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March 18, 2015, 1:56 p.m.

Study: Polarization in Congress is worsening… and it stifles innovation


A new study confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the U.S. Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy innovation.

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April 2, 2015, 3 p.m.

Video: Watch Susan Murphy's SFI lecture on healing with data

During an April 8 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, statistician Susan Murphy showed how a healthcare decision approach that adapts treatment to each patient over time can improve patient outcomes. Watch the talk here.

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April 14, 2015, 9:45 a.m.

What clues do paleo food webs hold for modern ecosystems?

American Scientist

Modern, historical, and paleontological food webs share a remarkable degree of structural similarity, suggesting we might be able to predict and even influence modern food web responses to perturbations such as species extinctions, according to two SFI scientists in American Scientist.

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April 2, 2015, 2:38 p.m.

Workshop: Rethinking the power grid

With the nation’s power grid under increasing stress by a number of forces, the business of delivering electricity is in need of a rethink, if not an overhaul. A workshop at SFI this week asks what the future grid might look like.

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April 13, 2015, 8:45 a.m.

Schlӓpfer team awarded first prize in Data for Development competition

For an innovative insight into using cellphone data to plan energy infrastructure in the developing world, SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Markus Schlӓpfer and his team have won the $5,000 First Prize and the $2,000 Energy Prize in the 2014-15 'Data for Development' Challenge Senegal.

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March 18, 2015, 1:12 p.m.

Company mortality: Researchers find patterns in the life and death of firms

Royal Society Interface

New research by a team of SFI scientists finds that publicly-traded firms die off at the same rate regardless of their age or economic sector.

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March 20, 2015, 12:55 p.m.

Get your SFI Alumni Community T-shirt today

The SFI alumni team is proud to announce the winning entries for this year’s T-shirt slogan competition.

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March 5, 2015, 11:21 a.m.

Video: Watch Sandy Pentland's SFI Community Lecture 'Ties that bind: The goodness of social networks'

During an SFI Community Lecture March 11 in Santa Fe, MIT's Alex Pentland described ways the mathematical analysis of social networks is fertile ground for understanding human behavior. Watch his talk.

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March 18, 2015, 3:43 p.m.

SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset selected for NSF Early Career award

National Science Foundation

CU Boulder's Aaron Clauset, an SFI external professor and former SFI Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow, has received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development award.

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Jan. 28, 2015, 8:53 a.m.

John Templeton Foundation grants SFI $2.5 million to pursue general theory of complexity

SFI has been awarded a three year, $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support a daring scientific pursuit: developing a general theory of complexity.

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Jan. 23, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

Paper: Geometry's least-packable shapes

Geometry and Topology

In a new paper, SFI Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus takes a small but significant step in understanding mathematical shape-packing while addressing an old conjecture about which shapes pack least well.

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Feb. 24, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course in Santa Fe

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course — Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics — August 25-27 in Santa Fe.

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Feb. 10, 2015, 3:04 p.m.

Paper: Ancient and modern cities aren't so different

Science Advances

Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at SFI and UC Boulder.

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Feb. 23, 2015, 9:23 a.m.

Apply now for SFI’s India Complex Systems Winter School

SFI News

Following the model of Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) organized annually at Santa Fe, the India Complex Systems Winter School will be held at IISER Mohali, India.

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Feb. 11, 2015, 2:49 p.m.

Tracing languages back to their earliest common ancestor through sound shifts

Current Biology

A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.

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Feb. 11, 2015, 4:32 p.m.

New book posits an evolutionary game theory approach to fitness

A new book co-authored by SFI External Professor D. Eric Smith adopts an evolutionary game theory framework in which individual types and interactions are mapped to evolutionary fitness as a game played among agents in the population.

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Feb. 13, 2015, 3:18 p.m.

Paper: Role of institutions' prestige in faculty hiring negatively affects scholarly diversity, innovation

Science Advances

A quantitative investigation of the roles played by academic institutions' prestige in faculty hiring reveals a "closed doctoral ecosystem" that negatively affect a field’s ideas diversity, growth, and inventiveness.

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Feb. 12, 2015, 11:11 a.m.

SFI ranks among the world's top science and technology 'think tanks'

The Santa Fe Institute again has ranked among the world's top science and technology think tanks.

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Jan. 14, 2015, 1:21 p.m.

A family affair: Sharing of food across generations contributes to humans' long life histories

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

New research led by Paul Hooper, a former SFI Omidyar Fellow now at Emory University, explores the evolutionary implications of food sharing across generations in Amazonian forager-farmer societies.

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Jan. 9, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

ASU-SFI agreement establishes new Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

SFI and Arizona State University have launched a major new research and education collaboration that focuses on problems at the intersections of complex biological and social systems.

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Dec. 10, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

David Krakauer selected as SFI's next president

David Krakauer, an evolutionary theorist and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the Santa Fe Institute’s next president. He plans to join SFI on August 1, 2015.

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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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