13 May 2012

self organization + flocking behavior

In class we learned about self organization in biological systems. One example given in class was about the flocking behavior of starlings, birds that fly in flocks of 1000+. Last weekend I was in the archipelago when I saw this large swarm of insects. Similar to the starlings, these creatures were flying from one place to another, without colliding, as if they were one organism. These types of flocking behaviors could be studied to develop more efficient systems, such as transportation systems.

-Elaine Erwin

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