Results tagged “disasters” from Sunday Mercury - Weird Science
A university has asked for pictures of tattoos and body piercings - to help identify bodies and trace missing people.
The University of Dundee wants to build up an international database of images that will help find out how common certain designs are, and whether there are any particular trends in certain areas.
The research, at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), is part of a wider Interpol project - the Fast and efficient international disaster victim Identification (FASTID) project.
A medium-sized asteroid plunging into the ocean would destroy much of the ozone layer, leaving the Earth exposed to dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation.
The impact from a space rock 500 metres to one kilometre in diameter would send vast amounts of water into the atmosphere, according to US expert Dr Elisabetta Pierazzo.
Seawater chemicals such as chloride and bromide would strip away significant amounts of ozone, which provides a shield against harmful sun rays.
The result would be a huge spike in ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels at the Earth's surface.