Monthly Archives: August 2018

Style and substance: a chemical analysis of the different painting techniques in Rembrandt’s Saul and David

Saul and David Feature edited

Paintings by Rembrandt belong to the most admired and analyzed paintings in the world. One of these paintings, Saul and David, has been subject to a lot of debate amongst art historians and conservational scientists, in part because of clear differences in paint handling within the painting. In a new article published in Heritage Science, researchers from the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., look to determine whether the observed stylistic differences could be correlated with material differences.

Springer Nature welcomes Fire Ecology

Gus_Smith_YFDP_2a – landscape

Springer Nature is pleased to announce the addition of Fire Ecology to the SpringerOpen portfolio. Supported by the Association for Fire Ecology ( this journal publishes articles on all ecological and management aspects relating to wildland fire. In this blog the Editor in Chief, Bob Keane, tells us what this means for the journal and shares some of the exciting plans for the future. The new website is now live at

Modeling a pulmonary tuberculosis infection


Although the successful treatment for tuberculosis (TB) has long been established, its length and resulting poor adherence to the necessary regimen means that many people continue to die from the disease. In this guest post, Michael J. Pitcher tells us how his recent study published in Applied Network Science shows that modeling the spatial distribution of TB infections may inform the development of alternative, shorter treatments.

On the prevalence of cybercrime across Europe


Nowadays, most people are online. However, being an active user of the internet has its dangers, and as opposed to offline crime, cybercrime is on the rise. Yet how prevalent is cybercrime across Europe, and are there any noticeable differences between the main types of cybercrime? A new study published in Crime Science looks at victim surveys in order to answer these questions.

The ‘SEAHA CDT collection’ in journal Heritage Science


This blog post has been cross-posted with permission from SEAHA-CDT. The original version can be read here. Following multiple successful publications, we are pleased to announce that SEAHA now has its own collection within journal Heritage Science; ‘The SEAHA-CDT collection’. The SEAHA CDT collection showcases research papers produced by students  studying at our Centre for Doctoral Training, Science…

Driving under age: assessing the behavior of older adults behind the wheel


With the increasing average age of many populations, the growing number of older drivers can be cause for safety concern. Dr. Qian (Chayn) Sun and colleagues analyzed driving behavior using an interdisciplinary approach, and concluded that an individual’s ability to drive depends on much more than their age. The study was published in the European Transport Research Review.

Impacts of concurrent marijuana and alcohol use on driving safety – Winner of the Jess Kraus Award

Car Crash with police

The Jess Kraus Award is given each year to the authors of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology. This year’s winner- Interaction of marijuana and alcohol on fatal motor vehicle crash risk: a case–control study– was selected as it demonstrates novelty, simplicity, and clarity while also having the potential to impact population health. In this guest blog, Managing Editor Barbara Lang, chats with the lead author of the study, Mr. Stanford Chihuri on the importance of the paper.