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Black hole paint

Artist Anish Kapoor has been granted exclusive rights to use Vantablack, which is so dark it makes everything look two-dimensional, useful for military and space technolgies, as well as making urinal cakes. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Mar 6, 2016 - 54 comments

"There’s white and then there’s the how-white-my-shirts-can-be white..."

Stealing White: How a corporate spy swiped plans for DuPont’s billion-dollar color formula By Del Quentin Wilber [Bloomberg Business]
“At first, you’re like: Why are they stealing the color white? I had to Google it to figure out what titanium dioxide even was,” says Dean Chappell, acting section chief of counterespionage for the FBI. “Then you realize there is a strategy to it.” You can’t even call it spying, adds John Carlin, the assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s national security division. “This is theft. And this—stealing the color white—is a very good example of the problem. It’s not a national security secret. It’s about stealing something you can make a buck off of. It’s part of a strategy to profit off what American ingenuity creates.”
posted by Fizz on Feb 5, 2016 - 58 comments

None more black

The Reinvention of Black
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 7, 2015 - 26 comments

slow and steady

The slow-chemistry movement [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 9, 2015 - 17 comments

Structural color: why you can't make blue powder from a morpho butterfly

What do a dead blue snake that was green when it lived, a modified, hardened beetle forewing that is still vibrant after 50 million years (PDF), the shiny blue Pollia condensata berries (previously), and a wide variety of blue-colored birds have in common? Structural coloration, specifically the structural designs of a variety of reflective prism structures that overcome the natural difficulty to create blue (and green) colors.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 13, 2014 - 27 comments

Don't lick the paintbrush

Journal of Art in Society tells the story of the most unusual pigment: The life and death of Mummy Brown. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 17, 2014 - 13 comments

The Past is a Different Color

The colorful stories of obsolete pigments, and more vibrant tales of colors lost.
posted by anotherpanacea on Jul 8, 2013 - 25 comments

Art that lives. Literally.

40,000-year-old rock paintings are alive. "These organisms are alive and could have replenished themselves over endless millennia to explain the freshness of the paintings' appearance," Professor Pettigrew told BBC News.
posted by longsleeves on Dec 28, 2010 - 22 comments

Turn Your Bookshelves into Art

Brilliant bookshelves by color. What's that? You can't find The Scarlet Letter? Did you look under lipstick red? [more inside]
posted by thebellafonte on Mar 4, 2008 - 54 comments

No more liver spots. No more birthmarks. No more RACISM?

No more liver spots. No more birthmarks. No more RACISM? How about a new cosmoceutical that allows you to change skin color at will? Just rub on a cream, and you're no longer black, but asian. Another one changes you from a pasty-legged geek into a bronze adonis! Now how much would you pay?
posted by dwivian on Jul 16, 2001 - 23 comments

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