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LawOS: Regulations as society’s operating system
Nov. 9, 2016 -

A new research program at SFI looks at laws as operating systems for human societies.

Apply now for SFI's 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship program
Nov. 1, 2016 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship program. Apply by January 4, 2017.

Apply now for SFI's 2017 Complex Systems Summer School
Nov. 1, 2016 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs: the 2017 Complex Systems Summer School, June 11-July 7, 2017, in Santa Fe. Apply by January 23, 2017.

Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science
Nov. 1, 2016 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for the 2017 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science. Apply by February 14.

Video: Jordan Ellenberg on the power of uncertainty and contradiction
Oct. 19, 2016 -

During an October 18 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg explored how math can help us think about the seemingly uncertain matters that dominate our lives. Watch his talk here.

Study: Medieval cities not so different from modern European cities
- PLOS One
Oct. 19, 2016 -

Modern European cities and medieval cities share a population-density-to-area relationship, a new paper concludes – the latest research to find regularities in human settlement patterns across space and time.

Intro to Complexity MOOC: 27,000 served and counting
Oct. 10, 2016 -

Class Central, a site that collects information and reviews on thousands of online courses from around the world, recently ranked SFI’s “Introduction to Complexity” online course highest among 614 other online science courses.

Study: When a group must solve hard problems, it's best to design the team around its learning style
- Nature Communications
Oct. 7, 2016 -

What is the best way for a group to collaborate on solving a difficult problem? A new study finds that the answer depends on how that particular group learns. 

Do 'green' vehicles cost more? Not in the long run, study finds
Sept. 29, 2016 -

A new study led by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik finds that low-emission cars aren't more expensive over their life cycles than conventional internal combustion vehicles, contrary to widespread belief. 

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's 2016 Ulam Lectures: Birth, collapse, and rebirth at The Information Edge
Sept. 29, 2016 -

In two lectures, Seth Lloyd explores what happens when one system gains an advantage in collecting and processing information – an advantage he believes underlies all creation and destruction in our universe. Watch his lectures here.

Presidential debate science: In a race to the center, candidates split on pronouns
Sept. 27, 2016 -

They and We. I am and We are. According to an analysis of the September 26 presidential debate by SFI's Simon DeDeo, the strongest distinction between Clinton and Trump was not what, but who.

Ecologists gather the pieces of a first-principles-derived ecological theory
Sept. 21, 2016 -

A team of ecologists met at SFI recently to begin synthesizing an efficient theory that aims toward a more unified understanding of ecology.

What kind of human-AI hybrid do we wish to become?
- Nautilus
Sept. 7, 2016 -

In Nautilus, SFI President David Krakauer takes a critical look at artificial intelligence in light of humanity's long tradition of using tools to augment cognition -- and our more recent, perhaps darker tendency to let them do the thinking for us.

Watch the video of Rosalind Picard's SFI Community Lecture
Sept. 2, 2016 -

During an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Rosalind Picard reveals some of the surprises she has discovered at the intersection of human emotion and wearable tech. Watch her talk here.

Prediction: How good can we get?
Aug. 31, 2016 -

Scientists are getting better at prediction, but there’s good reason to believe we will eventually bump up against some fundamental limits. A recent workshop at SFI asked where those limits might be.

Study: Religious acts are perceived as conveying prosocial intent
Aug. 24, 2016 -

Whether it’s walking across hot coals or simply going to church on Sunday, people who participate in regular religious acts send a clear signal to others that they’re ready and willing to contribute to their communities, a new study suggests.

Powerful new metric quickly reveals network structure at multiple scales
- Scientific Reports
Aug. 18, 2016 -

Today, three researchers introduce a new method that reveals interesting and sometime surprising structures in networks, from power grids to the internet, at the micro, macro, and in-between scales.

Happening now at SFI: The neurobiology of recognizing faces in a crowd
Aug. 16, 2016 -

How do we recognize a face in a crowd? Experts are at SFI this month to explore how our brains process relevant information in a sea of noise.

Electric vehicles could meet most driving needs across diverse US cities
- Nature Energy
Aug. 15, 2016 -

Most US drivers could perform their daily personal vehicle trips with an electric vehicle, according to a new model by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik and colleagues.

Apply now for the Omidyar Fellowship
Aug. 9, 2016 -

The Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship program is looking for creative thinkers to spend two to three years at the Santa Fe Institute. Apply here before October 30.

Networks, AI, and psychology for social change
Aug. 4, 2016 -

Drawing from network science, decision-making tools with artificial intelligence, and social influence theories, experts gathered at SFI recently to explore new ways to spark large-scale social change.

How microbiomes respond to disturbance
Aug. 2, 2016 -

To prepare for climate change, urbanization, or antibiotic resistance, we need to know how the microbial world we are immersed in will respond to stress. A recent SFI meeting sought progress.

Study: Replacing ill workers with healthy ones accelerates some epidemics
- Nature Physics
Aug. 1, 2016 -

A new network model shows that replacing infected front-line workers with healthy ones can actually accelerate the spread of certain infections.

Adaptive computation: The multidisciplinary legacy of John Holland
- Communications of the ACM
July 28, 2016 -

Stephanie Forrest and Melanie Mitchell recount the legacy of John Holland, a complexity science pioneer who passed away in August 2015.

Audio: SFI's Krakauer on information, order, computation, & intelligence
July 19, 2016 -

On the popular podcast "Waking Up with Sam Harris," SFI President David Krakauer weighs in on whether your brain is an information processor. It is, he says, because it converts disorder to order.

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