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The wisdom of (smaller) crowds

APA

New research by SFI Professor Mirta Galesic and colleagues suggests that larger crowds do not always produce wiser decisions. When it comes to qualitative decisions, moderately-sized crowds are likely to outperform larger ones when faced with combinations of easy and difficult tasks.

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Does nature favor cool computations?

Entropy

Imprecise, noisy computations can actually cool a biological system, according to a new analysis by SFI Professor David Wolpert.

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Where, when, and which energy storage systems make sense for utilities offering wind and solar

Nature Climate Change

In a study published in Nature Climate Change, SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik and colleagues assess the market value of storage technology such as batteries, pumped hydroelectric, and compressed air energy storage.

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Register now for SFI's new short course: Exploring Complexity in Health and Medicine

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting registrations for its newest short course, Exploring Complexity in Health and Medicine, October 12-14 in Santa Fe. NEW: CME credits available.

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Register now for SFI's new short course: Exploring Complexity in Innovation and Invention

September 21-23 in Austin, TX, an intensive SFI short course will bring participants to the forefront of innovation research. 

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Jerry Sabloff to receive the American Anthropological Association's 2016 Kidder Award

Jerry Sabloff has been selected by the American Anthropological Association to receive its 2016 Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology.

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What drives biological synchrony?

Researchers are gathered at SFI this week to understand what drives biological "synchrony": rapid, widespread rises and falls in populations.

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Paper: Human niche construction has re-shaped the biosphere

PNAS

Human niche construction has dramatically re-shaped the global biosphere over time, according to newly published research by SFI External Professor Melinda Zeder.

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Marc Feldman recieves Kimura Motoo award in evolutionary biology

SFI Science Board member Marc Feldman has received the Kimura Motoo Award for his contributions to the field of human evolution.

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Aaron Clauset receives Erdos-Renyi Prize for Young Scientists

NetSci

This week, SFI External Professor Aaron Clauset received the 2016 Erdős–Rényi Prize for Young Scientists from the Network Science Society. 

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Crop prevalence adds to evidence of human migration patterns

PNAS

Crop prevalence adds to the evidence that Madagascar and the Comoros Islands were colonized by people from South Asian Islands rather than from Africa, a new paper suggests.

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Lynda Barry on biology and creativity

In an SFI Community Lecture May 31 in Santa Fe, artist and author Lynda Barry explores what makes us want to write, draw, sing, and dance.

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SFI maintains 4-star charity rating

SFI has maintained the highest possible rating under the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator's new rating system.

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Science Board member Simon Levin wins National Medal of Science for his research in ecological complexity

This week the president awarded SFI's Simon Levin the U.S. National Medal of Science—the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in science. 

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Happening now at SFI: Working group seeks new algorithms for an old problem

Deciding whether two symmetries are alike is a longstanding problem in group theory, the mathematical study of symmetry. This week at SFI, a working group meets to tackle the mathematical curiosity with implications across diverse scientific fields.

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Teacher Natalie Martino, 13 seniors recognized for scientific excellence

In an evening ceremony last week at SFI, the Institute recognized teacher Natalie Martino and 13 Santa Fe-area high school seniors for scientific excellence.

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Applying complexity in The City Different

SFI and the City of Santa Fe join a federally funded initiative to find innovative solutions to local urban issues.

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Accounting for politics in green energy transitions

A new computational model by SFI Omidyar Fellow Marion Dumas and colleagues forecasts 50-year carbon emissions under differing political scenarios.

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In first 72 Hours of Science, SFI postdocs test the limits of transdisciplinary science

In a test of the limits of scientific collaboration, 15 postdocs holed up in a home in the New Mexico foothills recently for three days and nights of intense scientific research. Their goal: produce a novel research paper in just 72 ...

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Human psychology and why we can't seem to get our heads around climate change

BioScience

A new article co-authored by a number of SFI-affiliated researchers explores the psychological barriers that drive our distinct lack of “foresight intelligence” regarding climate change and our failure to take mitigating steps.

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SFI to participate in unprecedented evolutionary research project

A collaboration of international researchers, including four SFI scientists, has been awarded $8 million to extend our understanding of evolution.

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