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Board for $1 million Longevity Prize includes three SFI trustees
Sept. 11, 2014 -

Three of the Institute's trustees are on the board of a new incentive prize that rewards compelling research to understand aging.

Paper: How computer programming languages evolve
- Technology.org
Sept. 11, 2014 -

An SFI working paper by External Professor Ricard Solé and collaborator Sergi Valverde proposes a model for tracing the evolution of computer programming languages.

Mergers and acquisitions lead to 'business ecosystem' imbalances
- Proceedings of the Royal Society A
Sept. 10, 2014 -

Business mergers and acquisitions bring about significant imbalances in the functioning of economic systems, according to a new analysis of economic data that draws approaches from evolutionary biology and complexity.

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history
Sept. 9, 2014 -

A new analysis of depictions of large mammals in Egyptian artifacts record suggests that species extinctions have made the Nile Valley ecosystem progressively less stable over the last 6,000 years.

A safer world through disease mathematics
- Santa Fe New Mexican
Sept. 8, 2014 -

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.

SFI's Christa Brelsford to compete in world paraclimbing championship
Sept. 5, 2014 -

Rock climber and SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Christa Brelsford travels to Gijón, Spain next week to compete in the Paraclimbing World Championship.

Ceremony to honor Murray Gell-Mann with prestigious Helmholtz Medal
Sept. 5, 2014 -

Murray Gell-Mann will receive the prestigious Helmholtz Medal during a special ceremony on Thursday, September 25, at the Santa Fe Institute.

McKinnon family's $2.5 million gift to help expand SFI education programs
Sept. 4, 2014 -

The McKinnon family has made a generous gift of $2.5 million to support the Santa Fe Institute’s education programs.

Mathematics of ride sharing: If New Yorkers shared a cab
- The New York Times
Sept. 2, 2014 -

SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt comments on a recent study that examines the possible benefits of New York taxi passengers sharing rides along common routes.

Mass urbanization could lead to unprecedented human creativity...if we do it right
Aug. 29, 2014 -

An editorial by SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt describes potential promises, and perils, of global urbanization. 

Weighing the pros and cons of fracking for oil and gas
- Physics Today
Aug. 28, 2014 -

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.

SFI's Mercedes Pascual receives MacArthur Award in ecology
Aug. 22, 2014 -

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

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math'
Aug. 12, 2014 -

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.

SFI's Project GUTS goes nationwide this school year
Aug. 8, 2014 -

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

Dynamics and chaos online course wraps up, with 900 students completing it
Aug. 7, 2014 -

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.

What influenced prevalence of violence in ancient societies?
- American Antiquity
Aug. 7, 2014 -

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.

Study: Social dynamics beats penicillin in stopping syphilis outbreaks
- Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Aug. 6, 2014 -

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.

Video: What's the number one thing we could do to improve city life?
- The Atlantic Cities
Aug. 5, 2014 -

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?"

Video: New documentary celebrates 50 years of BASIC
Aug. 5, 2014 -

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.

Melanie Moses selected for McDonnell Foundation's complex systems scholar award
July 30, 2014 -

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.

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox'
July 30, 2014 -

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.

How pond scum might offer clues to life’s puzzles
- Santa Fe New Mexican
July 28, 2014 -

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.

Newman, Perelson among the most influential scientists
- Thomson Reuters
July 24, 2014 -

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.

Paper sheds new light on how hosts and parasites co-evolve
- PNAS
July 23, 2014 -

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.

'Complexity economics teaches us humility'
- Libre Mercado (Spain)
July 22, 2014 -

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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