New paper answers causation conundrum

In a new paper, SFI's Jessica Flack offers a practical answer to one of the most significant, and most confused questions in evolutionary biology — can higher levels of organization drive the behavior of lower-level components?

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Global trade entrenches poverty traps

A theorem published this week in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics suggests that greater engagement in the international exchange can actually reinforce productivity-impeding practices that keep countries in poverty.

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A new tool for multilayer networks

Sophisticated network analysis means finding relationships that often aren’t easy to see. A new algorithm from an interdisciplinary team at SFI identifies relationships not only within individual layers, but also across multiple layers.

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What algae can tell us about political strategy

Cells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research published in Nature Scientific Reports, general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.

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Enroll now for the Dynamics and Chaos MOOC with David Feldman

SFI's free online course, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, begins September 4. Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.

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