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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 Sidney Redner and fellow physicist Baruch Meerson suggests that nature might be relying on large numbers of sperm to solve the "search problem" of fertilization.

Working group explores ways to understand 'nature's flash mobs'
May 18, 2015 -

Researchers are at SFI this week examining ways to understand synchrony – when seemingly unconnected subpopulations of a species rise and fall in unison.

Two Project GUTS graduates win New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge
May 13, 2015 -

SFI congratulates Katelynn James and Meghan Hill, both graduates of SFI’s Project GUTS program, who have won the 2014-2015 Supercomputing Challenge. 

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?
May 7, 2015 -

In a new study, a team of researchers used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.

David Krakauer on how ideas and culture co-evolve
May 7, 2015 -

In Nautilus, incoming SFI president David Krakauer explores how science and culture co-evolve, using five short accounts of some of the surprising ways scientific thought progresses.

Audio: What biology might teach us about computers and programming
- Santa Fe Radio Café
May 7, 2015 -

In an interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI External Professor Stephanie Forrest explores how computer software and hardware systems might benefit from a studied imitation of living systems.

All about the Santa Fe Institute, all in one place
May 5, 2015 -

SFI's 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Here are some of the surprising tidbits you will find between its covers...

SFI selects four new Omidyar Fellows for 2015
May 4, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute has selected four early-career researchers for its prestigious Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship. Meet the new fellows here.

Taming the macrohistory macrodata beast
May 4, 2015 -

A meeting at SFI this week aims to get macrohistorians' heads around all the data available today about past human societies in hopes of gaining a common framework useful to all.

Cormac McCarthy's Santa Fe Institute
May 3, 2015 -

What happens when an award-winning author is asked to write a mission statement…and then read it on camera? Watch the video.

Matthew Jackson elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 1, 2015 -

SFI congratulates External Professor Matthew Jackson on his election this week to the National Academy of Sciences.

Traditional economics treats a market like 'some vast Rube Goldberg machine'
- Financial Sense
May 1, 2015 -

In Financial Sense, Wall Street commentator John Mauldin examines the shortfalls of traditional economic theory and the promise of a complex systems perspective.

The language of invention: Most innovations are rephrasings of past techs
- Journal of the Royal Society Interface
April 29, 2015 -

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new study led by SFI researchers.

Q&A with economist and CSSS alum Simon Angus
April 28, 2015 -

An alum of SFI's 2007 Complex Systems Summer School, economist Simon Angus, talks about his research interests and SFI experience in this Q&A for our Alumni Community.

Species’ evolutionary choice: Disperse or adapt?
- Evolution
April 27, 2015 -

Dispersal and adaptation are two fundamental evolutionary strategies available to species given an environment. Generalists, like dandelions, send their offspring far and wide. Specialists, like alpine flowers, adapt to the conditions of a particular place. 

Study: Polarization in Congress is worsening… and it stifles innovation
April 21, 2015 -

A new study confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the U.S. Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy innovation.

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.

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.

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