Entries by Mark Buchanan

Synchronization of Chaos

The Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens famously observed in 1665 that two pendulum-clocks situated in the same room would, over time, come to be synchronized. The explanation? The two clocks were actually interacting very weakly through movements of the floor.

Biological movement and the Lévy flight hypothesis

How do animals move through their environment as they search for resources, or try to satisfy other natural goals? Over the past two decades, researchers have examined this question using real world data for organisms such as albatross, marine predators and bees, often finding a pattern of many short or mid-scale movements punctuated by occasional […]