How a Simple Fabric Pattern Uplifted a Post-War Finland

In the years after World War II, most of Europe was devastated, both physically and financially. From this drab reality, one country began producing bright, technicolor textiles, including a print which bolstered its economy, created national pride, and ended up becoming one of the most beloved and recognizable… » 2/10/14 5:40pm 2/10/14 5:40pm

How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome)

The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights—known for their distinctive yellow hue—with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city… » 2/03/14 12:00pm 2/03/14 12:00pm

NASA shows you the Sun like you've never seen it before (in colors!)

This video is for all the times you've been told not to look at the Sun (hopefully you listened and never did). But unlike other videos of the Sun, this one shows the Sun like you've never seen it before: in different colors. That's because it's made from data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and reveals… » 12/19/13 12:23am 12/19/13 12:23am

Silkworms Fed Dyed Mulberry Leaves To Produce Colored Silk

Fact: Snails fed colored paper will poop colored squiggles. Now, silkworms are getting in on the technicolor action: a recent report shows that, after eating mulberry leaves treated with fabric dye, regular larvae will produce cotton-candy-tinted fibers. They're like biological 3D printers for producing colored silk. » 12/06/13 3:40pm 12/06/13 3:40pm

Why School Buses Are Yellow

School buses are the primary mode of student transportation in North America. An estimated twenty-six million students in the United States alone are transported to school every school day via bus—over half the student population in the country. While school buses in countries outside of North America usually look like … » 11/12/13 6:00am 11/12/13 6:00am

All 16 Million Colors of the RGB Spectrum Are in These Pictures

If you want to feel like you're tripping out on wonderful drugs and/or see all the colors of the RGB spectrum in one image, going to the allRGB website should have you covered. It's a project that show off images that contain all 16,777,216 distinct colors inside the RGB spectrum. Each of those colors pop up in a… » 9/16/13 10:30pm 9/16/13 10:30pm

Why Is A Cheap Color 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 … » 9/01/13 6:12pm 9/01/13 6:12pm