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Santa Fe Institute receives $50 million from Bill Miller

In the largest single donation in its history, the nonprofit Santa Fe Institute will receive $50 million from legendary investor Bill Miller. The gift will advance the Institute's pioneering science of complex systems by growing its research...
9-Nov-2021 12:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

A new model for group decision-making shows how 'followers' can influence the outcome

From small committees to national elections, group decision-making can be complicated — and it may not always settle on the best choice.
26-Aug-2021 4:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Study: As cities grow in size, the poor 'get nothing at all'

On average, people in larger cities are better off economically. But a new study published in the Royal Society Interface builds on previous research that says, that’s not necessarily true for the individual city-dweller. It turns out, bigger...
17-Aug-2021 3:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Researchers Look to Human ‘Social Sensors’ to Better Predict Elections and other Trends

Social scientists can gather highly accurate information about social trends and groups by asking about a person’s social circle rather than interrogating their own individual beliefs.
30-Jun-2021 4:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Study: Complexity Holds Steady as Writing Systems Evolve

A new paper in the journal Cognition examines the visual complexity of written language and how that complexity has evolved.
16-Jun-2021 11:25 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mandating vaccination could reduce voluntary compliance

A new study based on evidence from Germany and on a model of the dynamic nature of people’s resistance to COVID-19 vaccination sounds an alarm: mandating vaccination could have a substantial negative impact on voluntary compliance.
7-Jun-2021 4:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Applying mathematics takes ‘friendship paradox’ beyond averages

In network science, the famous "friendship paradox" describes why your friends are (on average) more popular, richer, and more attractive than you are. But a slightly more nuanced picture emerges when we apply mathematics to real-world data.
7-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mobility data reveals universal law of visitation in cities

New research published in Nature provides a powerful yet surprisingly simple way to determine the number of visitors to any location in a city.
24-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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