Cythraul: I wonder what it'd look like if humans did synchronized mass flock / herding behavior.
Sgygus: A flock of starlings ate all my bird food, then raped my dog. I can't explain it.
DECMATH: Wait, birds can split atoms and we don't know how they do it?/off to RTFA
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Breathe Laugh Twitch: Headline = comically wrong fail stupidSubmitter = hiding in cave for the past five yearsGoogle "swarm theory" and be enlightened. The starlings' behavior can be captured by two or three simple rules that each bird executes... like "stay twenty inches away from other starlings" and "fly away from falcons".
DrPainMD: FTA: "How do so many birds move in three dimensions in such dynamic and tightly-packed aggregations without crashing into each other?"Ummm... birds do sometimes collide when flying in flocks. Same with fish swimming in schools, etc.
DerAppie: Breathe Laugh Twitch: Headline = comically wrong fail stupidSubmitter = hiding in cave for the past five yearsGoogle "swarm theory" and be enlightened. The starlings' behavior can be captured by two or three simple rules that each bird executes... like "stay twenty inches away from other starlings" and "fly away from falcons".Personally I find this to be a cop out. It answers the question what they do, not how they do it. The idea that the behaviour can be captured by two or three simple rules excludes so many variables from the equation that it isn't even funny any more. It might be an useful tool to describe the movement but it does not answer the question about how it is done.Q: How do birds manage to fly around in huge groups without bumping in to each other?A: By keeping their distance from each otherQ: How did Mitt become rich?A: By getting a lot of money.Q: How did Queen write such good music?A: By picking the right chords and put them in a pleasing orderQ: How could Hussein Bolt run so fast?A: By rapidly placing one foot in front of the otherAll of those QA pairs are valid but I'm sure people would like to know more than what is provided here.
Publikwerks: Birds can split atoms?
Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Publikwerks: Birds can split atoms?See, that's just the thing here. We don't know.
Breathe Laugh Twitch: So go read about swarm theory. It's a big research topic these days, because it applies to humans too (traffic, elections, law abidance, etc.) rather than just birds, ants, bees, and the like.
fluffy2097: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Publikwerks: Birds can split atoms?See, that's just the thing here. We don't know.Where is your science now, Atheists!/Derp 1, Science 0
Krymson Tyde: Are those African or European?
RicosRoughnecks: Krymson Tyde: Are those African or European?European, even the starlings in America are invasive European ones. Subby should read the Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, he explains how starlings do this. They act on local rules, and do bump into each other. It's like how humans can walk around a crammed city and traffic can flow through it while keeping space in between each other and slamming into each other at a less frequent rate than you would imagine. Fish school into bait balls in the same way these birds do this beautiful undulating flocking.
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