HEADLINE How destructive is random littering?

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How destructive is random littering?

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18:15, March 25, 2018

Have you ever thrown stuff outside the window?

How can cats survive a free fall while a falling apple could send a girl to the ICU?

A falling apple hit a three-month-old baby girl, causing severe traumatic brain injury, Shenzhen Media Group reported.

What is the destructiveness of these trivial objects when dropped from a high altitude?

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Source:China Science Communication 

Take dropping an egg weighing 30 grams as an example:

From the 4th floor, your head would suffer a lump

From the 8th floor, your scalp would be scarified

From the 18th floor, your skull would be broken

From the 25th floor, it would cause instant death.

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Qiaosheng Li, PhD of the school of chemistry of Beihang University calculates the destructiveness of a flower pot thrown from the 10th floor.

The energy motion accounts to 293 joules.

In comparison, the energy a small caliber rifle of 5.45mm fired at a target merely amounts to 228 joules.

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Source:China Science Communication 

But if gravitational potential energy accumulates rapidly, how do falling cats survive?

First, cats cover merely half of the terminal velocity of humans, falling at a speed of 27 meters per second.

Terminal velocity is the highest velocity attainable by an object as it falls through a fluid (air in common case) source: Wikipedia

How to avoid being hit by falling objects:

Report to the fire department potential dangers.

Avoid walking under buildings with worn façades or lingering  near residences with debris and hanging objects.

Regularly check your balcony. Replace flower pots and clothes hangers especially in extreme weather conditions.

(Compiled by Zhu Luoman)

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