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STARFLAG "Understanding patterns of animal group movements"

I sistemi composti da un elevato numero di soggetti interagenti esibiscono proprietà e comportamenti emergenti che si discostano e non sono deducibili dal comportamento e le proprietà del singolo soggetto. Questo ambizioso progetto Europeo (costituito da sette “nodi”, di cui tre in Italia, uno in Francia, uno in Ungheria, uno nei Paesi Bassi, uno in Germania) riunisce esperti di fisica teorica, biologia evolutiva, ornitologia, etologia ed economia con lo scopo di studiare la struttura spaziale e i comportamenti collettivi dei gruppi di storni (Sturnus vulgaris, una specie ornitica molto comune nelle nostre città, dove si riunisce in immensi dormitori urbani invernali) per ricavarne modelli e regole che governano i fenomeni di massa nei sistemi biologici, inclusa la specie umana.

Nel sito ufficiale del progetto, (, curato e aggiornato dal nodo ungherese, si puo’ accedere, tra l’altro, a foto e video di stormi di storni in evoluzione nei cieli romani.

Per chi fosse interessato ad approfondimenti bibliografici, si riporta una selezione di referenze scientifiche sul comportamento sociale e i fenomeni collettivi.

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