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Social seismic waves: Studying how people respond in a catastrophe … Twitter style
- Nature Scientific Reports
Oct. 30, 2014 -

SFI postdoc Christa Brelsford and co-author Xin Lu analyze online activity before and after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, finding that certain communities form, expand, and become more connected following an extreme event.

Networks of war and peace...and trade
- MIT Technology Review
Oct. 28, 2014 -

A recent article in MIT Technology Review highlights SFI External Professor Matthew Jackson’s model of world military and trade networks since 1820, a game-theoretical study of international alliances.

New book by Nathan Eagle: Mining reality for a better world
- The Guardian (UK)
Oct. 28, 2014 -

Former SFI Omidyar Fellow Nathan Eagle explains how the data trails we generate in our everyday activities can be “mined” to improve society.

Science for a Complex World: Andreas Wagner on how life evolves so rapidly
- Santa Fe New Mexican
Oct. 27, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner addresses a question that has confounded theoretical biologists: how do evolutionary innovations arise in the first place?

Study reveals when humans bred with Neanderthals
- Nature
Oct. 24, 2014 -

A paper co-authored by SFI Professor Michael Lachmann decodes the genome of a ~45,000-year-old human from Siberia. 

How big data can help stop global epidemics
Oct. 23, 2014 -

At HomeAway headquarters in Austin, Texas, on October 22, SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers discussed pandemics, the current threats of ebola and influenza, and how big data and modern computing are helping fight contagion.

To understand ecosystem responses to climate change, try a continuous spectrum of life
- PNAS
Oct. 17, 2014 -

Instead of classifying plants, animals, and bacteria as separate species, SFI External Professor Brian Enquist and co-authors argue for a new approach to representing life.

What ant interactions can tell us about brains, data networks, and cancer
- Santa Fe New Mexican
Oct. 17, 2014 -

The humble ant gets a closer look in the Santa Fe New Mexican, which highlights SFI Science Board Deborah Gordon’s research on ant interactions as complex systems.

Lessons on investing from freestyle chess
- Value Walk
Oct. 17, 2014 -

Michael Mauboussin, Credit Suisse's managing director and chairman of SFI’s Board of Trustees, believes chess with combined human-computer teams holds important strategic lessons for investors.

Does Ebola immunize large numbers of asymptomatic people?
- The Lancet
Oct. 16, 2014 -

Ebola could be silently immunizing large numbers of people who never fall ill or infect others, according to a letter co-authored by SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers and published this week in The Lancet.

A new approach to biodiversity resurrects old questions
- UANews
Oct. 16, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Brian Enquist is taking a new tack on a classical ecological question, and finding that old theories fall short in answering them.

Workshop seeks origins of innovation
Oct. 13, 2014 -

A workshop at SFI this week asks some of the top experts in fields ranging from archaeology and search theory to ecology and technology to examine what commonalities underlie innovation in technological, social, and biological systems.

Now posted: Papers from SFI's 2014 Complex Systems Summer School
Oct. 8, 2014 -

Proceedings from the 2014 Complex Systems Summer School are now posted, complete with a network map of the students’ collaborations. 

How data mining might help treat diseases
Oct. 8, 2014 -

The New York Times cites External Professor Stefan Thurner’s research on networks in health data as an example of an emerging approach to medical treatment.

Audio: How dangerous is ebola, really, and will it spread to the U.S.
- Huffington Post
Oct. 7, 2014 -

SFI External Professor and Science Board Member Lauren Ancel Meyers breaks down the ebola outbreak, weighing its relative dangers and likelihood of runaway spread in the United States.

New book: Andreas Wagner's 'Arrival of the Fittest' asks how life innovates so rapidly
Oct. 3, 2014 -

Natural selection isn’t nearly enough to explain how life created so many innovations so fast. Fortunately for us, writes SFI's Andreas Wagner in a new book, Nature had something else up her sleeve: robustness.

New book: W. Brian Arthur on complexity and the economy
Oct. 2, 2014 -

A new book authored by SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur describes complexity economics, from the field’s serendipitous origins in a 1987 conference at SFI through its rising post economic-crisis significance.

Working group tackles public health and health inequality
Sept. 30, 2014 -

Public health and health inequality are embedded in complex systems, and public health officials stand to gain from a complex systems approach, according to organizers of a working group being held this week at SFI.

SFI's 2014 Ulam Lectures: Jerry Sabloff on archaeology's lessons for the future
Sept. 29, 2014 -

In a two-part lecture series in Santa Fe, SFI President Jerry Sabloff showed how lessons today's archaeologists are learning about the past offer insights that could shape present and future human societies. Watch his talks.

Ceremony honors Murray Gell-Mann with Germany's prestigious Helmholtz Medal
Sept. 26, 2014 -

In a moving ceremony Thursday evening in Santa Fe, Murray Gell-Mann received Germany's prestigious Helmholtz Medal for his achievements in physics and the sciences.

How rival cultural evolution camps found common ground at SFI
Sept. 26, 2014 -

An unusual meeting at SFI in May took a major step toward bridging the differences among scientists studying cultural evolution, says its organizer, SFI External Professor Daniel Dennett. Read the participants' summaries.

What is creativity, and how can we understand it?
Sept. 26, 2014 -

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a meeting in July to examine creativity through the lenses of the arts, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, education, and more. Read the five takeaways.

Paper: Modern forests shaped by meteorite that led to dinosaur extinction
- PLOS
Sept. 25, 2014 -

In PLOS, SFI External Professor Brian Enquist and colleagues suggest that the meteorite that spelled extinction for the dinosaurs could be responsible for modern forest landscapes favoring deciduous trees over evergreens.

How to learn the number of species in a large area without counting
- Quanta, WIRED
Sept. 25, 2014 -

John Harte, an ecologist and SFI External Professor, is featured in Quanta Magazine for his novel approach to quantifying species in complex ecosystems.

Paper: West Africa could see 4,400 new Ebola cases in September
- PLOS Currents: Outbreaks
Sept. 22, 2014 -

A new paper by SFI External Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez and co-authors examines the complex dynamics of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

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