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Oct. 31, 2014, noon

Quantifying predictability: Which predictive method best suits a given system?

Physical Review E

In a new paper for Physical Review E, SFI External Professor Liz Bradley and colleagues quantify predictability, with a strategy for determining which predictive method best suits a given system.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:03 a.m.

International workshop at SFI this week discusses data for the developing world

Experts are meeting at SFI this week to discuss ways to gather and use information about cities and their role in human development in a rapidly urbanizing world.

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Nov. 18, 2014, 10:26 a.m.

High school students: Apply now for the Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP)

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking current high school students for its Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP), July 12 - 24, 2015 in Groton, Massachusetts. Space is limited; apply now.

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Nov. 11, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply by February 14, 2015.

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Nov. 11, 2014, 10:02 a.m.

Workshop at SFI this week takes stock of niche construction research

Two-dozen researchers from varied fields have convened at SFI this week to assess the current state and future directions of burgeoning research in niche construction: the modification of environments by organisms living in them.

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Nov. 10, 2014, 1:32 p.m.

How multicellular life persisted


SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby and co-author William Ratcliff explore how early multicellular life might have persisted amidst the evolutionary tug-of-war between single-celled and multi-celled living arrangements.

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Nov. 7, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

Needed: An evolutionary, ecosystem view of economies

New Scientist

To understand market crashes and bubbles, SFI's Geoffrey West and three co-authors advocate a revised view that treats an economy like biologists might think about an ecosystem rife with evolutionary dynamics.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

Why people fear Ebola

The Boston Globe

In the age of social media, fear of a virus can spread much faster than the virus itself, according to SFI External Professor Joshua Epstein.

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Oct. 30, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Can satellites and remote sensing help protect indigenous people?

Royal Society Open Science

Researchers are using remote-sensing and satellite technology to understand the movements of indigenous tribes in the Amazon. Their work could influence policies intended to protect the habitats of "uncontacted" people.

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Oct. 10, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Video - Watch Sid Redner's SFI Community Lecture: 'I get all the news I need from the sports section'

In the video from an October 15 SFI Community Lecture, SFI's Sid Redner draws on sports statistics to bust a few common myths about scoring streaks, "hot hands," and infamous team curses.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 2:37 p.m.

To fight Ebola, we need better mobility data for West Africa


In a letter to the journal Science, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino and co-authors stress the importance of understanding mobility patterns to dynamically model the spread of Ebola.

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Oct. 31, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Measuring the order and disorder of matter

Nature Materials

An editorial in Nature Materials highlights work by SFI External Professor James Crutchfield and his colleague for their information-theoretic measure of material structure.

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Nov. 4, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School

SFI is now accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs -- the 2015 Complex Systems Summer School, June 7-July 3, 2015, in Santa Fe. Apply by January 13, 2015.

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Nov. 3, 2014, 1:39 p.m.

The new SFI Bulletin is live! SFI@30: Foundations & Frontiers

In this issue of the SFI Bulletin, seven essayists trace some of the scientific themes that have endured at SFI across the decades. Read the Fall 2014 issue here.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

New textbook treats economics 'as if the last three decades had happened'

A new (and different) economics textbook seeks to transform the way people teach and learn economics. SFI Professor Sam Bowles is a contributor.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

How many states will legalize marijuana and how soon?

Pacific Standard

SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset co-authors an article on how mathematical models might forecast the spread of state and national social policies, such as those legalizing marijuana.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Social seismic waves: Studying how people respond in a catastrophe … Twitter style

Nature Scientific Reports

SFI postdoc Christa Brelsford and co-author Xin Lu analyze online activity before and after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, finding that certain communities form, expand, and become more connected following an extreme event.

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Oct. 24, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

When cash incentives backfire: Sam Bowles on 'perverse incentives'

The Guardian (UK)

SFI's Sam Bowles explains why some incentives go wrong in an article in The Guardian that examines at the record of various cash incentive schemes, including a proposed program that would pay British doctors to diagnose dementia patients.

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Oct. 21, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Networks of war and peace...and trade

MIT Technology Review

A recent article in MIT Technology Review highlights SFI External Professor Matthew Jackson’s model of world military and trade networks since 1820, a game-theoretical study of international alliances.

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Oct. 28, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

NEW! Connect, commune, & collaborate with fellow SFI alumni now

For the first time, alumni of SFI’s schools and education programs have an online forum for connecting with fellow alumni and maintaining their involvement with the Institute's community.

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Oct. 27, 2014, 8:55 a.m.

Science for a Complex World: Andreas Wagner on how life evolves so rapidly

Santa Fe New Mexican

SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner addresses a question that has confounded theoretical biologists: how do evolutionary innovations arise in the first place?

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Oct. 22, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

How big data can help stop global epidemics

At HomeAway headquarters in Austin, Texas, on October 22, SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers discussed pandemics, the current threats of ebola and influenza, and how big data and modern computing are helping fight contagion.

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Sept. 30, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

New book: W. Brian Arthur on complexity and the economy

A new book authored by SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur describes complexity economics, from the field’s serendipitous origins in a 1987 conference at SFI through its rising post economic-crisis significance.

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Aug. 19, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

SFI's 2014 Ulam Lectures: Jerry Sabloff on archaeology's lessons for the future

In a two-part lecture series in Santa Fe, SFI President Jerry Sabloff showed how lessons today's archaeologists are learning about the past offer insights that could shape present and future human societies. Watch his talks.

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Sept. 8, 2014, 10:41 a.m.

A safer world through disease mathematics

Santa Fe New Mexican

In the Santa Fe New Mexican's "Science in a Complex World" series, SFI Omidyar Fellow Ben Althouse describes how mathematics is helping us understand the complex problem of how diseases spread.

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