientific Remarkable discoveries in corpuscular alchemy and chemistry.
"22.11.2016 21:05:00" blog.oup.com The Etymology of Dog, Part 2 Unlike tyke, bitch can boast of respectable ancestors, because its Old English form (bicce) has been recorded. The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology notes that bicce is obscurely related to Old Icelandic bikkja (the same meaning). The OED online The history of the word "bitch" and it's possible origins.
"21.11.2016 21:01:01" blog.oup.com State responses to cross-border displacement in South Asia European countries are now experiencing an unprecedented influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Europeans are trying to find out the causes of population displacement and measures to deal with the crises. Much can be learnt from the South Asian "Humanitarianism means an obligation on the part of the state to assist refugees, give asylum and look after relief and rehabilitation at any cost."
"20.11.2016 20:00:00" Shakespeare and race What was the role of race in Shakespeare's plays?
"19.11.2016 20:00:02" blog.oup.com Apology round-up: 2016 presidential race (so far) It's an election year and that means we get to think about the language of politicians—their vocabularies, vocal timbre, gestures, accents, metaphors, style, mistakes, and recoveries. I'm always on the lookout for interesting apologies, and the 2016 Apologies from public figures in the 2016 presidential election.
"18.11.2016 20:00:00" theguardian.com Academics: you are going to fail, so learn how to do it better Unsuccessful endeavours are a crucial part of academia – use these five tips to make the most of them Failure in academia is inevitable but there are some things you can do to turn them to your advantage.
"18.11.2016 08:00:00" blog.oup.com Seven ways to start and keep your writing going Wilma Koutstaal offers some psychological tips for improving your writing with the perception-action cycle in neuroscience this National Novel Writing Month Here's some motivation for all you writers out there, #NaNoWriMo or otherwise.
"17.11.2016 20:00:00" economist.com Neither a bull nor a bear be CHINA'S economy inspires extreme and, often, diametrically opposed views. There is the bear case: growth is severely unbalanced, waste unbearably high and collapse nigh. And the bullish: past performance is proof of the government's managerial skill, China's economic growth is slowing but fears of collapse are overdone.
"16.11.2016 11:05:01" en.oxforddictionaries.com Word of the Year 2016 is... After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts... The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is... post-truth!
Want to know why Oxford Dictionaries chose it? #OxfordWOTY
"15.11.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com Exotic – Episode 38 – The Oxford Comment The word “exotic” can take on various different meanings and connotations, depending on how it is used. It can serve as an adjective or a noun, to describe a commodity, a person, or even a human activity. No matter its usage, however, the underlying theme How much do you know about the "exotic"?
"14.11.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com Learn something new about man's best friend Dogs have historically performed many roles for humans, such as herding, protection, assisting police, companionship, and aiding the handicapped. The tale of "man's best friend" is a lengthy and intimate history that has lasted for thousands of years, and Fascinating facts about the cultural history of dogs.
"13.11.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Is undercover policing worth the risk? The recently published 'guidelines' on police undercover operations prove to be just 'business as usual'. The guidelines consist of 80 pages in which a new 'alphabet soup' of abbreviations describes each of a set of roles to be fulfilled by officers of "Being so deeply involved requires that officers adhere to what sociologists call the 'norm of reciprocity'. If someone is kindly to you, then you are expected to be kindly in return."
"12.11.2016 19:00:00" 7 tips for reducing your exposure to chemicals What can we do to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals?
"11.11.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Ten underappreciated philosophers of the Islamic World [timeline] In this timeline, Peter Adamson, author of the History of Philosophy series, highlights ten underappreciated figures of the Islamic world, during and well beyond the medieval era. Saadia Gaon, Avicenna, and eight other forgotten philosophers of the Islamic world.
"09.11.2016 17:00:00" blog.oup.com What would Mark Twain make of Donald Trump? The proudly coifed and teased hair, the desire to make a splash, the lust after wealth, the racist remarks: Donald Trump? Or Mark Twain? Today is Mark Twain's birthday; he was born on 30 November 1835, and died on 21 April 1910. How would the next President of the United States, Donald Trump, be viewed by author Mark Twain? #ElectionDay
"08.11.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Protecting our children from profanity We adults are careful about swearing around our kids. We don't want bad language to confuse or corrupt or otherwise harm them. As Steven Pinker says in passing while talking about profanity in The Stuff of Thought (2007), “if some people would rather not Where do kids learn to swear?
"07.11.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Can 19th-century literature explain the rise of Donald Trump? Historians and political scientists have quite the task ahead in making sense of the bizarre 2016 presidential race. Fissures in both major parties betray pervasive hostilities. The rise of Donald Trump from investment mogul to television personality to How nineteenth century literature can explain America's divide and current political mood.
"06.11.2016 18:00:00" blog.oup.com Five crimes being committed by Pokémon Go players Record-breaking mobile app Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 75 million times worldwide, a number set only to increase as the game is released in more territories. What five common crimes have police officers had to attend to as a result of this craze When the need to capture that elusive Squirtle becomes too great...
"05.11.2016 18:00:00" blog.oup.com How much do you know about René Descartes? [quiz] This August, the OUP Philosophy team honors René Descartes (1596–1650) as their Philosopher of the Month. Called “The Father of Modern Philosophy” by Hegel, Descartes led the seventeenth-century European intellectual revolution which laid down the Test yourself on your knowledge of René Descartes.
"04.11.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com Peer review needs to expand so that more scientists are reviewing papers A new tool that selects peer reviewers by algorithm could make the peer review process more reliable, says Richard Price "Part of the issue is that in the traditional peer review process, only two or three scientists peer review a paper. The system places too much weight on what a small number of scientists think."
"03.11.2016 17:00:00" blog.oup.com What defines good writing? What distinguishes good writing from bad writing? How can people transform their writing to make it more powerful and more effective? Are universities teaching students how to become better writers? In order to answer these questions and others, we sat For those in the throes of #NaNoWriMo--a bit of professional advice on what makes "good writing."
"03.11.2016 12:00:00" bookshop.blackwell.co.uk The OUP Philosophy Festival Blackwell's Oxford and Oxford University Press present the OUP Philosophy Festival, in partnership with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. Monday, November 7th at 12:30 to Saturday, November 12th at 16:00. Mark your calendars! The OUP-Blackwell Philosophy Festival will run from 7 Nov to 12 Nov. Enjoy interviews and talks featuring David Edmonds, Cecile Fabre, Marianne Talbot, Fiona Wollard, and more on various topics in philosophy.
"02.11.2016 17:00:00" nytimes.com New Oxford Shakespeare Edition Credits Christopher Marlowe as a Co-author Marlowe is being listed on the three “Henry VI” plays, parts 1, 2 and 3, which have long been believed to be the work of more than one writer. New research shows that Shakespeare was not the sole author in a few of his works, and Christopher Marlowe has officially been credited as a co-author of several Shakespeare plays.
"01.11.2016 17:00:01" blog.oup.com High-fructose honey and the diet of urban bees The story of New York's red honey struck a chord with those already concerned about honey bee health. Bees have been hit hard by a host of challenges ranging from parasitic mites to neonicotenoid pesticides—but could red honey be another sign of bee Urban bee-keeping has become a major part of the recent local food movement, but is the honey we receive from them actually derived from a healthy diet of flowers?
"31.10.2016 16:00:00" This Halloween, explore Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Gothic Tales', if you dare... http://bit.ly/2e4ICbu
"30.10.2016 16:00:01" blog.oup.com 5 reasons why a library is the best place to hide during a Zombie Apocalypse May is known as International Zombie Awareness Month. After witnessing many poor comrades lose their lives in Hollywood zombie uprisings, we've decided that we need to prepare for any eventuality. Suppose the living dead do come calling, where is the best If you find yourself being followed by zombies on Halloween, find the nearest library.
"29.10.2016 16:00:00" blog.oup.com The life and work of H.G. Wells: a timeline August 13th marks the 150th birth and the 70th death anniversary of legendary science fiction writer H.G. Wells. A prophet of modern progress, he accurately predicted several historical advancements, from the World War II, nuclear weapons, to Wikipedia. The "Father of Science Fiction", H. G. Wells, predicted many scientific advancements, including the atomic bomb.
"28.10.2016 16:00:01" blog.oup.com blog.oup.com Journal editors are committing to open access not just during OA Week, but also for the future of journals publishing.
"27.10.2016 16:00:00" Why read Shakespeare's Complete Works? Reading just one Harry Potter or Game of Thrones book will not reveal to you the entire creative universe in which the stories are set. The same goes for William Shakespeare's plays.
"26.10.2016 16:02:13" blog.oup.com Place of the Year 2016 longlist: vote for your pick Quite a lot has happened in 2016. The year has flew by with history making events such as the Brexit, the Presidential election in the United States, and the blockade of Aleppo to name a few. Will 2016 be most remembered for Brexit? For the race to the White House? For the Battle of Aleppo? Help us pick the Place of the Year.
