Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.


Forever Is Forever: New IR Technology Can Spot "Removed" Tattoos

DiscoblogBy Brett IsraelDecember 16, 2009 4:17 AM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Tattoos just got even more permanent. Scientists have developed a method to uncover old tattoos that have been altered or surgically removed. The technology involves infrared cameras and could be particularly useful to law enforcement agents, according to Tech Radar:

Often used as a distinguishing factor to identify criminals, tattoos can be altered or removed relatively easily, but a team at the University of Derby has come up with a solution.

Using infrared means that removed tattoos, or even tattoos that have been altered, can be spotted in the deeper layers of skin.

Guess that means DISCOVER's CEO and Publisher Henry Donahue will never be able to fully get rid of his fish

. Let's hope he stays out of trouble! Related Content: Discoblog: DISCOVER CEO Makes Good on Promise, Gets Science Tattoo

The Loom: Science Tattoo Emporium Archives

Bad Astronomy: We Who Are About To Dye

Image: flickr / House of Sims

    3 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In