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Aug. 12, 2014, 2:51 p.m.

Geometry, programmed death might have enabled evolution of multicellularity

PLOS Computational Biology

Geometry and programmed cell death may have helped along the evolution of multicellular life, according to new research led by SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby.

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Sept. 16, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

Cosmologists respond to the biggest question of all: 'What is the universe?'

Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine asks "What is the universe?" and turns to top cosmologists -- including SFI External Professor and Science Board member Seth Lloyd -- for answers. 

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Sept. 16, 2014, 1:47 p.m.

Sam Shepard on American culture, the stage and screen, and writing at SFI

The Guardian (U.K.)

A conversation with writer, actor, director and past SFI Miller Scholar Sam Shepard covers America’s cultural decline, the recent deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams -- and spending time at SFI.

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Sept. 16, 2014, 10:53 a.m.

SFI's Marcus Hamilton at SITE Santa Fe Tuesday night: Humans and unsettled landscapes

On Tuesday evening, September 23, at SITE Santa Fe, SFI's Marcus Hamilton will explore the changing nature of landscapes and the deep history of human landscape modification from prehistory to the present.

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Sept. 2, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

SFI's Christa Brelsford wins gold at world paraclimbing championship

Rock climber and SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Christa Brelsford has won gold in the Paraclimbing World Championship in Gijon, Spain.

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Sept. 9, 2014, 3:33 p.m.

Board for $1 million Longevity Prize includes three SFI trustees

Three of the Institute's trustees are on the board of a new incentive prize that rewards compelling research to understand aging.

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Sept. 5, 2014, 2:05 p.m.

Paper: How computer programming languages evolve

An SFI working paper by External Professor Ricard Solé and collaborator Sergi Valverde proposes a model for tracing the evolution of computer programming languages.

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Sept. 9, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

Mergers and acquisitions lead to 'business ecosystem' imbalances

Proceedings of the Royal Society A

Business mergers and acquisitions bring about significant imbalances in the functioning of economic systems, according to a new analysis of economic data that draws approaches from evolutionary biology and complexity.

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Aug. 28, 2014, 11:32 a.m.

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

A new analysis of depictions of large mammals in Egyptian artifacts record suggests that species extinctions have made the Nile Valley ecosystem progressively less stable over the last 6,000 years.

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

Ceremony to honor Murray Gell-Mann with prestigious Helmholtz Medal

Murray Gell-Mann will receive the prestigious Helmholtz Medal during a special ceremony on Thursday, September 25, at the Santa Fe Institute.

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Sept. 3, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

McKinnon family's $2.5 million gift to help expand SFI education programs

The McKinnon family has made a generous gift of $2.5 million to support the Santa Fe Institute’s education programs.

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Sept. 2, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

Mathematics of ride sharing: If New Yorkers shared a cab

The New York Times

SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt comments on a recent study that examines the possible benefits of New York taxi passengers sharing rides along common routes.

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Sept. 5, 2014, 3:35 p.m.

Mass urbanization could lead to unprecedented human creativity...if we do it right

An editorial by SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt describes potential promises, and perils, of global urbanization. 

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Aug. 21, 2014, 2 p.m.

Weighing the pros and cons of fracking for oil and gas

Physics Today

SFI External Professor John Rundle and co-authors review the practice of fracking -- injecting large volumes of low-viscosity water into shales to extract oil and gas -- and consider the pros and cons.

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Aug. 21, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

SFI's Mercedes Pascual receives MacArthur Award in ecology

SFI External Professor and Science Board member Mercedes Pascual has been awarded the Ecological Society of America's prestigious Robert H. MacArthur Award.

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July 18, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math'

In an August 6 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz showed how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works. Watch the video.

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July 8, 2014, 10:18 a.m.

SFI's Project GUTS goes nationwide this school year

Beginning this school year, is bringing SFI's afterschool program Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to the nation's middle school science classrooms.

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July 18, 2014, 2:11 p.m.

Dynamics and chaos online course wraps up, with 900 students completing it

More than 900 students recently completed an an eight-week massive open online course taught by College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, part of SFI’s Complexity Explorer MOOC series.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

What influenced prevalence of violence in ancient societies?

American Antiquity

In a recent paper, SFI External Professor Tim Kohler and co-authors find differences in prevalence of violence among the northern Rio Grande and central Mesa Verde areas between A.D. 600 and the arrival of the Spanish in 1540.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 2:26 p.m.

Study: Social dynamics beats penicillin in stopping syphilis outbreaks

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Two SFI researchers examined the on-again-off-again cycles of syphilis infection since the early 1960s and conclude that the dynamics of social networks, not cycles of immunity, most likely account for some of the disease's fluctuation.

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Aug. 5, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Video: What's the number one thing we could do to improve city life?

The Atlantic Cities

SFI's Luis Bettencourt and Geoffrey West are among the experts who weigh in on the question "What's the number one thing we could do to improve city life?"

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May 28, 2014, 2:08 p.m.

Video: New documentary celebrates 50 years of BASIC

SFI External Professor Dan Rockmore is co-creator of a new documentary retelling the advent of the BASIC programming language 50 years ago at Dartmouth College.

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July 7, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox'

In a July 16 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, MITs Seth Lloyd proffered a mode of time travel that is both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible. Watch his talk.

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July 20, 2014, 8:07 p.m.

How pond scum might offer clues to life’s puzzles

Santa Fe New Mexican

SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby ponders how the study of organisms that straddle single- and multi-cellularity can challenge our basic assumptions about organisms and evolution.

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June 25, 2014, 2:39 p.m.

Newman, Perelson among the most influential scientists

Thomson Reuters

Mark Newman and Alan Perelson are among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014, an annual recognition of researchers who have written the most highly cited papers in 21 prominent scientific fields over the last decade.

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July 18, 2014, 2:52 p.m.

Paper sheds new light on how hosts and parasites co-evolve


In PNAS, researchers examine co-evolution patterns among a bacterium and a panel of viruses, shedding new light on the dynamics of co-evolution among simple host-parasite communities.

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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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