Researchers announce a new state of matter: swirlons

Starling flocks, schools of fish, and clouds of insects all agree.

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  • Scientists discover that active particles take a pass on Newton's Second Law.
  • Active particles exist in a "swirlonic" state of matter.
  • Swirlonic behavior explains some of the more dazzling natural phenomena such as starling swarms and shape-shifting schools of fish.
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