Why are Most Planes Painted White?

Here's a difficult question to answer without getting involved in a heated internet argument that eventually spills over into real-world violence -- why are big planes mostly white? Shouldn't Branson's Virgin fleet be red? Is there some sort of law? Does it help with visibility? Read More >>

It's Like Squeezing Paint from a Goat

In the days before B&Q paint departments, people slathered colour onto their walls the old fashioned way: using a mixture of pigment, lime, and milk. Now, one Californian farm is reviving this ancient tradition with the help of its resident goat herds. Read More >>

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North Korea Used Camo Paint to Disguise Civilian Planes as Military

Having been burned when it used Photoshop to make its military seem more mighty, North Korea has apparently gone the analogue route. That "military cargo plane" from a few weeks back? Nothing more than a short loan from Air Koryo and a cheap coat of camo. Read More >>

Crazy Brits Made a Real Car Change Colour Like Hot Wheels

As a kid, my favourite Hot Wheels toy cars were the ones that changed colour in cold or hot water. Tonnes of fun in the bathtub! But eventually, we all grow up and accept the fact that real cars don't change colours (or jump through waterfalls). Read More >>

Artist Creates by Spewing Paint Out of His EYEBALLS

Argentinian artist Leandro Granato describes himself as a "pintura ocular" that, as those with a rough knowledge of Spanish might be able to guess, translates to something like EYE PAINTER. And it's as weird as it sounds. Read More >>

This Artist Paints With Pigments Made From Toxic Sludge

Nature in all its unspoiled glory has played muse to many artists through the years, but the ever-increasing ways we’ve sullied the earth have, themselves, offered new inspiration for eco-conscious creative types. John Sabraw, an artist and professor at Ohio University, was checking out some abandoned coal mines in his home state during a sustainability immersion course and was struck by strange gradients in the runoff. “They’re a little clear right at the beginning, then the whole rest of the stream is just yellow once the suspended metals begin to oxidise," he explained to me. Read More >>

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Bursting Balloons Never Looked So Beautiful

This picture might look like some kind of tacky holiday decoration, but in fact it's what you get if you manage to photograph a paint-covered balloon just milliseconds after it's popped. Read More >>

Barns Are Red Because of How Stars Explode

We all know that barns are usually red. But why? Well, the answer is a little more complicated than you might think, but basically it's because of nuclear fusion.
Googler Yonatan Zunger took the time to explain the whole thing in great detail on Google+, and the train of thought goes a little something like this: Read More >>

The Best Way to Paint Is with Slow Motion Explosions

Blowing stuff up is a blast in more ways than one, but only occasionally can you venture to call it art. This is an edge case. Ever an explosive duo, the Slow Mo guys have moved from pans of gasoline to bottles of paint and firecrackers and made some pretty colourful explosions. Read More >>

Future Asteroids Could Be Deflected With Nothing But Space-Graffiti

Our planet's recent close call with one asteroid, and direct visit from another has definitely made it seem important to consider how to avoid the pesky things in the future. One solution is to direct the Sun's power into pulverizing lasers, but another option just involves covering incoming rocks with spray paint. Simple as that. Read More >>

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Slow Motion and Explosives Make Painting a Blast

If you want a colourful explosion, you can get your hands on some fancy, professional fireworks, sure. Or, you can take the easy way out and blow up a couple of buckets of paint. You'll be like a Jackson Pollock with a case of M-80s. The Slow Mo Guys went with that second option, and the results are modern art you can get behind. Read More >>

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This All-Aluminium iPhone 5 Looks Pretty Cool to Me

Gizmodo reader Codi Bonney had a cool idea to stop the paint of his iPhone 5 to chip off: take the whole thing off. "I'm still working on sanding it, this is what I've got so far," he said in his email. It looks pretty neat. Read More >>

Heat-Proof Face Paint Withstands Bomb Blast Heat

If you thought your make-up's UV protection was good, how about face paint that can withstand the intense heat of a bomb blast? US researchers have created a camouflage face paint that may soon be used by soldiers and firemen to shield them from extreme heat. Read More >>

Paint That Sucks Up the Dangers of Chemical Warfare

For soliders out in the field chemical warfare is a very real threat, but while they can throw away their clothes and decontaminate their bodies, large equipment is more difficult to clean. Now military scientists have developed paint which literally sucks up the fallout from chemical attacks. Read More >>

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You Won't Believe These Stunning Splashed Paint Flowers Were Created Without Photoshop

It's hard to imagine that these still life flower photos, made of splashed paint, were created without the assistance of Photoshop or 3D software. But photographer Jack Long captures each shot as a single event in camera. Not one of these images was assembled from multiple exposures, and that's just amazing. Read More >>

One S Not "Impossible to Damage" HTC Tells Paint Chip Moaners

HTC's come in for a bit of stick over the quality of the finish on its new One S Android, phone over the last few days, with some early buyers and reviewers finding the phone rather easy to chip and something of a magnet for paint blemishes. Read More >>


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