5 Stories to Start Your Day


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Legal scholar’s new website offers a picture of the criminal justice system

Posted: 29 May 2020 11:32 AM PDT

Using a small subset of death-eligible murder cases, a new database launched by a Northwestern Pritzker School of Law professor offers a glimpse into the criminal justice system – more specifically the Circuit Court of Cook County pretrial detention system in the first six months of 2003 – and the bureaucracy surrounding them. Leigh Bienen, a senior lecturer […]
Machine learning helps map global ocean communities

Posted: 29 May 2020 11:31 AM PDT

On land, it’s fairly obvious where one ecological region ends and another begins, for instance at the boundary between a desert and savanna. In the ocean, much of life is microscopic and far more mobile, making it challenging for scientists to map the boundaries between ecologically distinct marine regions. One way scientists delineate marine communities […]
New Zealand blue whale distribution patterns tied to ocean conditions, prey availability

Posted: 29 May 2020 11:30 AM PDT

Oregon State University researchers who recently discovered a population of blue whales in New Zealand are learning more about the links between the whales, their prey and ocean conditions that are changing as the planet warms. Understanding how changes in climate affect the ability of blue whales to feed gives researchers more insight into the […]
Daya Bay Reactor Experiment Continues to Generate Data

Posted: 29 May 2020 11:08 AM PDT

This is part of a recurring series highlighting ongoing Berkeley Lab work in international physics collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Largely unaffected by the pandemic, the Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment in Shenzen, China, has continued to pump data to remote supercomputers for analyses. “Since 2017, we have instituted remote shifts so that members don’t have to […]
A Bargain Hunter’s Paradox

Posted: 29 May 2020 11:06 AM PDT

Have you ever wanted to buy something, but waited patiently until it went on sale? Studies show that up to one third of customers shop strategically for the best deals. But new research from Robert Swinney, an operations professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, shows that this smart shopping strategy may not actually be so […]

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