Study: Insights from two reopened schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the 2020-2021 fall semester, school districts around the United States navigated their reopening plans with little data on how SARS-CoV-2 spreads among children or how in-person learning would impact transmission in the schools’ communities. A new study in The Journal of School Health joins a growing body of evidence that, with appropriate measures, there are ways for schools to safely reopen.

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Complexity economics hits its stride

For the last 150 years, economic theory has depended on assumptions that consumers and investors think hyper-rationally. It's elegant but not realistic, argues SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur in an essay published recently in Nature Physics Reviews.

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SFI shines in 'golden age' of social science

Crossing disciplines, collecting new data in unconventional ways, and establishing a common language have long been hallmarks of scientific culture at the Santa Fe Institute. Now these same practices are spurring a "golden age" in social science, to which SFI researchers have made outsized contributions over the past 12 years, according to a perspective piece published February 2 in PNAS.

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Research brief: Permutation entropy

Experimentalists are often tempted to sample their study systems as densely as possible. A new paper by SFI collaborators helps practitioners avoid over-sampling systems where local mixing or diffusion can occur.

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