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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Harte, an ecologist and SFI External Professor, is featured in Quanta Magazine for his novel approach to quantifying species in complex ecosystems.
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.
Geometry and programmed cell death may have helped along the evolution of multicellular life, according to new research led by SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby.
Smithsonian Magazine asks "What is the universe?" and turns to top cosmologists -- including SFI External Professor and Science Board member Seth Lloyd -- for answers.
Three of the Institute's trustees are on the board of a new incentive prize that rewards compelling research to understand aging.
An SFI working paper by External Professor Ricard Solé and collaborator Sergi Valverde proposes a model for tracing the evolution of computer programming languages.
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.
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.
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 Professor Luis Bettencourt comments on a recent study that examines the possible benefits of New York taxi passengers sharing rides along common routes.
An editorial by SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt describes potential promises, and perils, of global urbanization.
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 External Professor and Science Board member Mercedes Pascual has been awarded the Ecological Society of America's prestigious Robert H. MacArthur Award.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.