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What makes cities unique...and the same?

Cities may have unique economic profiles, but as urban areas grow, they exhibit common trends.

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Roots of gender imbalance in university faculty hiring

SFI's Aaron Clauset and Daniel Larremore explore the complex contributors to the gender imbalance that persists in university computer science departments. 

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At the heart of economics, a gamble

AIP

Simple gambles extend through all major branches of economic theory. And, according to a new paper by SFI’s Ole Peters and Murray Gell-Mann, we’ve been wrongly conceptualizing them for some 350 years.

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Anomalous economists to convene at SFI

Authors of a free, interactive open-access economics textbook meet at SFI to discuss new ways to teach the subject as a complex, dynamical system.

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Video: Karissa Sanbonmatsu on DNA, love, and gender

During an SFI Community Lecture January 19 in Santa Fe, Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu explored the new science of epigenetics and how it might help us understand autism, addiction, and even love. 

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Mapping the movements of birds and beasts

Using aerial drones to track the movements and interactions of a migrating herd of caribou, SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl plans to test a hypothesis that traveling en masse helps the herd navigate.

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Semantically speaking: Does meaning structure unite languages?

PNAS

By measuring how closely words’ meanings are related within and between languages, a research team has revealed that for many universal concepts, the world’s languages feature a common structure of semantic relatedness.

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Human vulnerability is key to managing climate challenges

PNAS

Our historic vulnerability to climate change can inform the way we manage climate-induced disasters, according to newly-published research conceived in a series of SFI working groups.

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A science of city skylines?

Technology Review

Articles in CityLab and MIT Technology Review highlight new SFI research on metropolitan buildings, population size, innovation, and a city’s carbon footprint.

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How to make slums more resilient to climate change

A team from the Santa Fe Institute, Arizona State University, and Slum Dwellers International has been selected to find new ways to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable communities.

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Adapting to adaptations

Nature Scientific Reports

A new paper by SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader and colleague Matthew Egbert addresses the puzzle of how organisms regulate and respond to their own adaptations.

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A winning strategy for multicellular life

Evolutionary Ecology

Environmental triggers may have tipped the transition from single- to multi-cellular life, according to new research by SFI REU Emma Wolinsky and Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby.

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SFI earns second 4-star charity rating

For the second consecutive year, SFI has earned the highest possible rating from the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator.

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Levin to receive National Medal of Science for his research in ecological complexity

Simon Levin will receive the U.S. National Medal of Science—the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in science. 

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Workshop: An overdue overhaul for network theory

Moving beyond an antiquated view of networks and assembling researchers from disparate fields to forge novel insights about networks are the dual goals of a recent workshop at SFI.

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Two new trustees elected to SFI’s Board

The Santa Fe Institute’s Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members-- Ted Rogers of American Industrial Partners and Gene Stark of Los Alamos National Laboratory (retired).

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Apply now for SFI's Global Sustainability Summer School on Urban Sustainability

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2016 Global Sustainability Summer School on Urban Sustainability. Apply by February 23, 2016.

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Video: Patricia Churchland on the self as brain

During an SFI Community Lecture November 18 in Santa Fe, neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland explained the neural workings that underlie identity. Watch it here.

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Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2016 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply by February 14, 2016.

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Apply now for SFI's 2016 Complex Systems Summer School

SFI is accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs -- the 2016 Complex Systems Summer School, June 12-July 8, 2015, in Santa Fe. Apply by January 23, 2016.

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