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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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