"25.10.2016 16:00:00" blog.oup.com Let's tank tanking “Tanking,” or deliberately trying to lose an athletic contest to gain a future competitive advantage, such as earning higher draft pick of prospective players, became the talk of the town or at least of many fans, in many US cities saddled with losing "Tanking, and those who call for it, threatens the very idea of true competition in sport."
"24.10.2016 16:00:00" blog.oup.com Philosopher of the month: René Descartes This August, the OUP Philosophy team honors René Descartes (1596–1650) as their Philosopher of the Month. Called “The Father of Modern Philosophy” by Hegel, Descartes led the seventeenth-century European intellectual revolution which laid down the Learn more about Cartesian dualism, epistemology, and René Descartes.
"23.10.2016 15:00:01" blog.oup.com 12 little-known facts about cats Cats are among some of the most popular pets in the world, and they've been so for thousands of years. In fact, there are more than two million cat videos on YouTube. In appreciation of our feline friends for World Cat Day on 8 August, we've put together Do you ever dream about cats? Does that mean you are in danger of treachery? Discover some lesser known facts about our feline friends.
"22.10.2016 15:00:00" blog.oup.com Facing the Führer: Jesse Owens and the history of the modern Olympic games This extract from Sport: A Very Short Introduction by Mike Cronin gives a history of the modern Olympic games; from its inspiration in the British… As memories of #Rio2016 start to fade away, we reflect on the most significant events in modern Olympic history.
"21.10.2016 15:00:01" theguardian.com How to juggle a full-time job and a part-time PhD My PhD and my business career are not connected and they are both demanding. But I've found there are benefits to my double life Not many people lead a double life balancing PhD study and a full-time job, but with enough passion and the right supervisor and program, it can be done.
"20.10.2016 15:00:00" blog.oup.com Shakespeare and nature [infographic] It is probable that Shakespeare observed, or at least heard about, many natural phenomena that occurred during his time, which may have influenced the many references to nature and science that he makes in his work. Although he was very young at the time, The relationship between Shakespeare and the natural world.
"19.10.2016 15:00:00" Ken Bloom on Broadway tourism Why Broadway today is mainly geared towards tourists.
"18.10.2016 15:00:01" blog.oup.com A tale of two referendums Post-referendum events, particularly, the SNP's near clean sweep of Scottish seats in the 2015 general election, suggested that the question of Scotland's future in or outside the union had not been resolved. The even narrower margin of victory for The Scottish independence referendum and the EU referendum were both extremely close. Is that where the similarity ends?
"17.10.2016 15:00:01" blog.oup.com Curry paradox cycles A 'Liar cycle' is a finite sequence of sentences where each sentence in the sequence except the last says that the next sentence is false, and where the final sentence in the sequence says that the first sentence is false. “Either Santa Claus exists, or the Easter Bunny exists, or the Great Pumpkin exists.”
"16.10.2016 14:00:01" blog.oup.com World Anaesthesia Day: Key events in the history of anaesthesia Today (16 October) is World Anaesthesia Day. To mark this occasion, we have selected ten of the most interesting events in the history of anaesthesia.… The history of anaesthesia, from Ancient China to The Royal College of Anaesthetists, via an interactive timeline.
"15.10.2016 13:00:02" global.oup.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) Shakespeare was just one man of the thriving early modern theatre scene in London.
"14.10.2016 14:00:00" theguardian.com Struggling to write? Take some tips from Charles Darwin Charles Darwin's work is a masterclass in how to structure research and craft your arguments Tip #1: Make an emotional connection.
"13.10.2016 14:00:01" blog.oup.com Most powerful lesson from Ebola: We do not learn our lessons An outbreak of the magnitude of Ebola should have never been possible. And we still don't learn our lessons.
"12.10.2016 16:00:00" eventbrite.com STOICON 2016 STOICON is an annual meeting of people interested in exploring Stoicism as a philosophy of life. In 2015, the conference — aimed at a general public, not just academics — was held at Queen Mary University and was organized by Jules Evans. It is part of a Get your Stoic on! Join philosophers Jullia Annas, Bill Irvine, Chris Gill, and many more at the annual Stoicon Conference, October 15 at the Houston Street Center.
"12.10.2016 14:00:01" blog.oup.com The Uber and crowd-work dilemma The law has long struggled to adapt to new forms of employment – who should be responsible for the protection of workers' rights, from minimum wage and working time to discrimination law, in today's fragmented economy? These fundamental questions are now A long night out, public transport has stopped running, and it's too far to walk - getting an Uber for a ride is today's solution for getting home. But all that glistens is not gold, especially not on "crowd-work" platforms.
"11.10.2016 14:00:00" Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.'s tunnels How were a Smithsonian entomologist's secret tunnels discovered under Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. in the early 1900s?
"10.10.2016 14:00:01" blog.oup.com Bringing the Digital Humanities into the classroom I spent four days last month with my colleague and friend, Doug Boyd, as he and I (mainly he) gave oral history workshops in Milwaukee and Madison. While the idea to bring Boyd to Wisconsin for these trainings began with Ann Hanlon, Digital Humanities Lab Doug Boyd about how he integrated the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, an online platform for oral history, into the classroom.
"09.10.2016 13:00:00" blog.oup.com Rethinking the “accidents will happen” mentality Canadians have a vast lexicon of phrases they use to diminish accidents and their negative consequences. We acknowledge that “accidents will happen.” Accidents may not be accidental at all - they happen when certain kinds of people act in risky ways in a hazardous place. That includes your workplace, your commute, and even your home.
"08.10.2016 13:00:02" blog.oup.com How to write a letter of recommendation It's that time of the year again. Seniors are thinking ahead about their impending futures (a job, grad school, the Peace Corps). Former students are advancing in their careers. Colleagues and co-workers are engaging in year-end reflection and considering If you ask someone to write a letter of recommendation and they politely decline because they have no idea how to write one, just forward them this link.
"07.10.2016 18:35:15" Live: Richard Dawkins in conversation with Lord John Krebs We're live with evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins and zoologist, Lord John Krebs at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. In celebration of 40 years since the publication of The Selfish Gene, they will be discussing the book's impact, their lives, and
"07.10.2016 17:57:50" Live: Richard Dawkins in conversation with Lord John Krebs We're live with evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins and zoologist, Lord John Krebs at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. In celebration of 40 years since the publication of The Selfish Gene, they will be discussing the book's impact, their lives, and
"07.10.2016 13:00:01" timeshighereducation.com How to get your first academic paper published Kevin O'Gorman offers 10 tips on securing your first academic publication Remember a rejection is often the first step to an acceptance.
"06.10.2016 16:00:00" global.oup.com Philosopher of the Month: Al-Kindī This October, the OUP philosophy team honors al-Kindī as their Philosopher of the Month! We've highlighted some of our best resources on this celebrated Arab philosopher.
"06.10.2016 13:00:01" blog.oup.com Holograms and the technological sublime The hologram is a spectacular invention of the modern era: an innocuous artefact that can miraculously generate three-dimensional imagery. Yet this modern experience has deep roots. Virtual reality is all the rage right now - just like holograms were about 50 years ago. The same goes for Op Art or psychedelic light shows. Go plunge into the history of optical technologies and visual tricks.
"05.10.2016 13:00:00" spectator.co.uk The enduring mystery of the human body It's not unreasonable to expect that the anatomy syllabus for a medical degree should include breasts. Last year I performed… "Doctors must be encouraged to develop the mental agility to move between a mechanical and metaphysical view of the body."
"04.10.2016 13:00:02" blog.oup.com From the archives: the top 5 movie scenes set in libraries Paul Feig's Ghostbuster's remake has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic. As the original 1984 film set some significant action in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, we couldn't help but indulge in a rifle through the The use and significance of libraries are endless, as seen in these 5 movie classics.
"03.10.2016 16:00:01" Richard Dawkins on Facebook Live Richard Dawkins on Facebook Live In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Selfish Gene, the evolutionary biologist, @[1376933789198289:274:Richard Dawkins] and zoologist, Lord John Krebs will be broadcasted live on the @[188890111132385:274:Oxford Academic (Oxford Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene turns 40 this year and to celebrate, we'll be going LIVE with him here on our Facebook page on Friday, 7 pm GMT (2 pm, ET). Comment with your questions for Richard and it might be chosen for him to answer during the
"03.10.2016 13:00:00" Understanding atonality and 20th century composers By changing one note in a chord, we can better understand the atonality in piano pieces by 20th century composers.
"02.10.2016 12:00:00" blog.oup.com Around the world in spices and herbs Not all of us can claim to know the origins of the condiments we use so frequently. Discover the native land and properties of some select spices and herbs. What are the origins of the spices and herbs we use everyday that saturate our palates and are able to represent entire cuisines?
