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SFI Community Lecture August 6: The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math
July 28, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture on Wednesday, August 6, in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works.

Better ways to forecast technological change
July 18, 2014 -

Experts are at SFI this summer examining how technology evolves, in part by building technological trophic networks akin to food webs describing feeding interactions in ecosystems. 

Working group explores the 'frustration' of spin glasses
July 17, 2014 -

Experts invited to a five-day working group at SFI this week will seek a better understanding of spin glasses and how they work.

Help crowdsource the Complexity Explorer
July 14, 2014 -

Complexity Explorer, an online education resource for complexity teachers and learners, is asking for your help. Here’s what you can do.

What is creativity, and how can we understand it?
July 10, 2014 -

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts are holding a working group in Santa Fe this week to examie creativity through the lenses of cognitive science, psychology, education, the arts, neuroscience, and more.

Bill Miller on SFI: 'You come here to understand things in a different way'
- The Wall Street Journal
June 30, 2014 -

A front-page Wall Street Journal article today profiles SFI Chair Emeritus Bill Miller, featuring his longtime relationship with SFI.

Cities, slums, neighborhoods, people: Watch Luis Bettencourt's lecture
June 27, 2014 -

What is a city? In an SFI Community Lecture June 18 in Santa Fe, SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt peered inside the city, down to the data describing its neighborhoods and its people, for answers. Watch his talk.

Mark Newman receives 2014 Lagrange Prize
June 19, 2014 -

SFI External Professor Mark Newman has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Lagrange Prize for research achievements in the sciences of complexity.

Journalists: Apply now for the Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems
June 11, 2014 -

SFI is accepting applications from accomplished journalists for the Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems. The submission deadline is August 1, 2014.

Working paper: Ambiguous words probably make communicating easier
June 3, 2014 -

Ambiguity in language, including words with multiple meanings, actually make communication easier and may be an inevitable consequence of a language’s evolution, according to a new SFI working paper.

How one conversation redirected an oncologist’s approach to cancer
May 30, 2014 -

A conversation between SFI’s Murray Gell-Mann, a physicist, and oncologist David Agus at the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival inspired Agus to change the way he thinks about cancer.

SFI Bulletin is LIVE: Spring 2014 issue asks how life got complex
May 28, 2014 -

Our Spring 2014 issue of the SFI Bulletin, “How Life Got Complex,” asks why, and how, some biological systems on Earth have evolved to be ever-more complex, even intelligent.

SFI's 2013 Annual Report: All about the Santa Fe Institute in one place
May 22, 2014 -

SFI's 2013 Annual Report is more than a comprehensive guide to the Santa Fe Institute. It's also a handy cheat sheet for our first-ever SFI trivia quiz. You could win a prize.

Video: Daniel Dennett asks whether we need free will
May 19, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture Wednesday, May 14, in Santa Fe, philosopher Daniel Dennett asked: if free will is an illusion, should we conclude that we don’t need real free will to be responsible for our actions? Watch the video.

Workshop gives web-based disease tracking a checkup
May 19, 2014 -

A workshop this week at SFI asks how well web-based disease trackers like Google Flu Trends actually work, and seeks ways they can be made to work better.

Nihat Ay to join SFI's resident faculty
May 14, 2014 -

Mathematician Nihat Ay will join SFI’s resident faculty beginning next summer, SFI Chair of Faculty and VP for Science Jennifer Dunne announced today.

THANKS for supporting us during Give Grande New Mexico
May 6, 2014 -

Hooray! With your help, we met — and surpassed — our goal for Give Grande New Mexico yesterday, raising $9,313 that will help hard-working high school students attend C.A.M.P. this summer.

Wanted: SFI's next president
May 4, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking an uncommon leader to guide this world-renowned nonprofit research and education center. If you know a great candidate, pass it on.

Congratulations to our high school prize winners!
April 30, 2014 -

SFI and the Santa Fe Alliance for Science have awarded 13 graduating seniors and one science teacher from Santa Fe with the 2014 Prize for Scientific Excellence. The awardees were honored at the Institute on April 29.

Jerry Sabloff to receive Penn Museum's prestigious Drexel Medal
April 10, 2014 -

The Penn Museum has announced it will award the prestigious Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal to SFI President Jerry Sabloff during a special dinner on April 25 in Philadelphia.

Video: Robin Dunbar on why the Internet won’t get you any more friends
April 3, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture March 12, evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explained why our brains are hard-wired to maintain meaningful relationships with no more than around 150 people -- and this includes Internet relationships. Watch the lecture.

Study: Indigenous societies' 'first contact' typically brings collapse, but rebounds are possible
- Scientific Reports
April 1, 2014 -

An analysis led by SFI's Marcus Hamilton paints a grim picture of the experiences of indigenous societies following contact with Western Europeans, but also offers hope to those seeking to preserve Brazil’s remaining indigenous societies.

Video: Medical, scientific, political and journalistic pitfalls in the study of confusing illnesses
March 28, 2014 -

In an SFI seminar video, SFI journalism fellow Julie Rehmeyer explores society's poor handling of illnesses without clear causal mechanisms or sharply-defined symptoms, including her firsthand experience with chronic fatigue syndrome.

In memoriam: Dr. Zen
March 21, 2014 -

Dr. Zen, the Institute's beloved cat, passed away Friday afternoon, March 21, at the age of 18, following a series of continually worsening health problems.

Paper: Ancient food webs show modern structure after mass extinction
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B
March 20, 2014 -

Analysis of a highly detailed picture of feeding relationships among 700 species from a 48 million year old ecosystem provides the most compelling evidence to date that ancient food webs were organized much like modern food webs.

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