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July 18, 2014, 11:38 a.m.

Melanie Moses selected for McDonnell Foundation's complex systems scholar award

SFI External Professor Melanie Moses has been awarded the James S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Initiative in Studying Complex Systems – Scholar Award for 2014.

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July 7, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox'

In a July 16 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, MITs Seth Lloyd proffered a mode of time travel that is both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible. Watch his talk.

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July 18, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

SFI Community Lecture August 6: The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math

In an SFI Community Lecture on Wednesday, August 6, in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works.

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July 20, 2014, 8:07 p.m.

How pond scum might offer clues to life’s puzzles

Santa Fe New Mexican

SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby ponders how the study of organisms that straddle single- and multi-cellularity can challenge our basic assumptions about organisms and evolution.

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June 25, 2014, 2:39 p.m.

Newman, Perelson among the most influential scientists

Thomson Reuters

Mark Newman and Alan Perelson are among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014, an annual recognition of researchers who have written the most highly cited papers in 21 prominent scientific fields over the last decade.

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July 18, 2014, 2:52 p.m.

Paper sheds new light on how hosts and parasites co-evolve


In PNAS, researchers examine co-evolution patterns among a bacterium and a panel of viruses, shedding new light on the dynamics of co-evolution among simple host-parasite communities.

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July 18, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

'Complexity economics teaches us humility'

Libre Mercado (Spain)

In a Q&A, SFI Trustee John Chisholm extolls the value of online education and complex systems thinking and says the Institute has "profoundly" influenced his thinking about the economy.

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July 20, 2014, 10:12 p.m.

What science can tell us about how cities work

Boston Globe

SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt is quoted in a Boston Globe story about the increasing contributions science is making to urban design and planning.

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July 8, 2014, 3:16 p.m.

'Hanging out at the Santa Fe Institute is like being at a brain spa'

A feature describes the Institute, its research, and its people in the context of a recent meeting in which the world's experts gathered to explore the connections among climate, sustainability, and human activity.

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July 8, 2014, 10:01 a.m.

Better ways to forecast technological change

Experts are at SFI this summer examining how technology evolves, in part by building technological trophic networks akin to food webs describing feeding interactions in ecosystems. 

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July 16, 2014, 10:25 a.m.

Ecologists need 'efficient theory' to make sense of all the data


Ecologists are awash with data and have the tools to find patterns in it, but understanding those patterns calls for "efficient theory," according to a new report in BioScience.

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July 15, 2014, 3:48 p.m.

Study: Culture influences strategy in online coordination game


People strategize better with those from their own culture and they are poor at predicting the behavior of those from different cultures, suggests a new study led by SFI External Professor Matthew O. Jackson.

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July 8, 2014, 2:03 p.m.

Help crowdsource the Complexity Explorer

Complexity Explorer, an online education resource for complexity teachers and learners, is asking for your help. Here’s what you can do.

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July 8, 2014, 9:35 a.m.

What is creativity, and how can we understand it?

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts are holding a working group in Santa Fe this week to examie creativity through the lenses of cognitive science, psychology, education, the arts, neuroscience, and more.

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July 8, 2014, 11:35 a.m.

Andreas Wagner elected to European Molecular Biology Organization

SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner has been elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization for his research in the evolution of biological systems from genomes to complex molecular networks.

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July 7, 2014, 3:41 p.m.

Video: Rapid urbanization calls for merging of perspectives, nuanced solutions

Aspen Ideas Festival

Integrating the needs of people and governments is one key to the challenges of rapid urbanization, said SFI's Luis Bettencourt in a panel discussion on “Future Megacities and the Fate of Millions” at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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July 1, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

Video: Modeling climate change scenarios right down to our own backyards

Aspen Ideas Festival

At the Aspen Ideas Festival last weekend, Brian Enquist describes a project to develop a geographic inventory of forest assets for western North America and model how climate change will effect species distribution.

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July 1, 2014, 5:33 p.m.

Regardless of our city's size, we all live in ‘villages’

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

People who live in big cities and those who live in small towns might appear to lead very different social lives. Researchers at SFI and MIT find, however, that the social networks of city dwellers are not so different from those of village dwellers.

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July 1, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

Paper: 800-year baby boom, crash offer population lessons


A paper in PNAS sketches an eight-century baby boom in the American Southwest starting around 500 A.D., followed by a crash, that Tim Kohler says offers a warning sign to the modern world about overpopulation.

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June 30, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

Bill Miller on SFI: 'You come here to understand things in a different way'

The Wall Street Journal

A front-page Wall Street Journal article today profiles SFI Chair Emeritus Bill Miller, featuring his longtime relationship with SFI.

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July 18, 2013, 11:16 a.m.

Journalists: Apply now for the Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems

SFI is accepting applications from accomplished journalists for the Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems. The submission deadline is August 1, 2014.

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