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April 24, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

When theft was worse than murder: Simon DeDeo on the quantitative analysis of human history


SFI's Simon DeDeo explores the quantitative analysis of historical data as an emerging way to study human history, describing his study of 150 years of court transcripts from London's Old Bailey. ... More

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April 23, 2014, 1:31 p.m.

Thirteen local high school seniors, one teacher selected for scientific excellence awards

SFI and the Santa Fe Alliance for Science have selected 13 graduating seniors and one science teacher from Santa Fe to receive the 2014 Prize for Scientific Excellence. The awardees will be honored at the Institute on April 29. ... More

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April 23, 2014, 10:20 a.m.

Is genetic instability the key to beating cancer?


Cancerous tumors may be poised at the edge of their own destruction, an insight that could help researchers find new, more effective treatments, suggest SFI External Professor Ricard Solé and colleagues in a recent paper. ... More

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April 10, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

How a small group of Santa Fe researchers changed economic thinking

SFI External Professor Brian Arthur reviews the history of what has come to be known as "Complexity Economics" and its contribution to the contemporary practice of economics. ... More

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April 1, 2014, 3:49 p.m.

Do physicists think they're smarter than economists?

In his Physics of Finance blog, Mark Buchanan responds to those who suggest that physicists are attracted to problems in economics because they think they are smarter than economists. ... More

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March 25, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Jerry Sabloff to receive Penn Museum's prestigious Drexel Medal

The Penn Museum has announced it will award the prestigious Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal to SFI President Jerry Sabloff during a special dinner on April 25 in Philadelphia. ... More

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Jan. 23, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

Wanted: SFI's next president

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking an uncommon leader to guide this world-renowned nonprofit research and education center. If you know a great candidate, pass it on. ... More

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March 4, 2014, 2:17 p.m.

Video: Robin Dunbar on why the Internet won’t get you any more friends

In an SFI Community Lecture March 12, evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explained why our brains are hard-wired to maintain meaningful relationships with no more than around 150 people -- and this includes Internet relationships. Watch the lecture. ... More

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April 1, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

SFI's Dan Dennett exchanges views with Richard Swinburne on how academics should approach religion

Prospect magazine

In Prospect magazine's World Thinkers 2014 series, philosopher and SFI External Professor Dan Dennett exchanges perspectives with philosopher Richard Swinburne on how academics should approach the study of religion. ... More

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April 1, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

Peter Littlewood selected to head Argonne National Laboratory

SFI Science Board member Peter Littlewood has been selected as the next director of Argonne National Laboratory. ... More

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March 21, 2014, 11:35 a.m.

Study: Indigenous societies' 'first contact' typically brings collapse, but rebounds are possible

Scientific Reports

An analysis led by SFI's Marcus Hamilton paints a grim picture of the experiences of indigenous societies following contact with Western Europeans, but also offers hope to those seeking to preserve Brazil’s remaining indigenous societies. ... More

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March 28, 2014, 10:41 a.m.

Video: Medical, scientific, political and journalistic pitfalls in the study of confusing illnesses

In an SFI seminar video, SFI journalism fellow Julie Rehmeyer explores society's poor handling of illnesses without clear causal mechanisms or sharply-defined symptoms, including her firsthand experience with chronic fatigue syndrome. ... More

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March 26, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

Paper: Aggressive greed's altruistic side

Nature Communications

Bullies inevitably frustrate other members of a community, but they might be key to the group's success in conflicts with other groups, according to a new study that sheds light on the evolutionary roots of cooperation. ... More

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March 26, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

Simon Levin awarded Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Princeton's Simon Levin, a member of SFI's Science Board, has been awarded the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for bridging ecological research and environmental policy, economics, and social science. ... More

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March 20, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

Commentary: Bolster the renewable energy development boom


Low-carbon technologies are getting more affordable each year, in part thanks to government support for technology development, but continued public-policy support is needed to maintain the momentum, writes SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik. ... More

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March 18, 2014, 3:38 p.m.

Paper: Ancient food webs show modern structure after mass extinction

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Analysis of a highly detailed picture of feeding relationships among 700 species from a 48 million year old ecosystem provides the most compelling evidence to date that ancient food webs were organized much like modern food webs. ... More

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