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Quantifying predictability: Which predictive method best suits a given system?
- Physical Review E
Nov. 21, 2014 -

In a new paper for Physical Review E, SFI External Professor Liz Bradley and colleagues quantify predictability, with a strategy for determining which predictive method best suits a given system.

Happy Birthday SFI…30 years ago today, the Institute began in earnest
Nov. 11, 2014 -

Thirty years ago today, on November 11, 1984, the second of SFI's two exploratory founding workshops ended and the Institute began in earnest. 

Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science
Nov. 11, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply by February 14, 2015.

Workshop at SFI this week takes stock of niche construction research
Nov. 11, 2014 -

Two-dozen researchers from varied fields have convened at SFI this week to assess the current state and future directions of burgeoning research in niche construction: the modification of environments by organisms living in them.

How multicellular life persisted
- Science
Nov. 10, 2014 -

SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby and co-author William Ratcliff explore how early multicellular life might have persisted amidst the evolutionary tug-of-war between single-celled and multi-celled living arrangements.

Needed: An evolutionary, ecosystem view of economies
- New Scientist
Nov. 8, 2014 -

To understand market crashes and bubbles, SFI's Geoffrey West and three co-authors advocate a revised view that treats an economy like biologists might think about an ecosystem rife with evolutionary dynamics.

Why people fear Ebola
- The Boston Globe
Nov. 7, 2014 -

In the age of social media, fear of a virus can spread much faster than the virus itself, according to SFI External Professor Joshua Epstein.

Can satellites and remote sensing help protect indigenous people?
- Royal Society Open Science
Nov. 5, 2014 -

Researchers are using remote-sensing and satellite technology to understand the movements of indigenous tribes in the Amazon. Their work could influence policies intended to protect the habitats of "uncontacted" people.

Video - Watch Sid Redner's SFI Community Lecture: 'I get all the news I need from the sports section'
Nov. 5, 2014 -

In the video from an October 15 SFI Community Lecture, SFI's Sid Redner draws on sports statistics to bust a few common myths about scoring streaks, "hot hands," and infamous team curses.

To fight Ebola, we need better mobility data for West Africa
- Science
Nov. 4, 2014 -

In a letter to the journal Science, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino and co-authors stress the importance of understanding mobility patterns to dynamically model the spread of Ebola.

Measuring the order and disorder of matter
- Nature Materials
Nov. 4, 2014 -

An editorial in Nature Materials highlights work by SFI External Professor James Crutchfield and his colleague for their information-theoretic measure of material structure.

Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School
Nov. 4, 2014 -

SFI is now accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs -- the 2015 Complex Systems Summer School, June 7-July 3, 2015, in Santa Fe. Apply by January 13, 2015.

The new SFI Bulletin is live! SFI@30: Foundations & Frontiers
Nov. 4, 2014 -

In this issue of the SFI Bulletin, seven essayists trace some of the scientific themes that have endured at SFI across the decades. Read the Fall 2014 issue here.

New textbook treats economics 'as if the last three decades had happened'
Nov. 3, 2014 -

A new (and different) economics textbook seeks to transform the way people teach and learn economics. SFI Professor Sam Bowles is a contributor.

How many states will legalize marijuana and how soon?
- Pacific Standard
Nov. 3, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset co-authors an article on how mathematical models might forecast the spread of state and national social policies, such as those legalizing marijuana.

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.

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