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Herd Mentality: Sheepdogs Provide Lessons in Crowd Control

Sheepdogs have something to teach people about crowd control. A new study looks at what sheepdogs do naturally with their flocks to come up with a computer model that can recreate their behavior and apply it to situations well beyond the pasture. A team of European researchers outfitted a sheepdog and 46 sheep with small GPS devices to chart their interaction. Co-author Andrew King of Swansea University in England says it provided really fine scale data on their movement and their...

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