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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.

Geometry, programmed death might have enabled evolution of multicellularity
- PLOS Computational Biology
Sept. 19, 2014 -

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.

Cosmologists respond to the biggest question of all: 'What is the universe?'
- Smithsonian Magazine
Sept. 18, 2014 -

Smithsonian Magazine asks "What is the universe?" and turns to top cosmologists -- including SFI External Professor and Science Board member Seth Lloyd -- for answers. 

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
- Technology.org
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.

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