In a new study, a team of researchers used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.
In an interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI External Professor Stephanie Forrest explores how computer software and hardware systems might benefit from a studied imitation of living systems.
SFI's 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Here are some of the surprising tidbits you will find between its covers...
Starting November 2014, SFI joined a program to host eight mentor-protégé pairs meet at the Institute’s Cowan Campus to pursue independent research projects.
SFI congratulates External Professor Matthew Jackson on his election this week to the National Academy of Sciences.
In Financial Sense, Wall Street commentator John Mauldin examines the shortfalls of traditional economic theory and the promise of a complex systems perspective.
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.
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.
A new study confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the U.S. Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy innovation.
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.
Modern, historical, and paleontological food webs share a remarkable degree of structural similarity, suggesting we might be able to predict and even influence modern food web responses to perturbations such as species extinctions, according to two SFI scientists in American Scientist.
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.
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.