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2014 SFI meeting central to national report on creativity research
- National Endowment for the Arts
July 31, 2015 -

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts provides perspective on the science of creativity, basing many of its findings on an SFI working group held in July 2014.

A Turing test for creative intelligence
July 31, 2015 -

Computer algorithms that make human-quality short fiction, poetry, and dance music is the objective of a new Turing test-style competition and prize in creative intelligence.

Working group: What T cells have in common with ants
July 29, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week aims to further the linkages between experiment and theory in immune cell motility, or movement.

SFI’s Krakauer, McCarthy’s new work to be featured in August 5 art event
July 24, 2015 -

A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer will unfold August 5 in Santa Fe, in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.

Evolution of digital images offers insights into creativity and inspiration
- FiveThirtyEight
July 24, 2015 -

In a FiveThirtyEight article, SFI Journalism Fellow Christie Aschwanden draws creative inspiration from the blind evolution of digital images.

Paper: Can social isolation fuel epidemics?
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
July 20, 2015 -

When coinfection is a risk, isolated social groups act as catalysts for disease epidemics.

Murray Gell-Mann on quarks, pentaquarks, and what's next for particle physics
July 17, 2015 -

Murray Gell-Mann responds to CERN’s discovery of a never-before-seen subatomic particle, with hypotheses for future experimental discoveries.

Paper: Evolutionary trees reveal patterns of microbial diversification
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
July 17, 2015 -

A paper by Omidyar Fellow James O'Dwyer reveals microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns.

SFI to co-host Systems Analysis 2015 conference
July 9, 2015 -

In November SFI will co-host the 2015 Systems Analysis conference in Austria.

Citizen science opportunity: Help us track these wildebeests
July 8, 2015 -

SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl and his colleagues need help mapping wildebeest migration. Can you spare a few minutes to interpret their movements in images from an array of camera traps in the Serengeti?

Charity Navigator awards SFI 4 stars for transparency and accountability
July 6, 2015 -

SFI has earned the highest possible rating from the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator, recognizing the Institute’s governance, fiscal management, and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Study: Is the whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they’re infectious?
- BMC Medicine
June 24, 2015 -

The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough is due, in large part, to vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms, suggests a new study by two SFI researchers in BMC Medicine.

Working group: Instabilities and control of networked networks
June 24, 2015 -

SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week that is considering the special problems of interconnected networks – in other words, networks of networks.

Information engines: Computing & communication on the nanoscale
June 23, 2015 -

SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week to explore information processing on the nanoscale using recent innovations in nonequilibrium thermodynamics.

Study: Social learning, not range of environments, best explains span of human behavior
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B
June 17, 2015 -

SFI Omidyar Fellow alum Charles Perreault seeks the origins of the "vast and unmatched" behavioral variation exhibited by the human species in a new paper appearing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Can’t sort complex from complicated? Check out SFI’s MaxEnt tutorial
- Complexity Explorer
June 12, 2015 -

A new offering from SFI’s online education resource, Complexity Explorer, gives complexity enthusiasts quantitative tools for distinguishing the "complex" aspects of a system from the merely "complicated."

A Mayan, a Roman, and a New Yorker walk into a bar…
June 12, 2015 -

A diverse collection of social and natural scientists, archeologists, and historians are at SFI to share data and techniques for quantitatively comparing ancient and pre-modern cities.

Audio: Why goals, objectives, and metrics inhibit innovation
- Santa Fe Radio Café
June 11, 2015 -

In podcast interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI Sabbatical Visitor Ken Stanley discusses the role of serendipity in making great discoveries and the dangers of constraint by objective.

Three trustees elected to SFI's board
June 5, 2015 -

SFI’s Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Fred Dotzler of De Novo Ventures, Jacques Dubois of Swiss Re America Holding Corp. (retired), and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital.

NRC report assesses the state of collaborative, multidisciplinary science
- National Research Council
June 1, 2015 -

SFI President Jerry Sabloff is among the expert authors of a new report from the National Research Council, "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science," that assesses the state of collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific research.

Watch Alan Lightman's SFI lecture on 'The World You Thought You Knew'
May 28, 2015 -

In an SFI Community Lecture on May 6, novelist and physicist Alan Lightman offered his perspective on timeless topics such as God, science, the universe, and religious experiences. Watch his talk.

Experts ask whether genes and languages should be studied together
May 26, 2015 -

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.

Addressing the 'wicked' problem of sustainability through the complex systems lens
- Journal of Industrial Ecology
May 20, 2015 -

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.

Working group asks what higher math can do for computer science
May 19, 2015 -

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.

Why so many sperm? More 'searchers' may be needed to overcome high mortality rate
- Physical Review Letters
May 19, 2015 -

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.

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