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You're enjoying the sunset on a warm summer's day, when suddenly, a buzzing mass of midges surrounds you. The bugs collide with your face as their apparently random flight paths coalesce to form a seemingly haphazard swarm. But the swarm you barged into is far more organized...

source: Inside Science

Our galaxy's dark matter disk could affect comet orbits in a way that leads to more cometary collisions with the Earth, potentially increasing the likelihood of planet-wide mass extinctions. Read the associated APS Physics Viewpoint article.

source: Australian Geographic

A new model of consumer electricity consumption shows that making power cheaper during off-peak hours, and alerting consumers to pricing changes via smart meters, can lead to chaotic demand in some situations. Read the associated Physical Review E abstract.

source: Phys.org

Evidence for the existence of particles called Weyl fermions in two very different solid materials has been found by three independent groups of physicists. First predicted in 1929, Weyl fermions also have unique properties that could make them useful for creating high-speed...

source: PhysicsWorld

After more than three centuries, scientists say they have figured...

source: The Huffington Post

Fungus is responsible for some weird things: Some species are deadly for snakes and bats, others might help humans rid themselves of bed bugs, Cordyceps species can control insects for their own nefarious purposes and most are bizarre-looking....

source: Smithsonian


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