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Study: Is the whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they’re infectious?
- BMC Medicine
June 24, 2015 -

The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough is due, in large part, to vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms, suggests a new study by two SFI researchers in BMC Medicine.

Working group: Instabilities and control of networked networks
June 24, 2015 -

SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week that is considering the special problems of interconnected networks – in other words, networks of networks.

Information engines: Computing & communication on the nanoscale
June 23, 2015 -

SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week to explore information processing on the nanoscale using recent innovations in nonequilibrium thermodynamics.

Three trustees elected to SFI's board
June 5, 2015 -

SFI’s Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Fred Dotzler of De Novo Ventures, Jacques Dubois of Swiss Re America Holding Corp. (retired), and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital.

Watch Alan Lightman's SFI lecture on 'The World You Thought You Knew'
May 28, 2015 -

In an SFI Community Lecture on May 6, novelist and physicist Alan Lightman offered his perspective on timeless topics such as God, science, the universe, and religious experiences. Watch his talk.

Experts ask whether genes and languages should be studied together
May 26, 2015 -

Experts have gathered at SFI this week to explore whether human languages, passed culturally from generation to generation, and genes should be studied as a co-evolutionary process -- and how scientists might begin to do that.

Addressing the 'wicked' problem of sustainability through the complex systems lens
- Journal of Industrial Ecology
May 20, 2015 -

In an article for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, SFI’s Luís Bettencourt and Christa Brelsford take a complex systems perspective on the problem of sustainable development, describing differing scientific approaches to its exploration.

Working group asks what higher math can do for computer science
May 19, 2015 -

Computer scientists have barely scratched the surface of what higher math might offer their field, so two SFI scientists are hosting a meeting of experts this week to dig a little deeper.

Why so many sperm? More 'searchers' may be needed to overcome high mortality rate
- Physical Review Letters
May 19, 2015 -

Research by SFI Professor Sid Redner and fellow physicist Baruch Meerson suggests that nature might be relying on large numbers of sperm to solve the "search problem" of fertilization.

Working group explores ways to understand 'nature's flash mobs'
May 18, 2015 -

Researchers are at SFI this week examining ways to understand synchrony – when seemingly unconnected subpopulations of a species rise and fall in unison.

Congrats to teacher Dave Brooks and ten high school seniors selected for SFI's High School Prize
May 14, 2015 -

In a ceremony Wednesday evening in Santa Fe, SFI awarded science teacher Dave Brooks and ten high school seniors the Institute's 2015 High School Prize for Scientific Excellence.

Two Project GUTS graduates win New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge
May 13, 2015 -

SFI congratulates Katelynn James and Meghan Hill, both graduates of SFI’s Project GUTS program, who have won the 2014-2015 Supercomputing Challenge. 

All about the Santa Fe Institute, all in one place
May 5, 2015 -

SFI's 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Here are some of the surprising tidbits you will find between its covers...

SFI selects four new Omidyar Fellows for 2015
May 4, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute has selected four early-career researchers for its prestigious Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship. Meet the new fellows here.

Taming the macrohistory macrodata beast
May 4, 2015 -

A meeting at SFI this week aims to get macrohistorians' heads around all the data available today about past human societies in hopes of gaining a common framework useful to all.

Cormac McCarthy's Santa Fe Institute
May 3, 2015 -

What happens when an award-winning author is asked to write a mission statement…and then read it on camera? Watch the video.

Matthew Jackson elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 1, 2015 -

SFI congratulates External Professor Matthew Jackson on his election this week to the National Academy of Sciences.

The language of invention: Most innovations are rephrasings of past techs
- Journal of the Royal Society Interface
April 29, 2015 -

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new study led by SFI researchers.

Species’ evolutionary choice: Disperse or adapt?
- Evolution
April 27, 2015 -

Dispersal and adaptation are two fundamental evolutionary strategies available to species given an environment. Generalists, like dandelions, send their offspring far and wide. Specialists, like alpine flowers, adapt to the conditions of a particular place. 

Study: Polarization in Congress is worsening… and it stifles innovation
April 21, 2015 -

A new study confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the U.S. Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy innovation.

Video: Watch Susan Murphy's SFI lecture on healing with data
April 20, 2015 -

During an April 8 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, statistician Susan Murphy showed how a healthcare decision approach that adapts treatment to each patient over time can improve patient outcomes. Watch the talk here.

Workshop: Rethinking the power grid
April 13, 2015 -

With the nation’s power grid under increasing stress by a number of forces, the business of delivering electricity is in need of a rethink, if not an overhaul. A workshop at SFI this week asks what the future grid might look like.

Schlӓpfer team awarded first prize in Data for Development competition
April 13, 2015 -

For an innovative insight into using cellphone data to plan energy infrastructure in the developing world, SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Markus Schlӓpfer and his team have won the $5,000 First Prize and the $2,000 Energy Prize in the 2014-15 'Data for Development' Challenge Senegal.

Company mortality: Researchers find patterns in the life and death of firms
- Royal Society Interface
April 1, 2015 -

New research by a team of SFI scientists finds that publicly-traded firms die off at the same rate regardless of their age or economic sector.

Get your SFI Alumni Community T-shirt today
March 27, 2015 -

The SFI alumni team is proud to announce the winning entries for this year’s T-shirt slogan competition.

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