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Superhuman: What are the limits to human performance?
July 18, 2016 -

A unique meeting at SFI in July brought together experts from fields as diverse as physics, neuroscience, sports, and dance to ask whether there are limits to human performance.

Paper: Group-navigating species may be vulnerable to collapse
- Movement Ecology
July 15, 2016 -

New research by SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl and collaborators reveals that populations relying on group navigation, such as migrating birds and salmon, could be vulnerable to sudden collapse.

Don't abandon national referendums, but smaller groups often make wiser choices
July 15, 2016 -

New research suggests that larger crowds do not always produce wiser decisions. Moderately-sized crowds are likely to outperform larger ones when faced with combinations of easy and difficult qualitative decisions.

How to detect hackers who know we’re on to them
- Journal of Network and Computer Applications
July 15, 2016 -

In a recent paper in the Journal of Network and Computer Applications, SFI Postdoc Justin Grana and his collaborators call on game theory to suggest a better way to stop cyber attackers.

Video: John McWhorter on 'The Language Hoax'
July 15, 2016 -

Watch linguist John McWhorter deliver a community lecture in which he rethinks the widely-held belief that the language we speak shapes how we experience life.

Learn agent-based modeling with Bill Rand this August
July 12, 2016 -

In SFI's new online course, Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling, participants will explore why agent-based modeling is a powerful way to understand complex systems.

Traditional science isolates: SFI brings fields together
- New Mexico Homes
July 12, 2016 -

The most recent issue of New Mexico Homes features the Santa Fe Institute, where "some of the greatest minds in science" are finding patterns in complex physical, biological, and social systems.

Enroll now for the Dynamics and Chaos MOOC with David Feldman
July 6, 2016 -

SFI's free online course, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, begins July 5. Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.

Tracking animal migrations has become easier... now what?
June 30, 2016 -

During a working group this week at SFI, roughly a dozen ecologists and computer scientists will explore ways emerging technologies might help researchers better understand why and how individuals in migrating groups make the choices they do.

Migrate or cooperate? SFI working group tackles evolutionary fork-in-the-road
June 29, 2016 -

Researchers meet at SFI this week to understand how two evolutionary strategies -- migration and cooperation -- might have co-evolved, and in what situations one strategy prevails.

Jim Hartle elected to the American Philosophical Society
June 29, 2016 -

SFI External Professor Jim Hartle has been named a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Does nature favor cool computations?
- Entropy
June 22, 2016 -

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

Where, when, and which energy storage systems make sense for utilities offering wind and solar
- Nature Climate Change
June 20, 2016 -

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.

Jerry Sabloff to receive the American Anthropological Association's 2016 Kidder Award
June 10, 2016 -

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.

What drives biological synchrony?
June 8, 2016 -

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

Paper: Human niche construction has re-shaped the biosphere
- PNAS
June 8, 2016 -

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

Marc Feldman recieves Kimura Motoo award in evolutionary biology
June 8, 2016 -

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

Aaron Clauset receives Erdos-Renyi Prize for Young Scientists
- NetSci
June 3, 2016 -

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

Crop prevalence adds to evidence of human migration patterns
- PNAS
June 2, 2016 -

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.

Lynda Barry on biology and creativity
June 1, 2016 -

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.

SFI maintains 4-star charity rating
June 1, 2016 -

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

Science Board member Simon Levin wins National Medal of Science for his research in ecological complexity
May 20, 2016 -

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. 

Happening now at SFI: Working group seeks new algorithms for an old problem
May 16, 2016 -

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.

Teacher Natalie Martino, 13 seniors recognized for scientific excellence
May 9, 2016 -

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.

Applying complexity in The City Different
May 6, 2016 -

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

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