Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Summer, c. 1890.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The colour of nature and fertility, green is deeply connected to love in traditions throughout the world.
The glamourous aspect of fashion obscures the health and socio-environmental issues of the textile industry.
The production, use and end-of-life of clothing all have an impact on our health. But greater ecological awareness could turn the tide.
Unlike human eyes, dogs’ eyes are located more to the side of the skull. That gives them a wider field of vision.
Your faithful companion sees the world differently than you do, but it’s a mistake to assume dogs only see black, white and shades of grey.
Portrait of Madame Gely by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1907).
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From Madame de Pompadour to punks and pussy protest hats, pink has always been the colour of choice for those who dare to make a statement.
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The words indicating colours that are available in our mother tongue influence the way we perceive and differentiate colours. Does this mean that language determines our thinking?
Could this study provide an insight into how to avoid being bitten simply by adjusting the colours we wear? Let’s take a look.
To pollinators, which can see in the ultraviolet, sunflowers have an additional range of colours.
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Sunflowers have hidden patterns of ultraviolet colours — visible to pollinators, these colours are due to the presence of pigments that also help plants retain moisture.
One of the most popular default colour palettes, rainbow, can actually produce misleading information.
It’s important for scientists to present their data in a accessible and comprehensible manner. However, the colour palettes commonly used to communicate information can also distort and misrepresent it.
Artist’s impression of the weevil.
University College Cork
Researchers realised a dull-looking 13,000-year-old weevil was actually covered in brilliant green, blue and yellow nanoscopic crystals.
University of Sydney Library
Green is lethal: the colour of radioluminescent paint, arsenic and chlorine gas. It is also the colour of crime fiction paperbacks.
Colour blind people are really good at spotting things that are far away, and they are better than most people at telling things apart by their shape.
Some colour blind people only have two kinds of cone cell in their eye. Others have three kinds, but the cones do not pick up the same light waves as the cone cells in most people’s eyes do.
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It has long been known that colour and emotion are linked – so could colour could be used as a language to express how we feel?
India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi.
As India celebrates its independence, the flag is on full display, but few people know about the complex origins of this ubiquitous national symbol.