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Populations of rolling particles have been shown to display unidirectional collective motion in a racetrack enclosure. Theoretical modelling suggests that hydrodynamic and electrostatic effects promote such behaviour. See Letter p.95

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Figure 1: Roller herds.

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Shelley, M. On a roll. Nature 503, 43–44 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/503043a

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