Paper in Scientific Reports. Press release: An international team of researchers’ study of the spatial patterns of the spread of obesity suggests America’s bulging waistlines may have more to do with collective behavior than genetics or individual choices. The team, led by City College of New York physicist Hernaán Makse, found correlations between the epidemic’s geography and food marketing and distribution patterns. Talk at the Wolfram Data Summit 2012. Press Releases: CCNY. NSF Highlights. Science Daily. Medicalxpress. Science Blog. Supermarket or not Supermarket ( The visible embryo. The Atlantic cities. Jeff Nesbit’s “On the Edge” blog in US News. Dataset available here.



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February 5th, 2017

Science: Predictions: The Pulse of the People

Volume 355 of Science (February 03, 2017) focuses on the use of scientific methods to predict population-level trends. The work […]

November 27th, 2016

Predicting election trends with Twitter: Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

The recently-concluded United States Presidential election was the end to one of the most divisive and vitriolic campaign seasons in […]

August 6th, 2015

Nature: Optimal Percolation: Destruction perfected

NATURE | NEWS & VIEWS Nature 524, 38–39 (06 August 2015) In complex networks, some nodes are more important than others. […]

October 6th, 2014

Nature Physics: Brain Network of Networks: Why natural networks are more stable than man-made networks

Connecting complex networks is known to exacerbate perturbations and lead to cascading failures, but natural networks of networks like the […]

May 6th, 2014

MIT Tech Review: The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (And How to Tell If You’re One Of Them)

From MIT Technology Review. Nobody has figured out how to spot the most influential spreaders of information in a real-world […]

February 6th, 2014

Scientific Reports: Large cities are less green but help to reduce suicidal rates

Work done in collaboration with Jose S. Andrade from Universidade Federal de Ceara, Brazil. Large cities are more productive than […]

February 6th, 2014

Soft Matter: Fundamental challenges in packing problems: from spherical to non-spherical particles

by Adrian Baule and Hernan Makse. Random packings of objects of a particular shape are ubiquitous in science and engineering. […]

July 6th, 2013

Nature Communications: Mean-field theory of random close packings of axisymmetric particles

by Adrian Baule, Romain Mari, Lin Bo, Louis Portal, Hernan A. Makse. Finding the densest random packing of particles with […]

March 21st, 2013

PLoS ONE: Novel insights into the evolution of protein networks

March 21, 2013. Paper in PLOS ONE. System-wide networks of proteins are indispensable for organisms. Function and evolution of these […]

November 7th, 2012

Hernan Makse is elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Dr. Hernan Makse’s APS citation reads: “For his contributions to a broad range of topics in non-equilibrium systems ranging from […]