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Oct. 24, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

When cash incentives backfire: Sam Bowles on 'perverse incentives'

The Guardian (UK)

SFI's Sam Bowles explains why some incentives go wrong in an article in The Guardian that examines at the record of various cash incentive schemes, including a proposed program that would pay British doctors to diagnose dementia patients.

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Oct. 21, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Networks of war and peace...and trade

MIT Technology Review

A recent article in MIT Technology Review highlights SFI External Professor Matthew Jackson’s model of world military and trade networks since 1820, a game-theoretical study of international alliances.

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Oct. 21, 2014, 9:09 a.m.

New book by Nathan Eagle: Mining reality for a better world

The Guardian (UK)

Former SFI Omidyar Fellow Nathan Eagle explains how the data trails we generate in our everyday activities can be “mined” to improve society.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

NEW! Connect, commune, & collaborate with fellow SFI alumni now

For the first time, alumni of SFI’s schools and education programs have an online forum for connecting with fellow alumni and maintaining their involvement with the Institute's community.

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Oct. 27, 2014, 8:55 a.m.

Science for a Complex World: Andreas Wagner on how life evolves so rapidly

Santa Fe New Mexican

SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner addresses a question that has confounded theoretical biologists: how do evolutionary innovations arise in the first place?

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Oct. 24, 2014, 1:33 p.m.

Study reveals when humans bred with Neanderthals


A paper co-authored by SFI Professor Michael Lachmann decodes the genome of a ~45,000-year-old human from Siberia. 

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Oct. 22, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

How big data can help stop global epidemics

At HomeAway headquarters in Austin, Texas, on October 22, SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers discussed pandemics, the current threats of ebola and influenza, and how big data and modern computing are helping fight contagion.

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Sept. 16, 2014, 3:54 p.m.

To understand ecosystem responses to climate change, try a continuous spectrum of life


Instead of classifying plants, animals, and bacteria as separate species, SFI External Professor Brian Enquist and co-authors argue for a new approach to representing life.

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Oct. 16, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

Does Ebola immunize large numbers of asymptomatic people?

The Lancet

Ebola could be silently immunizing large numbers of people who never fall ill or infect others, according to a letter co-authored by SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers and published this week in The Lancet.

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Oct. 10, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

SFI: 'Intellectual Santa Fe's brain'

New Mexico Magazine

In New Mexico Magazine, Mary-Charlotte Domandi, host of the Santa Fe Radio Café, extolls Santa Fe as an “intellectual mecca,” with SFI as its brain.

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Oct. 3, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

Now posted: Papers from SFI's 2014 Complex Systems Summer School

Proceedings from the 2014 Complex Systems Summer School are now posted, complete with a network map of the students’ collaborations. 

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Sept. 30, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

New book: W. Brian Arthur on complexity and the economy

A new book authored by SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur describes complexity economics, from the field’s serendipitous origins in a 1987 conference at SFI through its rising post economic-crisis significance.

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Aug. 19, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

SFI's 2014 Ulam Lectures: Jerry Sabloff on archaeology's lessons for the future

In a two-part lecture series in Santa Fe, SFI President Jerry Sabloff showed how lessons today's archaeologists are learning about the past offer insights that could shape present and future human societies. Watch his talks.

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Sept. 8, 2014, 10:41 a.m.

A safer world through disease mathematics

Santa Fe New Mexican

In the Santa Fe New Mexican's "Science in a Complex World" series, SFI Omidyar Fellow Ben Althouse describes how mathematics is helping us understand the complex problem of how diseases spread.

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