"01.10.2016 11:00:02" Timeline Photos On the meaning of race in Shakespeare's world... http://www.oup.com/Shakespeare
"30.09.2016 16:01:10" scienceoxford.com Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Lord John Krebs In celebration of 40 years of writing and his own 75th birthday, Richard joins Lord John Krebs at the Sheldonian Theatre. We'll be broadcasting Richard Dawkins and Lord John Krebs LIVE next Friday, 7 Oct, 7-8:15 pm, GMT (2-3:15 pm, ET) here on our Facebook page. Mark your calendars and join our conversation about Richard's life, his books, and the relevance of The Selfish
"30.09.2016 12:00:00" theguardian.com Why peer review needs a good going over The process is a vital to academia but many are unhappy with how it works. New research sets out to explore where peer review falls short of expectations Essential questions regarding peer review.
"30.09.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com 10 facts about the maracas The simple design and intuitive process of the maracas have made it a familiar favorite around the world, but may often lead to an underestimation of its value in creating variety of rhythmic expression. A fundamental instrument in Latin American music, maracas have become increasingly ubiquitous in popular music, elementary school music education, and percussion ensembles.
"29.09.2016 12:00:00" blog.oup.com The lifelong importance of nutrition in pregnancy for brain development The importance of a healthy diet for proper functioning of the brain is increasingly being recognized. Week in, week out studies appear recommending a high intake of certain foods in order to achieve optimal brain function and prevent brain diseases. "Nutrition affects the brain throughout life, but it is potentially most important during the critical prenatal period, during which the lion's share of our brain development takes place."
"28.09.2016 12:00:00" blog.oup.com Beyond Brexit panic: an American perspective The early Brexit panic based on assumptions of catastrophe, disaster, and apocalypse, is giving way to more positive attitudes in the science fields. Exploring new opportunities of Brexit and above all, "Keep Calm and Carry On."
"27.09.2016 12:00:01" blog.oup.com How long was my century? In 2002 I faced a dilemma relating to an editorial project that perhaps only another historian can appreciate. Scrambling to complete the Introduction to Twentieth-Century China: New Approaches, I had to figure out how long to say the eponymous period had Was China's twentieth-century actually a hundred years long?
"26.09.2016 12:00:01" blog.oup.com Ethical change in the Catholic Church In just a little more than three years as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis appears to have disrupted what many thought was a straight and unchangeable course of moral teaching in the Catholic Church. Some of the more conservative members of the church are Dogs go to heaven, the Church should be 'poorer', and gay people need to be treated with respect - Pope Francis is a rather unconventional pope.
"25.09.2016 11:00:00" Shakespeare and Music The way music was experienced and understood in Shakespeare's time may have been completely different than what we are used to now.
"24.09.2016 10:00:00" Uses of the word "exotic." The word "exotic" can be used in different contexts, including to describe women's sexuality. http://bit.ly/2bCMe3w
"23.09.2016 11:00:00" blogs.lse.ac.uk Writing the introduction to a journal article An introduction has a lot of work to do in few words. Pat Thomson clarifies the core components of a journal article introduction and argues it should be thought of as a kind of mini-thesis stateme… Say what the reader is going to encounter and why it is important.
"22.09.2016 11:00:00" blog.oup.com What music would Shakespeare's characters listen to? Shakespeare's characters can often appear far-removed from our modern day world of YouTube, Beyoncé and grime. Yet they were certainly no less interested in music than we are now, with music considered to be at the heart of Shakespeare's artistic vision. What would console Juliet after learning her she had to marry Count Paris? Why, listening to "Runaways" by The Killers, of course.
"21.09.2016 23:00:00" standard.co.uk Holy S***: A brief history of Swearing by Melissa Mohr - review At the start of this book Melissa Mohr tells us two stories. The first concerns her grandmother, who had Alzheimer's. There are two types of cursing: the “holy” and the “s***”.
"21.09.2016 11:00:00" blog.oup.com Step 3 to end military suicides: Reduce stigma The stigma of mental illness poses a major barrier when it comes to individuals seeking help. As a society, we are much more comfortable admitting physical problems than psychological ones. Nowhere is this more true than in the military, where troops are Reducing the stigma of mental illness will lead more people to admit problems and help reduce the suicide rate of current service members and veterans.
"20.09.2016 11:00:01" blog.oup.com Genius loci: war poets of place It's curious how intensely some writers, especially poets, respond to place. Wordsworth and the Lake Poets, of course, John Clare at Helpston, and Thomas Hardy's Wessex. But there are earlier names: William Cowper and Olney, Alexander Pope's Windsor or A mysterious forest, a beloved childhood place or haunting battlefields: poets often write about their "genius loci".
"19.09.2016 11:00:01" blog.oup.com Seders, symposiums, and drinking parties The symposium is a familiar feature of academic life today: a scholarly gathering where work on a given topic or theme is presented and discussed. While the event may be followed by a dinner and drinks, the consumption of alcohol is in no way essential to A symposium today: a scholarly gathering concerning the discussion of a certain topic with a notable absence of wine. A symposium in Classical Greece: a drinking party with anything but academic discussions, inebriation required.
"18.09.2016 10:00:01" blog.oup.com Measuring sun exposure in outdoor workers Sun exposure is a key feature of summer for many people, especially in countries like Canada where pleasant weather can seem so fleeting. Unfortunately, sun exposure (in particular ultraviolet radiation) is the primary cause of skin cancer, the most For outdoor workers, skin cancer is just as serious a risk as losing a finger or falling from a height.
"17.09.2016 10:00:00" Who was Fanny Mendelssohn? Did you know that Felix Mendelssohn had a sister, Fanny, who was also a composer and child prodigy?
"15.09.2016 10:00:00" blog.oup.com How much do you know about Hypatia? [quiz] An astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, and active public figure, Hypatia played a leading role in Alexandrian civic affairs. Her public lectures were popular, and her technical contributions to geometry, astronomy, number theory, and philosophy made Think you know which Alexandrian public figures is thought to have played a role in Hypatia's murder?
"14.09.2016 22:00:02" global.oup.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) This September, the OUP philosophy team honors Aristotle as their Philosopher of the Month! We've highlighted some of our best resources on this ancient Greek philosopher.
"14.09.2016 12:48:00" blog.oup.com How workers can get a better deal out of Uber? Platform businesses are the current darlings of digital disruption. Uber, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, and their ilk dodge the overheads of traditional businesses. Their services are provided by private contractors and not by employees with all of their expensive Platform businesses, like Uber, are great for consumers. Being employed by them is a different story.
"13.09.2016 10:00:01" blog.oup.com Twelve interesting facts about chocolate Perhaps one of the most popular sweets around the world is chocolate, so why not learn about what it took to make your favorite food? This post is best enjoyed wile indulging in some chocolaty treats.
"12.09.2016 10:00:00" blog.oup.com Can you match the quote to the philosopher? Part II [quiz] In April this year, we questioned whether or not you could match the quote to the philosopher who said it. After demonstrating your impressive knowledge of philosophical quotations, we've come back to test your philosophy knowledge again. In this second Aquinas, Sophocles or Descartes - who said it?
"11.09.2016 09:00:00" nypost.com Read this if your sex life sucks For more than a century, we've thought of the third-century Sanskrit text, the Kamasutra, mainly as an illustrated guide to improbably gymnastic sex — frisky moves of the kind Cosmopolitan magazine… The Kamasutra was way ahead of its time, and in many ways, it is way ahead of our time.
"10.09.2016 09:00:00" oup.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) If all the world is a stage, then what can we learn about Shakespeare and performance...
"09.09.2016 09:00:00" blogs.lse.ac.uk Are we addressing research data management? Diverse skillset and mindset needed for era of... Developing and implementing a robust solution to Research Data Management needs to draw upon policies, processes and resources and must be relevant to disciplinary requirements with as few barriers… A seismic shift in how universities approach and manage research data--and new skillset that comes with it.
"08.09.2016 21:00:01" blog.oup.com The mysterious search for the Cardinal's girlfriend The woman in question, Maria Rosina Giberne, was and is a wholly intriguing figure. Granted, she is never mentioned by name in Hopkins's diaries or letters. Never. For decades, Cardinal John Henry Newman was emotionally, spiritually, and textually connected with a woman who happened to be linked to the family of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit poet.
"08.09.2016 08:00:00" blog.oup.com Ten facts about the bass guitar The bass guitar is often thought to be a poor musician's double bass or a poor musician's guitar. Nonetheless, luthiers and performers have explored its expressive possibilities within a wide range of musical styles and performance traditions, some of Ten things you didn't know about what is often thought to be the "poor musician's guitar."
"07.09.2016 09:00:00" the-tls.co.uk Publish and be damned The men knew that there were risks involved in producing texts that mocked the autocrats in Beijing and questioned the morals of members of the land's most powerful family. They were well aware that authoritarian leaders in China's past – like those in The 'Subao Case' shows how dangerous publishing can be.
"06.09.2016 09:00:00" blog.oup.com Continuing to smoke after breast cancer diagnosis lowers survival rate After being told they have breast cancer, many female smokers say “what the heck?” and continue to smoke, figuring they have nothing more to lose. A new study finds that's not true—that quitting is advantageous even after such a dire diagnosis. The study Quitting smoking after a breast cancer diagnosis raises the chances of survival.
