Why birds of a feather flock together

03/14/2012 | PhysOrg.com

Using video and stereometric 3-D images of huge starling flocks in Rome, researchers discovered the flocks moved in unison according to scientific and mathematical principles. A change in one bird's flight position affected exactly seven others around it and so on, until the entire flock was affected. The overall flight path of the flock mimicked the movement of an electron in a magnetic field.

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