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What clues do paleo food webs hold for modern ecosystems?
- American Scientist
April 14, 2015 -

Modern, historical, and paleontological food webs share a remarkable degree of structural similarity, suggesting we might be able to predict and even influence modern food web responses to perturbations such as species extinctions, according to two SFI scientists in American Scientist.

Workshop: Rethinking the power grid
April 13, 2015 -

With the nation’s power grid under increasing stress by a number of forces, the business of delivering electricity is in need of a rethink, if not an overhaul. A workshop at SFI this week asks what the future grid might look like.

Schlӓpfer team awarded first prize in Data for Development competition
April 13, 2015 -

For an innovative insight into using cellphone data to plan energy infrastructure in the developing world, SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Markus Schlӓpfer and his team have won the $5,000 First Prize and the $2,000 Energy Prize in the 2014-15 'Data for Development' Challenge Senegal.

Company mortality: Researchers find patterns in the life and death of firms
- Royal Society Interface
April 1, 2015 -

New research by a team of SFI scientists finds that publicly-traded firms die off at the same rate regardless of their age or economic sector.

Get your SFI Alumni Community T-shirt today
March 27, 2015 -

The SFI alumni team is proud to announce the winning entries for this year’s T-shirt slogan competition.

Video: Watch Sandy Pentland's SFI Community Lecture 'Ties that bind: The goodness of social networks'
March 19, 2015 -

During an SFI Community Lecture March 11 in Santa Fe, MIT's Alex Pentland described ways the mathematical analysis of social networks is fertile ground for understanding human behavior. Watch his talk.

SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset selected for NSF Early Career award
- National Science Foundation
March 19, 2015 -

CU Boulder's Aaron Clauset, an SFI external professor and former SFI Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow, has received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development award.

John Templeton Foundation grants SFI $2.5 million to pursue general theory of complexity
March 17, 2015 -

SFI has been awarded a three year, $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support a daring scientific pursuit: developing a general theory of complexity.

Paper: Geometry's least-packable shapes
- Geometry and Topology
March 2, 2015 -

In a new paper, SFI Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus takes a small but significant step in understanding mathematical shape-packing while addressing an old conjecture about which shapes pack least well.

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course in Santa Fe
Feb. 24, 2015 -

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course — Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics — August 25-27 in Santa Fe.

Paper: Ancient and modern cities aren't so different
- Science Advances
Feb. 23, 2015 -

Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at SFI and UC Boulder.

Apply now for SFI’s India Complex Systems Winter School
- SFI News
Feb. 23, 2015 -

Following the model of Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) organized annually at Santa Fe, the India Complex Systems Winter School will be held at IISER Mohali, India.

Tracing languages back to their earliest common ancestor through sound shifts
- Current Biology
Feb. 19, 2015 -

A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.

New book posits an evolutionary game theory approach to fitness
Feb. 18, 2015 -

A new book co-authored by SFI External Professor D. Eric Smith adopts an evolutionary game theory framework in which individual types and interactions are mapped to evolutionary fitness as a game played among agents in the population.

How multicellular life persisted
- Science
Feb. 13, 2015 -

SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby and co-author William Ratcliff explore how early multicellular life might have persisted amidst the evolutionary tug-of-war between single-celled and multi-celled living arrangements.

Paper: Role of institutions' prestige in faculty hiring negatively affects scholarly diversity, innovation
- Science Advances
Feb. 13, 2015 -

A quantitative investigation of the roles played by academic institutions' prestige in faculty hiring reveals a "closed doctoral ecosystem" that negatively affect a field’s ideas diversity, growth, and inventiveness.

SFI ranks among the world's top science and technology 'think tanks'
Feb. 12, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute again has ranked among the world's top science and technology think tanks.

What do all human societies have in common?
Feb. 11, 2015 -

Several researchers at SFI and Arizona State University have begun a long-term collaboration to identify and measure the commonalities across various forms of human social organization, from bands of hunter-gatherers to urbanites of today's megacities.

A family affair: Sharing of food across generations contributes to humans' long life histories
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Feb. 11, 2015 -

New research led by Paul Hooper, a former SFI Omidyar Fellow now at Emory University, explores the evolutionary implications of food sharing across generations in Amazonian forager-farmer societies.

SFI to support first North American ECCS conference
Feb. 5, 2015 -

SFI is playing a leading role in an international scientific conference on complex systems science to be held this fall in Tempe, Arizona.

From strings and quarks to cells and whales: Geoffrey West's essay among top papers of 2014
- Physical Biology
Jan. 29, 2015 -

Geoffrey West's essay "A theoretical physicist's journey from strings and quarks to cells and whales" is among Physical Biology's top papers of 2014.

Watch Daniel Jurafsky's SFI talk - Eating our words: What the language of food says about us
Jan. 21, 2015 -

During an SFI Community Lecture January 14 in Santa Fe, Stanford linguist Daniel Jurafsky explored the stunningly complex language of food and what it tells us about our culture and society. Watch it now.

Game mining: How to make money from those about to play a game
- Advances in Austrian Economics
Jan. 15, 2015 -

In a recent paper, SFI Professor David Wolpert and co-author James Bono reveal a way to get rich without doing any work at all.

Paper: Emergence of superconductivity in heavy-electron materials
Jan. 13, 2015 -

SFI's David Pines and co-author Yi-feng Yang presents a model for a long-standing challenge for quantum physicists: explaining how superconductivity emerges in unconventional materials. 

Author Hampton Sides selected as 2015 Miller Scholar
Jan. 13, 2015 -

Author Hampton Sides, a best-selling narrative historian, has been named a Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute for 2015.

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