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Aug. 21, 2014, 2 p.m.

Weighing the pros and cons of fracking for oil and gas

Physics Today

SFI External Professor John Rundle and co-authors review the practice of fracking -- injecting large volumes of low-viscosity water into shales to extract oil and gas -- and consider the pros and cons.

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Aug. 21, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

SFI's Mercedes Pascual receives MacArthur Award in ecology

SFI External Professor and Science Board member Mercedes Pascual has been awarded the Ecological Society of America's prestigious Robert H. MacArthur Award.

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

Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures Sept. 9 & 10: Ancient Maya civilization and its relevance to the world today

In a two-part lecture series September 9 & 10 in Santa Fe, archaeologist Jerry Sabloff draws on the ancient Maya to show how lessons from the past could help shape present and future human societies.

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

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math'

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

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July 8, 2014, 10:18 a.m.

SFI's Project GUTS goes nationwide this school year

Beginning this school year, is bringing SFI's afterschool program Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to the nation's middle school science classrooms.

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July 18, 2014, 2:11 p.m.

Dynamics and chaos online course wraps up, with 900 students completing it

More than 900 students recently completed an an eight-week massive open online course taught by College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, part of SFI’s Complexity Explorer MOOC series.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

What influenced prevalence of violence in ancient societies?

American Antiquity

In a recent paper, SFI External Professor Tim Kohler and co-authors find differences in prevalence of violence among the northern Rio Grande and central Mesa Verde areas between A.D. 600 and the arrival of the Spanish in 1540.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 2:26 p.m.

Study: Social dynamics beats penicillin in stopping syphilis outbreaks

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Two SFI researchers examined the on-again-off-again cycles of syphilis infection since the early 1960s and conclude that the dynamics of social networks, not cycles of immunity, most likely account for some of the disease's fluctuation.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 11:32 a.m.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to Talk Urban Renewal in Santa Fe September 3

In a September 3 talk in Santa Fe, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh will discuss his project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. SFI's Geoffrey West will join him on stage for a scientific perspective on urban development.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Video: What's the number one thing we could do to improve city life?

The Atlantic Cities

SFI's Luis Bettencourt and Geoffrey West are among the experts who weigh in on the question "What's the number one thing we could do to improve city life?"

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May 28, 2014, 2:08 p.m.

Video: New documentary celebrates 50 years of BASIC

SFI External Professor Dan Rockmore is co-creator of a new documentary retelling the advent of the BASIC programming language 50 years ago at Dartmouth College.

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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 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 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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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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