"05.09.2016 09:00:00" blog.oup.com Republican's five stages of grief Sixteen established Republican party candidates have slowly ended or suspended their presidential candidacies and party leaders are trying to divine whether Donald Trump's unthinkable ascent actually spells the end of their party as we have known it since This year's developments of the Republican party closely resemble the five stages of grief.
"04.09.2016 08:00:00" blog.oup.com What will happen to global economics in the next 34 years Before looking forward to 2050, we must first look back at the key economic and social developments during the past half a century, and perhaps look even further back than that. The rapid rise of emerging economies during the last 50 years is truly By 2050, some 9.7 billion people will live on the Earth. What else will change until then?
"03.09.2016 08:00:00" washingtonmonthly.com Genocide in Burma The Rohingya may well be the most persecuted people on the planet, and nobody, including the United States, is lifting a finger to help.
(Image: Displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine State by Foreign and Commonwealth Office. CC BY-ND 2.0 via Flickr. The genocide you might not have known was happening
"02.09.2016 08:00:01" chronicle.com Coming Down From the Clouds: On Academic Writing We want physicists and historians who mainly write for each other. That's how they come up with something worth saying to everyone else. "So, yes, scholars must engage the public. In doing so, however, they must respect the integrity of public conversations that have their own traditions and icons, heroes and villains."
"01.09.2016 08:00:00" Shakespeare and nature Whether as a theatrical space or as a metaphor to express psychological or emotional anxieties, Shakespeare drew heavily on of the forest and nature in his plays.
"31.08.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com Protecting prisoners' rights: the case of Anders Breivik In April 2016, Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, successfully challenged the conditions of his confinement on human rights grounds. In 2011 Breivik killed eight people with a car bomb in the centre of Oslo and then shot sixty nine political Did Anders Breivik's solitary confinement constitute inhuman and degrading treatment?
"31.08.2016 08:00:00" blog.oup.com Food and agriculture: shifting landscapes for policy Where does our food come from? A popular slogan tells us that our food comes from farms: “If you ate today, thank a farmer.” Supermarkets cater to the same idea, labelling every bag of produce with the name of an individual farm. When we sit down to eat, we should not only be thanking farmers; we should also be recognizing the people who never get mud on their boots: chemists and clerks, truckers and traders, baristas and bakers.
"30.08.2016 08:00:00" blog.oup.com Scrutinizing the script of the medieval 'Tremulous Hand of Worcester' How would we know if a medieval person had a neurological disorder? If we did know, would it be possible to pinpoint the type of condition? What insight can we gain about the practical impact of disorders on medieval life? Fortunately, a physical record What the analysis of handwriting can tell us about neurological disorders of medieval people.
"29.08.2016 08:00:00" theguardian.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) Exotic animals in the UK -- The Guardian explores this unique history, starting in 1204 with the royal menagerie at the Tower of London.
"28.08.2016 07:00:00" blog.oup.com Can a robot be conscious? Can a robot be conscious? I will try to discuss this without getting bogged down in the rather thorny issue of what consciousness –– really is. A philosophical approach to merging mind and machine.
"26.08.2016 07:00:00" theguardian.com Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips What seems like common sense isn't common practice, says Rowena Murray who shares her top tips for getting published #1 Have a strategy, make a plan.
"25.08.2016 07:00:01" wnyc.org How To Apologize So The Public Believes You Edwin Battistella, who teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, talks about why some public apologies fail while others stick. "There are certain tells that give away an insincere apology, like using the passive voice [...] or refusing to state explicitly what the person did wrong."
"24.08.2016 07:00:00" The importance of imagination in medicine Whereas a psychoanalytic counseling perspective would be asking, "what's wrong in your like?", a creative perspective is "what's going right in your life?"
"23.08.2016 07:00:00" blog.oup.com Supernatural Shakespeare How do you make fairytales into realism? Everyone agrees that doing this work means supplying them with material forms. This is not, however, a novelist's novelty. Shakespeare's fairies are small plant flowers and seeds, and his monster knows how to dig How did Shakespeare bend reality and reify the supernatural?
"23.08.2016 07:00:00" blog.oup.com Supernatural Shakespeare How do you make fairytales into realism? Everyone agrees that doing this work means supplying them with material forms. This is not, however, a novelist's novelty. Shakespeare's fairies are small plant flowers and seeds, and his monster knows how to dig How did Shakespeare bend reality and reify the supernatural?
"22.08.2016 07:00:01" nytimes.com Populist Anger Upends Politics on Both Sides of the Atlantic Britain's vote to leave the European Union brings into focus the power of disaffected voters to force change on a reluctant establishment. The wedge between populations and their governments has brought about major change and political contention in both the UK and the US.
"21.08.2016 06:00:00" blog.oup.com Which mammal are you? [quiz] Can we match up your personality traits to those of our mammalian friends? Find out which mammal you most closely resemble! Is your spirit animal a cougar, an elephant or maybe a dolphin?
"20.08.2016 06:00:00" blog.oup.com Making the big decisions This post is about how we make major life decisions, such as whether or not to start a family, whether to leave your home country and start a life elsewhere, or whether to join a revolution and fight for a cause. How can we make shrewd life decisions about our futures when we know our values and beliefs may change over time?
"19.08.2016 06:00:00" spectator.co.uk O, vengeance! Why, what an ass am I! Given this year's 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, there was always going to be a slew of new publications; few,… The many vows, oaths, promises, pledges and profanities contained in Shakespeare's plays...
"18.08.2016 06:00:00" blog.oup.com The Paradoxical Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali's funeral and memorial service brought together a seemingly incongruous cast of characters, once again spotlighting the many contradictions that have made it so difficult for commentators and biographers to extract a realistic assessment of Muhammad Ali's enigmatic persona was resistant to societal pigeonholing.
"17.08.2016 06:00:01" newyorker.com Afghanistan's Theorist-in-Chief President Ashraf Ghani is an expert on failed states. Can he save his country from collapse? The life and career of Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan.
"16.08.2016 06:00:00" Experiments in art and technology Technology is pushing the boundaries of art. http://oxford.ly/2auHkS4
"16.08.2016 06:00:00" Experiments in art and technology Technology is pushing the boundaries of art. http://oxford.ly/2auHkS4
"15.08.2016 18:00:00" global.oup.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) The OUP philosophy team honors René Descartes as the August Philosopher of the Month! We've highlighted some of our best resources on this French philosopher.
"15.08.2016 06:00:00" blog.oup.com How to stay both active and safe this summer It's no secret that summer is one of the most universally enjoyed parts of childhood. Waiting out the seemingly eternal last days of school – some have even been known to have a countdown starting in April – is a true act of patience. Then school finally The last days of summer holidays have broken - so get out there and play! And be smart and safe.
"14.08.2016 05:00:00" blog.oup.com The top 10 most common research mistakes (and how to avoid them) As the saying goes, we learn by our mistakes. And so it goes for virtually all research scientists, with most mistakes occurring during their formative years when they are still being mentored. While missteps in the research process are not usually While being a mad scientist sounds fun, being a prudent scientist yields more accurate results.
"13.08.2016 05:00:00" Timeline Photos Nature's own shape... in the words of the Bard. http://www.oup.com/Shakespeare
"12.08.2016 05:00:00" theguardian.com How to increase your impact with academic social media Want to get your ideas out to a wider audience? Get involved in the busy, brilliant world of anonymous academics on Twitter Finding your voice online.
"11.08.2016 05:00:01" blog.oup.com Uber in Europe: back to the future Where will Uber stop? After the news that the Saudi's have decided to invest $3.5bn in the company, came details of a further $2bn Uber wants to raise from financial markets using tecniques never deployed before by a start-up. As Uber expands abroad, it faces staunch European opposition. Does Europe's potential embrace of the transportation network company imply Americanization?
"10.08.2016 05:00:00" blog.oup.com What is combinatorics? The subject of combinatorial analysis or combinatorics (pronounced com-bin-a-TOR-ics) is concerned with such questions. We may loosely describe it as the branch of mathematics concerned with selecting, arranging, constructing, classifying, and counting or For the puzzle enthusiast, combinatorics is the ideal brain exercise. But for technological advancement, this branch of mathematics is integral.
"09.08.2016 05:00:00" blog.oup.com The profanity of disease Over spring break, I spent a day in Tombstone, Arizona. This is the town where, if you don't know the story, Wyatt Earp and his brothers, accompanied by their friend Doc Holliday, had a shootout with a group of cattle rustlers at the OK Corral. Though the How has the stigma of disease affected the pejorative epithets of language?
"08.08.2016 05:00:00" How will population change transform our world? Professor Sarah Harper on how different age profiles of societies around the world impact issues such as economic development and health care.
"07.08.2016 04:00:01" time.com The Origins of Corruption in the New York City Police Department Daniel Czitrom, author of 'New York Exposed,' explains why corruption was endemic in the early days of the New York Police Department When did the NYPD first become complicit in corruption, and what are the consequences today?
