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The Math and Mystery of Murmurations

If you’ve ever seen a group of starlings in flight, you’ve appreciated one of nature’s most hypnotic sights — the lava-lamp-like flow of a murmuration. SciShow explains the biology and mathematics behind this beautiful phenomenon.
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Sources:
http://www.collective-behavior.com/publ/KingSumpter2012.pdf
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/starling-flock/
http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2013/02/21/how-do-starling-flocks-create-those-mesmerizing-murmurations/
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/02/the-murmurations-of-starlings/100690/
http://arxiv.org/abs/1012.2242
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=2588
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/11/1005766107.abstract
http://www.wired.com/2010/06/starling-physics/

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