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Group decisions: When more information isn't necessarily better

Modular -- or cliquey -- group structure isolates the flow of communication between individuals, which might seem counterproductive to survival. But for some animal groups, more information isn't necessarily better, according to new SFI research...
18-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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At last, acknowledging royal women's political power

Across the globe in a variety of societies, royal women found ways to advance the issues they cared about and advocate for the people important to them as detailed in a recent paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Research.
16-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

The cost of computation

There's been a rapid resurgence of interest in understanding the energy cost of computing. Recent advances in this "thermodynamics of computation" are summarized in a new review published in the Journal of Physics A.
8-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Are you with me? New model explains origins of empathy

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute and the Santa Fe Institute have developed a new model to explain the evolutionary origins of empathy and other related phenomena, such as emotional contagion and contagious yawning. The model suggests that the...
5-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Online Romance Is Local, but Not All Locales Are the Same

A "big dating" analysis reveals geographic distance within the U.S. as the strongest driver of mutual romantic messaging.
29-Mar-2019 3:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Could energy overload drive cancer risk?

By providing an over-abundance of energy to cells, diseases like obesity and diabetes might super-charge growth and cause cells to become cancerous.
11-Feb-2019 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Exhaustive Analysis Answers Long-Standing Question About Cell Division

After exploring every possible correlation, researchers shed new light on a long-standing question about what triggers cell division.
4-Nov-2018 9:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New Definition Returns Meaning to Information

Identifying meaningful information is a key challenge to disciplines from biology to artificial intelligence. In a new paper, Santa Fe Institute researchers propose a broadly applicable, fully formal definition for this kind of semantic information.
22-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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