"06.08.2016 04:00:00" blog.oup.com Movement without touch: the life of Ian Waterman When I first met Ian Waterman in the mid-1980s I could scarcely believe him. He claimed to have lost touch, and movement and position sense (termed proprioception) below the neck, though he could still feel pain and temperature, and his movement nerves Having lost the sense of touch as a child, when deprived of vision, Ian Waterman found he was completely hopeless of moving at all.
"05.08.2016 16:22:21" blog.oup.com Zika, sex, and mosquitoes: Olympic mix Zika continues its romp around the world. In its wake, controversy erupted over the Olympic Games in Brazil, with some calling to move or postpone the Games – but is that really justified? Zika has already moved outside of Brazil in a big way. To be "[Olympics a]ttendees also need to be mindful of their potential to transmit [Zika] after they return home."
"05.08.2016 04:00:00" netted.net Netted Guest Stars: Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code Girls Who Code Founder and CEO shares her 5 tools for getting girls involved in coding and tech. Five tools for getting girls involved in coding and tech.
"04.08.2016 16:30:05" blog.oup.com 10 things you didn't know about sharks There are more than 400 known species of sharks inhabiting our planet's marine ecosystems but detailed knowledge about most sharks is considerably lacking. Biologists often encounter barriers to studying sharks in captivity and in the wild due to factors Lanternsharks have bioluminescent skin. They emanate a faint glow that helps them blend in with the light coming from the ocean's surface during the day, and their black exterior camouflages them at night.
"04.08.2016 04:00:00" blog.oup.com 10 ways hospitals can heal the planet A healthy and sustainable environment is a necessary foundation for human health. On that most people agree. But there is an interesting paradox in health care: As hospitals deliver life-saving care to people, their environmental footprint — pollution, Hospitals save people's lives but at the same time their environmental footprint can be harmful to our health.
"03.08.2016 14:10:00" Experiments in art and technology Technology is pushing the boundaries of art. http://oxford.ly/2auHkS4
"03.08.2016 04:00:01" blog.oup.com The consistency of inconsistency claims A theory is inconsistent if we can prove a contradiction using basic logic and the principles of that theory. Consistency is a much weaker condition that truth: if a theory T is true, then T consistent, since a true theory only allows us to prove true The consistency, and lack thereof, of theorems.
"02.08.2016 16:11:54" jhvonline.com Rosenberg trial still raises questions six decades later The Jewish Herald-Voice - Houston's Jewish Newspaper. (Image: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, by jury by Roger Higgins, photographer from "New York World-Telegram and the Sun". Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.) Did Julius and Ethel Rosenberg deserve to die for allegedly passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union during the Cold War?
"02.08.2016 04:00:00" blog.oup.com New frontiers in evolutionary linguistics Digital data and new statistical tools are enabling us to ask new questions, even ones as seemingly intangible as whether the climate influences the way we speak. How has weather affected the evolution of linguistics?
"01.08.2016 16:10:21" blog.oup.com How well do you know Bertrand Russell? [quiz] This June, the OUP Philosophy team honors Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 – February 2, 1970) as their Philosopher of the Month. Considered among the most distinguished philosophers of the 20th century, Russell's style, wit, and contributions to a wide Bertrand Russell was one of the great thinkers of the 20th century, and every great philosopher has secrets.
"01.08.2016 04:00:00" blog.oup.com Brain waves, impulse control, and free will In a delightful passage of his book Elbow Room, the philosopher Dan Dennett writes “The first day I was ever in London, I found myself looking for the nearest Underground station. I noticed a stairway in the sidewalk labeled 'SUBWAY', which in Boston is "Further, recent results also invite us to reconsider the extent to which we, as agents, have control over our actions."
"01.08.2016 03:00:00" What influences American voter turnout? With the US elections coming up, do you know what factors impact American voter turnout?
"31.07.2016 03:00:01" blog.oup.com Portraying Krishna in X-Men: Apocalypse Another summer, another season of superhero movies. Big budgets, big muscles, big explosions: Each release only strengthens the genre's domination of Hollywood—and the sense that comic-book franchises make up a contemporary mythology, and superheroes are How Hindu imagery is portrayed in American pop culture, as well as Indian cinema.
"30.07.2016 03:00:00" bookriot.com 12 Translators on Why They Do What They Do 12 literary translators explain why they love their jobs, and how they got started "I love the way we as translators occupy a middle ground and interact with a text."
"29.07.2016 03:00:00" blog.oup.com What Jane heard Music is everywhere and nowhere in Jane Austen's fiction. Everywhere, in that pivotal scenes in every novel unfurl to the sound of music; nowhere, in that she almost never specifies exactly what music is being performed. For film adaptations this absence When Jane Austen, music, and writing collide.
"28.07.2016 03:00:00" blog.oup.com Lord Byron's Passion Two hundred years ago today Lord Byron wrote a brief, untitled Gothic fragment that is now known as 'Augustus Darvell', the name of its central character. The most famous author in the world at the time, Byron produced the tale when he was living at the Desire, secrecy, love, and a vampire. Lord Byron's The Vampyre unearthed the nature of his sexuality and how it was viewed in his time.
"27.07.2016 03:00:00" blog.oup.com On deep learning, artificial neural networks, artificial life, and good old-fashioned AI In the second part of her Q&A, Maggie Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex and one of the best known figures in the field of Artificial Intelligence, answers four more questions about this developing area. At a What is deep learning and artificial life?
"26.07.2016 03:00:00" blog.oup.com How to write a thank you note I write a lot of thank you notes. I thank donors of organizations that I support, gift givers after the holidays and birthdays, friends who have invited me over for dinner, guest speakers who come to my classes, community partners who work with my Why thank you notes matter and how to write them.
"25.07.2016 14:00:00" blog.oup.com And the Nobel Prize goes to... In science, perhaps the most famous recent award is for the prediction of the existence of the Higgs Boson particle, discovered at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Overall, the most famous recipient ever is likely Marie Curie. She went down in history as the Will DNA win yet another Nobel Prize this year?
"25.07.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com Horace's pulp fiction? Rediscovering the Epodes When it comes to Roman poets, most have heard of Horace (Horatius Quintus Flaccus). Horace is the freedman's son who, against all odds secured the patronage of Maecenas, Augustus' right hand man. Horace's version of pulp fiction and how they appealed to the masses.
"24.07.2016 02:00:00" The Bible's global influence How are scholars interpreting the Bible outside of western civilizations?
"23.07.2016 02:00:00" medium.com Should scientists be on Twitter? What are scientists doing on Twitter? ¶ Last week there was an awkward date between Science Magazine and Twitter. A fai… Which scientists do you follow?
"22.07.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com 6 reasons why the Hogwarts library is the true hero of the Harry Potter books It's undeniable: all Harry Potter fans secretly expect to receive their very own Hogwarts acceptance letter. Ready to be the next magical prodigy, we assume that we'll hop onto the Hogwarts Express, promptly be sorted into Gryffindor, achieve straight O's Did you think Harry Potter was the true hero in the series? Think again.
"21.07.2016 14:00:00" blog.oup.com Bird talk For all its supposed isolation out there beyond the pale of acceptable discourse — marginal words in the mouths of marginal people — we know a good deal about slang. We know its lexis, and keep chasing down the new arrivals; we know its lexicographers, "The traditionally male-orientated balance of power as regards to slang may be changing."
"21.07.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com The television paradox Imagine that we have a black and white monitor, a black and white camera, and a computer. We hook up the camera and monitor to the computer, and we write a program where, for some medium-ish shade of grey G. Lights, camera, action: a paradox.
"20.07.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com Mapping the moral high ground on fossil fuels The so-called Suess effect in radiocarbon (14C) has been known for decades. Geological sources of carbon like coal and oil, that formed many millions of years ago, long since lost their radiocarbon through radioactive decay – they contain 14C-free “dead” To save the planet or the people? Are these concepts mutually exclusive?
"19.07.2016 02:00:00" blog.oup.com If “ifs” and “ands” were pots and pans…. Anatoly Liberman on the difficult etymologies of conjunctions and the origin of the word 'if', including Old English, Gothic, Old High German forms "If" is a small but powerful word with a lot of history.
"18.07.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com Believing the unlikely We often want to know how likely something is. There seems to be close link between likelihood and belief – if something is likely, you would be justified in believing it, and if something is unlikely, you would not be justified in believing it. That "believing the unlikely can not only be a good thing, but can be fully rational"
"17.07.2016 01:00:00" washingtonpost.com The gay rights movement could take on the NRA — and actually win The gay rights movement knows how to change the culture, not just the law. With gay rights groups, the NRA may have met its match.
"16.07.2016 01:00:00" theguardian.com How to survive a PhD viva: 17 top tips Just handed in your PhD thesis? Now it's time to plan for the next hurdle: a viva. Academics offer their advice on how to best prepare Think about what you will or won't defend...
