Women and children first? Maybe

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 21:21 in Health & Medicine

If a ship sinks fast, the able rush to survive. But when a ship takes longer to sink, social norms may kick in, according to researchers studying the Lusitania and Titanic disasters. Whether it is "Women and children first" or "Every man for himself" in a shipwreck may depend on how long it takes the ship to sink, researchers said Monday.

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