shorts11-235x3001Everyone’s surprised that our hard economic times have actually produced a drop in rates of violent crime. Berkeley professor Neil Gilbert has an explanation — the reinforcement of social norms. [Washington Post]

On the subject of hard economic times, the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved one of two bills comprising the DREAM Act. Should undocumented students receive aid from the state? We welcome your thoughts in the comments below. [Daily Cal]

In better news for Cali, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has tips on how meet our target of 80 percent reduction to greenhouse gas emissions. Whether we’ll actually do it is, of course, another matter entirely [SolarServer]

And further in the way of Lawrence Berkeley research, here’s a headline we don’t even begin to understand: “Scientists Analyze Substrate Candidates to Preserve the Intrinsic Properties Grapheme [Azom]

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We were all little more than wide-eyed innocents during the 2000 presidential election, but we can all remember the vote counting fiasco. So we’ve been looking ever since for better ways of counting votes and it looks like one UCB statistics professor actually found one: Philip Stark developed a technique that helps audit elections, and the state assembly might actually use it.

To be honest, we got a little bogged down in the statistical details. We at the Clog, shocking as it may seem, are not statisticians. So suffice it to say that Stark’s method involves putting all the ballots from all the precincts together and read more »