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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

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

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

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

Birds Choose Mates with Ornamental Traits


A recurring theme in nature documentaries is that of choosy females selecting brightly colored males. A new study shows that, in monogamous mating systems, male birds may select their lifelong mates in much the same way.
5-Sep-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Can a Zika Outbreak Be Sustained Sexually? It’s Complicated


Unlike other mosquito-borne outbreaks, Zika doubles as a sexually transmitted infection, with men retaining the virus 10 times longer in their semen than women do in their vaginal fluids. According to research initiated at the Santa Fe Institute,...
7-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Live Stream: Santa Fe Institute Broadcasts First Interplanetary Panel Discussion


What will it take to become an InterPlanetary civilization? The Santa Fe Institute convenes a panel of scientists and sci-fi authors to answer this question Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Watch the discussion live on YouTube.
13-Jul-2017 4:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

How Neurons Use Crowdsourcing to Make Decisions


When many individual neurons collect data, how do they reach a unanimous decision? New research from the Santa Fe Institute's collective computation group suggests a two-phase process.
6-Jun-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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