In the context of a quickdraw gun duel.
"You move faster if you draw second, but you're still going to die," Dr Welchman said. "You'll die satisfied that you were quicker, but that's not much use to you."
So, along with that other scientifically sound gun-related admonition ('Always aim for the head when confronted by zombie hordes') we can add something else: 'always draw first'.
We have also learned something else: it seems that Niels Bohr was handy with a pistol.
Niels Bohr, who worked on the structure of the atom at the beginning of the 20th century, tested his theory by staging his own mock duels with toy guns at his institute in Copenhagen. His gunslinging partner, the Russian-born George Gamow, drew first and lost every time.
"[Bohr] can't have won because he was quicker in reacting," Welchman said. "It must be that he was a really good shot as well as a really good physicist."
I wonder how rare that particular combination is.
The methodology in a nutshell:
We used high-speed video of phallus eversion and histology to describe for the first time the functional morphology of the avian penis.
This does not sound like quite as much fun as staging mock duels with toy guns in the lab: but it sounds pretty damned interesting.
Science is so cool.