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A new normal: Study explains universal pattern in fossil record

Throughout life's history on earth, biological diversity has gone through ebbs and flows -- periods of rapid evolution and of dramatic extinctions.
27-Jun-2019 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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A new normal: Study explains universal pattern in fossil record

Instead of the typical bell-shaped curve, the fossil record shows a fat-tailed distribution, with extreme, outlier, events occurring with higher-than-expected probability. Using the same mathematical tools that describe stock market crashes, Santa...
23-Jun-2019 9:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

From there to here: 2019 InterPlanetary Festival connects frontiers of space to terrestrial challenges

Leading scientists and sci-fi authors convene in Santa Fe, NM to discuss how to sustain human civilization, on and beyond Earth. Select panel discussions will stream live from the June 14-16 festival.
3-Jun-2019 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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'Pedigree Is Not Destiny' When It Comes to Scholarly Success

A new analysis of academic productivity finds researchers' current working environments better predict their future success than the prestige of their doctoral training.
26-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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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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