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Caterpillars perceive colour through their skin

August 16, 2019

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic…
A splash of silver turns diamond films shades of green, blue or purple

October 24, 2018

While most gem buyers might balk at a diamond imbued with yellow or green — a sign of…
New study reveals flower color, fragrance coordination

September 12, 2017

Who knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This…
Animal coloration research: On the threshold of a new era

August 4, 2017

In the last 20 years, the field of animal coloration research has experienced explosive growth thanks to numerous…
Animals have it all over us when it comes to colour

August 4, 2017

University of Queensland researchers have developed new knowledge on how animals see and use colour, and how their…
The New Colors Of Solar Energy

June 7, 2017

The technology of solar energy has progressed dramatically in the last few decades, as it operates with increasing…
Pigment discovered at Oregon State University inspires new Crayola crayon color

May 8, 2017

A blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University is the inspiration for Crayola’s new crayon color. The Easton,…
A Standard for Lighting Color Preference?

March 14, 2017

One of the goals of artificial lighting is to make things look natural. White light can make an…
Lab expands palette for color-changing glass

March 9, 2017

Rice University’s latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass…
Roses are red. Violets are blue. What gives flowers those eye-catching hues?

February 14, 2017

To solve the mystery of why roses are red and violets are blue, scientists are peering into the…
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Fluorescent Ruby Red Roofs Stay as Cool as White

September 22, 2016

Elementary school science teaches us that in the sun, dark colors get hot while white stays cool. Now…
For sensation-seekers, the color red can elicit rebelliousness, study finds

August 18, 2016

As anyone who has driven a car or crossed a busy street knows, colors play a significant role…
Pen That Has 16 Million Colors

August 9, 2016

A Indiegogo crowdfunding project seeking to make a pen that writes in more than 16 million colors. Pen…
Weird pupils let octopuses see their colorful gardens

July 6, 2016

Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind – their eyes see only black and white – but their…
Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color

June 30, 2016

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image.…
X-Ray Snapshot of Butterfly Wings Reveals Underlying Physics of Color

June 13, 2016

A team of physicists that visualized the internal nanostructure of an intact butterfly wing has discovered two physical…
Genes discovered that enable birds to produce the colour red

May 22, 2016

Latest research suggests a new mechanism for how sexual displays of red beaks and plumage might be ‘honest…
Black Widows: Obvious to Predators, Stealthy to Prey

March 1, 2016

Secret codes and hidden messages aren’t just for computer security experts or kids passing notes in class —…
Researchers uncover new findings about bees and memory

February 4, 2016

New developments involving colors that bees are able to recognize have been discovered in new research at the…
Shiny and (Electro)chrome: New Twist on Old Tech Could Bring Living Color at Low Power

February 3, 2016

By marrying state-of-the-art nanometer-scale gratings with a Space Age-era thin-film polymer, researchers working at the National Institute of…
Bioinspired Technology

January 26, 2016

The next great technological advance in smartphone screens and solar cells could come from an unexpected source —…
Quantum Dots Promise Better-Than-Ever Digital Color Resolution—Will it Matter?

January 26, 2016

Have you ever been engrossed in your favorite episode of Star Trek on your smartphone and thought “Hey!…
Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays

December 7, 2015

A new method for building “drawbridges” between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using…
Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

December 2, 2015

MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light — the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses…
Color My World: Innovative Glasses Allow Colorblind to See What They’ve Been Missing

November 19, 2015

I had to see for myself why some users have called them “happy glasses”—through them, everything looks more…
Unraveling Iridescence

July 2, 2015

Perhaps not the brightest of cephalopods, the California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) has amazing light-manipulating abilities. While this…
A World Without Color – Researchers Find Gene Mutation That Strips Color, Reduces Vision

June 2, 2015

People with achromatopsia, an inherited eye disorder, see the world literally in black and white.  Worse yet, their…
Pick a color, any color: case of efficient light absorption

April 3, 2015

A small team of scientists can synthesize molecules that will absorb any color of sunlight, from the oranges…
Is #TheDress white and gold or blue and black? Expert on visual perception weighs in

March 2, 2015

On Feb. 26, a picture of a cocktail dress originally uploaded to the blog Tumblr swept the Internet…
Are shapes and colors connected?

January 30, 2015

Famous Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky thought that color and shape of an object is related to each other.…
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