"15.07.2016 01:00:00" Robert Whitman Performance and technology fuse together to form a new kind of art. http://oxford.ly/29E0E2H
"14.07.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com The world's most (in)famous exoplanet vanishes In 2012, a team of astrophysicists led by Xavier Dumusque caused a sensation when they announced the discovery of Alpha Centauri Bb: an Earth-sized planet in the Alpha Centauri star system, the star system closest to the Sun. If verified, Alpha Centauri Can a planet just disappear?
"13.07.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com Listening where it matters We all have that one teacher who inspired us, guided us to our calling in our formative years, whose lectures and project assignments become a piece of our professional identities. So, here it comes: one of my history teachers was singularly, as my How the power of storytelling opens up endless possibilities for preserving our history.
"12.07.2016 01:00:00" blog.oup.com We should all eat more DNA | OUPblog 2016 is here. The New Year is a time for renewal and resolution. It is also a time for dieting. Peak enrolment and attendance times at gyms occur after sumptuous holiday indulgences in December and again when beach wear is cracked out of cold storage in Forget about fad diets and focus on one thing--avoiding foods that lack DNA
"11.07.2016 00:24:32" blog.oup.com How well do you know the James Bond songs? [quiz] Very soon now, we'll find out who sings the next James Bond song. SPECTRE, the superspy's twenty-fifth outing, will be coming out in the fall. But the song will be more like the thirtieth or so, depending on how you count. Let the sky fall!
"10.07.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com How do people read mathematics? At first glance this might seem like a non-question. How do people read anything? All suitably educated people read at least somewhat fluently in their first language – why would reading mathematics be different? Mathematical reading is quite different from any other kind of reading.
"09.07.2016 00:00:00" blogs.lse.ac.uk Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck” To help fight off the January blues and to further inspire a productive year ahead, we have coordinated a series of posts on academic writing. To kick-start the series, here are some general tips f… What strategies do you use?
"08.07.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com Ten under-appreciated ancient thinkers [timeline] The influence and wisdom from ancient philosophers like Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato is undeniable. But how well do you know the life and works of Macrina, Philo of Alexandria, or Gorgias? Although known for his work in botany, did you know Theophrastus Remembering ten forgotten philosophers.
"07.07.2016 00:00:00" Fungi: A Very Short Introduction There's a lot more to fungi than just mushrooms and yeast.
"06.07.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com The forgotten history of piracy in the Indian Ocean Strangely enough, in this contest between sovereignty and piracy, law played a minor role. European sovereigns periodically made ritual invocations of the natural law that held pirates as enemies of all mankind, but in reality, the seas remained an The slippery world of the salty subaltern. A history of piracy in the Indian Ocean.
"05.07.2016 00:00:01" blog.oup.com Observing Ramadan at the Qatar National Library Every year, we welcome June with dreams of beaches, warm sunshine and a well-deserved vacation. This year, for over 1 billion Muslims across the globe, June represents something more spiritual as it marks the holy month of Ramadan. The Qatar National Library, heritage collections, and observing the month of Ramadan.
"03.07.2016 23:00:00" blog.oup.com What is really behind Descartes' famous doubt? Insofar as Descartes' philosophical project is an attempt to overcome self-doubt, it doesn't seem successful. His original reason for self-doubt was a clash between theology and experience. It is hard to see why, if this clash gave him good reason to Doubts surrounding free will, reason, and the power of God, as per Descartes.
"02.07.2016 23:00:00" blog.oup.com Happiness can break your heart too You may have heard of people suffering from a broken heart, but Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) or “Broken heart syndrome” is a very real condition. However, new research shows that happiness can break your heart too. TTS is characterised by a sudden temporary Can happiness also cause "broken heart syndrome"?
"01.07.2016 23:00:00" chronicle.com Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class Four quick ways to shift students' attention from life's distractions to your course content. In writing, as in learning, openings matter. Don't fritter them away.
"30.06.2016 23:00:00" blog.oup.com How English became English – and not Latin English grammar has been closely bound up with that of Latin since the 16th century, when English first began to be taught in schools. Given that grammatical instruction prior to this had focused on Latin, it's not surprising that teachers based their The fundamental differences between Latin and English grammar examined.
"29.06.2016 23:00:00" blog.oup.com Shebang, by Jingo! The lines above look (and sound) like identical oaths, but that happens only because of the ambiguity inherent in the preposition by. No one swears by my name, while Mr. Jingo has not written or published anything. Nowadays, jingoism “extreme and Jingoism refers to extreme and aggressive patriotism. What are the origins of the word?
"29.06.2016 03:00:00" Why has the Hellenistic Age been neglected by historians? The Hellenistic Period is lacking the continuous narrative histories that we're used to having for earlier and later periods of ancient history.
"27.06.2016 23:00:00" blog.oup.com Geography in the ancient world Imagine how the world appeared to the ancient Greeks and Romans: there were no aerial photographs (or photographs of any sort), maps were limited and inaccurate, and travel was only by foot, beast of burden, or ship. Traveling more than a few miles from "How big was the earth? Just how far was it west from the Pillars to India?" These were crucial questions asked by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
"26.06.2016 22:00:00" blog.oup.com Spiritual awakening in Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous has provided millions of people with a chance at recovery from addiction. There is one aspect of membership for some members that most people, even addiction specialists, are not aware of... The role of spiritual awakenings on the path from addiction to sobriety
"25.06.2016 22:00:00" telegraph.co.uk The female engineer behind Bristol's iconic bridge Isambard Kingdom Brunel's world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge could not have been built without the help of a mother-of-six, it has been revealed. Sarah Guppy patented a design for the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Then the mother-of-six gave the plans to Brunel for free, believing women must "not be boastful."
"24.06.2016 22:00:00" oprah.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) The perfect book for every bad mood and upsetting dilemma...
"23.06.2016 22:00:00" thenation.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) The fate of two individuals defined amid public outcry and the Cold War.
"22.06.2016 22:00:00" blog.oup.com Lost in the museum You go to the museum. Stand in line for half an hour. Pay 20 bucks. And then, you're there, looking at the exhibited artworks, but you get nothing out of it. You try hard. You read the little annoying labels next to the artworks. Even get the audio-guide. How aesthetically relevant properties can alter and improve our museum-going experiences.
"21.06.2016 22:00:00" blog.oup.com Revitalising Cambodian traditional performing arts for social change I am recently returned home (Australia) from six months on a music research project in Cambodia. There were, of course, the practical challenges of the type I quite expected. In the monsoonal downpours, getting around in central Phnom Penh meant wading Using traditional performing arts to promote social change in Cambodia.
"20.06.2016 22:00:00" Art History: A Very Short Introduction Can art have a history at all? Or is it something that is timeless?
"19.06.2016 21:00:00" nytimes.com Shakespeare First Folio Discovered on Isle of Bute The 1623 edition turned up in a Scottish manor house stuffed with Old Masters, right on cue for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Why spotting a First Folio is akin to spotting a wild panda.
"18.06.2016 21:00:00" Timeline Photos Demons and spirits on Shakespeare's stage... http://www.oup.com/Shakespeare
"17.06.2016 21:00:00" chronicle.com How Intellectuals Create a Public They offer arguments that produce and galvanize new audiences. The public intellectual is many things.
"16.06.2016 21:00:00" washingtonpost.com Your early summer book recommendations for 2016 What I'm planning on reading now that I'm done with writing for a spell. Looking for something to read this summer?
"15.06.2016 21:00:01" nytimes.com A Literary Couple Grapple With Bach and His God Lauren Belfer and Michael Marissen have each just published books that address Bach's sacred texts and his attitude toward Judaism. The ethical issues that surround Bach's works.
"14.06.2016 21:00:00" blog.oup.com 11 films all aspiring medics need to see | OUPblog Think the life of a doctor is dull? Think again! In a previous post, I recommended ten books by medical men which all doctors should read. Today, it's the turn of medical movies. By focusing on the extremes of human life – birth, death, suffering, Are you a medic or aspiring to be one? You can add 11 must-see movies to your training.
"13.06.2016 21:00:00" blog.oup.com The trick of the lock: Dorothy L. Sayers and the invention of the voice print | OUPblog Pre-eminent among writers of mystery stories is, in my opinion, Dorothy L. Sayers. She is ingenious, witty, original - and scientific too, including themes like the fourth dimension, electroplating, and the acoustics of bells in some of her best stories. In the world of sound—before the age of Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, there was the voice-activated lock and the gramophone
"12.06.2016 20:00:00" Shakespeare and the Supernatural What do ghosts and fairies look like to you? The images of supernatural beings you're envisioning in your mind may very well have been influenced by Shakespeare.
"11.06.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com Ancient Greek and Egyptian interactions | OUPblog “You Greeks are children”. That's what an Egyptian priest is supposed to have said to a visiting Greek in the 6th century BC. And in a sense he was right. We think of Ancient Greece as, well, “ancient”, and it is now known to go back to Mycenaean culture Contact between the Egyptians and the Greeks through the ages.
