Skittles’ “taste the rainbow” tagline seems all the more appropriate when you arrange the colorful candies in a ring on a plate and pour hot water over them. They immediately begin to melt and bleed color, producing a rainbow design that’s straight up magical without the need for a wand.
There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but there are some colorful visuals you can trip out on if you can figure out how to stare the right way. Here’s a video that supposedly shows a camera gliding through the spectrum of a rainbow and making its way through ROYGBIV backwards.
The rainbow bagel looks like a Willy Wonka creation crossed with used play doh set in a reality that I’m not quite prepared to live in. It exists at The Bagel Store in Brooklyn, New York and is topped with a schmear of Funfetti cream cheese made with cake mix and is something you can eat. Sure, it’s visually…
Before LEDs and lasers came along, video projectors would shine white light through a rotating color wheel to produce full-color images. But researchers at Dartmouth College and Disney Research Zürich have come up with a more unusual projection approach using prisms and very precise computer-generated black and white…
The science of rainbows: it’s something we’re all taught in grade school. Airborne water droplets act like little prisms, bending and splitting light. Mix enough water and sunshine, and you get a brilliant bow of color.
Just a perfect photo of a Marines MV-22 Osprey landing on the flight deck of the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry. The timing is lovely because it’s landing right through a rainbow, making the color of the aircraft (or at least the part that’s inside the rainbow) just a little more shimmery and different.
It's not very often that the fields of advanced photonics and installation art meet. But in Amsterdam this week, visitors to the city's Central Station are getting a look at what happens when liquid crystal optic technology is used to something completely unscientific: Make public art.
Aw look, it's a rainbow. Maybe that means the rain is going to stop. Maybe that means the dark clouds are going away. Maybe it means we should go outdoors soon... NOPE. Maybe not. As these people were filming a rainbow, Mother Nature decided to blast out a lightning bolt right in their face.
Better known as an iridescent cloud, a cloudbow is just what it sounds like: A cloud full of rainbows.
We're accustomed to seeing urine as yellow, or, if we're extremely hydrated, clear. That doesn't mean that pee can't have all kinds of colors. Let's explore the biochemistry of making one's pee all the colors of the rainbow.
Everyone knows how rainbows appear—they just need water, sunlight and you—but have you ever wondered how double rainbows form? In this video, LeVar Burton explains how they form.
Check out this amazingly beautiful optical effect — this rainbow-like feature, called a "glory," was recently captured by Europe's Venus Express orbiter. This is the first time the phenomenon, which also happens on Earth, has been imaged on another planet.
This is as joyous as any spiderweb is ever going to look. Either spiders are killing pixies and smearing their colorful blood on their webs (I wouldn't put it past them) or something else is going on here.
Rainbows are visual desserts, you're always happier after you see them. But we don't see them enough! Not with a Pixelstick though. It's a giant stick that has 198 LEDs that can be programmed to display colorful rainbows, 3D cubes, pulsating magic carpets and so on in your light paintings. Basically wave, set your…
This post originally ran 3/18/2013. We're re-running it in celebration of DOMA's demise, the overturning of Prop 8, and in solidarity with our LGBT brother and sisters. Plow through a couple of bowls of rainbow pasta today to be ready for whatever the SF Pride Parade throws at you.
The first thing you need to know is this: I wrote "The Unicorn and the Rainbow" on a dare. Which, given that this is the one story in my new erotica collection that everyone remembers and everyone talks about, is a weird beginning. But it's a true story.
Everyone knows you don't get pictures of rainbows this beautiful, without sacrificing a few leprechauns. Like, seriously, at least 100 of the little guys.
Happy hump day, everyone! Here for your enjoyment is a whale, seen off the coast of Nova Scotia, spraying a rainbow out its blowhole. This is clearly a magical whale, and this phenomenon has absolutely nothing to do with tiny water droplets refracting light into the visible color spectrum. Do not doubt the…