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.

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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.

Death star heading our way

By Daniel Smith on Mar 15, 10 02:41 PM


Batten down the hatches! An evil star out in the cosmos is heading our way and spells disaster for our solar system.

In around 1.5 million years time, a neighboring star will mash into the frozen Oort Cloud surrounding the outskirts of the solar system.


An ancient Babylonian tablet discovered by an amateur historian contains the blueprints to Noah's ark.

Of course, the story goes that God had a word in Noah's shell-like and tipped him off about an upcoming devastating flood.


Mars has been the graveyard of many a space probe, and Mars Polar Lander joined them when it fell from the Martian sky in 1999.

A software glitch shut off its boosters and cut the parachute far too early, meaning it hit the surface with a big bang.


Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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