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A new ‘cool’ blue

January 16, 2020

Throughout history, people have sought vibrant blue pigments. The Egyptians and Babylonians used lapis lazuli 6,000 years ago.…
Understanding what makes black pigment black

December 19, 2019

Scientists have for the first time “unmixed” the black pigment that colors our skin and gives bananas their…
Blue pigment discoverer makes key design advance for future durable, vivid pigments

December 18, 2019

An Oregon State University chemistry researcher who made history a decade ago with the accidental discovery of the…
Blue colour tones in fossilised prehistoric feathers

June 26, 2019

Examining fossilised pigments, scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered new insights into blue colour tones in…
Biologist’s discovery may advance regenerative medicine

June 7, 2019

A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia and other institutions has discovered a type of…
New sources of melanin pigment shake up ideas about fossil animals’ colour

July 24, 2018

Many recent studies of fossil colour have assumed that fossilized granules of melanin – melanosomes – come from…
Guppies change their eye colour to deter rivals

June 8, 2018

Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies turn their eyes black to warn other fish when they are feeling aggressive, new…
Blackcurrant dye could make hair coloring safer, more sustainable

June 7, 2018

Whether they’re trying to hide some gray or embrace a new or quirky color, people adore hair dyes.…
Evolutionary stepping stone to beet-red beets

October 10, 2017

The color red is splashed across gardens, forests and farms, attracting pollinators with bright hues, signaling ripe fruit…
New blue pigment discovered at Oregon State earns EPA approval

October 5, 2017

The vibrant YInMn blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University has been approved for commercial sale by the…
How do zebrafish develop their stripes?

October 4, 2017

In a new study, Dr Thomas Woolley has simulated the intricate process that sees the pigmented skin cells…
New light-sensing molecule discovered in the fruit fly brain

May 11, 2017

Six biological pigments called rhodopsins play well-established roles in light-sensing in the fruit fly eye. Three of them…
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,…
Pigment research is ‘completely novel’

February 10, 2017

Researchers are developing ways to use a natural blue pigment as a colouring agent in industries such as…
How photosynthetic pigments harvest light

January 12, 2017

Plants and other photosynthetic organisms use a wide variety of pigments to absorb different wavelengths of light. MIT…
New colors, a new world of pigments continue to evolve from accidental blue discovery

September 29, 2016

A bright blue compound that was first discovered by accident seven years ago in an Oregon State University…
Researchers Take Steps to Unlock Camouflaging Mystery of Squid

April 12, 2016

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified the pigments that contribute to the broad range of…
How two-tone cats get their patches comes to light in cell study

January 8, 2016

Their insights could shed light on medical conditions that occur early in development, such as holes in the…
New treatment potential for heart attack sufferers

November 26, 2015

New hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease has arrived, following breakthrough research identifying a pigment in our…
Mathematical model helps show how zebrafish get their stripes

November 18, 2015

A mathematical model developed by Brown University researchers is shedding new light on how zebrafish get their iconic…
Pigment from fossils reveals color of extinct mammals for the first time, researchers say

September 29, 2015

Scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Bristol have revealed how pigment can be detected in mammal…
Orange is the New Red

June 29, 2015

Overexposure to sunlight, which is damaging to natural photosynthetic systems of green plants and cyanobacteria, is also expected…
Rainbow of glowing corals discovered in depths of the Red Sea

June 26, 2015

Glowing corals that display a surprising array of colours have been discovered in the deep water reefs of…
Accidentally discovered blue pigment ready for industrial application

May 29, 2015

It is said that many civilizations throughout the history tried to create vivid, near-perfect blue pigment. Ancient Egyptians,…
Licensing agreement reached on brilliant new blue pigment discovered by happy accident

May 28, 2015

A brilliant new blue pigment – discovered serendipitously by Oregon State University chemists in 2009 – is now…
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…
Rhodopsin on track

March 3, 2015

Scientists from the caesar research center, an Institute of the Max Planck Society, have explained, with the help…
Ancient pigments, modern mystery

November 24, 2014

True purple is one of the rarest colors in nature. Before the advent of artificial coloring, a tiny…
Study findings suggest orange light causes people to be more alert

March 19, 2014

Credit: Wikipedia A team of researchers in Belgium has found that people exposed to orange light exhibit greater…
From Stone Age to Space Age: Bone pigment helps probe

February 13, 2014

A picture taken on October 12, 2012 in Vallon-Pont-d’Arc of a prototype of painting of the facsimile of…
Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing

February 10, 2014

Researchers have found that the melanopsin pigment in the eye is potentially more sensitive to light than its…
Pigments reveal extinct reptiles’ dark side

January 9, 2014

Fossil pigments reveal melanic (dark) colouration of extinct marine reptiles. Note that the leatherback turtle (top) and mosasaur…
Lab-made complexes are “sun sponges”

August 22, 2013

A ring of protein and pigments, half synthetic and half natural, can be used to quickly prototype light-harvesting…
Re-creating the original colors of treasured ivory carvings from the ancient past

June 4, 2013

The fabled ivory carvings from the ancient Phoenician city of Arslan Tash — literally meaning “Stone Lion” —…
X-rays paint a picture of Picasso’s pigments

May 3, 2013

Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, having pioneered…
Pigment in the eye found to be key between obesity, vision loss

April 30, 2013

“Eat your veggies” has been an admonition of parents through the ages, but newly published brain research from…
Quantum carotenoids – how pigment’s ‘dark state’ helps turn light into energy

April 17, 2013

Scientists at the Universities of Glasgow and Toronto have finally uncovered the mechanism by which carotenoids – the…
Study provides new insight into photosynthesis

April 5, 2013

Pigments found in plants and purple bacteria employed to provide protection from sun damage do more than just…
Ancient “Egyptian blue” pigment points to new telecommunications, security ink technology

February 20, 2013

A bright blue pigment used 5,000 years ago is giving modern scientists clues toward the development of new…
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