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Squid Chromatophores

(YouTube link) What you see here is a microscopic view of a squid’s surface, showing the action of its chromatophores. Chromatophores are pigment-rich, light-reflecting cells found in amphibians, fish, reptiles and cephalopods, such as squid. The cells dictate eye and skin colour and, in some species, allow the bearer to adopt a colour-changing camouflage when stimulated by [...]

The colour pink does not exist

It’s the colour of flamingos, roses and much more – but is there really such a thing as pink light ? According to scientists, no, there isn’t. Pink is…

Science Ficton Rayguns in Blown Glass

Vancouver-based glass artist Jeff Burnette has made several pieces that look like rayguns from classic science fiction. Here’s how he does this delicate work: These are blown and manipulated hot glass objects. A transparent colour is picked up on the pipe, then clear glass is gathered on top. The piece is then blown out and shaped [...]

Color Video of London in 1927

YouTube link. This is a true color movie, not a “colorized” one. This wonderful film was made in 1927 by Claude Friese-Greene. Colour film from the 1920s is exceptionally rare, and this is a very powerful example… The Cenotaph sequence from around 3:37 to 3:54 is very poignant. This was filmed only nine years after the end [...]

Dinosaur colour discovered for the first time

In a world first scientists have managed to determine the colour of a dinosaur, the sinosauropteryx has turned out to be ginger. The small dog-sized f…