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SFI Community Lecture August 30: Human emotion and wearable tech
Aug. 24, 2016 -

During an SFI Community Lecture on Tuesday evening, August 30, in Santa Fe, Rosalind Picard reveals some surprises she has discovered at the intersection of human emotion and wearable tech.

Study: Religious acts are perceived as conveying prosocial intent
Aug. 24, 2016 -

Whether it’s walking across hot coals or simply going to church on Sunday, people who participate in regular religious acts send a clear signal to others that they’re ready and willing to contribute to their communities, a new study suggests.

Prediction: How good can we get?
Aug. 22, 2016 -

Scientists are getting better at prediction, but there’s good reason to believe we will eventually bump up against some fundamental limits. A workshop at SFI asks where those limits might be.

Happening now at SFI: The neurobiology of recognizing faces in a crowd
Aug. 16, 2016 -

How do we recognize a face in a crowd? Experts are at SFI this month to explore how our brains process relevant information in a sea of noise.

Electric vehicles could meet most driving needs across diverse US cities
- Nature Energy
Aug. 15, 2016 -

Most US drivers could perform their daily personal vehicle trips with an electric vehicle, according to a new model by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik and colleagues.

Apply now for the Omidyar Fellowship
Aug. 9, 2016 -

The Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship program is looking for creative thinkers to spend two to three years at the Santa Fe Institute. Apply by October 30. Apply now.

Superhuman: What are the limits to human performance?
July 18, 2016 -

A unique meeting at SFI in July brought together experts from fields as diverse as physics, neuroscience, sports, and dance to ask whether there are limits to human performance.

Enroll now for the Dynamics and Chaos MOOC with David Feldman
July 6, 2016 -

SFI's free online course, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, begins July 5. Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.

Jim Hartle elected to the American Philosophical Society
June 29, 2016 -

SFI External Professor Jim Hartle has been named a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Register now for SFI's new short course: Exploring Complexity in Health and Medicine
June 13, 2016 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting registrations for its newest short course, Exploring Complexity in Health and Medicine, October 12-14 in Santa Fe. NEW: CME credits available.

Jerry Sabloff to receive the American Anthropological Association's 2016 Kidder Award
June 10, 2016 -

Jerry Sabloff has been selected by the American Anthropological Association to receive its 2016 Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology.

Crop prevalence adds to evidence of human migration patterns
- PNAS
June 2, 2016 -

Crop prevalence adds to the evidence that Madagascar and the Comoros Islands were colonized by people from South Asian Islands rather than from Africa, a new paper suggests.

Lynda Barry on biology and creativity
June 1, 2016 -

In an SFI Community Lecture May 31 in Santa Fe, artist and author Lynda Barry explores what makes us want to write, draw, sing, and dance.

SFI maintains 4-star charity rating
June 1, 2016 -

SFI has maintained the highest possible rating under the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator's new rating system.

Science Board member Simon Levin wins National Medal of Science for his research in ecological complexity
May 20, 2016 -

This week the president awarded SFI's Simon Levin the U.S. National Medal of Science—the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in science. 

Teacher Natalie Martino, 13 seniors recognized for scientific excellence
May 9, 2016 -

In an evening ceremony last week at SFI, the Institute recognized teacher Natalie Martino and 13 Santa Fe-area high school seniors for scientific excellence.

Video: Carlos Castillo-Chavez on deadly lessons from emerging diseases
May 6, 2016 -

On April 12, Carlos Castillo-Chavez unraveled the complex factors that fuel the spread of deadly diseases, and how we can use our knowledge of them to prevent future outbreaks. Watch the video here.

In first 72 Hours of Science, SFI postdocs test the limits of transdisciplinary science
April 20, 2016 -

In a test of the limits of scientific collaboration, 15 postdocs holed up in a home in the New Mexico foothills recently for three days and nights of intense scientific research. Their goal: produce a novel research paper in just 72 hours.

Systemic risk tax could diminish cascading failures in interbank lending
- Quantitative Finance
April 13, 2016 -

 In Quantitative Finance, SFI External Professor Stefan Thurner and colleagues suggest that a tax on interbank loans scaled to the risk each transaction adds to the system would more effectively limit financial systemic risk than proposed "one size fits all" risk taxes.

What can we learn from the farming insects?
April 11, 2016 -

Humans aren't the only species that farms; leafcutter ants, termites, and some beetles grow their own food. A working group met recently at SFI to explore the evolution of agriculture in insects and humans.

SFI to participate in unprecedented evolutionary research project
April 8, 2016 -

A collaboration of international researchers, including four SFI scientists, has been awarded $8 million to extend our understanding of evolution.

Bacteria must make evolutionary size vs. function tradeoffs
April 5, 2016 -

Upper and lower bounds on the sizes of bacteria and the physiological tradeoffs that constrain these size limits are explored in a new paper co-authored by SFI Omidyar Fellow Chris Kempes.

In memoriam: Harold Morowitz
March 30, 2016 -

Harold Morowitz, a leading figure in shaping the scientific and popular understanding of the chemical origins of life on Earth, passed away March 22 in Fairfax, Va.

Hybrid vaccination protocol could cut whooping cough cases by 95 percent
- JAMA Pediatrics
March 29, 2016 -

Whooping cough is on the rise in the US, and the adoption of a new vaccine in the 1990s is part of the explanation. Two former SFI Omidyar Fellows propose a hybrid vaccination protocol they say could slash cases by 95 percent.

Islands as microcosms for understanding interplay of ecological, environmental, and social systems
- GigaScience
March 25, 2016 -

In a recent paper, SFI Professor Jennifer Dunne and colleagues present their Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars concept, which models changes to an island's socioecosystem dynamics.

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