Going with the Flow Learning from Fish Could Prevent Crowd Panic

Large crowds can be controlled intelligently, as long as the stewards or security personnel are posted in the right places. One Berlin biologist has studied the behavior of schools of fish and devised solutions to prevent crowd chaos from erupting at big events.
As soon as 5 percent of a group of animals behaves in a certain way, the majority will imitate this behavior too.

As soon as 5 percent of a group of animals behaves in a certain way, the majority will imitate this behavior too.

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Wire reports with reporting by Susanne Donner