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A Closer Look at How 3D Colour Printing Could Change the World

3D printing has been largely limited to working with single-colour creations, but recently designers have started to explore more colourful results. Objet500 Connex3 is the latest along those lines, a machine that can print in 46 hues and multiple materials. Read More >>

Silkworms Fed Dyed Mulberry Leaves to Produce Coloured Silk

Fact: Snails fed coloured paper will poop coloured squiggles. Now, silkworms are getting in on the technicolour action: a recent report shows that, after eating mulberry leaves treated with fabric dye, regular larvae will produce cotton candy tinted fibres. They're like biological 3D printers for producing coloured silk. Read More >>

If the Colour Pink Doesn't Scientifically Exist, Why Can We See It?

Absent from the visible spectrum and neither a wave nor a particle, the colour pink is, for many, a scientific enigma: how can a shade that doesn't even appear in the rainbow exist? The answer lies in colour theory. Read More >>

Why Is a Cheap Colour Sensor Such a Big Deal?

We expect our devices to know what's going on. Automatic doors, smartphones, temperature control systems and beyond all perform actions when they detect certain conditions. And it seems like it would just be convenient to put cameras on everything so devices could have eyes on all different situations. It would also be creepy, but we'll leave that aside for now. Read More >>

Neon Bird Feathers Hold the Key to Colours That Never Fade

Have you ever wondered how a fossil hailing from 40 million years ago still maintains its original colour, while dyed garments fade in years? The answer lies in the molecular structure of these natural colours and new research is showing how they could breed a new generation of artificial ones.
The concept is called structural colour, and it’s being studied by a coalition of Yale ornithologists, mechanical engineers, and physicists led by Guggenheim Fellow and scientist Hui Cao. Cao is interested in figuring out how the brilliant colours found in nature can be applied to artificial hues, by studying the structural composition of 40 million year old beetle shells and feathers. Read More >>

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These New iOS 7 Icons Sure Look Familiar

Apple's new app icons are sure something, aren't they? Each one is so delightful and cheery and vibrant. Who knew shading would look so much better than drop shadows! But wait! I think I've seen some of these before. Read More >>

What Coloured Food Does to Your Poop

Those without a strong stomach should look away now. When Gabriel Morais set to wondering what different foods do to his body, he naturally wondered how different items affect the colour of his poop. Here are the results. Read More >>

This Beautiful Colour Picker Will Lure You in With Endless Hues

It is a primary job of any designer, illustrator, or artist to deal with choosing colours. Most software only provides cumbersome or inelegant ways of doing so. This utterly simple and addicting website will help you in your hue-rific journey with pristine, undulating tones. Ahhhh. Read More >>

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This Is What It's Like To Be Colour Blind

With around 1 in 12 men suffering from colour blindness, it's a surprisingly common problem—but it's incredibly difficult to understand what it must be like to suffer from. Fortunately, Etre now has a simulator which lets you see the world through the eyes of the colour blind. Read More >>

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Be Absolutely Mesmerised By the Stunning Beauty of Swirling Colour in Glorious 4K

It's almost gin o'clock here on a dull Friday afternoon, so you deserve to witness something magical. Sit back, hit play, and watch as the beauty of pure-colour inks flow and swirl past in eye-bleeding 4K detail. Ahhh, that's better. [YouTube] Read More >>

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What Colour Means to Blind People

Tommy Edison, the wonderful blind film critic who once showed us how he used an iPhone, has a new video describing something nearly impossible for blind people to understand: colour. What's great is that even though Edison doesn't understand the concept of colour, colours still have meaning to him. Watch him describe what red, blue, orange, black and white. It's awesome to see colour from such a completely different perspective. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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What Does a Man (or Woman) Have to Do to Get a Coloured Smartphone Around Here?

A long time ago, phones did actually come in colours other than black. Was it the advent of the smartphone, and the two-year contract, which made manufacturers (and we, the people who don't want to be lumbered with a novelty red phone) lose its edge when it came to colour? While black is accessible, simple and goes with almost everything, black however is...also pretty boring. Read More >>

The More I Look at It, the More I Want a Colour iPad Mini

I like both the black iPad Mini and the 2001 Space Odyssey prop white model. But the more I look at the colour ones, like the neat red one above, the more I think they make sense. And the more I want them. Read More >>

This Book Contains Every RGB Colour That Exists

In case you sometimes struggle to visualise the RGB colour space on a computer, American artist Tauba Auerbach has created a handy reference guide: a cubic book that shows off all the colours in existence. Read More >>

Colour E-Ink Kindle Due in March?

Yes, there's a question mark in that speculative headline, because this report comes via disreputable, hit and miss manufacturer news resource DigiTimes. But still. It occasionally gets a thing right, like a broken clock. Read More >>


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