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SFI's Marcus Hamilton at SITE Santa Fe Tuesday night: Humans and unsettled landscapes
Sept. 16, 2014 -

On Tuesday evening, September 23, at SITE Santa Fe, SFI's Marcus Hamilton will explore the changing nature of landscapes and the deep history of human landscape modification from prehistory to the present.

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
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.

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.

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.

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?"

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
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.

What science can tell us about how cities work
- Boston Globe
July 21, 2014 -

SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt is quoted in a Boston Globe story about the increasing contributions science is making to urban design and planning.

'Hanging out at the Santa Fe Institute is like being at a brain spa'
July 20, 2014 -

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.

Better ways to forecast technological change
July 18, 2014 -

Experts are at SFI this summer examining how technology evolves, in part by building technological trophic networks akin to food webs describing feeding interactions in ecosystems. 

Working group explores the 'frustration' of spin glasses
July 17, 2014 -

Experts invited to a five-day working group at SFI this week will seek a better understanding of spin glasses and how they work.

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