"10.06.2016 20:00:00" chronicle.com Fashion Matters Academics get a bad rap for their sartorial choices. More than two decades ago the fashion historian Valerie Steele scoffed that "academics may be the worst-dressed middle-class occupational group." Today this perception remains intact, as even campu Why academics should care about what they wear
"09.06.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com Japanese anti-nuclear movement and protest music | OUPblog Noriko Manabe examines emergent Japanese protest music from pop to hip-hop to re-appropriated folk music following the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011 The influence of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident on emergent Japanese protest music
"08.06.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com “Vulpes vulpes,” or foxes have holes. Part 1 | OUPblog The idea of today's post was inspired by a question from a correspondent. She is the author of a book on foxes and wanted more information on the etymology of fox. I answered her but thought that our readers might also profit by a short exploration of The origin of animals names—including fox and bear—are often difficult to find because many of them were taboo words.
"07.06.2016 20:00:01" blog.oup.com Latin: the Renaissance's world language | OUPblog Latin, then, was a ubiquitous and commonplace language in the Renaissance, widely spoken, read, and written across Europe and beyond. If the defining characteristics of what has variously been called a “world language” and a “universal language” are its On the significance of Latin in early modern Europe
"06.06.2016 20:00:00" blog.oup.com Towards a global approach to combat antibiotic resistance | OUPblog The eradication of infectious diseases in the 20th century is arguably one of the most important achievements in modern medicine. The treatment of such illnesses as tuberculosis, leprosy, syphilis, cholera, pertussis, or diphtheria with antibiotics have Can an integrated approach by human and vet medicine and agricultural stakeholders be our solution to antibiotic resistance?
"05.06.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Who's in charge anyway? Influenced by the discoveries of cognitive science, many of us will now accept that much of our mental life is unconscious. You aren't who you think you are—at least, according to your unconscious "self."
"04.06.2016 19:00:00" Artificial Intelligence What is the issue with artificial intelligence? http://oxford.ly/1RQPKRZ
"03.06.2016 19:00:00" theguardian.com Studying 18th-century criminals makes me look at my modern prejudice I can empathise with the rogues of the 1700s, and their stories give me a new perspective on present-day crime How one PhD student's work is transforming the way that he looks at the world, both past and present.
"02.06.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Africa's intellectual influence | OUPblog A few years ago when the Greek economic and financial crisis was rocketing markets around the globe and seemed to justify the bashing of that “poor country of tax cheaters” to the point of threatening the majestic European Union project and dishonouring For the continent's influence on some of the world's leading economists, we owe a large intellectual debt to the countries of Africa.
"01.06.2016 23:00:00" smh.com.au You can have it all: Visiting authors explore the lure of luxury A new era of ''affordable luxury'' suggests the rich are not the only ones keen to flaunt their wealth. Why do we crave luxury? How has this desire evolved over the years?
"31.05.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Scholarly misconduct and the integrity crisis | OUPblog Retractions in scholarly journals have reached record levels. Doctorates have been removed from politicians and others for plagiarism, there has been tasteless denigration of academic colleagues under cover of academic freedom, researchers have been An increase in the cases of academic misconduct in recent years has garnered mistrust in the scholarly environment...
"30.05.2016 19:00:00" blog.oup.com Which mythological creature are you? Today, we're looking at the less fashionable side of this partnership and focussing our attention on the creatures that mortals feared and heroes vanquished. Does your gaze turn others to stone? Do you prefer ignorance or vengeance? Have any wings? Take Are you the savage, yet pastoral cyclops, or one of the nature-loving nymphs Curetes?
"29.05.2016 15:00:01" blog.oup.com Genomically speaking | OUPblog Today, the amount of global genetic data is doubling on the order of every seven months. This time span has shortened significantly over the past years as the field of genomics continues to mature. A recent study showed genomics is starting to compete Genomics is such a game-changer that, at this rate, it's starting to rival astronomy.
"28.05.2016 18:00:00" blog.oup.com The neuroscience behind vicarious embarrassment Exploring the interpersonal and painful emotion experienced on behalf of others' blunders and pratfalls Why you feel embarrassed for your friends and family when they do something cringe-worthy.
"27.05.2016 18:00:00" economist.com Let's just try that again Reproducibility should be at science's heart. It isn't. But that may soon change Knowing which previous research is and is not correct is crucial to the progress of science.
"26.05.2016 16:00:00" Nothing: A Very Short Introduction 10 things we should know about nothing...
"25.05.2016 18:00:00" blog.oup.com A short history of the mosquito that transmits Zika virus Zika, which was detected in the western hemisphere for the first time in 2015, has recently generated an incredible amount of media attention worldwide, as did chikungunya when it was first detected in the western hemisphere in 2013... What do Napoléon Bonaparte, Walter Reed, the Panama Canal, and the Zika virus all have in common?
"24.05.2016 18:00:00" blog.oup.com Concentrate! The challenges of reading onscreen Our lives are full of distractions: overheard conversations, the neighbor's lawnmower, a baby crying in the row behind us, pop-up ads on our computers. Much of the time we can mentally dismiss their presence. But what about when we are reading? I have Why you get distracted when reading articles online.
"23.05.2016 18:00:00" blog.oup.com Black hole collision The discovery of gravitational waves, announced on 11 February 2016 by scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), has made headline news around the world. One UK broadsheet devoted its entire front page to a image of a What happens when black holes collide?
"22.05.2016 17:00:01" blog.oup.com How much do you know about the history of myth? Myths have been applied to the arts and sciences for thousands of years and been used in seminal works by prominent figures such as Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes. How much do you know about the history of myth? Test your knowledge How many days did the creation of Earth take? What is the meaning of the name "Gaia"? Put your knowledge of myth to the test.
"21.05.2016 17:00:00" blog.oup.com “It takes nine tailors to make a man” and other wonders on Cloud Nine The proverb in the title of this post rarely, if ever, occurs in modern literature and may even have been forgotten but for the title of Dorothy Sayers' novel. However, at one time it was well-known, and extensive literature is devoted to it. The How the numeral 'nine' became a synonym for 'many'.
"20.05.2016 17:00:01" blogs.lse.ac.uk Buzzfeed: A new home for research? Jeff Knezovich shares his experience using the online news portal Buzzfeed to share the latest research findings. For topics not usually at the front-and-centre, Buzzfeed provides a quick and easy … Engaging audiences on their home turf.
"19.05.2016 17:00:00" blog.oup.com The 'Panama Papers' and corporate transparency: The UK perspective In early 2015, confidential documents were leaked to Süddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper. The documents leaked came from the internal database of Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm. Working with the International Consortium of Investigative What will be the impact of the 'Panama Papers' in the UK?
"18.05.2016 17:00:00" The history of race and racialization Carlos Hoyt on why we immediately attach deeper meaning to surface distinctions on everything from skin color to table condiments.
"17.05.2016 18:00:01" Timeline Photos Researchers have assembled the buckwheat genome, creating new opportunities for tastier gluten-free breads and noodles: http://oxford.ly/1XzxSQD
(Image credit: Buckwheat noodles. CC0 via Pixabay)
"16.05.2016 17:00:00" blog.oup.com Between language and folklore: “To hang out the broom” We know even less about the origin of idioms than about the origin of individual words. This is natural: words have tangible components: roots, suffixes, consonants, vowels, and so forth, while idioms spring from customs, rites, and general experience. A boat for hire? A sign of infidelity? What's the origin of “to hang out the broom”?
"15.05.2016 16:00:01" blog.oup.com On spatial strategies of narration | OUPblog Tim Cole's article “(Re)Placing the Past: Spatial Strategies of Retelling Difficult Stories” in the most recent Oral History Review raises some really intriguing questions about the function of space and distance in oral history interviews. Cole When it comes to history, the past may be unchanging—but it does have changing uses and meanings in the present.
"15.05.2016 03:55:00" blog.oup.com Art in the streets | OUPblog Street artists are placing their bets on a new artistic practice, a new medium for art-making – one that ignores the institutional structures of the artworld, and rejects their role as arbiters of artistic excellence. Taking art to the streets allows How does today's street art reflect a change with the times?
"14.05.2016 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Shakespeare was no stranger to deception. http://www.oup.com/Shakespeare
"13.05.2016 16:00:00" timeshighereducation.com How David Bowie opened my eyes to academia Martin James owes his love of writing, and his university career, to the late music legend "He opened my eyes to possibilities."
"12.05.2016 16:00:01" theguardian.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) Are we witnessing a renaissance of crying?
"10.05.2016 16:00:00" isq.oxfordjournals.org Gender Difference in American Public Opinion on the Use of Military Force, 1982–2013 Recent scholarship indicates that gender correlates strongly with Americans' attitudes toward the use of military force.
