By simulating the physiology and decisions of early way-finders, an international team of archaeologists, geographers, ecologists, and computer scientists has mapped the probable “superhighways” that led to the first peopling of the Australian continent some 50,000-70,000 years ago.
Newly published findings from a 2018 SFI working group show that Pueblo farmers often persevered through droughts, but when social tensions were increasing, even modest droughts could spell the end of an era of development.
Research brief: Can the ‘belief propagation’ algorithm accurately describe complex networked systems?
In a paper published in Science Advances, University of Michigan and Santa Fe Institute researchers report a novel belief propagation algorithm for the solution of probabilistic models on networks containing short loops.
An SFI-authored paper on “Nonlinear Information Bottleneck” is one of four papers to win the 2021 Entropy Best Paper Awards.
Underneath the apparent messiness of forests lurk extraordinary regularities, governed by the biological mechanisms that drive universal forces of growth, death, and competition.
Data extracted from the oldest surviving document recording Korean history shows a strong correlation between extreme weather events and war.
Jessika Trancik on how technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down emissions fast (The Conversation)
A mathematical model, validated on a large dataset of U.S. political surveys, predicts that when two groups form, both want to exclude those in the middle.
During the 2020-2021 fall semester, school districts around the United States navigated their reopening plans with little data on how SARS-CoV-2 spreads among children or how in-person learning would impact transmission in the schools’ communities. A new study in The Journal of School Health joins a growing body of evidence that, with appropriate measures, there are ways for schools to safely reopen.
How we form and change our beliefs is a scientific question with profound social implications. In a new paper, SFI researchers outline "a unifying quantitative framework that enables theoretical and empirical comparisons of different belief dynamic models.”
New research reveals the geometry behind predictable scaling relationships that apply to cities worldwide.
Can life be created in the lab? In the Nature journal Communications Chemistry, SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader and coauthors present a new way to design and build self-assembled chemical systems within the lab that mimic simple natural systems.
Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised difficult questions about the institutions, principles, and practices that underlie our economic systems. We would do well to respond to these questions by taking a more direct look at how well our current economic models respond to the empirical realities we face, write SFI Professor Sam Bowles and External Professor Wendy Carlin in an op-ed for The Financial Express.
For the last 150 years, economic theory has depended on assumptions that consumers and investors think hyper-rationally. It's elegant but not realistic, argues SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur in an essay published recently in Nature Physics Reviews.
Crossing disciplines, collecting new data in unconventional ways, and establishing a common language have long been hallmarks of scientific culture at the Santa Fe Institute. Now these same practices are spurring a "golden age" in social science, to which SFI researchers have made outsized contributions over the past 12 years, according to a perspective piece published February 2 in PNAS.
A new project will analyze around 500,000 congressional speeches from U.S. Senate and House proceedings to create a larger picture of the use of boundary rhetoric over nearly the last century of American political discourse.
Despite strides in family-leave offerings, and men taking a greater role in parenting, women in academia still experience about a 20% drop in productivity after having a child, while their male counterparts generally do not, according to new research by SFI and CU Boulder.