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Do 'green' vehicles cost more? Not in the long run, study finds

A new study led by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik finds that low-emission cars aren't more expensive over their life cycles than conventional internal combustion vehicles, contrary to widespread belief. 

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Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's 2016 Ulam Lectures: Birth, collapse, and rebirth at The Information Edge

In two lectures, Seth Lloyd explores what happens when one system gains an advantage in collecting and processing information – an advantage he believes underlies all creation and destruction in our universe. Watch his lectures here.

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Presidential debate science: In a race to the center, candidates split on pronouns

They and We. I am and We are. According to an overnight analysis of Monday evening's presidential debate by SFI's Simon DeDeo, the strongest distinction between Clinton and Trump was not what, but who.

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Happening now at SFI: Ecologists gather the pieces of a first-principles-derived ecological theory

A team of ecologists meets at SFI this week to begin synthesizing an efficient theory that aims toward a more unified understanding of ecology.

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What kind of human-AI hybrid do we wish to become?


In Nautilus, SFI President David Krakauer takes a critical look at artificial intelligence in light of humanity's long tradition of using tools to augment cognition -- and our more recent, perhaps darker tendency to let them do the thinking for us.

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Watch the video of Rosalind Picard's SFI Community Lecture

During an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Rosalind Picard reveals some of the surprises she has discovered at the intersection of human emotion and wearable tech. Watch her talk here.

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Prediction: How good can we get?

Scientists are getting better at prediction, but there’s good reason to believe we will eventually bump up against some fundamental limits. A recent workshop at SFI asked where those limits might be.

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Study: Religious acts are perceived as conveying prosocial intent

Whether it’s walking across hot coals or simply going to church on Sunday, people who participate in regular religious acts send a clear signal to others that they’re ready and willing to contribute to their communities, a new study suggests.

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Powerful new metric quickly reveals network structure at multiple scales

Scientific Reports

Today, three researchers introduce a new method that reveals interesting and sometime surprising structures in networks, from power grids to the internet, at the micro, macro, and in-between scales.

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Electric vehicles could meet most driving needs across diverse US cities

Nature Energy

Most US drivers could perform their daily personal vehicle trips with an electric vehicle, according to a new model by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik and colleagues.

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Apply now for the Omidyar Fellowship

The Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship program is looking for creative thinkers to spend two to three years at the Santa Fe Institute. Apply here before October 30.

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Audio: SFI's Krakauer on information, order, computation, & intelligence

On the popular podcast "Waking Up with Sam Harris," SFI President David Krakauer weighs in on whether your brain is an information processor. It is, he says, because it converts disorder to order.

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Enroll now for the Dynamics and Chaos MOOC with David Feldman

SFI's free online course, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, begins July 5. Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.

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Register now for SFI's new short course: Exploring Complexity in Health and Medicine

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting registrations for its newest short course, Exploring Complexity in Health and Medicine, October 12-14 in Santa Fe. NEW: CME credits available.

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