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Social Animals Have Tipping Points, Too

Quantitative tools developed in math and physics to understand bifurcations in dynamical systems could help ecologists and biologists better understand -- and predict -- tipping points in animal societies.
18-Sep-2018 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

E. coli’s Adaptation to Extreme Temperatures Helps Explain Resistance to Certain Drugs

A new study suggests that defenses against extreme temperatures give E. coli bacteria an advantage in fending off certain drugs. The work could help doctors administer antibiotics in a more precise way.
17-Sep-2018 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Theory, meet Empiry

It may seem that there isn't much cross-discussion between theoretical and empirical scientists, but a new cross-citation network analysis shows there is more overlap than many believe. 
22-Aug-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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New Algorithm Limits Bias in Machine Learning

To prevent bias in hiring and other contexts, researchers present an algorithm that imposes a fairness constraint on machine learning.
17-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Cooler computing through statistical physics?

Recent breakthroughs in the field of nonequilibrium statistical physics have revealed opportunities to advance the "thermodynamics of computation," a field that could have far-reaching consequences for how we understand, and engineer, our computers.
20-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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'Institution Shocks' Spotlight Effects of Changing Economic Institutions

Researchers analyzed new data on the Chilean elections of the 1970s to understand how economies react to institutional change.
1-May-2018 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

InterPlanetary Festival Announces June Lineup

Seamus Blackley, Cory Doctorow, Ashton Eaton, Kate Greene, Annalee Newitz, Scott Ross, Martine Rothblatt, Neal Stephenson, and Pete Worden among luminary panelists and performers to converge in Santa Fe June 7-8, 2018
1-May-2018 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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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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