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.
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.
CU Boulder's Aaron Clauset, an SFI external professor and former SFI Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow, has received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development award.
SFI has been awarded a three year, $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support a daring scientific pursuit: developing a general theory of complexity.
In a working group, SFI Omidyar Fellow Josh Grochow and colleagues tried to improve on what mathematicians and computer scientists already know about the subject and, in the process, move toward a deeper understanding of complexity science itself.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a three-year, $144,054 grant to SFI’s Learning Lab Director Irene Lee and New Mexico State University to collaboratively establish a computer science education program in New Mexico called YOGUTC: Young women Growing Up Thinking Computationally.
Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course — Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics — August 25-27 in Santa Fe.
Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at SFI and UC Boulder.
A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.
A new book co-authored by SFI External Professor D. Eric Smith adopts an evolutionary game theory framework in which individual types and interactions are mapped to evolutionary fitness as a game played among agents in the population.