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.
Video: Watch Sandy Pentland's SFI Community Lecture 'Ties that bind: The goodness of social networks'
During an SFI Community Lecture March 11 in Santa Fe, MIT's Alex Pentland described ways the mathematical analysis of social networks is fertile ground for understanding human behavior. Watch his talk.
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.
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.
Following the model of Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) organized annually at Santa Fe, the India Complex Systems Winter School will be held at IISER Mohali, India.
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.
Paper: Role of institutions' prestige in faculty hiring negatively affects scholarly diversity, innovation
A quantitative investigation of the roles played by academic institutions' prestige in faculty hiring reveals a "closed doctoral ecosystem" that negatively affect a field’s ideas diversity, growth, and inventiveness.