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Don't Abandon National Referendums, but Smaller Groups Often Make Wiser Choices


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.
28-Jun-2016 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Bluebird’s Conundrum: Shack Up Now or Hang Out in Mom’s Nest for a While?


Young male bluebirds may gain an evolutionary advantage by delaying breeding and helping out their parents' nests instead, according to new research led by Caitlin Stern of the Santa Fe Institute.
24-Feb-2016 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

How Hunter-Gatherers Preserved Their Food Sources


New research explores the impact of hunter-gatherers on north Pacific marine food webs and the behaviors that helped preserve their network of food sources. The findings hold implications for modern food webs.
17-Feb-2016 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Semantically Speaking: Does Meaning Structure Unite Languages?

Using a new methodology that measures how closely words’ meanings are related within and between languages, an international team of researchers has revealed that for many universal concepts, the world’s languages feature a common structure of...
1-Feb-2016 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

How to Make Slums More Resilient to Climate Change

A team from the Santa Fe Institute, Arizona State University, and Slum Dwellers International has been selected to find new ways to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable communities.
28-Jan-2016 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

When Paired with Coinfection, Social Isolation Might Fuel Rather Than Foil Epidemics

Models suggest that when social isolation and coinfection occur together, diseases can spread faster and further than with either effect alone.
24-Sep-2015 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Is the Whooping Cough Resurgence Due to Vaccinated People Not Knowing They’re Infectious?

The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough is due, in large part, to vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms, suggests a new study by two Santa Fe Institute researchers in BMC Medicine. The study suggests that the...
23-Jun-2015 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Could Mobile Phone Data Help Bring Electricity to the Developing World?

In a new study, researchers used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.
6-May-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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