Experts have gathered at SFI this week to explore whether human languages, passed culturally from generation to generation, and genes should be studied as a co-evolutionary process -- and how scientists might begin to do that.
Scientist Mirta Galesic and artist Raven Chacon present "Creative collaboration in art and science," the fourth annual Chaos to Complexity discussion Saturday afternoon, May 30, in Santa Fe.
In an article for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, SFI’s Luís Bettencourt and Christa Brelsford take a complex systems perspective on the problem of sustainable development, describing differing scientific approaches to its exploration.
Computer scientists have barely scratched the surface of what higher math might offer their field, so two SFI scientists are hosting a meeting of experts this week to dig a little deeper.
Research by SFI Professor Sid Redner and fellow physicist Baruch Meerson suggests that nature might be relying on large numbers of sperm to solve the "search problem" of fertilization.
Researchers are at SFI this week examining ways to understand synchrony – when seemingly unconnected subpopulations of a species rise and fall in unison.
In a ceremony Wednesday evening in Santa Fe, SFI awarded science teacher Dave Brooks and ten high school seniors the Institute's 2015 High School Prize for Scientific Excellence.
SFI congratulates Katelynn James and Meghan Hill, both graduates of SFI’s Project GUTS program, who have won the 2014-2015 Supercomputing Challenge.
In a new study, a team of researchers used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.
In Nautilus, incoming SFI president David Krakauer explores how science and culture co-evolve, using five short accounts of some of the surprising ways scientific thought progresses.
In an interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI External Professor Stephanie Forrest explores how computer software and hardware systems might benefit from a studied imitation of living systems.
SFI's 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Here are some of the surprising tidbits you will find between its covers...
The Santa Fe Institute has selected four early-career researchers for its prestigious Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship. Meet the new fellows here.
A meeting at SFI this week aims to get macrohistorians' heads around all the data available today about past human societies in hopes of gaining a common framework useful to all.
What happens when an award-winning author is asked to write a mission statement…and then read it on camera? Watch the video.
SFI congratulates External Professor Matthew Jackson on his election this week to the National Academy of Sciences.
Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new study led by SFI researchers.
Dispersal and adaptation are two fundamental evolutionary strategies available to species given an environment. Generalists, like dandelions, send their offspring far and wide. Specialists, like alpine flowers, adapt to the conditions of a particular place.
A new study confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the U.S. Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy innovation.
Modern, historical, and paleontological food webs share a remarkable degree of structural similarity, suggesting we might be able to predict and even influence modern food web responses to perturbations such as species extinctions, according to two SFI scientists in American Scientist.
David Krakauer, an evolutionary theorist and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the Santa Fe Institute’s next president. He plans to join SFI on August 1, 2015.