Image: Soldier by skeeze, Public Domain via Pixabay. Women displayed more sensitivity to casualties in some historical cases, but during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the casualty sensitivity of men gradually increased as the wars dragged on. International Studies Quarterly investigates gender and the
"09.05.2016 16:00:01" time.com 5 Common Words That Used to Be Totally Unacceptable Attention language lubbers: the fourth edition of Garner's Modern English Usage is out this month, and while it's as full of pedantry as any guide on how to properly wield the English language... You've been using the word 'nauseous' wrong all this time.
"08.05.2016 15:00:00" bbc.com Why we're talking differently about the web The ways in which we talk about technology – and how we communicate through it – are rapidly changing. What does this mean for the future of our language? Has technology and the internet accelerated the pace of language change?
"07.05.2016 15:00:00" theatlantic.com What Can Our Craziest Dreams Teach Us? “During sleep the mind can be a remarkable engine of problem solving and emotional processing.” What our dreams tell us about reality and religion.
"06.05.2016 15:00:00" blogs.lse.ac.uk Making space for the academic book of the future Yesterday Steven Hill spoke at the University Press Redux conference in Liverpool on the role of policy in shaping the academic book of the future. This post is a summary of the argument of his tal… Finally, there is the potential for the digital 'book' to expand beyond the printed word.
"05.05.2016 15:00:00" theguardian.com How English Became English by Simon Horobin review – 'OMG' was first used 100 years ago Modern usages that horrify linguistic purists in fact have deep historical roots, argues this Oxford scholar who praises texting, Tesco's grammar and 'amazeballs' "Un-friended" was a term used long before Facebook was invented – even Shakespeare used it!
"04.05.2016 15:00:03" blog.oup.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) How different animals use illusions for survival and reproduction.
"03.05.2016 15:00:00" historyextra.com Democracy and an age of genius Paul Cartledge looks at the roots of mass participation in politics, while AC Grayling explains why he thinks the 17th century was pivotal to the development of the modern mind If Ancient Greeks took a time machine and traveled to the present day, they would actually consider our "democracy" an oligarchy.
"02.05.2016 15:00:00" Paschal's Restaurant Soul food restaurants and the civil rights movement have an intimate history.
"01.05.2016 14:00:00" nytimes.com 'The Syrian Jihad,' by Charles R. Lister A study of the Syrian civil war offers a guide to jihadi factions: how they are organized, why people join them. How support of both Iran and the United States for a second premiership for Shiite Nouri al-Maliki created the environment that enabled ISIS to rise from the ashes of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
"01.05.2016 02:09:08" parks.oupexplore.com Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) Explore the US National Park Service, including maps, biography profiles, anecdotes in science, history, art, and culture. #NPS100
"30.04.2016 14:00:00" blog.oup.com Could you be a Crime Scene Investigator? [quiz] From Law and Order to True Detective, the role of the Crime Scene Investigator—at least, as portrayed on the screen—has captivated audiences around the world. What is the key notion suggested by Locard's Principle of Exchange, upon which forensic examination is based? What is Low Template DNA (LtDNA)? If you know the answers, you may have what it takes.
"29.04.2016 14:00:00" theguardian.com Four ways for women to kickstart their academic careers Statistics paint a gloomy picture of female progression in universities, but there are programmes to help Women in higher education face tough odds in the race for senior positions.
"29.04.2016 02:00:00" Timeline Photos What is the relationship between aging-related diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's Disease? Can one reduce the risk of the other? http://bit.ly/1SneXrT
(Photo by Lukas Budimaier. CC0 via Unsplash)
"28.04.2016 14:00:00" nature.com China in the new world Margaret Myers on a study of the impacts of the country's presence in Latin America. Why China's economic growth is slowing down.
"27.04.2016 14:00:01" blog.oup.com HIV/AIDS: Ecological losses are infecting women As we celebrate the 27th annual World AIDS Day, it is encouraging to note the most recent trends of worldwide reductions in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. However, the gains charted against the “disease that changed everything” are not Extreme hunger can drive women to trade sexual favors for food, spreading the disease.
"26.04.2016 14:00:01" blog.oup.com Do you know your human rights? [quiz] | OUPblog In the last two hundred years, the concept of human rights has gained prevalence in society. We can define our rights in terms of freedom of speech, privacy, and to be treated humanely, but where did these ideas come from? Do you think you know your human Which philosopher famously described the idea of Human Rights as 'nonsense upon stilts'?
"26.04.2016 02:00:01" blog.oup.com Is phantom limb pain all in one's head? | OUPblog Phantom limb pain is thought to result from changes in brain organisation. Recent evidence challenges this view, leaving this mysterious phenomenon unsolved. Picture yourself waking up in the hospital. Your body is hurting, but you can't remember what An underlying theory around phantom limb pain may be wrong -- opening the door for new treatments.
"24.04.2016 13:00:00" Remembering 1916 It was a turning point in Ireland's struggle for independence. We discuss memory, history, and the Easter Rising of April 1916: http://oxford.ly/1UT3seh
"23.04.2016 13:00:00" "All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
--William Shakespeare, 1564–1616, English dramatist, As You Like It (1599)
"22.04.2016 13:00:00" The Sound of Thinking in Shakespeare Unmitigated access to the work of the mind...
"22.04.2016 01:00:02" Timeline Photos A history of the poetry of history http://oxford.ly/23YtO06
"21.04.2016 13:00:00" blog.oup.com Wine and DNA profiling | OUPblog In ampelographic collections, about ten living plants of each grape variety or clone are kept alive for future studies or plantings, which requires a large amount of time and money. Yet, in every collection we estimate an average of 5% of labelling Has your wine been DNA tested?
"21.04.2016 01:00:00" netted.net Visual Dictionary Snap a picture to get the English word for any object. Instant language learning through an app.
"20.04.2016 13:00:00" theguardian.com Too much information? The writers who feel the need to reveal all The confessional memoir is disreputable. Critics tend to dismiss it as the equivalent of a selfie, a look-at-me snapshot, a glorified ego trip. Narcissism, they say, is inscribed in the very word “memoir”... I have a confession to make...
"19.04.2016 13:00:00" Shakespeare Today "He is material to be worked, and re-worked, and used, and messed around with."
"19.04.2016 01:16:05" telegraph.co.uk Shakespeare's lost puns and rude jokes revealed in new guide to Elizabethan pronunciation English accents and pronunciation has changed so much since Shakespeare wrote his plays that his jokes are often missed by today's audiences Marry, the Bard was a joker.
"18.04.2016 13:00:00" blog.oup.com The first blood transfusion in Africa Does it matter when the first blood transfusion occurred in Africa? If we are to believe the Serial Passage Theory of HIV emergence, then sometime in the early twentieth century. What the history of medical practices in Africa can tell us about the HIV crisis.
"18.04.2016 00:00:01" blog.oup.com What five recent archaeological sites reveal about the Viking period | OUPblog The famous marauders, explorers, traders, and colonists who transformed northern Europe between AD 750 and 1100 continue to hold our fascination. The Vikings are the subject of major new museum exhibitions now circulating in Europe and a popular dramatic A spate of discoveries has changed our understanding of the Vikings.
"17.04.2016 12:00:01" nytimes.com Review: Douglas W. Shadle's 'Orchestrating the Nation' Mr. Shadle's book examines the many symphonies written in the United States during the 19th century and why they never entered the musical mainstream. Unearthing neglected American symphonies from the nineteenth century.
"16.04.2016 12:00:00" Shakespeare, then and now: http://www.oup.com/Shakespeare
"16.04.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com Tips from a journal editor: being a good reviewer | OUPblog Peer review is one of the foundations of science. To have research scrutinized, criticized, and evaluated by other experts in the field helps to make sure that a study is well-designed, appropriately analyzed, and well-documented. It helps to make sure Peer review is not perfect, but it remains a valuable part of scientific research.
"15.04.2016 13:13:11" chronicle.com Grant Programs Get Persnickety It is more important than ever to closely follow all requirements spelled out in a call for grant proposals. Application guidelines are nothing new, but the ferocity with which they are being enforced is.
"14.04.2016 12:00:01" chronicle.com The Novel as a Tool for Survival It helps us grapple with the evolution of our consciousness. Fiction, speaking very generally, is about the individual in society, about the expectations and conflicts that color a life when an obdurate reality stands in the way of one's self-image. How the novel became the "vehicle of our discontent".
"14.04.2016 00:08:00" blog.oup.com How to write a compelling book review | OUPblog Summer is a time when many of us have a little extra time for reading. For me, that means Go Set a Watchman, some Haruki Murukami and James Lee Burke, plus summer mysteries and thrillers. It means catching up on what local authors and friends have Writing about other peoples' writing isn't service journalism: it's an art.
"13.04.2016 12:00:01" Resisting race and racialization Carlos Hoyt on the social construct of race, and how we can fight both racism and racialization.
"13.04.2016 00:00:00" blog.oup.com Complexities of biological causation Imagine the thrill of discovering a new species of frog in a remote part of the Amazon. Scientists are motivated by the opportunity to make new discoveries like this, but also by a desire to understand how things work. It's one thing to describe the Believing there is a single "smoking gun"—especially in the scientific world—has consequences.