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New Study Improves 'Crowd Wisdom' Estimates

In a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, researchers Albert Kao (Harvard University), Andrew Berdahl (Santa Fe Institute), and their colleagues examined just how accurate our collective intelligence is and how...
13-Apr-2018 8:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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How Do Your FRIENDS Plan to Vote?

Most election polls take the political pulse of a state or nation by reaching out to citizens about their voting plans. Santa Fe Institute Professor Mirta Galesic says pollsters might also ask: how do your friends plan to vote?
22-Feb-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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When It Comes to Extinction Risk, Body Size Matters

Models for extinction risk are necessarily simple. Most reduce complex ecological systems to a linear relationship between resource density and population growth—something that can be broadly applied to infer how much resource loss a species can...
9-Feb-2018 11:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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How Living Systems Compute Solutions to Problems

No individual fish or bee or neuron has enough information by itself to solve a complex problem, but together they can accomplish amazing things. In research recently published in Science Advances, Eleanor Brush (University of Maryland), David...
16-Jan-2018 9:10 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Paradoxes in Microbial Economies

In a new paper in Nature Communications, three Santa Fe Institute researchers describe a trio of paradoxical dynamics that can arise in simple microbial economies. The work could be important for approaching engineered microbial communities and...
8-Nov-2017 5:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Morbidity and Mortality of Leprosy in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, did contracting leprosy necessarily increase a person's chances of dying? Yes, says a new paper. But it's complicated.
3-Oct-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Monk Parakeets Invade Mexico

In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe a recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico, and the regulatory changes that affected the species’ spread.
19-Sep-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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How Monkey Fights Grow

New research finds evidence for a complicated structure behind primate conflict. It is not individuals who control the length of fights, but the relationships between pairs of individuals.
6-Sep-2017 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


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