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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

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

The Language of Invention: Most Innovations Are Rephrasings of Past Inventions

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new study led by Santa Fe Institute researchers.
1-May-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Species’ Evolutionary Choice: Disperse or Adapt?

Dispersal and adaptation are two evolutionary strategies available to species given an environment. Generalists, like dandelions, send their offspring far and wide. Specialists, like alpine flowers, adapt to the conditions of a particular place. New...
1-May-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Study: Polarization in Congress Is Worsening, and It Stifles Policy Innovation


A new study from the Santa Fe Institute confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the U.S. Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy innovation.
22-Apr-2015 8:55 AM EDT

How Long Do Firms Live? Finding Patterns of Company Mortality in Market Data


New research by Santa Fe Institute scientists reveals a surprising insight: publicly-traded firms die off at the same rate regardless of their age or economic sector.
1-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Ancient and Modern Cities Aren't So Different


Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder.
19-Feb-2015 2:00 PM EST

Tracing Languages Back to Their Common Ancestors Through the Statistics of Sound Shifts


A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolution of a language offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.
19-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST

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