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Oct. 24, 2014, 1:33 p.m.

Study reveals when humans bred with Neanderthals


A paper co-authored by SFI Professor Michael Lachmann decodes the genome of a ~45,000-year-old human from Siberia. 

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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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Oct. 14, 2014, 9:48 a.m.

Eric Klopfer to host ed tech and game design MOOC

USA Today

SFI's Eric Klopfer is hosting a new series of free online courses on game design and educational technology.

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Sept. 16, 2014, 3:54 p.m.

To understand ecosystem responses to climate change, try a continuous spectrum of life


Instead of classifying plants, animals, and bacteria as separate species, SFI External Professor Brian Enquist and co-authors argue for a new approach to representing life.

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Oct. 10, 2014, 1:28 p.m.

What ant interactions can tell us about brains, data networks, and cancer

Santa Fe New Mexican

The humble ant gets a closer look in the Santa Fe New Mexican, which highlights SFI Science Board Deborah Gordon’s research on ant interactions as complex systems.

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Sept. 19, 2014, 11:41 a.m.

Lessons on investing from freestyle chess

Value Walk

Michael Mauboussin, Credit Suisse's managing director and chairman of SFI’s Board of Trustees, believes chess with combined human-computer teams holds important strategic lessons for investors.

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Oct. 16, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

Does Ebola immunize large numbers of asymptomatic people?

The Lancet

Ebola could be silently immunizing large numbers of people who never fall ill or infect others, according to a letter co-authored by SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers and published this week in The Lancet.

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Oct. 10, 2014, 2:23 p.m.

A new approach to biodiversity resurrects old questions


SFI External Professor Brian Enquist is taking a new tack on a classical ecological question, and finding that old theories fall short in answering them.

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Sept. 22, 2014, 1:19 p.m.

Why after school is a great time for kids to learn computer science

Computer Science Teachers Association

In a blog post for the Computer Science Teachers Association, Irene Lee, Director of SFI’s Learning Lab, advocates for afterschool programs as great venues for K-12 students to learn computer science.

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Oct. 13, 2014, 10:17 a.m.

Workshop seeks origins of innovation

A workshop at SFI this week asks some of the top experts in fields ranging from archaeology and search theory to ecology and technology to examine what commonalities underlie innovation in technological, social, and biological systems.

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Oct. 10, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

SFI: 'Intellectual Santa Fe's brain'

New Mexico Magazine

In New Mexico Magazine, Mary-Charlotte Domandi, host of the Santa Fe Radio Café, extolls Santa Fe as an “intellectual mecca,” with SFI as its brain.

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Oct. 3, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

Now posted: Papers from SFI's 2014 Complex Systems Summer School

Proceedings from the 2014 Complex Systems Summer School are now posted, complete with a network map of the students’ collaborations. 

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Oct. 7, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

How data mining might help treat diseases

The New York Times cites External Professor Stefan Thurner’s research on networks in health data as an example of an emerging approach to medical treatment.

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Oct. 7, 2014, 10:10 a.m.

Audio: How dangerous is ebola, really, and will it spread to the U.S.

Huffington Post

SFI External Professor and Science Board Member Lauren Ancel Meyers breaks down the ebola outbreak, weighing its relative dangers and likelihood of runaway spread in the United States.

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Sept. 19, 2014, 3:28 p.m.

SFI External Professor Marc Lipsitch is a 'critical voice on biosafety'

Harvard School of Public Health

SFI External Professor Marc Lipsitch has become a “critical voice on biosafety” over the last few months as he calls for greater scrutiny of experiments involving dangerous flu strains.

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Oct. 3, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

New book: Andreas Wagner's 'Arrival of the Fittest' asks how life innovates so rapidly

Natural selection isn’t nearly enough to explain how life created so many innovations so fast. Fortunately for us, writes SFI's Andreas Wagner in a new book, Nature had something else up her sleeve: robustness.

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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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Oct. 1, 2014, 9:52 a.m.

Pace yourself: Take an online complexity course at your speed

SFI External Professor Melanie Mitchell tells readers of the Computing Community Consortium blog "Catalyst" about SFI's new online course offerings.

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Sept. 30, 2014, 10:02 a.m.

Working group tackles public health and health inequality

Public health and health inequality are embedded in complex systems, and public health officials stand to gain from a complex systems approach, according to organizers of a working group being held this week at SFI.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 11:32 a.m.

Video: Watch Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's talk on urban renewal in Santa Fe

In a September 3 talk in Santa Fe, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh described his project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas. SFI's Geoffrey West joined him on stage for a discussion of the science of urban development. Watch the video.

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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. 22, 2014, 3:40 p.m.

Start today: Learn about complexity from a leading SFI scholar

Starting Monday, September 29, SFI’s Complexity Explorer began offering three free online courses taught by leading scholars in complexity science. Sign up now. You can enroll any time.

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Sept. 5, 2014, 10:44 a.m.

Ceremony honors Murray Gell-Mann with Germany's prestigious Helmholtz Medal

In a moving ceremony Thursday evening in Santa Fe, Murray Gell-Mann received Germany's prestigious Helmholtz Medal for his achievements in physics and the sciences.

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Sept. 25, 2014, 9:12 a.m.

The Gell-Mann Fund: Help commemorate Murray Gell-Mann's contributions to science

The Santa Fe Institute invites you to commemorate Murray Gell-Mann's contributions to science, and to help build his legacy at SFI, by making a gift of any size to the Murray Gell-Mann Fund.

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Sept. 26, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

Five journalists selected for SFI's Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems Science

Five journalists have been selected the Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems Science. 

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Sept. 24, 2014, 1:04 p.m.

Three online courses start Monday

SFI's Complexity Explorer project will offer three free online courses starting on Monday September 29.

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Sept. 26, 2014, 2:36 p.m.

How rival cultural evolution camps found common ground at SFI

An unusual meeting at SFI in May took a major step toward bridging the differences among scientists studying cultural evolution, says its organizer, SFI External Professor Daniel Dennett. Read the participants' summaries.

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July 8, 2014, 9:35 a.m.

What is creativity, and how can we understand it?

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a meeting in July to examine creativity through the lenses of the arts, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, education, and more. Read the five takeaways.

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Sept. 19, 2014, 12:58 p.m.

Paper: Modern forests shaped by meteorite that led to dinosaur extinction


In PLOS, SFI External Professor Brian Enquist and colleagues suggest that the meteorite that spelled extinction for the dinosaurs could be responsible for modern forest landscapes favoring deciduous trees over evergreens.

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Sept. 22, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

How to learn the number of species in a large area without counting

Quanta, WIRED

John Harte, an ecologist and SFI External Professor, is featured in Quanta Magazine for his novel approach to quantifying species in complex ecosystems.

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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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July 8, 2014, 3:16 p.m.

'Hanging out at the Santa Fe Institute is like being at a brain spa'

A feature describes the Institute, its research, and its people in the context of a recent meeting in which the world's experts gathered to explore the connections among climate, sustainability, and human activity.

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June 30, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

Bill Miller on SFI: 'You come here to understand things in a different way'

The Wall Street Journal

A front-page Wall Street Journal article today profiles SFI Chair Emeritus Bill Miller, featuring his longtime relationship with SFI.

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